Learn how to make your own safe, effective, natural homemade all purpose cleaner recipe with just three ingredients in just three minutes. This organic cleaner also has a free printable bottle label!

It’s an inexpensive, easy-to-make eco friendly cleaning product you can trust.

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Originally published March 29, 2015 and updated with fresh content and details on June 28, 2021.

Yes, I know it sounds crazy… but sometimes, I like to clean. Not all the time, and not even half the time. But if the circumstances are right, it can make me feel really, really good about our home!

It might sound ridiculous, but I don’t hate cleaning. I mean, do I want to spend my days cleaning toilets? No… but I like the fresh, clean feeling of our home as a reward and it’s a worthwhile endeavor for me. 

There’s nothing like the dawn of spring to motivate me to clean! I become re-energized & look forward to our home feeling as fresh indoors as the air outside.

Homemade All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

Organizing and cleaning can leave your mind refreshed, calm, and ready to tackle the world! I’ve brought you a variety of cleaning solutions over the years, including grout cleaner, marble cleaner and 10 minute cleaning tips and tricks.

The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment. {Marie Kondo}

A Cleaning Solution Without Vinegar

I created an all purpose cleaner recipe that safely cleans a surface and leaves a beautiful fresh spring scent. It’s a great versatile countertop spray that takes just a few ingredients and a few minutes to make.

Many of the eco friendly cleaning solutions on the market (or homemade) are vinegar based. While this can be very useful, and vinegar is amazing for natural cleaners, I don’t always love the smell

With that in mind, this homemade cleaner recipe is fresh, fragrant and actually super flexible. You can switch up the essential oil combinations to create a fragrance that fits the season and your mood! 

A close up of an all purpose cleaner bottle on a table

Natural Cleaning Products

Although it’s so easy to fall prey to the colorful bottles of cleaning solutions at the store, I have enjoyed getting back to the basics with our DIY natural cleaning methods. It’s safe, better for the kids, and better for the environment. Who can argue with that? 

There are so many natural ideas for cleaning our homes, with disinfecting properties that are just as good as store bought disinfectants. A few of the best products for cleaning that you might already have in your cabinets:

  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • White Vinegar
  • Essential Oils
  • Baking Soda
  • Lemon Juice
A clear glass spray bottle with a custom label, filled with natural all purpose organic cleaner - lemons and a candle in the background.

What is the Best Homemade Cleaning Solution?

Luckily, this cleaning solution is made with ingredients you’re likely already to have in your home! Simple, wholesome ingredients create the best organic cleaners.

If you’d prefer, simply click “Jump to Recipe” directly under the title of this post and you’ll head straight to the printable cleaner recipe, with exact amounts of ingredients and directions. So easy! 

Here’s what you’ll need for this particular fragrance combination:

  • Water
  • Baking Soda
  • Lemon Essential Oil
  • Spearmint Essential Oil
A close up lemons with an all purpose cleaner bottle on a table

Eco Friendly Cleaning Products

I know cleaning isn’t everyone’s favorite thing. (And while I actually do enjoy it sometimes, I would never say it’s my favorite thing either!)

However, I’ve realized that when I can create something that is healthy for my family, and give myself a little mood booster with a nice fragrance too, it’s an inspiring way to get started! 

A few more of my favorite ideas that help make cleaning a little more fun: 

If you’re interested in more of my favorite cleaning products, you can always head over to check out my Amazon storefront! It’s such an organized way for me to share some of my best finds with you.

I’d love to hear from you! What are your favorite tips and tricks for keeping your home clean? Do you enjoy cleaning… even a little bit? Be sure to share this natural cleaning recipe and save it for future reference! 

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3 ingredient natural all purpose cleaner recipe
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Natural All Purpose Cleaning Spray

Prep: 3 minutes
Total: 3 minutes
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  • 4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • lemon essential oil
  • spearmint essential oil


  • Using a funnel, add water & baking soda to your bottle.
  • Add essential oils to your preference & shake. Shake again prior to each use.

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  1. Hi Julie! Thanks for the recipe! I really enjoy making my own cleaning products and you all purpose cleaner recipe is really nice! Greets!

  2. Can’t wait to try this out. I just found your blog recently and LOVE it. Everything about it is so pretty. I look forward to checking it out every day.

  3. Love your blog, thanks for all the great tips! Just wondering, do you have to use the spearmint EO or is there something that can be substituted? I have lemon but not spearmint. Thanks!

  4. Hi Julie,
    I am curious about your selection to use baking powder in you spray cleaner. Can you tell me why you chose that and how it contributes to the cleaning action? I really enjoy you blog. The tone of your decorating style really resonates with me. I carefully work to create beauty in our home through decor, homemade meals, flowers from the garden and other handcrafted details that look great and are very budget friendly. Thanks for all the ways you inspire me!
    Warm regards,
    Ruth Lutz

    1. Because my grandmother used it to clean everything! It removes stains, deodorizes & doesn’t have an odor like vinegar. Thanks, Ruth! I really appreciate it!