I decided to look for a good DIY all purpose cleaner recipe when I decided to detox my home. I did that for a few reasons: 1) my dog and his terrible allergies, 2) my terrible allergies, and 3) I just want a healthier home. This was particularly driven home for me one evening when DH and I were mopping the floor of the room where my cats litterboxes reside. I used this one chemical cleaner that I have always loved because it is cheap and smells like cleaner – so I naturally assumed it was doing a great job. Well when we were done, DH’s feet stuck to the floor a bit. This was disconcerting since my cats also walk on this floor, and then lick their paws. No good.
There were tons of different DIY all purpose cleaner recipes out there, and so I ended up just using a mix of stuff I already knew I loved and had around the house. I did some research to see how much it would cost to buy glass bottles (as you know I don’t like using plastic) and the sprayers. You can get them for a decent price, but usually in bulk so it was more than I was willing to spend in one haul. So I instead went to Costco, bought the hubby his favorite San Pellegrino in glass bottles – case of 12 for $14. Much better!
Next, I went through my cupboard and grabbed all of the cleaners that I will no longer use and stripped them of their spray nozzles. And wouldn’t you know it? Nozzle and San Pellegrino bottles are a perfect match! I thoroughly soaked and cleaned the spray nozzles and was ready to make some cleaner!
Natural DIY All Purpose Cleaner Recipe:
- 2 Tablespoons of liquid castile soap – I used Dr. Bronners Rose Scented Liquid Soap
- 2 Tablespoons of baking soda
- Hot water to fill the bottle
- 5 – 10 drops of your favorite essential oil for scent – I used lemon
Mix all the ingredients together in the bottle and your done. That’s it. It was so easy and I LOVE the cleaner. I have even used it on my hands when they got sticky from cooking, and my elderly, blind dogs paws because she has a habit of going to the bathroom and walking through it (joy). As far as I’m concerned, if it is safe enough to use on skin and fur, it is safe enough to clean my house!