If you’re like me, you’ll spend extra for household cleaners made with safer, more natural products. And who am I kidding…I’m a huge sucker for pretty bottles and labels. On top of that, scent is really important to me when choosing cleaning products. So although I still love Mrs. Meyer’s and other brands for their great scents and pretty packing, I decided to save some money by making my own cleaning sprays. Today I’m sharing my DIY cleaning recipes for all-purpose counter spray, glass cleaner, daily shower spray, and dusting spray, plus some printable labels to make them look pretty enough to leave out on the counter.
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Ingredients & Supplies
The only ingredients I used for all four of these sprays was white distilled vinegar, distilled water, 70% rubbing alcohol (you can swap this out for vodka for the same cleaning power, but less “alcohol” scent), olive oil, a tiny bit of dish soap, and essential oils.
Essential Oils for Cleaning
You can use whatever essential oils you want, really, but I love adding citrus cents like lemon and orange for clean, fresh smell along with the cleaning boost. If you want even more antibacterial properties, add in some tea tree, oregano, cinnamon, or clove oil. A quick trip around Google will give you more info on which oils are best against various types of bacteria. In addition, you can add scents for their mood-boosting properties. For example, peppermint is refreshing and uplifting, and lavender is soothing and relaxing.
All of the oils I use are from Edens Garden. (I love their “Intro Kit,” which comes with the 6 oils I use most: lemon, orange, peppermint, tea tree, lavender, and eucalyptus.) There are so many sources for oils, but I like the idea of being able to order them whenever I want and not have to go through friends or other people. Nothing against MLM companies – just a personal preference. I love Edens Garden oils: they’re great quality and an affordable option.
BOTTLES: I purchased glass spray bottles for my essential oil cleaning sprays because essential oils can break down plastics over time. Light, heat, and oxygen cause oxidation (breakdown) of essential oils, so if you’re going to keep your spray bottles out on the counter, you’ll probably want to get blue glass bottles or amber glass bottles to block more light.
LABELS: I made my own labels and printed them on 3″ label sheets. I got waterproof white labels because I figured my cleaning supplies might get splashed sometime. You can also get glossy transparent 3″ labels, which I think would be really pretty on clear, untinted glass bottles. See below for more information on these labels.
Tip: If you’re printing your own labels, let them dry before putting them on the bottles. Scroll down to see what happens if the bottles get splashed before the printer ink on the labels dries…. 🙁
MICROFIBER CLOTHS: You can use whatever you want to wipe the sprays when you clean, but my personal preference is microfiber cloths. Paper towels obviously have to be thrown away after each use, and they often leave lint on shiny surfaces like glass, mirrors, and appliances. Plus, microfiber cloths are great for gripping and trapping dust and other particles. I bought a big cheap set of microfiber cloths and just wash them every week.
Tip: Don’t use dryer sheets to dry your microfiber cloths! Dryer sheets can destroy the positive charge and clog the fibers with a waxy residue, making them pretty much useless. Instead, toss in a few wool dryer balls (with a few drops of your favorite essential oils!) and/or a ball of aluminum foil to reduce static.
Cleaning Spray Recipes
Here are the cleaning spray recipes I use, along with some tips and thoughts. Scroll down for a set of printable labels with these recipes on them.
- 1-1/4 cup distilled water
- 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
- 15 drops essential oils
For the all-purpose cleaner, I love using citrusy essential oils like lemon and orange, but sometimes I’ll go with lavender or peppermint to mix things up.
- 1-1/2 cup distilled water
- 1-1/2 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
- 1-1/2 tablespoon rubbing alcohol
- 3 drops essential oils
If you clean nothing else with microfiber cloths, I suggest at least using them to clean your glass and mirrors to eliminate streaks and lint. Peppermint is one of my favorite essential oils for glass cleaner, but you can really use almost any type for the scent you like.
Daily Shower Spray
- 3/4 cup distilled water
- 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
- 1/2 teaspoon dish soap
- 8 drops tea tree essential oil
- 8 drops other essential oil
The tea tree oil in this shower spray has some antibacterial properties. Give the spray a shake before spritzing it all over your shower walls and floor after taking a shower.
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1/2 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
- 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon castile soap (optional)
- 15 drops lemon or orange essential oil
Lemon and orange essential oils are great for extra cleaning power and that yummy citrus scent. You can also blend lemon and orange together instead of using just one type. I like to use a little extra olive oil in this spray in the winter months to protect my wood furniture from the dry air and give it a bit more polish. When you use this spray, be sure to shake it well before using each time. Once shaken, spray onto your microfiber cloth (or directly onto the wood surface if you prefer) and give the wood surface a good rubbing and polish.
Spray Bottle Labels
Okay, now for the labels. As I said above, I bought printable 3″ x 3″ labels in both white waterproof and clear glossy. I love the idea of being able to customize the label and make it pretty. But even better, you can make your own labels and put the recipe right on them so it’s there for reference when you need to mix up a new batch of cleaner. Want to change your recipe or make a new cleaning product? Just make a new label!
Feel free to download a FREE printable PDF set of labels with my recipes as shown here. If can’t find 3″ x 3″ labels, you can always use a full size sheet of adhesive label paper and cut them out. Or, I can make labels for you! Visit my ETSY STORE for details on how to get a complete set of labels shipped to you. You can even request your own custom recipe labels if you’d like labels for different recipes or cleaning solutions.
Tip: After printing the labels, let them COMPLETELY dry before you put them on the bottles. See the image below for what can happen if you don’t.
Keeping It Clean
You guys, these pretty bottles and sweet smelling sprays have motivated me to clean more often. The pretty labels and bottles mean I can keep them out on display on the counters, and when they’re in sight, they get more use. Plus, I’m eager to use these all up so I can make more and experiment with different essential oil scents. And there was an unexpected bonus: my son thinks it’s fun to clean with them (!). Best of all, these homemade cleaners work just as well as the more expensive ones I used to buy at the store: check out how they helped deep clean my old oven.
I want to experiment with additional products like floor cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, and sink scrubs, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Shoot me your ideas and tips: what are your favorite oil scent combos and cleaning recipes?