How to Make Homemade All-Purpose Surface Cleaner
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Homemade All-Purpose Surface Cleaner: Two Ways

A surface cleaner serves an all-purpose role in the home and can be used to clean many surfaces: kitchen and bathroom cupboards, the inside of the fridge/freezer, kitchen and bathroom surfaces, carpet accidents (the vinegar cleaner is best for this use), and some appliances.

Course DIY, Homemade
Cuisine Cleaning
Keyword Homemade All-Purpose Surface Cleaner
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 16oz
Author Kristin Marr


Castile Soap Surface Cleaner

Vinegar Surface Cleaner

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 lemon juiced (optional)
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil or peppermint, orange, or lemon


  1. For the castile soap cleaner, pour the water into a 16oz. spray bottle (use a funnel, if needed). Add the castile soap and essential oil. Gentle shake the cleaner. This cleaner may be stored at room temperature.
  2. For the vinegar cleaner, pour all the ingredients into a 16oz. spray bottle (use a funnel, if needed). Gently shake the cleaner. This cleaner will need to be stored in the fridge between uses due to the fresh lemon juice.
  3. To Use: 

  4. Gently shake the spray bottle before spraying the cleaner on the desired surface. Spray the cleaner and wipe off the surface with a damp cloth (this is important when using the castile soap cleaner since it can leave a soapy residue if left to dry)! Do NOT use the vinegar cleaner on marble or granite. The castile soap (avoid the citrus variety) cleaner may be used on sealed marble or granite.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

*I recommend starting with 2 tablespoons of castile soap, and then increasing the amount to 1/4 cup if you want more of a soapy cleaner.