Homemade All Natural All Purpose Cleaner Recipe w/ Printable Labels

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There are so many reasons to use homemade, natural cleaners but my personal reasons are because it is much healthier for us and because it is cost effective. I also like that I control the scent. I like a good smelling home. Smells make me happy. I like to coordinate my smells according to the time of year. I know I’m weird.

My favorite cleaner is my all purpose spray. I use it for all basic clean up. It does disinfect but if I need a bit more assurance that an area is bacteria free then I’ll use a bit of hydrogen peroxide.

I’ve tried many recipes but this is my favorite because:

  1. there is a little more vinegar in this recipe than I have seen in some others and I like that because that makes it a stronger disinfectant and I can smell the clean. DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE INITIAL VINEGAR SMELL. It goes away after a minute or two and leaves behind whatever scent of essential oils you use. I like smelling the vinegar immediately. It reminds me of when I used to watch my grandma clean and it gives me the immediate satisfaction of knowing that the cleaner is working.
  2. upon first wiping it leaves a slight white film. This will go away if you let it evaporate but I like it because it prompts me to wipe again ensuring that the area is thoroughly cleaned.

homemade cleaner recipe with labels

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tsp of liquid castile soap or Sal’s Suds
  • 1 tsp Borax
  • 1 tsp of washing soda crystals
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 25-30 drops of essential oil
  • 24 oz sprayer (I have found the best ones come from home improvement stores or craft stores)
  • label

Mix the castile soap, Borax, washing soda, and vinegar in a large bowl or measuring cup. Slowly add the water and stir. Allow it to cool and then add some essential oils. I am currently using Tea Tree and Eucalyptus. Using a funnel pour it into the spray bottle. Label your bottle.

To use simply spray the area to be cleaned and wipe with a dry cloth. Sit back, relax, and smile because you just benefited your family in a major way!

Homemade All Natural All Purpose Cleaner Recipe with Printable Labels

I like to personalize everything so I created my own labels. I have many of these labels (they coordinate) for other cleaners and such that I make and I will post them in upcoming weeks along with their respective recipes. Simply download your label of choice and insert it into your label making software (Word, Open Office, etc) and print on shipping labels.

Download labels here:

Download Notebook Label

Download Modern Label

Download Crafty Label

Download Nature Label

Download Pretty Homemade Label

If you are not interested in chasing down ingredients or making your own you can now buy our handmade natural cleaning products from our Etsy Shop: Fleur de Posh Natural Cleaners on Etsy or visit our website: Fleur de Posh.

disclaimer: Since posting our base recipes on the blog we have greatly improved upon the process and ingredients we use. What you purchase will be slightly different from what is posted on this blog.

Comments

  1. Are the essential oils…essential for this recipe or are they just for fragrance? I’m not jumping on the oils bandwagon. They just are not budget friendly and I can’t justify the purchase.

    • Hi, Katie! The oils aren’t just for fragrance. They offer many properties that we’ve come to expect in cleaning products: antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial, antibacterial, etc. They give the cleaner that added punch. With that said, they aren’t necessary if you clean frequently and use some extra elbow grease to get all of the dirt and bacteria removed. Also, consider spraying hydrogen peroxide on the surface after cleaning and let it sit for a minute or so then wipe. That will finish the job without the oils.

  2. Love these labels, and this recipe is easy to do. Thank you so much for sharing this! I’m going to whip up a batch right away. Cheers! Gina

  3. I was just about to make this cleaner when I remembered another blog that I had read explaining why you shouldn’t use castile soap and vinegar in the same recipe. Long story short, they cancel each other out, so you aren’t getting the cleaning capabilities of either one! (One is an acid and one is a base!). Just thought I’d throw that out there!

    • Hey! I’ve read the same article and though the basic principle is correct it is cannot be applied for all recipes. This one has been tested by biological engineers and a chemist and it does work, nothing cancelled out. The balance comes from using neutralizers in the recipe. Also, what most people don’t understand is that it is the ph balance that helps with the germs. The ph balance on this formula is perfect for killing germs. All of that will be explained in my upcoming book.

      We have to be really careful what we read on the internet and take the time to research it thoroughly.

      • Ok, makes sense. I am making the recipe right now, but there’s all these curdled looking white particles. Any idea why that happened? Or is there a way to fix it?

  4. Katie Stanley says:

    Great post! I need to make more of my own cleaners. I was wondering how did you go about making your own lables? I’ve been wanting to make them for my herbal remidies but don’t know how.

  5. I’ve never herard of castile soap before, but I will look around and try to find it. I love this idea! We use the homemade laundry soap & dishwashing detergent. I’d love this as well. THANKS! :)

  6. You can usually find washing soda at Wal-mart on the laundry detergent aisle

  7. Hi Amy – I came across your blog as I was searching for printable labels for my own cleaning supplies! They are so adorable! I used different ingredients so couldn’t use the labels exactly, but they gave me a great template for creating my own. Thanks! (Mentioned you and your blog in my post, FYI!) :)

  8. Thanks Amy, if I can find all these ingredients I just may try this.

  9. Where can I find washing soda locally? Also, would bar castille soap be substitutable?

    • amybayliss says:

      Originally the only place I could find the washing soda was at our local Ace Hardware store. I have since seen it at some other home improvement stores. Also, I personally asked my local grocer to order a wholesale box of it for me and they did. It cost me $24 for the whole box but it will last me for years. I never have to track it down again.

      Bar castile is fine too as long as you melt it down before you put it in the mixture. I actually do substitute the bar when I don’t have the liquid on hand. The liquid is just easier. :)

      • don’t know where you are at, but In Atlanta, we can find Washing Soda at Kroger :)

        • amybayliss says:

          Beth, I am in the Baton Rouge area. I WISH we had a Kroger. I am so jealous. I don’t know what is up with the grocers around here. There are so many useful things that they don’t carry. I have to pre-order a few things and buy in bulk to get them. Maybe there isn’t enough demand for it here. Idk…

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  2. [...] I like to personalize everything so I created my own labels. I have many of these labels for other cleaners and such that I make and I will post them in upcoming weeks along with their respective recipes. Simply download your label of choice and insert it into your label making software (Word, Open Office, etc) and print on shipping labels. You could also print on Avery sticker paper. After putting the labels on my bottles I use contact paper to seal over the top of the label to avoid the label from smearing or being damaged if it gets wet. You will also find some older labels here: DIY Homemade Natural All Purpose Spray w/Printable Labels. [...]




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