Simple DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

When I first found out that I was pregnant, I started making an honest effort to avoid harsh chemicals as much as possible. I didn’t want to clean with a potent commercial cleaner, but I still wanted my house to sparkle and smell fresh…and so, my magical spray cleaner was born.

Well, in all honesty, my grandmother’s tried and true magical spray cleaner was…reborn. But regardless, this all-purpose cleaner is inexpensive, easy to make, and it works like a dream.

You will find that this article is short and sweet, because great things speak for themselves!

There are so many alternative ways that you can create a safe and effective household cleaner. Just type the keywords “DIY all-purpose cleaner” into the search bar on Pinterest, and watch the recipes start flowing. For this particular recipe, you can find the ingredients and simple directions below.


-1 teaspoon of dawn dish soap
-1 tablespoon of baking soda
-2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide
-2 cups of water
-Spray bottle

I personally love the smell of dawn dish soap, but if you want a different scent, you can always add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. I have used lavender, lemon, and peppermint and they all smell amazing.

Mix all ingredients into a large spray bottle, shake, and spray! Always test on discreet areas first and use white cleaning towels because peroxide can discolor fabrics if it’s not diluted enough.

I use this all-purpose cleaner all over the house. In the bathroom and the kitchen, on the walls, the floors, and as a stain remover for my laundry. It is way cheaper than any harsh-chemical cleaner out there, and it’s just as efficient.

This recipe came from my grandma, but there are probably a million options out there for natural alternatives to harsh cleaners. Do some research and get creative! And hopefully you love this one as much as my family does. You can also grab your free printable cleaning checklist here (no email address required).

Now, tell me! What are your homemade recipes for all-purpose household cleaners? And what are your tips and tricks for limiting (or eliminating) toxic chemicals and cleaners from your home? Share in the comments!

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  1. Sparkyjen

    June 6, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    I may try your cleaner, as I’m a clean and tidy person too. I have my own spray bottle full of lavender smelling detergent and water, which I spray down my kitchen counters with every day. I love that it’s not too pungent, but keeps the kitchen counters sparkling. I can also use it on my appliances too as it’s going to clean and shine, not abuse. Maybe I’ll add some of the ingredients you mentioned in my next fill-up. I’m especially curious about the hydro-p. I wonder what it might do in addition, especially on my testy dishwasher front. Excellent post!

    1. Cate

      June 6, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      Thank you! I love the peroxide for toilets and surfaces that need an antibacterial touch! Give it a try and let me know what you think 👍🏼 Have a great Monday!

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