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How to Make Household Cleaner - A Multi-Purpose Recipe with Vinegar

Updated on February 27, 2012

All you need is a bottle of this household cleaner and a microfiber cloth and you will be well on your way to cleaning most of the surfaces in your house!

1/3 cup white vinegar

1/4 cup rubbing alcohol

3 1/2 cups water

5 drops of tea tree oil

1 32 oz. spray bottle

Pour all ingredients in a 32 oz. high quality spray bottle and shake to mix. Use to clean most surfaces in your house including mirrors, counter tops, sinks, toilets, etc.

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is a disinfectant and an antiseptic. It also cleans away oils and impurities.

White Vinegar

Vinegar has strong antimicrobial properties. One test by Good Housekeeping's microbiologist found that 5% vinegar is 90% effective against mold and 99.9% effective against bacteria.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has only recently been scientifically investigated for it's properties. It is believed to have antivirul, antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties. According to the Journal of Hospital Infection, tea tree oil is also active against Staphylococcus aureus, including MRSA (a strain that has developed resistance to antibiotics).

Additional Tips

  • Use this household cleaner and a microfiber cloth to touch up your bathroom in less than five minutes. Spray cleaner on mirrors and faucets, then polish with cloth. Then spray cleaner on counter tops and sinks and clean with microfiber cloth. If necessary, dampen cloth at this point to loosen any stubborn scum. Spray all surfaces of toilet including under the bowl and around the floor. Begin by wiping back of toilet and top of lid working your way down to the floor.
  • This multi-purpose cleaner can be made without tea tree oil, I just prefer to use it it for the added benefits listed above.
  • Add other essential oils to add a pleasant scent. I like to use peppermint in winter and grapefruit in summer.
  • Squirt dirty marks on your kitchen floor and wipe with a cloth for a quick floor clean up.


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      Sharon McConnell 2 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      I hope you like it! I haven't had reason to change the recipe in years!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      This seems like a serious cleaner.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Just got to love that vinegar...I have written about uses for it as well. I will be giving some of yours a try too

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      Angels are on the way to you ps

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      This looks great. I think being less dependent on store bought cleaners is a good thing and when you mix it yourself, you know what's in your cleaner. Voted up, useful, and sharing with followers.

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      Sharon McConnell 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      InTune, make sure you go back and try it! It has been a staple cleaning product in my home for years!

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      InTuneWithCooking 5 years ago from Australia

      Awesome, I'm bookmarking this so I can make it later.

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      Sharon McConnell 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Simone, it is true! In fact, I just finished doing my bathroom touch-up with bottle and rag in hand. I love this stuff!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      All I need is a spray bottle and some tea tree oil and I can whip this up! I'll never buy another bottle of chemical cleaner again. Huzzah!