Homemade all-purpose cleaner that costs pennies (hand with plastic glove cleaning white tile with a cloth)
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Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner You’ll Want to Use In Every Room

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Want to learn how to make a simple homemade all-purpose cleaner that actually works?! This DIY all-purpose cleaner is made with just two simple ingredients plus water! It costs pennies to make this easy homemade cleaner and you can even add your favorite essential oils to it to customize the scent!

Cleaning a home is a chore that most people do not look forward to, but it is something that has to be done. Sometimes cleaning can be difficult due to the strenuous nature of the work (but it can count as a workout then, right?)

Other times, people put off cleaning because there are other things to do (like literally anything else). But many times, people don’t enjoy cleaning because of the fumes, harsh chemicals, and strong odors associated with many of the products uses to clean a house.

I have an excellent and super easy solution for you! Like the answer to this problem and it also is a liquid mixture of a solute in a solvent – haha a little chemistry humor folks. You didn’t know this was a comedy blog now did you?

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Easy Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

Let’s get our DIY on up in here! Woop, it’s a cleaning party!!

Does anyone else find cleaning fun?

Okay I haaaaate (like really hate) getting started, but once I start cleaning, I get into a happy place and want to clean all the things. I even have a cleaning outfit (don’t laugh).

What I don’t like is cleaning products with crazy long lists of ingredients.

This homemade all-purpose cleaner only needs three ingredients (and one of them is water!)

And I bet you already have the other two ingredients in your home.

Also make sure you check out this post on 17 other homemade cleaners. It includes recipes to make your own dryer sheets, foaming hand soap, dishwater detergent, laundry detergent, homemade cleaning wipes, DIY hand sanitizer, and more!

What Is An “All-Purpose” Cleaner?

Well I am glad you asked. It’s one of the most important cleaning products for a home and can clean a ton of surfaces. This cleaner is usually effective at cleaning many things such as glass, countertops, toilets, sinks, and so on. Its versatile nature means it’s one of the most used cleaning products in the home.

But even this everyday cleaner has strong odors, harsh chemicals, and fumes associated with it. Though many of these all-purpose cleaners are safe to use, lots of people don’t like the chemical smell associated with them (like me!) Oh and my cat – strong smells make her hiss!

There are numerous homemade cleaners that work wonders around the house, and many are both cheaper and safer than most store-bought alternatives.

The all-purpose cleaner needs to do two things well. It needs to cut through grease and leave a streak-free finish. A simple, three-part homemade cleaner can accomplish this while being safe to use and extremely cheap to make. This recipe for a homemade all-purpose cleaner costs pennies to make!

Homemade All Purpose Cleaner with Dawn

To make an all-purpose cleaner in your home, you will need to gather a spray bottle, dish soap (you can use Dawn or any dish soap you have in your home), water, and rubbing alcohol or denatured alcohol which can be purchased at your local home improvement store.

Each part has its own unique purpose, and together they combine to make an all-purpose cleaner.

The dish soap is effective at cutting through grease and grime, the alcohol allows the product to dry quickly and results in the streak-free finish, and the water makes up the majority of the solution and is the carrier for the product.

For the spray bottle, I LOVE these amber glass spray bottles – so much nicer than plastic!

How to Make An All-Purpose Cleaner

To begin making the cleaner, add two to three drops of dish soap to the empty spray bottle. Do not exceed 3 drops, or you will end up with too many suds for the cleaner to work properly.

Next, fill one-fourth of the bottle with either rubbing alcohol or denatured alcohol.

Then fill the remaining portion of the bottle with water.

Once full, put the cap on the bottle and give it a few good shakes. Your cleaner is now complete!

Yield: 1 bottle

Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

Homemade all-purpose cleaner that costs pennies (hand with plastic glove cleaning white tile with a cloth)
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Difficulty easy

Materials

  • 1 spray bottle
  • 2-3 drops dish soap
  • rubbing alcohol or denatured alcohol
  • water

Instructions

  1. Add two to three drops of dish soap to the empty spray bottle.
  2. Do not exceed 3 drops, or you will end up with too many suds for the cleaner to work properly.
  3. Next, fill one-fourth of the bottle with either rubbing alcohol or denatured alcohol.
  4. Then fill the remaining portion of the bottle with water.
  5. Once full, put the cap on the bottle and give it a few good shakes. Your cleaner is now complete!

Homemade All Purpose Cleaner with Essential Oils

Something I love doing with this all-purpose cleaner recipe is customizing it with different yummy scents. In the past year I have fallen for essential oils (or as my 5 year old pronounces, “essensual oils”)

After making the main all-purpose cleaning solution, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. I love using tea tree or eucalyptus. Other favorites are lavender and grapefruit.

Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner Without Vinegar

There are tons of homemade cleaning products out there that include vinegar. I use some myself, but when you just don’t want that vinegar smell (or it makes your cat hiss like mine!) this is an awesome homemade all-purpose cleaner without vinegar.

Homemade All Purpose Cleaner with Rubbing Alcohol

This cleaner costs just pennies to make and is safe for you to use anywhere. It is virtually odorless, will not damage most surfaces, and is easily refillable with products that most people have lying around their homes.

Next time you have to clean your house, this homemade all-purpose cleaner will let you breathe easily as you use it throughout your home. It’s a “green” alternative to the countless harsh chemicals on the store shelves today. It does a great job at tasks ranging from cleaning the stovetop, to the toilet, to your countertops and does so safely.

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The best homemade cleaner you'll want to use in every room (woman smiling holding a mop with all-purpose cleaner)

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