Vinegar is one natural ingredient I use often to clean my home because it really gets the job done.
But If, for whatever reason, you don’t like cleaning with vinegar I have a DIY all purpose cleaner without vinegar that you can use on most surfaces in your home.
There are different ingredients and combinations you can use to keep your home sparkling clean and at the bottom of the recipe, you can find some suggestions.
DIY All Purpose Cleaner Without Vinegar
I have tried a number of homemade cleaners without vinegar and this is the one I use all the time to clean different surfaces around my home.
- 1 and a half cups of water
- 8 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol (also called surgical spirit)
- 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap like Down or Fairy
- 30 drops of essential oil like lemon, tea tree oil, or eucalyptus oil
- mixing container with pouring lip (optional)
- spray bottle
In the mixing bowl combine water with rubbing alcohol.
Add the liquid dish soap and stir
Finally, add 30 drops of your chosen essential oil
Pour the liquid into the spray bottle and shake
Don’t forget to shake the bottle before each use.
These are the cleaning benefits of this homemade all-purpose cleaner without vinegar.
Rubbing alcohol has the capacity of killing germs and it is used as a disinfectant on many surfaces. It is also used to remove tough stains and neutralize odors.
Liquid dish soap
Dish soap is used mainly for washing dishes but it also has other cleaning benefits: as a degreaser, to remove oil stains, and to clean floors, mirrors, and windows.
Essential oils have anti-microbial properties and are often used as natural ingredients in DIY cleaners. Some essential oils help to remove stains and mold. They are also great to eliminate bad odors and deodorize.
What other ingredients can you use to clean your home?
Don’t like cleaning with vinegar? Check this selection of ingredients to incorporate into your homemade cleaning recipes.
Baking soda – A non-toxic gentle abrasive used to clean, remove stains, and deodorize.
DIY recipe you can try: baking soda + dish soap + lemon juice + water
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Lemon juice – Although lemon juice is not a disinfectant, it is used in many cleaning recipes due to its antibacterial properties and refreshing scent.
DIY recipe with lemon juice: lemon juice + liquid dish soap + water
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Hydrogen peroxide – The benefits of hydrogen peroxide include cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, removing mold and mildew, and eliminating stains from clothes, carpets, and upholstery.
DIY recipe you can try: hydrogen peroxide + essential oils + water
Castile soap – Castile soap is a natural and safe cleaning ingredient. It is effective in cleaning most surfaces and removing grease, grime, and stains. Another plus is that is eco-friendly and cost-effective
When making cleaning recipes with Castile soap avoid mixing it with acids such as vinegar or lemon. It is also recommended not to mix it with alcohol as this will reduce the cleaning power of the soap.
A Castile soap recipe you could try: Castile soap + distilled water + tea tree essential oil
Cornstarch – One of the main benefits of cornstarch is that absorbs moisture from surfaces which makes it ideal to clean up spills. Other benefits include deodorizer, removing stains, polishing silverware, and cleaning mirrors and windows.
Cornstarch DIY recipe: cornstarch + lemon juice + water
Citric acid powder – It is known for removing mineral deposits, dissolving soap scum, cleaning a variety of surfaces, removing stains from fabrics, and neutralizing odors.
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Diy cleaning recipe: citric acid powder + baking soda + essential oil + water
Salt – Being a natural abrasive it is used for scrubbing away stains and dirt from surfaces. It is also used to remove stains from fabrics, and deodorize and unclog drains.
Salt cleaning recipe: rubbing alcohol + salt + water
Distilled water – Distilled water is often recommended in cleaning recipes because it does not contain minerals or impurities.
A DIY cleaning recipe you can try: distilled water + rubbing alcohol + lemon juice
Making a DIY All-Purpose Cleaner Without Vinegar
Making your own cleaner without vinegar is not difficult if you know what ingredients to mix.
Remember that when creating your own DIY recipes there are household ingredients that you should never mix together so make sure you know which ones to use or avoid to prevent dangerous chemical reactions or non-effective cleaners.