Remember how when you were little your mom would always clean up whatever mess you made? You saw how well she kept your whole house sparkly clean. Watching her, you learned how she did all the cleaning, tools and products she used, and so much more. And then when you were in college, you have your own dorm room to keep tidy and clean. Everything was still fairly simple and under your control. But then again, time flies so fast. Now you are married, with kids and a whole household to keep. How to be mom, you ask yourself. How do you keep the house clean and organized, or at least decent enough to live in without causing an arm and a leg? Worry no more! I present to you these DIY all purpose cleaner favorites that are definitely going to help you do all those cleaning effectively.
The Best Way To Clean
Kids are like the sticky glue that keeps the family intact. But kids can also mean a whole lot of mess, like a never ending cleaning mission, a beautiful chaos inside your house. Especially when you have toddlers, oh my the “terrible three” when you will see instant art works on your walls. Gums and candies stuck on the carpet. You have to find a way on how to clean everything up, and fast! Shying away from the harsh chemicals found in common all purpose cleaners, you search for other cleaning options. You have to make sure that what you’ll use is natural, but can still do the job well. And that it won’t harm your kids in case of ingestion. You know how things would always end up in your toddler’s mouth and the likes.
Upon checking, I learned that you can make your own cleaner at home. A healthier, safer and natural DIY all purpose cleaner that really does the job. And gave me a lot of savings, too.
Why DIY When You Can Buy
Well, I found out this works better than commercial ones I used before. I use it to clean the floor, my kitchen, the bathroom, and even the kids’ toys. And the savings, don’t forget the savings you’ll get from making your own cleaner. Plus the feeling of satisfaction after a successful DIY project. These will be your new best friends, and they are sure to make your cleaning easier, too! Saves you a lot from all the cleaning time, and more time for what matters most. I could go on and on with all the benefits you’ll get from it, but I think it’s better if we get started.
What You Need
- 2 cups distilled water, warm
- 1 teaspoon borax
- 1/2 teaspoon washing soda
- 1 teaspoon liquid castile soap
- choice of Essential oil – I highly recommend 4 drops each of lavender and lemon, and 10 drops of orange.
- spray bottle, preferably glass
1. Put a teaspoon of liquid castile soap, half a teaspoon of washing soda, and a teaspoon of borax in a glass spray bottle.
2. Add to the mixture 2 cups warm, distilled water. Any water will work fine as long as it has been boiled prior to use. But I find distilled water to work best.
3. Add your choice of essential oils.
4. Place the cover of the spray bottle then shake well. Use as you would your regular all purpose cleaner.
DIY All Purpose Cleaner FAQs
Still having doubts and a bit intimidated in making this DIY all purpose cleaner? Then read these frequently asked questions. I hope they can give you all the confidence you need to start DIYing.
1. Washing Soda or Baking Soda?
Baking soda is popular ingredient for so many DIY cleaning recipes, but no, washing soda is different. Washing soda is Sodium Carbonate, while baking soda is Sodium Bicarbonate. I used washing soda for this recipe because it has stronger cleaning power than baking soda. It is nice and effective plus it’s also non-toxic. No worries if you can’t find washing soda in your local stores, you can make one at home from baking soda. Watch this video tutorial to find out how.
2. Can It Be Used as a Disinfectant?
I’m sorry but no, it doesn’t work like a real disinfectant. But since you added some essential oils that naturally have antiseptic properties, I guess somehow it does disinfect. Personally, I would still stick to using Hydrogen Peroxide or food-grade alcohol plus soap and water to clean and disinfect the mess from raw meat food preparations.
3. Is Borax Safe to Use?
This issue is still the topic of many debates. If you don’t want to use it, you can substitute borax in this recipe with food-grade alcohol or witch hazel.
4. Can I Use Different Essential Oils?
Wait, let me think. Of course, you can! Use whichever scent you like. Geranium and Citronella have insect repellent properties which can be helpful if you have flies or mosquitos lurking in your home. Mint is good, too. But if you want an unscented version of this recipe, just omit the essential oils all together.
5. No Vinegar in the Recipe?
Maybe you have seen a lot of DIY cleaning recipes that use vinegar. Yes, it has its own uses for cleaning and is natural too, but for this particular recipe, no. Washing soda is a base and adding an acid like vinegar will just make this DIY all purpose cleaner less effective because they will cancel out the effect of each other. It can also mess up the soap content in this recipe due to the vinegar’s ability to reverse saponification. You can still use vinegar for cleaning if you want, but just not in this particular recipe.
6. What About Its Shelf Life?
You’re asking, seriously? I love using this DIY all purpose cleaner everywhere in the house. And when a product is this good, it easily runs out and doesn’t last longer than 3 months.
7. Why the Glass Spray Bottle
You can still use a plastic spray bottle but since I’m not a fan of it, I opted using the glass one. Plus I read somewhere that citrus breaks down plastic containers over time. I used the glass spray bottle since I have citrus oil in this DIY all purpose cleaner recipe.
Other DIY Cleaner Favorites
Can’t get enough of these DIY cleaners? Then here’s more for you! The DIY cleaners on this list are all proven effective and are very easy to make. Check them all out.
1. Citrus and Vinegar Cleaner
Now you can use vinegar for cleaning without the stink! What’s even better is that with this particular recipe, you don’t need to wait for 2 weeks for the citrus peel to oil out. Find out all the things you need and how to make this scented vinegar cleaner here.
2. Kitchen Cabinet and Cupboard Cleaner
Check out your kitchen cabinets and cupboards now. See those grime and gunk? I feel you, I hate them too and would do everything to remove them from my cabinets. They are yucky and who knows what germs and bacteria are in there! Thanks to this DIY grime and gunk remover, I can now say goodbye to all those ickiness.
3. Easy DIY Clorox Wipes
No need to spend on the disposable ones. Try this very easy DIY Clorox wipes. It works well, is reusable and because it’s natural, it’s environment-friendly, too. This also is way cheaper and better than the store bought ones. Use those spare washcloths you have, or cut old shirts into small pieces, whatever works for you. Check out how it’s easily done in this tutorial.
4. Go Away Dust Spray
I hate dusting. It triggers my allergies, makes me sneeze so much and itchy all over. But no one else will clean it. And I know I’m not alone in hating this house chore. Want to try making this magical potion? Just spray it directly on your furniture, then finish it up by wiping it with a clean and dry cloth.
5. DIY Citrus Degreaser
Looking for a DIY degreaser that effectively does the job? The search is over because this DIY citrus degreaser can end all the greasy mess in your home. The secret to this recipe is its citrus content which has been a known ingredient in several cleaning products. It not only cleans and disinfects, it can also remove stains. Just spray it directly on the greasy mess, and then wipe it off with a damp towel.
6. Shower and Tub DIY Cleaner
Mineral deposits, soap scums, tough stains and other icky stuff in your shower and tub? Give this DIY cleaner a try and be amazed at the results! Cleaning the shower and the tub has never been this easy. Just spray the mixture liberally in your dirty shower or tub. Let it sit for an hour or so while it does its magic. I promise you, there is no scrubbing involved here. It also works better than your regular, more expensive cleaners.
7. Toilet DIY Cleaning Fizzers
Want a simple, fun and effective way to clean your toilet bowls? Try these toilet fizzers for a once a week deep toilet cleaning. Drop a bomb into the bowl and let it bubble and fizz. After a few minutes, give your toilet bowl some good scrubbing. Give it a flush and enjoy your gloriously clean toilet bowl.
8. Dishwasher DIY Detergent Tabs
A very cheap, yet effective way to clean your dishes. Just put a detergent tab in the dishwasher and splash with some vinegar. Then watch those dishes come out sparkly clean!
9. Squeaky Clean Floor Degreaser
A floor cleaner that does the job without leaving any residue or film. It can even cut through grease, way better than your favorite floor cleaner. If you hate greasy floor as much as I do, then give this cleaning solution a try.
10. DIY Enzyme Buster
This DIY enzyme cleaner will test your patience with its two-week waiting period. Don’t worry because it’s all worth the wait. It can bust enzymes, clean ovens, and even cars. It can also clear blocked drains and sinks, and can be used as plant fertilizer, too. There is just so much you can do with this DIY cleaning recipe!
11. DIY All Around Cleaner
Here’s another version of an all around DIY cleaner. This recipe has vinegar as its cleaning base and baking soda as the grit component. These two with the essential oils does the cleaning job effectively without damaging your kitchen counters. Another thing I love about this is that it is safe to use even for your baby’s toys and other stuff.
12. DIY Miracle Cleaner
Why is it even called a miracle cleaner? Because it is so versatile it can clean the toughest dirt, remove the most stubborn of grimes, and just about any dirt that annoys you in your kitchen and in your bathroom! By just adding enough Hydrogen Peroxide to Baking Soda until it forms a paste, then you’re all good to go on your bathroom and kitchen cleaning spree!
13. Glass and Mirror DIY Cleaner
Check out these two amazing glass and mirror cleaner recipes that are both simple and easy to make. The one with ammonia in it can clean even the toughest grease and grime, and gives glasses and mirrors a good shine. The other one, a milder and an all-natural version that is good for everyday use only has 2 ingredients but are effective in removing those nasty water spots.
14. Borax-Free DIY All Purpose Cleaner
And this bonus DIY all purpose cleaner recipe, if you don’t want borax anywhere near your household. The tea tree oil in this recipe serves as a mild disinfectant, while the baking soda targets the grease and the liquid castile soap used for its cleaning power.
What You Need:
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 teaspoon liquid castile soap
3-5 drops tea tree oil
Put a tablespoon of baking soda, a teaspoon of liquid castile soap and the tea tree oil to a spray bottle. Pour water to the spray bottle until completely filled. Give the spray bottle a good shake to make sure everything is well combined. Use as you would your regular spray cleaners