Natural Homemade All Purpose Cleaner: 21 Uses


I know you love your homemade All-Purpose Spray made from natural, safe, non-toxic ingredients but you’ve asked me over and over, “what else can I do with it?” So, here is my answer!


  1. Clean your walls.
  2. Clean and disinfect light switches, door knobs and phones. Spray onto micro-fiber cloth then wipe.
  3. Clean small appliances. Spray onto micro-fiber cloth then wipe.
  4. Clean large appliances, including stainless!
  5. Spot clean floors.
  6. Spray onto clothing stains to pre-treat.
  7. Clean stepping stools.
  8. Clean tsotchkes and knick-knacks.
  9. Use to clean, disinfect, and repel bugs on outdoor furniture.
  10. Clean cabinet doors.
  11. Clean range hood.
  12. Clean edges of photo frames. Spray onto micro-fiber cloth then wipe.
  13. Clean kids toys.
  14. Clean tennis shoes. Spray onto micro-fiber cloth then wipe.
  15. Clean and disinfect infant and toddler equipment.
  16. Clean and disinfect trash cans.
  17. Clean laundry baskets.
  18. Clean off products that may collect dust such as jars, bottles, containers, boxes, etc. Spray onto micro-fiber cloth then wipe.
  19. Clean and disinfect pet toys and equipment.
  20. Clean car interior.
  21. Clean outdoor grill and other equipment.

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  1. Jennifer M. says:

    Dear Amy, Over 1 year ago I was online searching for a “How To” on all natural, homemade household cleansers and I came across your blog. My 2 children would always ask to help clean windows, countertops, etc, and I was so fearful of them using the store bought cleaners. Since then I have made several very successful batches of your All Purpose Cleanser, my children (Katrina 10 and Lukas 5) are helping with around the house clean-up as well as helping me make new batches of cleaning products. Both kids love to help make the decision on which essential oil combination we will use. Currently, the only store bought cleaners I still use is laundry detergent, dish soap and dishwasher powder pods. I love my Palmolive and Tide, however given my turn around on other cleaners I am going to attempt the dishwasher, dish liquid and laundry cleaning recipes you have shared. I am so thankful that you are able to dedicate so much of your time and passion to this blog. By sharing, you have truly helped the well-being of me and my family (way beyond the all purpose cleaner) I have personally been inspired by reading your stories!

  2. can I use a dish soap like dawn instead of the castille soap?

  3. I have been using the all purpose cleaner for all manner of things, and all I have to say is WOW! It really is all purpose. I’ve used it all over my kitchen, from the counter tops to the floors, to the fridge and microwave. I also use it on my tables and baby’s chair. I clean my cabinet faces with it, and my windows, blinds and baseboards. I’ve also used it as a spot cleaner on my carpet (I have a 2 yr old that is trying to potty train himself…. I’m sure I don’t need to go into details.) My absolute favorite though: the shower!!! I had a shower that was practicially black from so much soap scum and stuff on the floor. I had tried and tried to scrub that floor with all manner of other cleaners that ate away my skin and choked me, but I really wanted to get it clean. (My tiles are usually white.) I took a chance and sprayed the spray in there a few days in a row and just let it sit in there until someone used the shower. Then two days ago, I sprinkled some borax in there, then sprayed the spray on top of it, used it to make a paste, and hardly had to scrub at all to get the gunk almost completely up!!! In the 8 yrs we’ve lived in this house the shower has never looked so good! I love it! I can’t thank you enough Amy!!

    • Thank you, Shalene! I am excited to hear that. The all purpose is my favorite too. I actually like cleaning with this. Crazy, I know but I do!!! Glad you like it too!

  4. Love all of the tips! And I must say…did you actually use tsotchkes in a sentence? You crack me up!

  5. Amy Reulet says:

    Amy, I am an hour away from Baton Rouge. My mother and I go shopping there all the time. I think we live in the perfect spot, between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. I live in a little town called Chackbay which is the outskirts of Thibodaux. 45 min to NOLA, and about an hour to BR. Perfect! lol

  6. I also wanted to ask about the castille soap. I noticed the link to amazon is eucalyptus castille soap do you use this or can you use the unscented?

    • I just like Eucalyptus for it’s antibacterial properties and it really blends well with almost any scent I add to it but you can use whatever castile you choose. It does not have to be that one.

  7. Can you use the all purpose cleaner to clean the fridge? I usually just use soap and water but feel I need some type of disinfectant.

  8. Amy Reulet says:

    Hi Amy!
    I am a fellow cajun gal like you, just east of Thibodaux. I am so glad I found your page. For the last 4 months I have been making my own laundry detergent and now I am playing with cleaning receipes for my home. Can’t wait to see what you post next!

    • Hi, Amy! I’m so glad you left a comment to let me know about you! East of Thibodeaux? Wow, you must be pretty close to the Gulf. My boys spent a good bit of time with their dad out in Thibodaux before he passed away. I’m glad you are enjoying the recipes and I look forward to getting to know you!

  9. Momma Ruby says:

    I’ve been considering trying to find some cast iron pots & pans. I know that you can use salt to scrub them, but I’ve heard differing things about how to truly clean them. Most people say not to use soap because it’ll take off the seasoning, but my dad says he has never not used soap on his. What is your suggestion for this (would your dish soap recipe be okay or should I just rinse and scrub like others say), as well as how to season them?

    (I would’ve posted this under the dishes post but couldn’t find the place to post a comment there.)

    • No! Do not use soap. No scouring pads either. That causes the pots to have spots that are non-stick. If I need scouring action I just some salt and pan scraper (hard plastic kitchen tool). Most times I am able to just wipe it out. If something is stuck on then I heat the pan and once it is hot I add some water to it and start scraping the bottom. Then usually I can just rinse and wipe clean. To season them properly –the easiest way at least– is to just make bacon in them 2-3 times prior to cooking anything else. After cooking the back drain off the fat and rinse to get the bits of bacon out. The wipe clean making sure to distribute the fats around the pan, inside and out. Then stick them back on the stove (or in the oven) and heat them to about 400 degrees for 20 minutes or so. Do that three times and they should be good to go! I only re-oil mine if I see that it is getting a dry spot or if someone else accidentally cleans it the wrong way. Maybe I should do a post on this. I get asked this question quite often.

  10. “All-purpose” really means “all-purpose” 🙂 🙂 🙂 I have a recipe that I found in an old issue of MaryJane’s Farm magazine. It’s fantastic, smells good and costs pennies 🙂 🙂 🙂 Oh did I tell you, that I found my homemade laundry powder? It was in the garage, after my father and I moved to CAlifornia. I was worried it wouldn’t be any good, but it was in an air-tight container and is still in perfect condition. So that just saved me a lot of money…I’m looking into buying a line-dryer now. Have a great weekend. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather. 🙂

  11. HI Amy,
    I am so grateful I found your blog. I have been looking for inexpensive ways to detoxify my home and go green. You have made my job much easier. Love, Love, Love your all purpose cleaner. My next step is the Soap Nuts and then the Bathroom Cleaners. One Question: how do you get your whites “White”?
    Thank you so much and looking forward to reading your Ebook on the Proverbs 31 Woman

    Jupiter, FL
    Homeschool Mom

    • Hi, Kathy! I am so glad you are here too! The All Purpose is my favorite too. As far as the whites are concerned, that is why I add the Borax to the dispenser with the soap nuts. It whitens where the soap nuts don’t. And Borax is so inexpensive that you can use 2-4 tablespoons per load and it is still less than commercial cleaners. 🙂

  12. Rachel Beita says:

    This is a good post! I am doing the Money Saving Mom book club but unfortanatly I can not do it one Wed. morning. I did watch the last session though. Thank you for sending it. GREAT JOB!

  13. Great ideas! Thanks! I’m definitely making all of these safe cleaners when we have kids!!


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