All-Purpose Cleaner Spray with Grease-Cutting Power

All-Purpose Cleaner Spray (with Grease-Cutting Power)

A simple all-purpose spray that lifts dirt, grease, and disinfects. 

Course DIY
Cuisine Cleaning
Keyword All-Purpose Cleaner
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 16 ounces


  • 1 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1/2 tsp Sal Suds


  1. Pour the ingredients into a 16-ounce spray bottle, adding the Sal Suds last. Gently shake the bottle to combine the ingredients. 

  2. Spray on desired surface. Wipe the surface with a clean cloth. 

Recipe Notes

Feel free to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to this spray, mainly for scent purposes in this cleaner (although the essential oil may also provide beneficial cleaning properties). Lately, I've been adding about 10 drops of clove or lemon essential oil to this spray. 

Learn more about why I use distilled water and other safety tips, here

There are two other all-purpose spray cleaners in the Live Simply archives. Both spray cleaners are fantastic (one uses vinegar and the other uses castile soap). I personally think this version offers a bit more cleaning power since it combines the power of more natural soap/detergent (lifts dirt and grease) with the power of vinegar (lifts odors and grease, and disinfects).

I've used this cleaner on my counter-tops, stainless steel appliances, in the bathroom, to clean mirrors and windows, the interior of my car, and on our tile floor (small spills or a doggy accident). Do not use this cleaner, due to the use of vinegar, on granite or marble surfaces. I recommend using 1/3 cup rubbing alcohol, filling the rest of the 16-ounce bottle with water, then adding the Sal Suds. The only issue with the rubbing alcohol is that it shouldn't be used on any wood surfaces. 

The Sal Suds Debate: Sal Suds is a hot topic in the natural community, so it remains a product that some use and others stay away from. What’s all the fuss about? Sal Suds receives an A on the Environmental Working Group’s website. You can also read more about the big SLS debate on Lisa Bronner’s blog. If you're trying to tackle tough grease (or dirt), Sal Suds is the way to go (in my opinion). Sal Suds may be purchased at most health food stores (the cleaning product aisle) or online.