DIY Multi-Purpose Cleaner

Most cleaning products are a cocktail of harsh chemicals. And you need so many products to clean different parts of your home. Or you could use one, natural product for everything!


Do You Know What’s In Your Cleaning Products?

A person mopping a ktchen floor, they are wearing blue marigold gloves. Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash

Many kitchen and bathroom cleaners are incredibly abrasive and often have warnings on the pack about how they should be handled. You are putting these into your home and they subsequently breathing them in or absorbing into your skin. These chemicals then end up in our environment via our waterways! Frequently using antibacterial cleaners (soaps etc.) can actually promote super-bacteria. As the cleaners usually don’t kill all the bacteria so the ones that remain are stronger and multiply. The products I use to clean my home isn’t something I can say I’ve given a lot of thought in the past but here I am, giving it a good think.



How To:

White vinegar has been used for cleaning for a long time – very

You don’t need to do this, but this is to make it smell less like vinegar!

Ingredients: – recipe from here.

  • White vinegar (not distilled malt vinegar)
  • Orange/lemon/lime/grapefruit peels
  • A jar
  • Essential oils (optional)

A dish of orange peels, an empty cleaned jar, and a 5 litre jug of spirit vinegar



  1. Fill a jar with orange (or other citrus peels).
  2. Then fill with white vinegar.
  3. Leave to stew for 2 weeks.Β A jar fille with orang peels and white vinegar
  4. After 2 weeks you can strain the orange vinegar – this can then be used as fabric softener or for cleaning all kinds of things.
My DIY cleaner with orange peels in a jar and the diluted cleaner in this repurposed mr sheen bottle

I use this repurposed Mr Sheen bottle to put my cleaner in (I couldn’t get the label off)!


For different messes, use different strengths of cleaner.

  • For stubborn messes – use at full strength!
  • Dilute, at least, by ratio of 1:8 water for everything else.
  • Add a tablespoon to your washing machine for a natural fabric softener!

The pinterest pin for 'DIY multipurpoe cleaner' - features a drawing of a spray can


If you have any other uses for white vinegar to add, leave it in the comments!

Jessica xx

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8 thoughts on “DIY Multi-Purpose Cleaner

  1. Jessica says:

    I also hand wash my underpants with all natural dr bonnet soap before and soaked them in salt water and vinegar. I just want to say. My underwear still smells afterwards. So if the scent cannnot be eliminated. I am also very skeptical that all the bacteria are dead (not that bacteria is a bad thing)… Just speculating

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    • jessicaleecole says:

      I hadn’t really considered it! I think a lot of it has to do with how vigorously you scrub though! I saw on TV once that you can remove as much bacteria from your hands with soap, warm water, and a good long scrub as you can with antibacterial soap! Bacteria isn’t always something to be scared of. But I haven’t used this to clean any kitchen surfaces as I live in halls and we are fortunate enough to have someone come clean the kitchen!


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