How to Make Three Super Easy and Cheap DIY All Purpose Cleaners

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Do you know what we left out of the budget the first month? Cleaning supplies. Dave Ramsey says you will suck at budgeting in the beginning. Oh is he ever right.

Most normal people would call cleaning supplies a necessity and just find a way to add them into the budget. Not us. We refused to make adjustments to our budget the first few months. (Generally, that is a bad idea. Don’t follow my lead here. You can read about good budgeting habits here.)

However, thanks to those moments of stubbornness, we fell into a lifestyle of chemical-free living that is much cheaper and healthier for our family. I have learned you can make literally anything. You can see some of my favorite ideas here.

If you’re new to the DIY world, this is the perfect place to start. These All-purpose cleaner recipes are incredibly easy and extremely useful.

I’ll be honest, I am not a huge fan of cleaning. Anything I can do to make cleaning faster and easier is a win in my book. I love that with all-purpose cleaners I can drag one bottle around the house and clean everything. These are three of my favorite DIY All-Purpose cleaners.

Orange Peel Vinegar Cleaner

This is the very first DIY cleaner I ever tried so it holds a very special place in my heart. It was like the gateway drug to becoming a modern day hippie ;). Although I was impressed with how well it worked, we got tired of eating oranges after a while and had to find a new option.

Supplies: Empty glass jar, lots of orange peels, white vinegar, a spray bottle

Cost: $0.25 per bottle (I am assuming you already have a bottle and were going to buy oranges anyway)

Instructions: Fill your glass jar with orange (or lemon) peels. Poor white vinegar into the jar over the peels. Let the mixture sit in a closed glass jar for at least two weeks.

The Good

  • It works really well!
  • The citrus smell overpowers the vinegar scent and gives the cleaner extra superpowers to cut the grease and grime.

The Bad

  • You have to eat a lot of oranges. I love fruit but it takes a lot of orange peels to fill a jar.
  • You have to let the fruit peels sit in the vinegar for two weeks. This requires organization, planning ahead and patience. None of which I do well.
  • It was sometimes a little sticky if the mixture had been sitting in the jar for longer than a few weeks.


Super Easy, Uber Cheap DIY cleaner

This cleaner is the cheapest, easiest cleaner around. Do I love it? No. But it works. For the past year, this cleaner has kept our home squeaky clean. Also thanks to this cleaner, my husband says the smell of vinegar will forever remind him of being broke. However, it gets the job done, it saves you tons of money, and it keeps your home chemical free.

Supplies: white vinegar, water, spray bottle (optional: 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil)

Cost: $0.05 per bottle*

If you choose to add the essential oil your cost would go up to $.05 per drop according to this post.

Instructions: Fill your spray bottle halfway with white vinegar. Fill the rest with water. If using, add 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil to your bottle. (Be sure you are using a glass spray bottle if you add in lemon!! Citrus essential oils can break down plastic and release toxins.)

The good

  • It works.
  • It is easy and crazy cheap.
  • You probably already have everything you need at home.
  • You can adjust the amount of vinegar based on the strength you need (extra cleaning power= more vinegar, light cleaning=less vinegar)

The bad

  • You may have to scrub a bit for dried on stains or grease.
  • It smells like vinegar.


Thieves Cleaner- Magic in a bottle

A few months ago now I won a bottle of Thieves Cleaner and I have been he

ad over heels in love ever since. It is the greatest invention in the world.

Supplies: Thieves Cleaner, water, GLASS bottle

Cost: $0.12 per bottle

Instructions: One capful of Thieves cleaner per 2-3 cups of water

The Good

  • It is incredibly easy to make.
  • The cleaner works amazingly well. You just spray it on, wipe and watch that dirt disappear.
  • It smells like Fall. Instead of my house reeking of chemical after I clean, it now smells like cinnamon bark and cloves.
  • The mixture is so concentrated that the bottle lasts forever.
  • You can use it literally anywhere in the house (the image off to the side shows just a few ideas…it’s definitely not an exhaustive list!)

The Bad

  • You have to use a glass bottle.
  • Buying the bottle initially feels expensive. For a wholesale member it is ?? However, the bottle lasts forever and is 150% worth it.

If you are interested in learning more about essential oils or want to know how to get you own Thieves cleaner, click here.

Want more DIY cleaning ideas? Check these out!

Have you tried any of the cleaners listed above? How did they work for you? Let me know in the comments below.


Author: Vanessa

I am a free spirit who learned to use creativity as a key to success in chasing after debt freedom. I am a mom, lover of all things DIY, a little bit of a treehugger and modern-day hippy and an encourager to the core. If you need a little inspiration for your debt free journey, you’ve come to the right place.

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