DIY All Purpose Cleaner | Chemical Free

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Household cleaners are notorious for having an ingredient list full of questionable materials. In some cases, these materials can cause indoor pollution and, in turn, affect your health.

I do my best to keep contact with toxic and potentially harmful chemicals to a minimum for myself and my family. For one, I prioritize eco-friendly cleaning products that contain little to no harmful chemicals. However, I also like to make my own cleaning products at home.

Want to learn how you can make your own? Here’s a quick guide to help you get started.

Fortunately, making homemade DIY cleaners and cold-pressed soaps is a great way to ensure nothing harmful enters your home. With a transparent ingredient list, you know exactly what went into your product.

With one simple recipe, I can get most of high traffic areas clean. This DIY all purpose cleaner is 100% non-toxic which is great because our children can enjoy spraying without me worrying about them getting it on their skin or in their eyes.

We actually enjoy cleaning pans, countertops and around the house.

DIY All Purpose Cleaner

Infused herbal vinegar is the star of this non-toxic cleaner.

Vinegar is widely available, cheap, and effective for cleaning different surface types.

The best thing about this mixture is that it is all natural. No hidden chemical agents in this bottle.

It’s very rewarding to be able to use the plants native to (or growing in) your region. Keep your eyes out for antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic herbs growing in your yard or nearby area. We are meant to have a relationship with the nature around us, it is an important skill to be able to identify and use local herbs.

I gather materials like lavender, rose petals, lemongrass, and orange peel from our garden. We also have cypress trees lining our driveway. The leaves contain antiviral and antibacterial properties, making them a useful ingredient to add in this DIY all purpose home cleaner. In aromatherapy, cypress is used to spiritually ground a person and instill a sense of emotional security. Not a bad thing to put around the house. What a wonderful find just outside our front door!

If you don’t have any dry material or want to skip the time waiting for the infusion to happen, essential oils add scent and various cleansing properties. Citrus oils like lemon, orange, grapefruit, and mandarin are recommended for cleaning as are tea tree, eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender and rosemary. Combine your favorites together and make your house sparkle!

DIY chemical-free all-purpose home cleaner.

Infused Vinegar All Purpose Cleaner

This DIY all purpose cleaner takes care of all my cleaning needs and is 100% free of harsh industrial chemicals. Use in the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom for plastic, tile, and wooden surfaces.
5 from 1 vote
Jessica Haggard
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Course: DIY Home Cleaners
Keyword: DIY vinegar cleaner, infused vinegar cleaner
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Infuse Time: 14 days
Total Time: 14 days 10 minutes
Servings: 1 quart


  • 4 cups white vinegar
  • 1 cups dry herbs citrus peels, lavender, lemon grass, lemon balm, peppermint, rosemary, thyme, oregano, fir or pine needles
  • essential oils flavors correspond with herbs of choice, optional


  • Put dried herbs and a container and cover with vinegar. Shake or stir to combine.
    4 cups white vinegar, 1 cups dry herbs, essential oils
  • Seal with a lid and leave in a cool dark place (like a pantry or cupboard) for two weeks (or until you remember about it).
  • Once the vinegar is infused, strain the herbs out. Add essential oils if desired.
  • Store in a squirt bottle (labeled with the name and date) and use at your convenience.
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