Non-toxic All-Purpose Cleaner

So I first shared this with you about 5 years ago when I discovered it, and I have been using it every day since, so I figured it was worth a second post.  I love finding cleaning products that don’t contain strong chemicals, and that are safe to use around our four kids.  Vinegar has long been used in homemade cleaners, for it’s many powerful properties. But I’ve always had a bit of a problem with the smell. This cleaner has great citrus scent which hides most of the vinegar smell, as well as adds to the cleaning power.


1. Fill a large jar with a bunch of orange peels. You can add lemon peels also, if you have them around.

2. Fill to the brim with plain old white vinegar.  Seal with a lid.

3. Store in a dark place for 4-6 weeks. You’ll know it’s ready when the liquid is a beautiful orange colour and the vinegar smell is almost gone.

Cleaner 2

4. Fill a spray bottle half way with water, and half with the vinegar mixture.  Sometimes I add a few drops of dawn dish soap. I also use higher concentrations of the vinegar for different purposes (ie. bathroom cleaning).

Use anywhere you would use your normal all-purpose cleaner:

  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom
  • Light switches/doorknobs
  • Walls
  • Kids’ rooms/play areas
  • Windows
  • Cars

I always have a jar or two in the cupboard getting ready for when I need it. I have a bottle of this in almost every room of the house. The kids even know how to get it out for messes they make! It costs just pennies to make, and you don’t have to worry about the health of your family!

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Marya R

I live in Bowmanville, and am a mom to four young boys - it can get a little loud in my house. I am a Christian, a part-time French teacher, a piano teacher and former homeschooler. I love finding the best deals, which will come in handy when our boys become hungry teenagers! We just moved to a house with more outdoor space, and I'm still getting used to life in the country (a walk around the block is a lot longer here!).

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