Inside: Looking for the perfect homemade all-purpose cleaner? This easy DIY all-purpose cleaner with Dawn dish soap only takes minutes to make. Plus, you probably already have the ingredients at home to make it.
I love creating my own cleaners to make at home. Not only do they work better than the store-bought cleaners but they also save me money. A few years ago I started using this homemade all-purpose cleaner and I love it. It's great to use in the bathroom for a quick spray down.
You can use it on the toilets, shower, and tub. It's got vinegar and lemon essential oil and they both kill germs and bacteria so it can also be used around the house to wipe down door handles and light switches. It can be used on just about all hard surfaces except for granite and real marble. I do use it on my cultured marble sinks without any problems.
DIY All-Purpose Cleaner
This homemade all-purpose cleaner is so easy to make. It only takes a few minutes to whip up a batch and can be used just about anywhere in the house. Check out how to make some below.
Ingredients to Make Homemade All Purpose Cleaner
To make the cleaner you will need a few ingredients. Most you probably already have around the house. Plus, you will need a spray bottle to store it in.
- dish soap
- lemon essential oil
- spray bottle (I use this one)
I recommend getting your spray bottles on Amazon because they are so much cheaper there than in the store. I know some people like to use old cleaning bottles that are empty but I always like to buy new so I mix any chemicals together that shouldn't be mixed.
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Mixing Up The Multi Purpose Cleaner
Start by adding 3 cups of water to the spray bottle and then add 1 1/2 cups of vinegar.
Next, add about 10-20 drops of dawn dish soap to the mixture. It doesn't have to be exact. I usually add around 10 drops so it doesn't suds up in the bottle too much.
Once you have added the soap you can add in the lemon essential oil. I like using lemon essential oils in the homemade all-purpose cleaner because it makes covers up the vinegar smell.
Plus, the lemon essential oil is a disinfectant so it will be great to kill off germs. Add about 20 drops of lemon essential oil to the spray bottle.
I am not brand picky about essential oils, but I do love Fabulous Frannie essential oils. I have noticed that they are just as good as the more expensive brands but cost much less. They are usually less than $7 a bottle.
Once you have everything added to the spray bottle you can gently shake one or two times to mix everything. Don't shake too much or you will have a bunch of suds from the dawn soap. When you have it all mixed you are ready to use it.
Using Homemade All Purpose Cleaner
To use the homemade all purpose cleaner just spray it on and then wipe it off using a paper towel or microfiber cloth ( I love this brand of microfiber cloths).
When I spray it on extra germy surfaces like the toilet I like to let it sit for a minute or two before I wipe it off.
The multi purpose cleaner works great in kitchens and baths. You can use it to clean sinks, toilets, and appliances. I also like to use it to clean down light switches and door handles to keep them free from germs.
In just a few minutes you can whip up a homemade all-purpose cleaner that does a great job of cleaning and disinfecting. Looking for other homemade cleaners? Check out these 7 amazing cleaners you can make yourself.
Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner
3 cups water
1 1/2 cups vinegar
10-20 drops dawn soap
20 drops lemon essential oil
Add 3 cups of water to a spray bottle and then add 1 1/2 cups of vinegar. Next, add about 10-20 drops of dawn dish soap to the mixture.
Once you have added the soap you can add in the lemon essential oil. Add about 20 drops of lemon essential oil to the spray bottle. When you have everything added to the spray bottle you can gently shake one or two times to mix everything. Spray and wipe to clean and disinfect surfaces.
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Thank you for this, Julie. This sounds like just what I was looking for. Will let you know how I like at a later date.
Again, thank you for all that you do to make our lives happier, easier and safer.
I clean my shower door with soft scrub and rinse well let dry. I then take the dusting spray and spray and wipe, this keeps the doors from spotting. Works for me!