Make natural all-purpose cleaner

This simple step-by-step teaches you how to make a cleaning spray from natural ingredients found around your home and garden – the perfect activity for families

How to make natural cleaning spray

Simple and effective, this all-natural cleaning spray can be used to clean bathroom and kitchen areas and sinks. It’s a great activity for families, but be sure to supervise children during the making and use of the spray at all times. Store out of reach from children. 

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You Will Need

  • a clean jar
  • a clean spray bottle
  • white vinegar
  • a lemon
  • sprigs of fresh rosemary

Step 1

Pour one cup of white vinegar into a clean, dry jar with a lid. To reduce packaging even further, you can buy white vinegar in bulk online, from some supermarkets or from zero-waste stores.

How to make natural all-purpose cleaner, step one

 

Step 2

Peel all the rind from the lemon, removing as much white pith as possible, and drop the peel into the vinegar. Add two to three sprigs of rosemary, then shake. Cover and leave to infuse for 10–14 days.

How to make natural all-purpose cleaner, step two

Step 3

Strain the vinegar, discarding the peel and rosemary. Pour it into a clean, dry spray bottle, then add an equal quantity of water. Shake well. Label your bottle and store it out of young children’s reach. 

How to make natural all-purpose cleaner, step three

Step 4

Before using the cleaner, test it on an inconspicuous area; avoid using vinegar-based cleansers on marble, stone or granite surfaces. Use your spray to clean bathroom and kitchen areas and sinks.

How to make natural all-purpose cleaner, step four
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Illustrations: Enya Todd