This natural 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 natural 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 renamed The Ultimate 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 overcomplicating things for ourselves.
And that’s exactly what happened with my first 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 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 Natural 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 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
Just 2 simple ingredients make up this super easy, natural all-purpose cleaner for practically any surface in your home.
- 2 cups distilled water (distilled is best, but filtered tap water is fine for short term storage)
- 1 tablespoon liquid castile soap
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.
For extra scrubbing power (i.e.: for soap scum, etc.), spray this cleaner on the surface, and follow with a generous sprinkle of baking soda, then scrub with the scrubby side of a sponge.
See? I told you it was easy! I’ve been using this all over the kitchen and bathroom, and haven’t looked back since.
Do I still use my old 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 natural 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!