Easy Homemade Surface Cleaner

When I was pregnant with my first child, cleaning became increasingly difficult, not just because of my growing belly, but also because the smell of the various cleaners were enough to send me vomiting over the toilet that I had just finished scrubbing. When a woman from my church held a workshop for making your own cleaning products, I thought this might help. But still, I was skeptical. I thought it would be too much trouble when I could just spend a few dollars on window cleaner. But, instead of just making the product while we watched her, she gave each us our own containers, brought all the ingredients, and had us all make our own to take home. By doing it myself, I discovered that making these products are super easy.

Here is one of my favorite, most-used cleaners.

ALL-PURPOSE SURFACE CLEANER … I use this on the kitchen and bathroom counters, windows, mirrors, doorknobs, light switches, kitchen table, stove top, and on the floor (just to wipe up small spills).


*In case you’re wondering where to get the essential oils, you can order them from a number of places online. Just search “essential oils” and compare prices. If you have a few friends that want in, you can buy in bulk at discounted prices, which is what I did. Let me give you an idea of how long a small bottle can last you. The 1 oz. bottle that I purchased over 8 years ago is still half full!

Step 1: Fill an empty spray bottle (which you can buy at the dollar store or reuse an old Windex bottle) with 16 ounces of club soda. (I usually open up the bottle of club soda right after I buy it and let it sit on the counter for a while to flatten it.)

Step 2: Add the Dawn dish liquid.

Step 3: Add the essential oils. If you’re wondering where I got the droppers, it’s from our stash of homeschool science lab tools, but I’m sure you can find some at the drug store. Some companies include a dropper with your purchase. They just recommend that you don’t store the dropper inside the bottle.

Step 4: Swirl the liquid around gently. Not too much or the bubbles from the club soda may start to ooze out the top.

Now, you’re ready to go! Spray away!

Wasn’t that easy? Do you have a favorite homemade cleaner?


10 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Surface Cleaner

    1. Hope you like this one! I (and my children) prefer this one to our vinegar cleaner because it smells soooo much better. I still use the vinegar though sometimes when my kids aren’t looking 🙂

    1. In high school, I used to work in the movie theater snack bar area, and we used Sprite to clean the hotdog grills. I think it’s the acidic properties in soda that helps with cleaning.

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