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This homemade all-purpose cleaner is simple to make, with only two natural ingredients you are very likely to have on hand.
Homemade all-purpose cleaner
Updated: August 22, 2019
This is the most simple-to-make homemade all-purpose cleaner there ever was. You’re going to love it. This is a brilliant idea, but I must admit, I did not come up with it myself.
It takes some time to make, so if you don’t have time, this is not the recipe for you.
I guess it is more accurate to say that this DIY all-purpose cleaner is very quick to put together but the solution takes a while because it must sit for a quite a while (two weeks) in order for it to be ready to use. My suggestion is to make it when you are half-way through your current all-purpose cleaner.
If you can’t wait for two weeks to make your own, I really like this kind. It smells amazing!
Toxin ingredients in all-purpose cleaners
According to the Canadian Health Food Association, commercial all-purpose cleaners contain MEA, DEA and TEA; these chemicals are possible carcinogens. They also contain synthetic fragrances that many people are sensitive to; these fragrances can cause migraines and other uncomfortable symptoms.
Commercial all-purpose cleaners also typically contain dyes and petrochemical derivatives that are contaminated with cancer-causing heavy metals.
Furthermore, all-purpose cleaners contain ammonia. Ammonia causes damage to the skin, eyes, throat and lungs. There are also harmful compounds that mimic estrogen, affect the endocrine system and are associated with reproductive problems (source).
There are only two, natural ingredients in this homemade all-purpose cleaner – vinegar and citrus fruit rind (fruit rind is the part of the fruit that is used to make essential oils). So, from now on, don’t throw away citrus rind. 😉
I used lemons, but I am looking forward to trying grapefruit or a combination of lemon, lime and grapefruit.
This DIY all-purpose cleaner is a double-whammy because vinegar and citrus are both excellent cleaners and disinfectants. You could just use distilled water and citrus rinds, but adding vinegar makes it a more powerful cleaner and, if you’re worried about the vinegar smell, I don’t find that I can smell the vinegar at all. Now, let’s get to the recipe.
- 8 lemons 6 grapefruit or 10 limes (or a mixture of all three)
- enough vinegar to fill a jar
- 500 gm mason jar
- BPA-free squirt bottle
Remove the rind from the fruit and place it in the mason jar.
Pour vinegar over the rind and fill to the top (be sure to completely cover the rind).
Put the lid on and tighten.
Let the solution sit for two weeks in a cool, dark area.
Once two weeks is up, pour the solution into a squirt bottle.
That’s it. Your DIY all-purpose cleaner is ready to use. Happy cleaning!
*That’s my 8-year-old son’s adorable little hands holding that jar of refreshing cleanliness. He wanted to get in on the picture. 🙂
Please share if you know someone who might love this recipe. Thanks! 🙂
Have you tried making your own homemade all-purpose cleaner? Do you have a favorite non-toxic store-bought product? Share your comments below.
I wish you health and happiness,