A simple 3 ingredient recipe for Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner – No Vinegar. Uses Castile Soap which is great at cleaning grease, yet gentle on all surfaces! Use it in any room of the house! For other DIY natural cleaning solutions, try my Homemade Hand Soap and my Homemade Laundry Detergent.
Have you ever been so stubborn, that you’ve refused to buy something out of principle?
A few years ago, just after we moved to Georgia, I refused to buy something that most people wouldn’t even think twice about buying.
It sounds trivial, I KNOW, but I really didn’t want to buy anything that a) we absolutely didn’t need and b) that I knew I had packed in our moving truck.
And at the time, vinegar fell right into both of those categories.
Ok, so at this point you might be wondering how I ever survived without vinegar since I use it as homemade conditioner and a produce rinse (among other things). In short, my hair doesn’t really need much conditioning anymore. Since I started washing my with goat milk soap, I just haven’t needed conditioner as often.
As for the produce rinse, I’m copying my crunchy sister-in-law who has been using a similar recipe to my own homemade hand soap that uses Castile soap.
Granted, I did have Castile soap packed in the moving truck, but the homemade soap I made before we left California spilled out into the gallon bag I packed it in.
And I REFUSE to pay an arm and a leg for “natural” soap. So I chose to suck it up and buy a bottle of Castile soap instead. It has a million uses anyway, so I figured it would come in handy other than for washing hands and produce.
And as it turns out, I was right! You can make a vinegar free all purpose cleaner with Castile soap!
What Can I Use Instead of Cleaning Vinegar?
My homemade all-purpose cleaner recipe below is inspired by a Keeper of the Home recipe, except I didn’t want to add any drops of essential oils to mine (because they were packed up too!).
Lo and behold, this simple combination works really well! I’m using it…
- In the kitchen to clean the stove, rather than using toxic store-bought kitchen cleaning products, and it made my grease splatters disappear without any heavy duty scrubbing.
- In the bathroom, it scrubbed off the remnants of homemade toothpaste in the sink (and counter and floor… which is what happens when you’ve got kids!) – again without much arm muscle.
- I’ve even used it as a stain pre-treater when I spilled homemade coffee creamer on my new linens last week. I haven’t washed them yet, but I don’t see a stain either!
Because I’m kinda type-A about things like this, I also measured how much water to use in the recipe.
It’s not a deal breaker in relatively small quantities (1-2 cups), but if you make this recipe with an industrial size spray bottle and “just add water,” you’ll probably find the dilution to be too weak.
So yes, I actually measured the water. You’re welcome!
DIY All Purpose Cleaner No Vinegar
This is such an excellent natural cleaning solution for the entire family. My favorite part is that it is non-toxic and safe to clean every room of the house, and it’s even great on laundry stains! It’s also:
- Frugal. It literally costs cents to mix a spray bottle of this all purpose cleaner without vinegar! Especially because I buy my Castille soap and baking soda in bulk at Costco. (Don’t worry, there are SO many other DIYs for using these items..I have some links below.)
- And it works well. I don’t have to repeatedly scrub super hard to get surfaces clean.
- Plus it smells clean and neutral. For those who are sensitive to the chemical smells of typical household cleaners, this homemade cleaner is a perfect option!
Here is an article from the Environment Working Group that talks about store-bought cleaning supplies and your health.
Cleaning Recipe for DIY All Purpose Cleaner Without Vinegar
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp liquid Castile soap (I like Dr. Bronner’s)
- About 1 1/2 cups water (you can also use distilled water if you like)
- Spray Bottle
Some people use citric acid to lower the Ph of homemade soap, but it’s not necessary with this recipe because we are using baking soda and a very gentle Castile soap.
This is also a great alternative to buying Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds, because the Castile soap can overlap for body and household use, making it more cost effective. But Sal Suds is only a household cleaner.
How Do You Make an All Purpose Cleaner?
- Measure baking soda into a clean spray bottle.
- Add 1 cup of room temperature water (not hot water) and replace the lid.
- Shake like crazy until the baking soda dissolves, less than a minute.
- Add Castile soap, replace the lid and gently swish in circles to combine.
After adding the Castile soap, DO NOT shake the spray bottle like crazy, or your soap might make a bunch of bubbles (which isn’t the end of the world, but the solution won’t mix until the bubbles pop).
The mixture will be slightly cloudy at this point. If there’s room in your bottle, you can add the remaining 1/2 cup water, otherwise you’re done!
The cleaner might separate over time, so if it does, just swish gently in circles to re-mix. Spray directly on the surface to be cleaned (after you’ve tested in an inconspicuous spot, just to be safe) and wipe clean.
Castile soap can sometimes leave white streaks on some surfaces. If this happens, just wipe with a damp cloth!
Looking for more ways to use Castile soap and baking soda? Here are some other DIY tutorials to get you started:
- Homemade Laundry Detergent
- Room Deodorizer & Carpet Refresher
- DIY Stain Remover
- Homemade Bleach Alternative
- Homemade Hand Soap
Do you make your own all-purpose cleaner? Do you prefer vinegar, or do you prefer something else?