Natural All-Purpose Cleaner

6 Eco-Friendly All-Purpose Cleaners

If you are looking for a natural all-purpose cleaner, you can probably find lots of them at your local grocery store. According to EWG a lot of those green cleaners just aren’t that green. Maybe making your own is the best pennywise solution…you know exactly what you are using and you’ll save money.

Most of us see the long term picture and want to take better care of the environment. Besides we are concerned about the health effects of toxic products especially those used in our homes or offices. If we are breathing them in all day or our hands, food, or children and pets are touching them, then we probably have cause for concern.

New cleaning products are available which claim to be good for the earth but many are not; they still contain toxic chemicals even while using words like “natural”, “nature” or “green” in their name. Not only that but they can be expensive, too.

Below are instructions on how to make a cheap and easy natural all-purpose cleaner you can use all over your home.

In fact, here are 6 DIY Eco-Friendly All-Purpose Cleaners:

6 Natural All-Purpose Cleaner Recipes

1. One of the easiest and most economical cleaners is simply to put 6 ounces of vinegar in a clean 12 ounce spray bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with water and shake.

It can be used all over the house.

Note: You may also add essential oils – more drops if you want a stronger smell – and one tablespoon of liquid soap.

As always with any cleaner:

CAUTION: Keep out of the reach of children and do not mix this with bleach.


2. Make an abrasive powder cleaner by combining equal amounts of Borax (found in most grocery store laundry aisles) and baking soda and mix until thoroughly incorporated.

To use the cleaner, sprinkle it on any wet surface and scrub with a sponge. Rinse the area with water to remove any residue.


3. You can also make an all-purpose cleaner by dissolving 1/8 cup Borax in 1 quart of hot water.

If you want to make larger quantities, use 1/2 cup Borax to 1 gallon of water.


4. Try cleaning tiles surrounding your tub, or your tub, by cutting a lemon in half and dipping it into a plate of Borax.

Use the lemon to scrub the tile.

Rinse with warm water.

Some people prefer a grapefruit - definitely would be faster - and just use baking soda.

Anything with citrus leaves a lovely scent behind.


5. Make this all-purpose disinfectant by mixing 2 teaspoons Borax, 1/4 cup vinegar, and 3 to 4 cups of hot water.

Put the mixture into a spray bottle.

To make the mixture clean better, try adding 1/4 teaspoon Castile liquid soap.

6. To clean wood surfaces, mix equal amounts of olive oil and vinegar and polish the furniture with a soft cloth.

I've used just plain vegetable oil for this. Just the cheap stuff. It worked and didn't smell quite so olive oil-y.


6. To clean wood surfaces, mix equal amounts of olive oil and vinegar and polish the furniture with a soft cloth.

I've used just plain vegetable oil in place of the olive oil for this. Just the cheap stuff. It worked and didn't smell quite so olive oil-y.

A Word About Granite Counter Tops: Granite counter tops require special care to preserve the finish. If you use the wrong cleaners, you may strip the finish right off. Follow any instructions that were given to you - but you may find they recommend expensive store bought products.

Follow these tips to use natural cleaners (We love Bob Vila's Tips):

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Save some money and make your own natural all-purpose cleaners.

Let's see, what shall I do with all that money I just saved? Buy a roast? Insist on dinner out? Or pay off a bill and feel really good about life?

Add up the savings and you'll be thrilled, too.

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