I’ve been making my own all-purpose cleaning spray for years. I don’t know why it never occurred to me to make the recipe in bulk. It’s not difficult or time consuming to mix up a bottle, but we go through it quickly so I was making it often. I got smart and added an extra spray bottle for backup, but it still seemed an empty one was always knocking around.
As I poured the last drops of vinegar from a gallon jug I had the thought to scale my recipe to make a gallon of bulk cleaning spray using the empty vinegar jug as the receptacle. With a jug of cleaner, I could keep two spray bottles, one under the kitchen sink and one in my cleaning caddy (similar to this), topping them off when they get low. I even had the foresight to write the recipe right on the jug to make mixing future batches easy.
If you’ve been hesitant to make your own cleaning products because it sounds time consuming or difficult, perhaps this is the solution you’ve been looking for. I know this saves me a few minutes here and there, and on some days every minute counts.
Ingredient notes: Borax and washing soda can be found in the cleaning aisle, usually among the detergents, at most grocery stores. The most commonly available castile soap (to my knowledge) is Dr. Bronner’s, which can be found at most natural food stores. The tea tree oil and lavender essential oil also can be found at natural food stores.
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 3 tablespoons borax
- 1 tablespoon washing soda
- 1 tablespoon castile soap
- 1 teaspoon tea tree oil
- 1.5 teaspoons lavender essential oil
- hot water, to fill