Jun 24 2010

Make Your Own………All Purpose Cleaner

There are so many reasons to make your own house cleaning products, and so few reasons why you wouldn’t.

For me, the main reason I fought making my own was that it seemed complicated. In fact the opposite is true. After the initial purchase of your staple ingredients, it’s easy.

I think the best way to understand the simplicity is by seeing it, so I made a video demonstration that will (hopefully) help.

Not only does this cleaner work well, it smells great! I usually use lavender, but you can give it whatever scent you like. Another bonus about making yourself!

All Purpose Cleaner

1 Teaspoon Washing Soda

1 teaspoon Borax

½ Teaspoon Castile Soap

2 Cups Hot Water

10 Drops Essential Oil(Lemon, Lavender and Pine work well for this one).

Here are a few side notes that I put in all my home cleaning product posts…….

Why make your own home cleaning products?

1)  It’s good for your health. While you’re cleaning you come in contact with many different chemicals on your skin and through your mouth and nose.  It’s not just one exposure that is the concern, it’s the cumulative effect. Toxins build up in your body over time and are stored in our cells.

Store bought products contain safe amounts of each individual ingredient, but when mixed with many other cleaning supplies the combination may not be safe. If you make your own, you won’t be handling and inhaling toxic fumes while you clean.

2. It’s good for the environment – First, no more empty containers will be going into the recycling, or worse yet the trash. Second, no more harmful chemicals going down our drains and into the water supply.  Many municipal water filtration systems are not designed to remove those types of chemicals. Therefor, they end up back in our water supply. What comes around goes around – whatever we put down the drain will come back in one way or another.

A few things to keep in mind when working with homemade cleaning products…….

1)  Residue – The first few times you use home cleaning products (especially window cleaner) you may notice some residue. There are two reasons for this. First, there is build-up from your previous cleaner that becomes visible. Second, homemade cleaners require a little extra elbow grease. You will have to work that sponge or rag (hopefully not paper towel) a little more, but it’s worth it.

2) Essential Oils – Although they are natural, they can be quite potent, so make sure to wear gloves when working with Lavender and Tea Tree Oil.


  1. amy
    Posted August 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Posted By: amy

    Where do you get your empty squirt bottles?

  2. Elizabeth
    Posted August 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Posted By: Elizabeth

    I think I got those at bed bath and beyond. I also used to get them at Target. I am coming out with a line of bottles with the directions right on the labels and all the ingredients all in one box. I’m posting them on my site in about a week!

  3. Tonya ODell
    Posted August 17, 2011 at 5:47 am | Posted By: Tonya ODell

    I am curious about the Borax. Borax should not be used around foods. It suggest to rinse surfaces and clothes after its use. Do you use it on your kitchen counters? If I am misinformed about the Borax please let me know. Love the website, recipes and information you are providing.

  4. Elizabeth
    Posted August 17, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Posted By: Elizabeth

    Hi Tonya,
    In small amounts, like used cleaning supplies,it’s ok. If large amounts are ingested it’s dangerous.
    Thanks for asking!

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