October 20, 2021

Need a Basic Hard Working Cleaner to Clean Your Home? Try this All-Purpose Recipe

If you’re looking to simplify your cleaning, you might want to look for simple ingredients that you can combine to make your own cleaners. 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.

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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.

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
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.

TOOLS:

  • 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.

Don’t want to mix up a DIY? I have a great all-purpose spray in the shop too!

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.

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