March 9, 2022

DIY All-Purpose Cleaner – perfect for Spring Cleaning!

If you’re looking to simplify your spring cleaning, you might want to try a DIY All-Purpose Cleaner. With simple ingredients that you can pronounce, it’ll cost pennies for a batch, it takes a couple minutes and you can whip up any ‘recipe’ as you need it. I love using DIY products in our home for cleaning, it makes cleaning easier and I know exactly what I’m using to clean my home.

glass spray bottle | spray bottle bands | cleaning bucket | Oxygen Whitener | bar mop towels

Here are two simple All-Purpose Cleaning recipes – both can be used to clean multiple surfaces, my preference is the soap-based cleaning spray. These are multi-purpose and can be mixed up in larger batches for bucket-cleaning or used in a spray bottle. If you’re not sure what to use when you’re spring cleaning, use an All-Purpose recipe!

SOAP BASED ALL-PURPOSE CLEANING SPRAY – use this for most surfaces, including stone and marble, no rinsing is required
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon castile or dish soap– if you find that 1/4 teaspoon isn’t enough soap based on your hard/soft water, increase up to 1 teaspoon. If you’re using the new Foaming Dish Soap (it’s amazing!), just use one pump
optional: 3-5 drops essential oil

Double, triple, or quadruple for use with a small bucket and cloth to clean doors, baseboards, or other large surfaces.

Combine ingredients, close spray bottle, shake, and CLEAN!

VINEGAR BASED ALL-PURPOSE CLEANING SPRAY – use this if you prefer vinegar or have water spots, mineral build up, or other stubborn stains, do not use on any stone surfaces.

50:50 water to white vinegar ratio – if you’re using a spray bottle, use these amounts:
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup white vinegar
optional: 3-5 drops essential oil

Double, triple, or quadruple for use with a small bucket and cloth to clean doors, baseboards, or other large surfaces.

Combine ingredients, close spray bottle, shake, and CLEAN!

If you want to get a sudsing and scrubbing action with this recipe, add a little soap to a scrub brush or sponge to use as you clean. Scrub and rinse.


  • measuring cup
  • measuring spoon
  • funnel – this just makes it easier to pour liquid ingredients into a spray bottle
  • spray bottle
  • bar mop towels for wiping surfaces – my personal preference are the Premium Bar Mop Towels and the Cleaning Cloth Kit, but I also like using a sponge or a Swedish dish cloth as well.

Have you seen the new DIY Cleaning Recipes Pocket Notebook?  It’s darling and includes 31 recipes plus pages to keep your own DIYs. At only $8, it’s perfect for your DIY cleaning adventure and makes a great gift.Looking for more? Here are all the posts on DIY cleaning in one place.

This March we’re spring cleaning together but in our own way!  Grab the free printable kit and join the challenge……

The free Spring Cleaning Kit has two different types of checklists – the first is the brand new Spring Clean Your Way checklist that has the tasks broken down by room and in a way that allows you to work in small increments through your home. With Spring Clean Your Way you can do a task or two a day, set a timer for 10-15 minutes, or work through it over the month. The simple Spring Cleaning Checklist is a traditional spring cleaning checklist. Use this kit as a guide to start spring cleaning and complete it in a way that makes sense for your schedule.

 premium bar mop towel | cleaning cloth kit | spray bottle bandsglass spray bottle


  1. GRAB YOUR FREE PRINTABLE SPRING CLEANING KIT and print it out or have it ready to access! This guide is ONLY available through this month, it will not come back again. When you click that link you are heading to my FREE PRINTABLES PAGE – you only need to put your email address in ONE time and the password will be sent to your email address. Check your promotions and spam folders if you don’t see it right away. If you’re new to Clean Mama, you’ll be signed up for my emails once you get the free printables page access so you won’t’ miss a thing on the blog this month either!
  2. FOLLOW @CLEANMAMA ON INSTAGRAM – I’ll be posting spring cleaning how-tos and tips the whole month of March (probably into April too!). Follow along and turn on your notifications so you don’t miss a thing.
  3. Share, share, share!  I’d love it if you shared SPRING CLEAN YOUR WAY with your friends and asked them to join us. It’s going to be so fun!

I’ll be on Instagram quite a bit this month – make sure you’re following along over there too.