This homemade all-purpose cleaner is very quick and easy to make with just 2 ingredients. No vinegar in this recipe, it smells great, and it works!
Can I be totally honest with you?
I can be pretty lazy when it comes to homemade cleaning products.
Don’t get me wrong; I actually like to clean, and I love experimenting with new recipes and products! But when it comes to the number of cleaners I have in my cleaning caddy, I like to keep it to the bare bones minimum.
Case in point: I’ve been using the same homemade all-purpose cleaner for nearly every surface in my home for well over six years now. And the funny part? It actually started out as a floor cleaner!
You see? I literally took my floor cleaner and thought, “hmmm, I wonder what else I can clean with this stuff…” and BAM – it was officially became an all purpose cleaner.
But here’s the thing…
Sometimes we can get so stuck in our ways that we don’t realize how much we might be over-complicating things for ourselves.
And that’s exactly what happened with my first homemade all-purpose cleaner (i.e.: my famous Homemade Floor Cleaner). That recipe uses water, alcohol, vinegar, dish soap, and essential oils (partly for cleaning properties, but also very much for masking the vinegar scent).
It’s a great recipe, and one that has served me (and 1+ million people on Pinterest!) well for a very long time! One that started out as a floor cleaner, but eventually took on a whole new “purpose” (see what I did there?).
But it does have its limitations:
- It can’t be used on granite or other stone surfaces (because of the vinegar).
- It uses essential oils, which some people can’t find locally, or they don’t fit in their budget, or there’s safety issues involved with kids and pets, etc.
- The vinegar. It stinks. There, I said it.
- It could use a bit more power for those really dirty, grimy jobs.
So I got to thinking…
What if I could strip down this cleaner to the bare minimum, and still increase the cleaning power for the toughest jobs?
What can I remove? What can I add more of? How could I truly simplify this recipe to make it the easiest, simplest, quickest natural homemade all-purpose cleaner of life??
And after a little experimenting, I finally got it!
I’m so excited to share with you today my updated, totally simplified all natural all-purpose cleaner recipe.
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Easy Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner
Ready to be amazed? All you need is 2 ingredients, and one of them is freely available at your kitchen sink!
We’re just mixing water with some good old castile soap, and we’re calling it a day.
That’s it! Quick, easy, and doesn’t require a million different ingredients. Can I get an Amen!
Easy Natural All-Purpose Cleaner
- Fill your spray bottle with the water.
- Add in the castile soap.
- Cover the bottle and shake well.
- Use on pretty much any surface in your home.
See? I told you it was easy! I’ve been using this homemade all-purpose cleaner all over the kitchen and bathroom, and haven’t looked back since.
Do I still use my old homemade all-purpose cleaner?
Of course I do, that stuff is bomb! I still use the old recipe on my floors and glass surfaces (mirrors, windows, glass cooktop) because it gives that nice, streak-free shine.
But for everything else? This updated homemade all-purpose cleaner is where it’s at!
So here’s to all the lazy cleaners out there. May your cleaning supplies be few, your counters clean, and your sanity (mostly) intact. 🙂
Where to find castile soap
I use Dr. Bronner’s brand, but any brand will do.
I haven’t tried this with a regular liquid soap, so I can’t speak to that. But I can say that castile soap is a natural soap with no additives, and it’s a much thinner consistency than your typical hand soap. So I would try to source it for best results.
If you need help finding it, please let me know and I can help!