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Save money and get rid of chemical cleaners with this homemade all-purpose cleaner using 3 simple ingredients: castile soap, essential oils and water. This budget-friendly non-toxic cleaner can clean your entire house and can be made in minutes.
Did you know that many, if not most, of the household cleaners sold in stores today are loaded with chemicals? Even many of the cleaners listed as non-toxic, natural, or green have chemicals that I don’t want in my home. It can be overwhelming trying to figure out what is safe for your family when marketing is so tricky.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to choose the safest products, I wrote an entire post about how to find natural store-bought cleaners and body care products.
I began making my own natural household cleaners almost three years ago, and I’ll never go back. I found a few safe household cleaner options, but I wasn’t a fan of their price tag. Cleaning supplies are part of our grocery budget, so I decided to make my own so I could save money at the store or spend more on actual food.
This DIY Natural Household Cleaner is multipurpose, can be used on all surfaces, and is super effective. It can be used to wipe down counters, clean stovetops, wipe out the microwave, bathroom sinks and counters, and just about any other surface in your home. The recipe is safe to use on marble and granite countertops.
What Does It Cost to Make Your Own All-Purpose Cleaner?
This is probably the least expensive DIY on this blog, so I definitely recommend this as your first try at homemade cleaners if you haven’t started yet.
- Castile Soap- I bought mine for $7.79 for 8 ounces, but I only used 2 ounces = $1.95
- Essential Oils- The price depends on the oils you buy. Mine cost about $0.75
APPROX. TOTAL COST = $2.70 for 16 oz of cleaner
The only equipment that you’ll need is a 16 oz spray bottle. I recommend a glass spray bottle, particularly if you using citrus oils cine citrus oils can degrade plastic over time. Just reuse this bottle again and again as you remake this recipe.
Take a Look at the Main Ingredient
Castile Soap: Castile soap is an amazing multipurpose ingredient that is gentle enough for your skin but tough enough to clean your home as well. I use castile soap in everything from my foaming hand soap to my glass and window cleaner.
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- 1/4 cup castile soap
- 12 ounces distilled water
- 15-20 drops essential oils (I like Thieves, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and/or Lavender)
- 16 oz glass spray bottle
- Add distilled water to the bottle first leaving about an inche of space at the top of the bottle. Adding water first prevents overflowing bubbles.
- Add castile soap and essential oils
- Shake well and spray
- Wipe counters with a damp cloth since castile soap can leave a residue if left to air dry.
I use distilled water or water that is boiled and cooled. Using tap water can introduce bacteria that will reduce the shelf life of your cleaner.
If you feel the cleaner is too soapy, you can decrease the castile soap to 2 Tbsp. This ratio is still effective according to Dr. Bronner's.
Shake well before each use since water and oils tend to separate.