Homemade Cleaning Products: All-Purpose Cleaner

Get rid of the grime with an easy, homemade all-purpose cleaner.

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This formula combines the antimicrobial and scouring powers of borax and washing soda—and good old soap and water—and imparts a lovely scent.

Prep: 5 min.

Cost: $1.74

Yield: Approximately 23.5 oz.



  • Rubber gloves
  • Funnel
  • Measuring cup and spoons
  • 32-oz. spray bottle
  • Sponge



  • 1 tsp. washing soda
  • 2 tsp. borax
  • 2 Tbsp. distilled white vinegar
  • 2½ cups hot water
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 7 drops lemon essential oil
  • ¼ cup liquid castile soap



Put on gloves. Using funnel, pour washing soda, borax, vinegar, water and oils into bottle. Shake well, add soap and shake again. Spray on walls, countertops and other surfaces. Wipe with damp sponge.