Make your own multi-surface cleaner

Miss Thrifty6 July 24, 2011

This homemade cleaner works for both kitchen and bathroom, disinfects, works out a lot cheaper than store-bought cleaner, is gentle on the environment and doesn’t pong of chemicals. It takes a few seconds to make, if you have the ingredients to hand, and I’ve been using it for about four years now.

I promised this recipe in my recent Summer Naturals post. I make a bottle at a time, and it lasts just as long as the supermarket’s chemical equivalent.

You will need:


An empty spray bottle. Ideally, wash and reuse a supermarket kitchen or bathroom spray bottle. But if you don’t have any empty bottles, you can buy them new from the gardening section of the supermarket or haircare section of Boots of Supermarket. They cost £0.99 from the gardening section of Morrisons, for example.

white vinegar
White vinegar. I get mine from Summer Naturals.

borax cleaner

Borax. Again, I get mine from Summer Naturals.

Washing up liquid

Washing-up liquid.

essential oil

Essential oil. I prefer lemon: it makes the house smell clean and fresh. But really, anything you have knocking about will do.

To make the multi-surface cleaner, add the ingredients to the spray bottle in the following quantities:

– a heaped teaspoon of borax
– two fingers worth of white vinegar
– a tiny dab of washing-up liquid
– 2-3 drops essential oil
– fill up to the top with warm water

That’s it! Screw the lid back on, and away you go – use it just as you would a store-bought cleaner. You’ll find that the homemade version cuts through the grease, grime, limescale etc. beautifully. If it doesn’t, add some more of the white vinegar. In case you are wondering, the esential oil is supposed to stop your kitchen and bathroom whiffing of vinegar after a clean. Either way, essential oil smells so much nicer than bog-standard cleaning chemicals…

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6 Responses to “Make your own multi-surface cleaner

Another excellent post – we often advise people to visit your site for great tips and ideas!!

July 29, 2011 at 8:42 am

Thanks Miss Thrifty!
Looking forward to trying this – always keen to swap tips with other bloggers on saving money round the home.

August 1, 2011 at 11:43 am

Judy says:

Thanks for the great recipe. I often dislike the smell of the storebought cleaners; it’s nice to be able to give it my preferred scent.

August 8, 2011 at 7:55 pm

helen says:

do you have any particular type of vinegar or ordinary white kitchen vinegar would do? Well I guess I have to find out myself..Thanks a lot for the list. Reading more on your website after leaving you this thank you message…

August 17, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Miss Thrifty says:

Thanks all.

@Helen – I buy white vinegar in 5 litre bottles, from You can use the supermarket stuff, but it doesn’t work out to be as good value as they only sell it in small quantities.

August 25, 2011 at 3:47 pm

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