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This homemade all-purpose cleaner is quick to make and super effective.

One of the main ingredients, white vinegar, is one of our go-to supplies. Vinegar is cheap and easy to find. It deodorizes while killing germs and unwanted bacteria. It’s acidic nature helps cut soap scum and other greasy build ups, making it the perfect addition to our homemade all-purpose cleaner.

Citrus is also adds a powerful punch to cleaning DIYs, which is why we add lemon and orange essential oil to the recipe. Infusing your vinegar with citrus peels not only helps ditch the vinegar aroma, but it also amps up this cleaner. You can certainly use plain white vinegar instead, but I encourage you to get a jar of vinegar and citrus peels soaking. It’s a great use for the rinds of oranges too!

Why use cinnamon oil in this all purpose cleaner?

You’ll notice cinnamon essential oil listed too. I love citrusy-spicy aromas, so there’s that. BUT cinnamon is an amazing addition to DIY cleaning products because it is not only known for its amazing aroma but for its ability to clean  as well. A 2018 study showed that cinnamon essential oil and its two constituents called cinnamaldehyde and cinnamic acid could inhibit bacteria by damaging their cell membrane. This makes the science-geek side of me super happy.

I mixed this up in about 5 minutes and had my counters cleaned and sparkling in no time. It worked great to wipe away soap scum and grime in my shower too.

Easy Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

This simple homemade all-purpose cleaner will have your counters, bathrooms, tables, even windows sparkly-clean with minimal (if any) elbow grease. Safe, effective ingredients that are easy on the budget too.


1/2 cup distilled water
1-1/2 cup citrus infused white vinegar (or plain white vinegar if that’s what you have)
12 drops each Lemon and Orange essential oils
10 drops Cinnamon or Tea Tree essential oil
16 ounce spray bottle


Combine all ingredients in the spray bottle. Shake before each use.

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