How To Make Non-Toxic All-Purpose Cleaner with a Citrus Twist

How To Make Non Toxic All Purpose Cleaner

My mom was a crunchy mama before it was cool. She fed us a nourishing diet, didn’t let us watch television and used all-natural cleaning products. Looking back, I wish I could have given her a high five for being so awesome. Unfortunately, I found myself annoyed with some of her antics.

For example, she used vinegar to clean EVERYTHING. I shake my head now, but I would complain about the smell of the vinegar when she cleaned, wishing she could be like the other moms and just use a store-bought product. Little did I know she was simply protecting all of us from toxic chemicals in our home.

Vinegar is a great all-purpose cleaner! It’s not only effective at removing grime and killing germs, it’s 100% all-natural. Now that I’m a mom I want to protect my family but I’m still not a fan of the smell of vinegar.

Essential oils to the rescue!

I’ve come up with a little concoction that masks the vinegar smell beautifully and the essential oils bump up the cleaning power of the vinegar. That’s a win-win. The tea tree oil is a powerful disinfectant while the citrus oil works as a natural degreaser for messy stove tops.

Essential oils can be used in many different applications. If you’d like to learn more, here are 25 ways to use essential oils.

Non-Toxic All-Purpose Cleaner with a Citrus Twist



  1. Place all ingredients into a spray bottle.
  2. Shake up your bottle prior to each cleaning session.


Safe for all cleaning surfaces except marble.

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  1. Rachel says

    Two questions :)
    Where can you purchase the oils from?
    Does this cleaner have a shelf life like bleach/water that loses effectiveness after 24 hours?


  2. Loretta says

    Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for all the wonderful posts, recipes and faith you have proclaimed
    throughout the year!

    Blessings to you.


  3. SolvingADream says

    Tea tree oil in shampoo and bubble baths is linked to hormonal imbalance and gynecomastia in little boys (they grow breasts). So I wouldn’t trust that ingredient in a household cleaner. Tea tree oil can also cause contact dermatitis. This cleaning solution is not something to leave out and about with small children, and the use of gloves would be prudent.

  4. Wendy says

    Can I use this cleaner on finished wood and/or wood composite (finished fiberboard,etc)? How about mirrors/windows? Thanks so much!

  5. says

    I love adding essential oils to my cleaners. Citrus fresh, from Young Living, is a great oil with a mixture of orange, tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit, lemon, and spearmint. It smells heavenly, is uplifting and also great for boosting immunity while you clean. Pure, therapeutic grade oils are not harmful and tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia) is excellent for all sorts of health issues, even in children. Thanks Julia for this article. Thank you, Vanessa for all your posts and recipes.


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