DIY Natural Multi-Purpose Cleaners – Recipe Index

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If you are new to making your own natural cleaning supplies, I suggest you start here. Multi-purpose cleaners can be used for almost everything.You can find many different cleaners for different sections of your house, but if you want to remove chemicals from your house little by little, this is a great way to make a huge dent without having to invest a lot of time or money.


Today I want to share with you a list of natural multi-purpose cleaner recipes that I have found over months of searching for the “perfect one.” While I will have the recipe I personally use below, I have learned that there really is no “perfect” natural cleaner for everyone.

Some work better than others on certain stains or messes.

Some people like the smell of one, while others can’t stand it.

Some people are okay with some ingredients, while others aren’t. 

For some, budget may be a big issue, and some recipes require fewer or less expensive ingredients than others.

And, in my case, I may be out of a certain ingredient, but have most of the others, and I wonder what I can whip up using the ingredients that I have on hand.

So, here are 7 of the best natural multi-purpose cleaner recipes I have found.

I specifically found ones that have different ingredients so that you have lots of options.


1 Natural DIY Multipurpose Cleaner (That Works) – Wellness Mama


The Wellness Mama actually just published a post on why she doesn’t use solely DIY natural cleaners anymore (in part due to time). I agree with that completely. I have a list of DIY cleaners I use and a list of best alternatives I can buy (for the money/that work/don’t have to many harmful chemicals). I think it is best to find what works for you, but if you are on a tight budget, it is cheaper to make your own, especially if you buy the ingredients in bulk. It usually comes down to time versus money for me.


2 Citrus Enzyme Cleaner – Everyday Roots


Pros: It is very cheap to make and the enzymes really help you clean, which can sometimes be a drawback of natural cleaners. 
Cons: Uses a lot of ingredients and takes quite a bit of time to make.


3 Homemade All-Purpose Surface Cleaner – Live Simply


This recipe has a video to show you how to make it, and it also is printable. I love all the beautiful photos on many natural living website, but it is so nice when you can print just the instructions all together.


4 DIY All-Natural Citrus Zest All-Purpose Cleaner – Body Unburdened


This is another recipe that uses fermentation, but smells really great when it is done.


5 All Purpose Cleaner – Rodale’s Organic Life


This one is about as simple as it gets, and only costs $0.20.


6 Lavender Mint Homemade All Purpose Cleaner – DIY Natural


I love the combination of lavender and mint on this one. It is a nice alternative to citrus (or plain vinegar) smells.


7 DIY All Purpose Cleaner – Mommypotamus


This one really lets you be flexible on the scent (and what essential oils you may have handy), as well as a cool trick to repurpose old bottles and turn them into glass spray bottles and save some money.

You can tell these use a lot of the same ingredients, and some of them are very similar. I really think it is more art than science and you have to just find out what works best for you. 

Here is the one recipe I use on a regular basis.

DIY Natural Dishwashing Detergent
An easy, safe dishwashing detergent you can make and save money!
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  1. 1 cup borax
  2. 1 cup washing soda
  3. 2/3 cup citric acid
  4. 1/2 cup salt
  5. 20 drops of essential oils (optional)
  1. Combine the ingredients in a glass container if using essential oils. Any airtight container will work if not.
  2. Use approximately one tablespoon per dishwashing load.
  1. I use Citrus Bliss or a lemon/orange combination and it smells great! This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled depending on the size of your container.
Adapted from Wellness Mama
Adapted from Wellness Mama

What I use when I don’t have time to make my own:

And sometimes, when life gets too hectic to make your own cleaning supplies, just check out the GoodGuide or EWG and find a cleaner that works for your budget and comfort level with the ingredients. The commercial multi-purpose cleaner I use occasionally is 7th Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner (Lemongrass Citrus), which received the score of “A” from the EWG.

Have you tried a multi-purpose cleaning recipe that you love? Please share!



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