Making your own multi-purpose cleaner is soooo easy and cost effective. You don’t need much to make a powerful cleaner without using chemical loaded products. Simple, cheap, and natural ingredients is all you need!
Most of the ingredients used to make a good homemade cleaner are basic ingredients which you may already have and are using in your home. You don’t have to have a chemistry degree or have a bunch of fancy and expensive products.
Some of the basic ingredients you will needs are: Water, Vinegar, Castile Soap, Thieves® Cleaning Solution, and Essential Oils. You will also need the spray bottles.
Water is the base for our multi-purpose cleaner. You should used distilled water for making cleaning products. Distilled water will help to keep your cleaning solution longer without bacteria. You can buy it at your local stores or you can make your own distilled water by simply boiling water and let it cool.
Distilled White Vinegar:
Vinegar is 5% acetic acid. It’s cheap, it’s natural, and it’s tough on bacteria, mildew, and dirt. You can buy it at your local stores and it is very inexpensive. Vinegar is a powerful cleaner HOWEVER you cannot use it on marble, granite or natural stone. I like to use my vinegar cleaning solution to wipe the faucets, clean the sink, clean the refrigerator (inside and out), toilets, or anything I want to remove odor.
Ingredient Caution: Vinegar should NEVER be combined with castile soap, hydrogen peroxide, or baking soda.
Castile soap is a concentrated vegetable-based soap made of natural ingredients you can actually pronounce. This soap is gentle on the skin and effective to fight against dirt, grease, and unwanted germs. Dr. Bronner’s is a the most popular brand of castile soap. You can buy it at your local stores (groceries, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond) or Amazon. It is not as cheap as vinegar but it a must have.
Ingredient Caution: Castile soap should NEVER be combined with vinegar.
Thieves® Household Cleaning Solution:
This super concentrated product is formulated with the power of the Thieves® oil blend. The blend includes Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary Essential Oils. These oils are known for their cleaning properties. It’s safe to use around everyone in your family, including pets. You can get a deep clean without dangerous or synthetic ingredients. You only need a little of it to make a good cleaner. One bottle of this solution I can make 20 bottles of multi-purpose cleaner. It is like about $1.50 a bottle! You can buy it by becoming a Young Living Member with a Premium Starter Kit with Thieves®. This cleaner makes more than just a multi-purpose cleaner, you can also makes an incredible deep cleaning scrub, wood floor cleaner, heavy duty degreaser, and more ! It is SUPER versatile and smells so GOOD too!
Essential oils are very “IN” today, but the truth is before essential oils became so popular, essential oils were being used by thousand of years. The first references of essential oils in history are in the Bible, in the book of Genesis. Even Cleopatra used essential oils in her beauty routine!
Essential oils is that aromatic, volatile liquid that comes from within flowers, shrubs, trees, roots, seeds, bushes. They are usually extracted by steam distillation, but other extraction methods are used depending on the botanical. Essential oils not only make everything smell good, but they have several beneficial properties, including cleaning. The better quality essential oil will give you more of the oil benefit. You need to be aware that there is no rating system for essential oils in the United Stated. The closest we get is an FDA requirement that in order to label a bottle essential “pure” or “therapeutic grade”, the contents of that bottle must contain at least 5% essential oil! That means 95% of the bottle can be something else. You need to make sure you buy your essential oils from a reputable company. My favorite trustworthy and affordable essential oil brand is Young Living.
A few of my favorite essential oils for cleaning, include: lemon, clove, tea tree, peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, lemongrass, cinnamon bark, and orange.
All these oils are in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit as a single (like lemon, lavender, and peppermint) or in a blend (like Thieves®, Purification®, and R.C.). Click HERE to find out how to order essential oils.
You’re going to need spray bottles to put your homemade cleaner. There are several options: 1) re-purpose old surface cleaner bottles; just make sure you wash the bottles out thoroughly; 2) Make your own cleaner bottles from vinegar bottles (small Perrier water bottles also work!) and re-purposed spray bottle nozzle from another spray bottle; 3) Purchase ready-to-go cleaner bottles at the dollar store or at Amazon. Remember using glass for DIY recipes containing essential oils is important when you plan to store products for long-term time.
3 Simple Multi-Purpose Cleaners Recipes
Multi-Purpose Cleaner #1 – Castile Soap Surface Cleaner
- 2 cups distilled water
- 1/4 cup castile soap (if it is too soapy for you, reduce the amount to 2 TB is still considered an effective dilution according to Dr. Bronner’s instructions).
- 15 drops Young Living Purification® Essential Oil Blend
Using a funnel, pour the water into a 16oz. spray bottle. Add the castile soap and essential oil. Gentle shake the cleaner. This cleaner may be stored at room temperature.
(*) Purification® Essential Oil Blend contains: Citronella, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Lavadin, and Myrtle essential oils. This blend is one of the 11 oils that comes in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit. Become a Member and order yours!
Multi-Purpose Cleaner #2 – Vinegar Surface Cleaner
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1 cup distilled white vinegar
- 10 drops Lemon Essential Oil
- 15 drops Lavender or Peppermint Essential Oils
Using a funnel, pour all the ingredients into a 16oz. spray bottle. Gently shake the cleaner.
Multi-Purpose Cleaner #3 – Thieves® Cleaner
Using a funnel, pour the water into a 16oz. spray bottle. Add the Thieves Household Cleaner. Gentle shake the cleaner. This cleaner may be stored at room temperature.
(*) Thieves® Essential Oil Blend contains: Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary essential oils. This blend is one of the 11 oils that comes in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit. Become a Member and order yours!
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