Natural (Almost) All-Purpose Cleaner

Hello there! I have a fun one for you today. I’ve always wanted to get rid of most of the chemicals we use in our house (i.e. cleaning products, laundry detergent, etc.) and switch to alternative products, which most can easily be homemade. I’ve found some naturally made laundry detergent from a farmer’s market that we’re still using and I love it. However, what was cluttering up our space was all the cleaning products we had. I don’t even know how it got that bad. We had glass cleaner, fabric freshener, bathroom cleaner, surface cleaners, and more and sometimes double. I finally tackled this chore a couple days ago by making an [almost] All-Purpose Spray Cleaner.

Natural Cleaner

What really spurred this on is the arrival of our baby next spring. Part of my nesting process means getting rid of all unnecessary clutter. This means anything and everything will be inspected. This past week, I tackled the spaces under the sink. After seeing all the useless chemical products we stored under there, I figured it was time to turn to alternative products that will reduce the amount of products we hoard. Bonus? Less chemicals around the baby.

I searched the internet for many recipes. There are a lot out there! Blogs and blogs full of helpful information. However, I got my recipe out of a book I purchased a while back:

Make Your Place by Raleigh Briggs

This book is so adorable and I recommend it to anyone who recently moved into a new place or someone looking for natural alternatives. She has a recipe she calls the “Almost All-Purpose Spray Cleaner.” I’ve been using it for a few days now, mostly on my counter tops and I’ve been loving it. Not to mention, it smells nice unlike other store bought chemical brands.

Stored in a bottle

I like to collect unique/fun glass bottles so I had one handy. This bottle used to be a natural Italian soda we tried from Wholefoods (we splurged). For the spray nozzle, I simply took one of the nozzles from an old plastic cleaner bottle and twisted it onto the bottle. Most nozzles from cleaning bottles will fit onto glass bottles that had a screw-off top. Who knew? It’s meant to be. I have Kraft masking tape I use to label bulk items in my pantry and used that to name this bottle as well as include the ingredients on the back so I have it handy when I need to make more in the future.

-2 cups hot water
-1 teaspoon borax
-1 teaspoon castille soap
-1 tablespoon vinegar
-a few drops of eucalyptus, lavender, and tea tree oil

I picked this recipe since I had all these ingredients already. The only thing I didn’t have was a funnel. After picking that up from the store (most you can find for under a dollar), I went ahead and made this recipe in under 5 minutes. Seriously so easy. I had to double the recipe to fill up my bottle all the way but viola! Natural Cleaner. The only surface Briggs advices not to use it on is glass. She also provides a glass cleaner recipe in her book but I have yet to tackle that one.

I now like looking under my sink and seeing only natural products down there (castille soap, vinegar, baking soda, etc.) This cleaner goes a long way and I recommend it!


By Katrina

Mama to 3 boys.

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