Natural All-Purpose Cleaner

Last updated 04/26/2020 | |

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This natural, all-purpose cleaner works great in the kitchen, bathroom, kids' rooms, and more. Skip the toxic chemical cleaners and make your own!

natural all purpose cleaner

No need to try 409 different cleaner recipes--this one is fantastik!

Sorry, I couldn't help myself.

Are you tired of coughing and choking when cleaning the kitchen...bathroom...shower? I sure was.

It seemed like every chemical cleaner I bought made my eyes burn. I couldn't use them in the bathroom without running the fan and opening the window because the smell made me nauseous.

Thankfully, after a bit of experimentation, I came up with this natural all-purpose cleaner recipe. It's great for cleaning all over the house (excluding marble or granite) and we use it just about every day.

Cleaning windows or mirrors? No problem. Make your own glass cleaner with 3 simple ingredients.

natural all purpose cleaner

clear glass bottle of cleaner in front of a wooden cabinet

Natural All-Purpose Cleaner

Yield: 16 oz.
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy


  • 16 oz spray bottle
  • Small funnel


Add all your ingredients to your spray bottle in the order listed. Label the bottle, shake gently to mix, and start cleaning.


This recipe calls for Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds instead of castile soap. There's an important reason for this.

Many DIY cleaner recipes mix vinegar and castile soap, but this is NOT a good idea. Here's why, according to the good folks at Dr. Bronner's: the vinegar will cause the castile soap to "unsaponify" and you'll have curds in your cleaner. Ick.

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Give it a try! You'll see that the combination of the vinegar, Sal Suds, and essential oil is amazing at cleaning and cutting grease.

Best of all, it's safe to use. I wouldn't want the kids to help if I was using conventional cleaners because of the chemicals and the smell.

But when Little Peanut wants to help clean, I spritz some APC on a rag and let her scrub away.

kid cleaning with natural cleaner spray

Now if I could just teach one of the kids how to mop...

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