Homemade all-purpose spray cleanerWhen cleaning up the kitchen this morning, I thought I should post the recipe I use for an all-purpose spray cleaner. Several years ago, I started making many of my own cleaning products for the home.  This is one of my favorites. We stash bottles of it all over the house. We now make it in a gallon size, making it easy to refill our bottles. However, it’s very easy to make it as needed. It’s even easier if you make your own label and print the recipe on the side.

Most of the ingredients are easy to find. You can even use essential oils to give it an appealing aroma that makes cleaning a more pleasant endeavor. You can use lemon essential oil, orange essential oil, or my favorite is lavender. I love to cook. Cleaning is done out of necessity.

This cleaner works well, is safer and less-toxic than the stuff you can buy, and saves a lot of money. You re-use the container over and over which is also more frugal and environmentally sound.

What You’ll Need

  • 20 oz spray container. (A new one is best so you don’t have to worry about mixing chemicals.)
  • White vinegar
  • Borax powder
  • Dishwashing liquid detergent
  • Essential oil of your choice (optional)

All Purpose Spray Cleaner

Recipe Type: cleaner
Author: Sylvia Bass
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
A safe, non-toxic all-purpose spray cleaner for the home.
  • 2 Tablespoons of white distilled vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of borax powder
  • 1/8 cup of dishwashing liquid detergent
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil (optional)
  • Filtered water
  1. Mix the vinegar with the borax in a 20oz spray bottle.
  2. Fill the bottle with hot water and cap, don’t overfill. Shake to dissolve the borax.
  3. Add the detergent and essential oils if you are using them. Shake again.
  4. That’s it. You now have a safe, effective spray cleaner for a fraction of the cost.