DIY Surface Cleaner

So, homemade cleaning products… I’m someone who likes to have a nice clean and tidy home.

Be rest assured my recipes have been tried and tested and have come up trumps against the chemical cleaners you can buy.

This surface cleaner works just as well as shop bought ones and I feel so much more comfortable spraying this around my home knowing what’s in there!

“But what’s wrong with using normal cleaners?!” I hear you say!

Firstly, there are soo many ingredients on the back of your many bottles of cleaners for every type of surface, room and material in your house that are just full of nasties and harsh chemicals.

There’s research to show they can have negative effects on your health. Including effecting the hormone levels in the home and being linked to an increased risk of cancer…

After looking investigating into this I decided to start making my own cleaning products. I’ve never looked back and haven’t bought a commercial cleaner since.

if you haven’t downloaded the Think Dirty app yet, it’ll open your mind to all the horrid chemicals that are in products we use every day… here’s the link for you start your own rabbit hole!

The amount of chemicals listed on the back of your cleaning products makes you think you need a Phd to be able to clean your home…


The truth is, you really do not need all of those ingredients and chemicals being spritzed around your home to make it clean.

Natural cleaning products are simple and rely on chemistry doing its thing to clean your home, rather than relying on a cocktail of chemicals to do the same job.

Once you know the basic natural ingredients and how they work, you’re half way there!

So, how do they work?

Making your own cleaning products is super simple once you know how and uses a only few staple ingredients that are really effective cleaners.

Here’s a list of the most commonly used natural cleaners you can use around the home:

White Vinegar

It’s an acid that kills bacteria and other nastiest. It shouldn’t be used on some surfaces like marble and wood because of its acidic pH, but other than that it’s one of the most widely used natural cleaners.

The great thing about white vinegar is that is dries odourless! I promise you’re home won’t end up smelling like your local chippy!

Castile Soap

It’s a plant based, concentrated, unscented soap which helps to add foam to cleaning products and also kills bacteria.

You can buy bottles of Castile soap in most hardware stores and also online that will last you ages.

If you don’t have any of this to hand, you can use washing up liquid instead, but try and stick with the natural stuff.


By distilling clean tap water (boiling and cooling again) you can remove almost all bacteria from the water.

This will help to keep your cleaning products fresher for longer and prevent them from going bad.

Essential Oils

These add scents to the cleaning products, but also help aid the cleaning.

Here’s my list of the best essential oils to use when cleaning:

  • Tea tree
  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Grapefruit
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Clove
  • All of these have some level of antibacterial properties and are great additions to natural cleaners if you have them, but they’re not essential to use.. (sorry couldn’t resist!)
  • What spray bottle can you use?

  • Reuse!
  • You can use any old spray bottle that has had cleaners in in the past.
  • They’re sold as single use but they can easily be reused a good few times before they give up the ghost.
  • Buy good quality!

  • You can also buy some lovely amber glass spray bottles that will last and last. They’d look pretty on the shelf too… link here.
  • Repurpose!
  • I reuse my empty glass white vinegar bottles because most spray tops will screw perfectly on to the bottle!
  • I’m yet to find a screw cap spray bottle that won’t fit onto my vinegar bottles.
  • It’s meant to be.
  • One of the products I use most regularly at home is surface cleaner.

    This was the first product I wanted to swap for a natural alternative. I’ve found this cleaner to do a great job and am so happy I’ve made the swap!

  • So, here’s my recipe for a good all round surface cleaner. You can use it all over the home on virtually any surface!

  • Surface Cleaner Recipe


      2 cups of distilled water (boiled then cooled down again)
      3 tbsp of castile soap (or you can substitute for washing up liquid) Optional:
      15 drops of essential oil
      1/4 tsp of glycerine (mostly used in baking and is used to thicken the cleaner)
  • I used 10 drops of lavender and 5 tea tree.
  • Method

    Mix all ingredients together and pour into a spray bottle using a funnel.


    That’s it!

    Happy cleaning!!

    Let me know if you tried making this surface cleaner and how you found it!

    Emilie x

    8 thoughts on “DIY Surface Cleaner”

    1. I’ve been using homemade kitchen cleaner following your reclipse for a week now and I’ve not needed to use any other product on my kitchen worktops. Any tips for restoring ceramic Belfast sink. I usually use bleach but I’m keen to use environmentally friendly alternative.

      1. Fantastic! Amazing that you’re not having to use any other products 🌿💕 I’d try and make a coarse salt and bicarbonate mix and scrub it into sink using a citrus fruit like a lemon / grapefruit to help lift some stains 😊

    2. Ana Guadalupe HANK

      I’ve used a similar recipe before but notice that the castile soap tends to separate when added to vinegar. Any help with this? I use Dr. Bronner’s castile soap.
      Also, is glycerine really necessary? Is it still an natural/eco product? If so, where can I find it?
      Any help with this would be great!!

      1. You can’t use both castile soap and vinegar together. The vinegar “unsaponifies” the soap, which is the separation you’re seeing. I have personally been using two different DIY cleaners – one is just equal parts vinegar and boiled water, which I use in the bathroom, and the other is very similar to this recipe, but without the glycerin. I haven’t felt the need for glycerin to thicken. Hope that helps!

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