Spring Cleaning: All Purpose Spray

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resize 7There is no need to pull out your rubber gloves and surgical masks when you clean your home. It might surprise you to know that you can concoct simple and inexpensive non-toxic cleaners from ingredients already lying around your house. Using essential oils to create  your own cleaning spray is not only safe on the environment,  but is safe for your family as well. This spray is perfect for cleaning hard surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, etc.

All Purpose Disinfecting Spray:

What You Need:

16 oz. glass spray bottle (you can purchase one here)

1/4 cup white vinegar

1 3/4 cups water

30 drops dōTERRA essential oil (see suggestions below)

1 teaspoon borax

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Essential oils to try:

A combination of any of the above essential oils would work great in your homemade cleaning spray. Experiment and find what works best for you.

Some recommended combinations include:

15 drops each of Lavender and Lemon

10 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Wild Orange

30 drops On Guard blend

15 drops each of Grapefruit and On Guard


Add all ingredients to spray bottle. Shake thoroughly.

Editors Note: Although it is natural, borax is toxic when ingested, and can cause skin irritation. Keep away from children, pets, and food preparation areas. If you are concerned about using borax in this all purpose spray, you can omit it.

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Other Natural Products to Make at Home:

Mattress Cleaner

Dryer Sheets

Air Freshener


Window Cleaner


This was originally featured in the Spring 2012 dōTERRA Living Magazine.

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  1. When I had mold in my home I studied the best way to eradicate it!
    20 Mule Team Borax, is the #1 best killer, if you have standing mold! DO not spray it, that will spread the spores!; make a past and wipe! the mold away!, Borax not only kills the spores, but also the roots, nothing else kills the roots of mold!

  2. Thank you…
    Sounds great. I like using On Guard in my home and frequently use lemon in the wash cycle as well.

    I keep the on guard concentrate by the kitchen sink to add a spritz in the basin when washing the dishes as well.

    What do you use your On Guard for?

  3. I wanted to know if its safe to mix borax and washing soda? I came across a all purpose cleaner that included washing soda. tks

  4. One use is to mix 1 or 2 drops of On Guard with baking soda as a toothpaste and/or as a mouth rinse afterward with 1 drop in a 1/4 c of water.

  5. My son had a large unfinished basement with lots of mold. After using a professional product, the mold returned and started spreading up through the floor. He even had it in his lungs. This is when they used the Aroma Ace diffuser with OnGuard and straight Clove for a couple weeks. All signs/smells of mold were gone. Several months later they noticed hints of if again so repeated diffusing the oils. It’s now been about a year and things are still clean and healthy!! Yea, for natural, effective solutions!!

  6. Glass is usually recommended as essential oils can break down some plastics. A good quality plastic bottle could be used as long as the essential oils are extremely diluted (like they are in this particular spray). Hope that helps.

  7. Can you use 20 mule team borax to clean you mattress to get rid of any mold or mildew and spores? If you can how do you?

  8. Is there something that can be substituted for borax? It is rated an ‘f’ on EWG’s cleaning guide and if I’m make safer alternatives I don’t want to use anything rated that low! Thanks ;).

  9. Is this safe for granite, tile, and wood? If not what are the best and safest oils to use? What are they best mixed with and ratios! Thanks:)

  10. Oil and water do not mix. How is it that essential oils are used in this all purpose spray with the water it includes? Wouldn’t they float on top?

  11. Incredible! It sounds more that perfect to use such simple products in order to make your own detergent. Thank you for the great tips, I will definitely try them!

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