DIY All purpose and surface spray recipe!

Jan 23 2017
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I finally got tired of dumping vinegar on any of my countertops or surfaces I wanted to clean and decided to finally break down and buy a spray bottle. (I found this lovely little glass bottle on Amazon here.) Honestly I am a little embarrassed that I hadn’t made this sooner! The recipe is so very simple!

Easy to make all purpose and surface spray recipe utilizing vinegar, water and essential oils, inexpensive, frugal and green living!Easy to make all purpose and surface spray recipe utilizing vinegar, water and essential oils, inexpensive, frugal and green living!

I use this spray on absolutely everything including my butcher block countertops! It leaves a pleasant and interesting smell behind. Of course every time I make it now I try a new combination of essential oils! Though I always keep tea tree oil in it because it has such great antibacterial properties. Its great for my dining room table especially and it leaves just a little sheen behind that I love. It also gets the grime off of my white back splash with little to no elbow grease. I also used it to clean out my microwave and it took care of it with just a couple of sprays and some good wiping.

Easy to make all purpose and surface spray recipe utilizing vinegar, water and essential oils, inexpensive, frugal and green living!Easy to make all purpose and surface spray recipe utilizing vinegar, water and essential oils, inexpensive, frugal and green living!

Also, as you can see in the picture, the oils sit on the top so I make sure and give it a little shake before I use it so the oils get dispersed throughout before spraying. This also works fine on glass and mirrors but I’m not looking for a streak free shine necessarily, just looking to get it good and clean and I use just a soft kitchen towel. So far I haven’t found a situation yet where I don’t love this spray! It’s great for light dusting too – I just spray a little on the towel I’m using and hit my coffee table and end tables etc.

Easy to make all purpose and surface spray recipe utilizing vinegar, water and essential oils, inexpensive, frugal and green living!


  1. February 1, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    I love all of your natural recipes, Tarah–and some day I’m going to get around to trying them!! Pinned ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for linking up with Vintage Charm–

  2. February 14, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    I like this idea – And I love the scent of citrus – Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

    • February 14, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks Helen, I’ve been trying a bunch of different combos so far the citrus is my favorite with a dash of lavender!

  3. February 17, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Tarah, Thanks for sharing this spray recipe. It sounds like a great alternative. One of my favorite essential oils is grapefruit bergamot. Sylvia D.

    • February 17, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      Sylvia I have always wanted to try grapefruit essential oil – definitely going to have to pick some up!

  4. February 18, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I love all natural products and the smell of your all purpose spray must be amazing. So refreshing. I’m going to have to try this combination Tarah, thanks so much

    • February 20, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      Thanks Michelle, I can’t believe how well it works too!

  5. Jane A Meeker
    February 20, 2017 at 3:02 am

    I am unfamiliar with Essential oils. Is it possible there is one that is common in most recipes so I would only need one, is it just for scent or does clean also? Are their generic brands? Any advice is appreciated. Jane in Oregon

    • February 20, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      Hey Jane, you can get essential oils on Amazon. Tea tree oil is a favorite because it has great anti bacterial properties (I use it on bug bits and cuts or burns too!) that would be a good place to start, after that just about every one of them has some kind of benefit – lavender is great for sleep and smells divine.

  6. Jann Olson
    February 21, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Great idea to make your own spray! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    • February 21, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      Thanks Jann, hope you have a great week!

  7. March 3, 2017 at 1:09 am

    I used to be so good about making my own cleaners. Perhaps it’s time to get started again with this recipe? Thanks for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

    • March 3, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      Thanks for coming by Leslie, this is one of my very favorite recipes! It makes our house smell SO good!

  8. March 5, 2017 at 10:06 am

    What a great idea. I have to try it. Thanks for sharing!

    • March 6, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks Cristina for stopping by!

  9. March 14, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    How neat! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  10. March 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Great idea for the recipe. It will be fun to try this DIY.

  11. March 24, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    This is honestly perfect because I am just in the process of starting to use natural homemade makeup etc. and I also want to transition to using natural cleaners, too! However, I’m currently still living in a shared flat, and my flatmates aren’t really into natural cleaners, so I have to wait until I move into my own flat with my boyfriend in a couple of months, but I’m saving this for then! Thanks for the recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚


    • March 24, 2017 at 6:45 pm

      Maisy its so good to hear from you! I’ve tried several different combos of essential oils in this recipe now and it all smells and works great! of course you could just use vinegar and water with out the need to add the oils but its nice because it makes the whole house smell so darned good!

  12. March 28, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Great stuff here Tarah but if this DIY cleaner of yours is really that good (I will be testing it out soon), you better take it for licensing or something. Trust me, a lot of people would find it beneficial. Cheers!

  13. April 3, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Great idea! It must smell good too! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

    • April 3, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      Thanks Sherry, it smells awesome and I love that I can change the smell too with whatever essential oils I have on hand!

  14. April 10, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Hi, I love natural products and have been looking for a DIY cleaner option. I love the essential oils that you have used and shall give this a try #inspiremelinky

  15. April 14, 2017 at 12:27 am

    I love using tea tree oil as an antibacterial product! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  16. May 19, 2017 at 1:16 am

    I have been looking for natural cleaning recipes. I will try this one!

    • May 19, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      Let me know how it works for you Michele, thanks for coming by!

  17. May 21, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Thanks for sharing your surface spray recipe to the bloggerโ€™s pit stop. Very informative.

  18. Sandra L Garth
    November 21, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    This is going to save money and space in my cupboard, thank you!

    • November 22, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks for coming by Sandra!

  19. January 16, 2018 at 4:06 am

    This combinations sounds like it will smell fantastic! Thank you for sharing it with us at the Homestead Blog Hop!

  20. January 17, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Hi Tarah,
    Love your recipe! I use all DIY cleaning products. I use DIY citrus vinegar spray – made with orange peels soaked in a glass jar with white vinegar for a 3-4 weeks and it works great. Sharing your recipe on twitter & pinning. Congratulations on being featured on Homestead blog hop. Have a healthy, happy & blessed day!

    • January 17, 2018 at 5:30 pm

      I’ve seen that recipe online I definitely need to try that!! Thanks for coming by, reading and commenting!

  21. Mary
    September 2, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Hi! How many drops of each essential oils do you use?

    • September 3, 2019 at 8:37 am

      Hi Mary, its really up to you and dependent on how big a spray bottle your using. I would guess I use about 20 drops for my spray bottle. Thanks!

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