DIY All-Purpose Natural Cleaning Spray


I ditched conventional cleaning products a long time ago.

If only I had known how toxic they were when I was pregnant with my first.  I remember having a fight with my husband about how it was ok to clean with conventional products while pregnant because if it wasn’t they wouldn’t even be on the market.  I mean, there was no warning label on the bottle.  I was so naive.  There are all kind of things on the market that are toxic to our health, pregnant or not.

I have learned a lot about toxins since then and I realized I don’t want them around my children, ever. After ditching conventional cleaning products I progressed to purchase only “green” cleaning products.  And, finally I realized how easy it was to make completely safe and green cleaners at home that only cost pennies to make.  And, bonus, I know exactly what is in them.

Only pennies, and when you use essential oils you may even be killing more germs than with a conventional cleaner.  And, even the aroma of using Thieves oil in your bathroom can boost your immunity.  (It sounds too good to be true, I know.)

I use my natural all-purpose cleaning spray on just about everything kitchen sinks, tables, counters, toilets, bathroom sinks, toys  floors, kids (Just Kidding. I don’t spray this ON them).  It works wonders and fills my house with a magnificent sent that helps support the immune system to continue to charge ahead and not fall behind.

DIY All-Purpose Natural Cleaning Spray


1 Cup Distilled Water
1 Cup White Vinegar
1 T Liquid Castile Soap (Such as Dr. Bonners)

A few pinches of epsom salt
6-8 drops of Light the Fire essential oil blend (Find it here)


Add a few pinches of epsom salt in the bottom of the spray bottle, add the essential oil, fill with water and vinegar.

*** Update.  I no longer recommend castile soap due to individuals finding that it made the recipe all chunky.  Although I never seemed to have this problem many others have.  I’m not sure if it is a climate issue or what, but I have found that this recipe works just great with the water, vinegar and Thieves.  In order to disperse the essential oil among the recipe add a few pinches of epsom salt in the bottle of the spray bottle.

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This post has been linked to Party Wave Wednesday at Holistic Squid.


  1. Hey,
    I just ran across this thieves cleaning spray on Pinterest, I am curious if the soap leaves any sort of residue on wood or counter tops.


    • Becky Webb says:

      Hey Megan,

      I don’t have a problem with it leaving residue on my counter tops. I can’t say that I have tried it on wood though. You can omit it if you like, but I have found that it works the best with the small amount of castile soap.

  2. what is in thieves oil? i am sensitive to many of the essential oils so just want to make sure nothing in there might cause a problem. thanks.

    • Becky Webb says:

      Clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary

      • If I’m allergic to eucalyptus, is there something that could take its place? What is the radiata part?

        • Becky Webb says:

          It is a type of Eucalyptus. Well, Thieves oil is a Young Living blend that I purchase. You may be able to look and see if there are other Thieves blends that use alternatives to eucalyptus.

  3. Great post. This week over on Wildcrafting Wednesdays we’re hosting a special Hygiene Edition and this post would be perfect in the carnival. I’d love it if you would pop over and share this post with our readers.

  4. Athena K. says:

    Vinegar and castille soap don’t mix, even Dr. Bronner’s advices against mixing the two.

  5. This creates a disaster in a spray bottle. The liquid soap turns chunky. Not cool

    • Becky Webb says:

      What kind of liquid soap are you using Brooke? I have never ever had my liquid soap turn chunky, nor anyone that I know of who.

  6. Mine turned chunky, too. I followed the exact ingredients and amounts of everything

  7. I also encountered the chunky and have been researching it. I’m using the identical measurements and items you are yet it is getting chunky. The second I put vinegar on top of the Castile soap or the Castile soap in the vinegar/water mixture it turns chunky like curdled milk. Sad that it took wasting 2 cups of vinegar and some EOs to figure out what was making it chunk. 🙁

  8. After some research I found that Castile soap and vinegar or Castile soap with anything acidic is a bad mixture and will curdle. Also found that Castile soap will gunk up places and cause a soap scum effect. I made this recipe but left out the Castile soap. My thoughts are that the cleaning properties of the vinegar and Thieves is enough and a soap product isn’t needed. 🙂 Hope this helps everyone. Happy cleaning!

    • Thanks for your research Lauren. I do think that the recipe is fine without the castile soap and I just might change it! Enjoy your Thieves cleaner!

  9. Mine turned chunky too. White chunks floating on the surface of the water/vinegar mixture. I followed you recipe exactly!

    • weird! Ok, well I guess I should try to figure out why it is chunky. I haven’t made it in awhile, but I did make it many times before.


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