Saturday, December 18, 2010

Homemade All Purpose Cleaner

Here is a very simple recipe for homemade all purpose cleaner. I have been slowly changing over all my cleaners from store bought to homemade. I really like making my own. So easy to do, cheap, and I feel alot safer using them or having the kids use them to clean. I have no complaints about this solution. It seems to clean things nicely. Here are the ingredients.

2 cups boiling water
1/4 cup castile soap
2 tsp borax
2 T vinegar

Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle. Shake before using. You could also add essential oils to your solution if you choose. I don't because the castile soap I get has a pepperminty smell to it and I like that.
Also another little helpful hint. I write the ingredients on the bottle so that I know when it runs out what the concoction was. The recipe on this bottle is doubled so that I can fill 2 bottles at a time.


  1. I need to try this. I just bought some Dr. Bonner's for the first time! I currently only use Mrs. Meyers, but unless I get it on sale it is expensive. I love the scents though, but after that runs out I am doing this. I already do my own drain cleaner/toilet cleaner with vinegar and baking soda. Plus plain water and a microfiber cloth works great on glass.

    Thanks for the tip!

  2. What do you think would work well to get the stench of cigarette smoke out of solid oak? Someone told me vinegar & water, but we tried that and we can still smell the smoke. (We had purchased an oak dining set from someone with the mistake of not asking if it was from a smoke-free home! :-/ )