Easy DIY Multi-Purpose Cleaner That Really Works!

Weird times we’re living in. Like many of you, my family has spent a LOT of time at home on lockdown the past few weeks trying to stay healthy during this pandemic. Being the fastidious creature that I am, I decided to use the opportunity to get ahead on some serious spring cleaning and try some new, thriftier, healthier, and more effective DIY cleaning solutions. 

I did a little research, and y’all…I feel like I accidentally stumbled onto the secret sauce of cleaning. This DIY recipe (which, apparently, is NOT a secret at all if you spend even 30 seconds looking on Pinterest, as it’s featured on a number of different sites) is amazing. It’s all-natural has done the work for me on everything I’ve sprayed it on. (I’m fairly certain it will NOT disinfect anything, though — just make it clean. So don’t use it for trying to kill the coronavirus or any other germs).

DIY Multi-Purpose Cleaner Recipe

1/4 cup good quality de-greasing liquid dish soap (we like Dawn)
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 cup white vinegar
1 1/2 cups water

Combine and pour in spray bottle. Spray on surface to be cleaned and wait 30 – 45 minutes. Scrub. Wipe clean with damp cloth. *Not for use on quartz, granite, or other porous stone surface. Spot test before use.

My Test Subjects

  • Oven. Ok, so full disclosure: I do not have a super dirty, crusty, burnt-up oven interior. I try to deep clean it at least once a year, but I HATE oven cleaner. It’s caustic and emits horrible fumes, which make a loathsome job even worse. I sprayed this stuff in a cold oven, let it sit for about 30 or 40 minutes, then wiped with a nylon scrubbie. WOW — all the spatters and burnt spots came right off! Then just wipe down with a wet paper towel to rinse. I also got my best friend to give this stuff a test drive, and unfortunately, she did not have the same results. I think that’s because she was starting off with a lot more gunk in the oven so if your oven is more spattered than mine, it might be worth trying the Self-Cleaning function on your oven first to burn off most of the grime, wipe it down after it’s cooled, and then following up with a round of Easy-Off Fume Free Oven Cleaner afterward for better results.
  • Oven racks. Same deal. Spray and wait for about 40 minutes. Wipe with a nylon scrubbie. Clean!
  • Glass shower panels. We squeegee our shower panels after each use so my glass did not have a heavy build-up of hard water stains and soap scum. But of course, some crud was there anyway, so I sprayed it on, let it sit for 45 minutes, wiped with a nylon scrubbie — BOOM! Clean!
  • Bathroom sinks and tubs. This stuff easily cuts through the crud my kids spit into the sink, as well as bathtub funkiness. Just spray and wipe with a Magic Eraser. Rinse.
  • White grout. I have light colored tile with white grout throughout the first floor of my home, including the entryways. Needless to say, it’s easy for white grout lines to start looking dark gray/blackish in certain spots. I sprayed the grout today then gave it a quick swipe with a wet scrub brush. Clean! Just did my regular steam mop routine after that, but the floors like like they’ve been professionally steam cleaned!

***Word of caution: Test this solution on a small spot before spraying it indiscriminately. Do NOT use this cleaner on granite, quartz, or any other natural stone surface. It is extremely acidic and will etch the stone.***

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