Natural All Purpose Cleaning Spray – DIY Recipe

by Danielle
4 Materials
5 Minutes

I started using this all purpose cleaning spray years ago when my kids were young. They often wanted to help with cleaning but I was never comfortable letting them use the store bought products.

If I didn’t want my kids using these products, let alone be in the same room while I used them, I didn’t think they belonged in my house at all.

This led me to good old vinegar and water. So simple but why can’t it be?

All Purpose Cleaning Spray – DIY Recipe


You will need a good spray bottle or two. I like to keep one for bathroom use and another for the kitchen.


  • Fill bottle 1/2 full with white distilled vinegar


  • Fill rest of the bottle with water, leaving an inch or so at the top


  • Add essential oil of choosing, usually 10-20 drops


  • Secure lid and gently mix


Spray surface and wipe clean using a cloth.

Why Use Vinegar For Cleaning?


Vinegar is made through a two step fermentation process, producing acetic acid. This acidity is the reason vinegar works so well for cleaning, breaking down grease, deodorizing and inhibiting the growth of mold.

What Essential Oils Should I use?


Think of essential oils as a booster to your cleaning spray. Although vinegar does a great job cleaning, many essential oils offer further beneficial properties for cleaning.


Here’s a few essential oils I use to add a boost to my cleaning spray,


  • Eucalyptus


  • Lemon


  • Peppermint


  • Rosemary


  • Tea Tree

Make A Cleaning Vinegar Infusion Instead


Instead of essential oils, boost your vinegar using herbs instead. In a quart sized jar, add one to two handfuls of chopped fresh or dried herbs (peppermint, lemon balm or rosemary). Add vinegar to fill the jar and let sit for a few days to infuse. Strain herbs and pour vinegar into a spray bottle to use.

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Suggested materials:
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Essential Oil (optional)
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