My Favorite Homemade Cleaner {3 ingredients!}

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My Favorite Homemade Cleaner {only 3 ingredients!} | RaisingArrows.netWhen you allow children to do chores, the need to have child-safe cleaning products becomes super important.  But, even mamas need to consider what kind of cleaners they are exposing themselves to.  I don’t want to sacrifice a clean home for a natural cleaner and I don’t want to sacrifice my family’s health for a commercial cleaner that really works.  I was certain there was a way to get the best of both worlds – safe, natural AND clean!

Now, before you tell me, “just use vinegar”, let me explain something.  My husband does not like the house smelling of vinegar, and no matter how much essential oil I add to my vinegar-based cleaners, he can still smell it.  So, I knew vinegar wasn’t going to be an option.

I also needed an easy recipe.  I have a large family, which equals large messes, which in turn equals a lot of cleaning products.  If I was going to have to make a recipe several times a month, then it would have to be simple.

It also needed to be all-purpose.  I have no desire to spend precious time making a cleaner that can only do one thing.  It had to be able to clean a multitude of things.

The original basis for this recipe comes from Lisa Barthuly’s Homestead Simplicity.  I highly recommend Lisa’s ebooks.  You can find them on her webiste or on Amazon.)

This recipe smells great, is easy to make, and is a workhorse!  You can tweak it a thousand different ways depending on your needs, so feel free to experiment with it.

3 ingredients to make your own all-purpose cleaner! | RaisingArrows.netAll you really need are a 32 oz spray bottle, water, and liquid Grapfruit Seed Extract.  HOWEVER, notice the little essential oil bottle in the photo above?  That’s where the tweaking begins!  The Grapefruit Seed Extract and water are a must, but that little bottle of essential oils can be as unique as you are!

Steps to making your own all-purpose cleaner |

A quick note about the GSE:  

I purchased this as a nutritional supplement for one of our children who proceeded to spit it out every time I made her drink it.  I finally gave up and resorted to using it to disinfect my cutting boards.  However, one little bottle of GSE goes a LONG way, so I was thrilled to find a way to use more of it!

All-Purpose Spray |

In our home, we use a mixture of Tea Tree Oil and Lavender.  These are good all-around cleansing oils and I like the way they smell.  We use this spray to clean counters and floors, toilets and bathtubs, and just about anything else you can think of that would typically be cleaned by an all-purpose, harsh-chemical spray.  I’m sure you will find this cleaner becomes a staple cleaning product in your home as well!

{p.s.  I wanted to write about this cleaner before I dove into Homemaking Basics because I will refer to this cleaner a lot!}

Make your own all-natural, all-purpose cleaner |

How to Make Your Own All-Natural, All-Purpose Cleaner

1.  Fill a 32 oz spray bottle with water.

2.  Add 35 drops of Liquid Grapefruit Seed Extract.

3.  Add 20 drops of essential oil like tea tree or lavender.

4.  Shake well.

5.  Label bottle and place in convenient location.

I keep 3 bottles of this on hand – 1 in each bathroom and 1 under the kitchen sink.  Not only does this make it quick and easy to clean up messes, it also keeps the kids from fighting over the cleaner during Home Blessing chores on Friday mornings!  Win-Win!

So, whip up a batch of this cleaner, figure out what essential oil combinations you like best (don’t forget to ask the kiddos!), and let’s get to cleaning!

Make your own all-purpose cleaner! |

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  1. Thank you for this great tip ! I’ve tried vinegar too, but my husband has the same reaction as yours, so this is a nice alternative.

  2. Thanks a bunch for this. I ditto the vinegar smell. Great for cleaning out coffee makers etc. but not as a cleaner. Can’t wait to get the supplies to make some and even thought about making extra as gifts for family. Thank you.

  3. I just need to get some bottles and I’m going to make some of this! I have GSE- recently purchased for treating thrush. I had some from two children ago but it expired and I threw it away. What a waste! Didn’t think about using it as a cleaner! Thanks for posting this! :-)

  4. thanks for this recipe. I will defiantly have to try this. I want my kids to help, and they want to help too, but I’m so concerned with the chemicals. My only question is, does this cleaner disinfect? I nave a son with health problems and I need the home to stay disinfected for germs.

  5. Looks great! And I actually have GSE in my cabinet :) I also don’t like the smell of vinegar, and no matter what – I can still smell it if I’ve used it for cleaning. Thanks for the alternative!

  6. Thank you for the recipe and recommendation. Looking forward to trying this as I recently read that vinegar breaks up the grouting on tile and my house has a lot of tile. Was wondering what I could use in place of the vinegar as I want to keep things natural and healthy for me and for my family. I already have the water and tree tea oil, just need to find the grapefruit seed extract.

  7. Hi, I was wondering if have ever used clove oil as an essential oil in the mix. I live in very warm, humid Brisbane, Australia (think Florida) and clove oil is supposed to be good for mould. Have you used it and would you use it with the tea tree oil as well or separately. Thanks for any tips. :)

  8. I will also have to try this recipe, hoping ‘all-purpose’ includes mirrors as that is the number one reason I use vinegar even though I don’t like the smell, I can clean my entire bathroom with it.

    On another note if you still want to use the GSE for nutritional purposes try putting it in capsules. When I was treating myself and my young children for yeast overgrowth GSE was the only thing that helped us all, and it does seem to last forever, however, I wouldn’t blame anybody for spitting it out, it is the definition of bitter and the taste does not quickly leave your mouth. I would empty an acidophilus capsule in to the kids yogurt with a single drop of GSE, they could taste two, but one was ok, then take mine, a much stronger dose, in one of the capsules.

  9. This sounds interesting. I’ve been using vinegar to clean just about everything! We don’t mind the smell, but it would be nice to have something less “scented” some times. =) Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I’ve been using hydrogen peroxide and water mix as a bathroom cleaner for a while–it doesn’t leave a strong smell and disinfects. Anyway, I decided to try your cleaner using sweet orange for the essential oil and it smells so good!

  11. I have made this a couple of time and am now using Young Livings Thieves oil… I was going to make it again and instead of the Lavender I was going to use Thieves… it is a germ killer too… figure more germ killing power! Thanks for all you share!

  12. I was wondering if there were any essential oils that smell good enough to use in this mix, but also deter insects? We are battling the little sugar ants.