How to Make Your Own Homemade All-Purpose Household Cleaner – For Pennies!

Do you buy special cleaning products for every surface in your home? Does the kitchen get a different cleaner than the bathroom? How about your appliances? Every major company selling these products tries to market a different bottle of their cleaner for different purposes, but I use the exact same one for everything in my house. And the best part? I make a completely non-toxic one with very simple ingredients all by myself for only pennies instead of $2.99 and up per bottle. Let’s take a look at what I use to make this cleaner…

Here are the ingredients:

1. Water – Simple enough, and we all have access to it. Most cleaners you buy at the store are 95%+ water anyway, so this homemade version will be no different.

2. White Vinegar – Distilled white vinegar is sold everywhere and costs about $1 or so for a bottle.

3. Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap – This is the only ingredient that costs a few bucks, but has so many uses that it’s worth the money. I buy a big bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint soap and use it has my shampoo, body wash, hand soap, and (after watering it down) my laundry detergent. For this household cleaner, you only need a few drops of it.

So what else do you need? The only thing left is a spray bottle to store the mixed up cleaner in. While you can of course use any empty container you have in your home, I picked up an aluminum one for $4.99 which seems to work really well.

The first thing I did was fill it up with water, and then empty the water into a measuring cup to see how much liquid it held. You will need this to figure out how much water and vinegar to use for your cleaner. I used the following ratio to make mine, after trying different ones for their effectiveness:

  • 2/3 water
  • 1/3 white vinegar
  • 2 short squirts of Dr. Bronner’s soap

After putting the three ingredients in the squirt bottle, I shook it up really good and put it to use cleaning my kitchen. It worked great! Anyone who knows what vinegar smells like will recognize that slight vinegar smell at first everywhere you sprayed, but the smell goes away in a matter of minutes, leaving behind a spotless shine. Some people like to add a few drops of their favorite essential oil scent, but I find that the slight peppermint smell from the soap is perfectly fine. I use this cleaner to clean my kitchen, bathroom, inside my refrigerator, and even spots on my hardwood floors. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant, so you don’t need to worry about your bathroom not getting as clean as it used to with the toxic cleaners. Those cleaners for sale in every grocery store are often full of ingredients that can make you, your family, or your pets sick – so why would you willingly choose to use them to “clean” your home?

Try making your own all-purpose natural cleaner like the one I made above, and see the difference in both your wallet and the health of your home.

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  1. Ronna says:

    Love this! And at Christmas so will 2 of my like-minded friends. 😀

  2. Nancy says:

    What is your dilution ration when you use Dr. Bronners for your laundry?

  3. Nancy says:

    That should be ratio. lol

  4. David says:

    I only use a little squirt into the tub water when I do laundry, as it’s so concentrated. Been doing it for years, and no one complains that I stink. 🙂

  5. Abigail says:

    I use just plain vinegar for most of our cleaning. It’s less likely to streak on windows (assuming I ever did our windows) and it’s a natural disinfectant ala bleach. But without the wear that bleach can cause.

    That said… I love my Scrubbing Bubbles for the shower. Seriously. It makes the whole thing a cinch, I’m not on my hands and knees scrubbing and messing up my back and life in general is much better.

  6. Shane Smith says:


    I have visited your blog has useful information about cleaning. Thanks for all the enthusiasm to offer such helpful information here.

  7. Mom of three says:

    Thank you for the great “recipe”! I clean a lot but want to switch to something that is safer and cheaper than the brand products I currently use.

  8. Hey david.
    Thanks for sharing this, it looks great. I’ve been looking for a better way with cleaning products (either DIY with some basic ingredients) or something so I don’t keep forking over so much money. I already have a large bottle of the peppermint soap, so I’ll definitely give this a try!