15 Homemade DIY All Purpose Cleaner Favorites

by craftmin | January 12, 2018

Remember how, when you were little, your mom would always clean up whatever mess you made?  Watching her, you learned how she did all the cleaning, the tools and products she used, and so much more. And then when you were in college, you had your own dorm room to keep tidy and clean. Everything was still fairly simple and under your control. But then again, time flies. Now you are married, with kids and a whole household to keep. How to be mom, you ask yourself. How to keep the house clean and organized, or at least decent enough to live in? Worry no more! I present to you these DIY all purpose cleaner favorites that will help you do all that cleaning effectively.

The Best Way To Clean

Kids are the sticky glue that keeps the family intact. But, like sticky glue, kids can also mean a whole lot of mess, a beautiful chaos inside your house. Especially when you have toddlers, who will make instant art works on your walls. You’ll have to find a way to clean everything up, fast! If you avoid the harsh chemicals found in common all purpose cleaners, make sure that what you’ll use is natura, but can still do the job well. Most of all – that it won’t harm your kids in case of ingestion. You know how things would always end up in your toddler’s mouth.

toddler mess DIY all purpose cleaner
You can make your own healthier, safer and natural DIY all purpose cleaner at home. One that really does the job but saves you money in the process.

Why DIY When You Can Buy

I found out this product works better than the commercial ones I used before. I use it to clean the floor, my kitchen, the bathroom and even the kids’ toys. And don’t forget the savings you’ll get from making your own cleaner, and the feeling of satisfaction after a successful DIY project. This is sure to make your cleaning easier, saving you a lot of cleaning time, so you’ll have more time for what matters most. I could go on and on about all the benefits you’ll get from it, but I think it’s better that 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 into a glass spray bottle.

2. Add 2 cups of warm distilled water. Any water will work fine as long as it has been boiled prior to use, but I find distilled water works best.

3. Add your choice of essential oils.

4. Replace the cover of the spray bottle then shake well. Use as you would your regular all purpose cleaner.

DIY All Purpose Cleaner FAQs

Still have doubts about making this DIY all purpose cleaner? Read these frequently asked questions to give you all the confidence you need to start DIYing.

1. Washing Soda or Baking Soda?

Baking soda is popular ingredient for many DIY cleaning recipes, but 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 it 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 that a lot of DIY cleaning recipes 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 would make this DIY all purpose cleaner less effective. It can also mess up the soap content, due to the vinegar’s ability to reverse saponification. You can still use vinegar for cleaning if you want, just not in this particular recipe.

6. What About Its Shelf Life?

I love using this DIY all purpose cleaner everywhere in the house. And when a product is this good, it runs out quickly 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 for a glass one.  I read somewhere that citrus breaks down plastic containers over time so 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 to be effective and are very easy to make. Check them all out.

1. Citrus and Vinegar Cleaner

Citrus and Vinegar Cleaner DIY All Purpose Cleaner

You can use vinegar for cleaning without the stink! With this particular recipe, you don’t need to wait for 2 weeks for the oil to be removed from the citrus pee. Find out what you need and how to make this scented vinegar cleaner here.

2. Kitchen Cabinet and Cupboard Cleaner

Kitchen Cabinet and Cupboard Cleaner DIY all purpose cleaner

Check your kitchen cabinets and cupboards now. See that grime and gunk? I feel you, I hate it too and would do everything to remove it from my cabinets – who knows what germs and bacteria are in there! Thanks to this DIY grime and gunk remover, I can now say goodbye to all that ickiness.

3. Easy DIY Clorox Wipes

Easy DIY Clorox Wipes DIY all purpose cleaner

No need to spend a lot of money on disposable wipes and try these very easy DIY Clorox wipes instead. They work well, are reusable and because they are natural, they are also environment-friendly, too. Use any spare washcloths you have, or cut old shirts into small pieces, whatever works for you. Check out how it’s  done in this tutorial.

4. Go Away Dust Spray

Go Away Dust Spray DIY all purpose cleaner

I hate dusting. It triggers my allergies, makes me sneeze so much and feel itchy all over. But no one else will clean it. And I know I’m not alone in hating this household chore. Want to try making this magical potion? Just spray it directly on your furniture, then finish up by wiping it with a clean and dry cloth.

5. DIY Citrus Degreaser

DIY all purpose cleaner - Citrus Degreaser

Looking for an effective DIY degreaser? 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 is 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 clean with a damp towel.

6. Shower and Tub DIY Cleaner

Shower and Tub DIY all purpose cleaner

Mineral deposits, soap scum, tough stains and other icky stuff in your shower and tub? Give this DIY cleaner a try and be amazed by 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 – there is no scrubbing involved here. It also works better than regular, more expensive cleaners.

7. Toilet DIY Cleaning Fizzers

Toilet DIY all purpose cleaner Cleaning Fizzers

Want a simple, fun and effective way to clean your toilet bowl? Try these toilet fizzers for a once a week deep toilet clean. Drop a bomb into the bowl and let it bubble and fizz. After a few minutes, give your toilet bowl a good scrubbing then flush and enjoy your gloriously clean toilet bowl.

8. Dishwasher DIY Detergent Tabs

 Dishwasher DIY All purpose cleaner - Detergent Tabs

A very cheap, yet effective way to clean your dishes. Just add a detergent tab to the dishwasher and splash with some vinegar. Then watch those dishes come out sparkly clean!

9. Squeaky Clean Floor Degreaser

Squeaky Clean Floor Degreaser DIY all purpose cleaner

A floor cleaner that does the job without leaving residue or film. It can even cut through grease, way better than your favorite floor cleaner. If you hate greasy floors as much as I do, then give this cleaning solution a try.

10. DIY Enzyme Buster

DIY all purpose cleaner - Enzyme Buster

This DIY enzyme cleaner will test your patience with its two-week waiting period. Don’t worry because it will be worth the wait. It can bust clean ovens, cars, 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

DIY all purpose cleaner

Here’s another version of an all-round DIY cleaner. This recipe has vinegar as its cleaning base and baking soda as the gritting component. These two, with addition of 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.

12. DIY Miracle Cleaner

Miracle DIY All Purpose Cleaner

Why is this called a miracle cleaner? It is so versatile that it can clean the toughest dirt, remove the most stubborn grime, and just about any dirt that annoys you in your kitchen and bathroom! Just add Hydrogen Peroxide to Baking Soda until it forms a paste, then you’re all good to go with your bathroom and kitchen cleaning spree!

13. Glass and Mirror DIY Cleaner

Glass and Mirror DIY all purpose Cleaner

Check out these two amazing glass and mirror cleaner recipes that are simple and easy to make. The one containing  ammonia can clean even the toughest grease and grime, and gives glasses and mirrors a good shine. The other one, a milder all-natural version that is good for everyday use, only has 2 ingredients but is effective in removing nasty water spots.

14. Borax-Free DIY All Purpose Cleaner

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 has amazing cleaning power.

What You Need:
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 teaspoon liquid castile soap
3-5 drops tea tree oil
spray bottle

Put a tablespoon of baking soda, a teaspoon of liquid castile soap and the tea tree oil into a spray bottle. Add water 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.