Vinegar Free All Purpose Cleaner That Works Like Magic

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Need a vinegar free all purpose cleaner that works magic on your family’s muck and mayhem? I have the absolute perfect 3-ingredient recipe!

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If your husband is like my husband, he can’t stand the smell of cleaning vinegar. And he most definitely lets you know he HATES it. In my case the complaints were almost as bad as when men get sick. You know those complaints. They get a cold and you’d think they were dying.

While the smell of cleaning vinegar does dissipate, there’s absolutely no relief from a complaint about the smell regardless of the essential oils I use to freshen the scent. On the flip side of that, you want to use non-toxic cleaning products in your home. And in an effort to use more natural cleaning products, vinegar has always been your go to thing.

So what do you do when you A.) want save money by making your own natural cleaning products and B.) your husband threatens you with divorce if you use vinegar just one more time? The good news is, you can keep your husband. The better news is, you can make a homemade vinegar free all purpose cleaner that works like magic.

I’m talking this stuff took wine stains off my laminate countertop that were two weeks old kind of magic. Not only that, but it smells simply AMAZING. And the fragrance, just a single to-die-for essential oil, was personally approved by my husband. He actually came home and COMMENTED on how great the house smelled. I mean wow, right?

Not only does my vinegar free all purpose cleaner require the purchase of just TWO products, you’ll find that these products last a long time and have so many more uses than just cleaning countertops! Plus they’re eco-friendly!

Vinegar Free All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon


800 mL/27 oz. distilled water
20 mL/.67 oz. Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner
20 mL/.67 oz. 5-fold lemon essential oil


Measuring all ingredients by volume, add the water to a 28 oz. spray bottle then follow with Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner and the essential oil. Gently turn the bottle to mix.

If you don’t like strong scents you can halve the amount of essential oil used. (The usage rate of both the essential oil and Sal Suds is approximately 2.4%.) The amount called for in the recipe was enough to get a strong lemon fragrance that made the whole house smell fantastic.

If desired you can print out labels for your vinegar free all purpose cleaner here.

(For the BEST price on Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds, I purchase my Sal Suds from Thrive Market. Thrive Market offers wholesale prices on tons of natural, organic and eco-friendly products including food, vitamins, essential oils and household cleaning supplies. You can save 25% off your first purchase when you join risk free. Learn more here.)

How to Use Your Vinegar Free All Purpose Cleaner:

I used this specific vinegar free all purpose cleaner recipe to clean my bathroom and mirrors (without streaking,) to wipe down countertops and appliances as well as to mop my floor Swiffer style with an eco-friendly mop with reusable pads.

As this is a surfactant based cleaner, however, you’ll want to only use it on hard, sealed surfaces, painted or sealed (not waxed) wood or fabrics. For furniture and the like where you want to protect the finish, try this recipe using Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap in place of the Sal Suds. You can also use Sal Suds on fabrics to wash clothing as well as to spot treat stains.

Zap Red Wine Stains on Rugs + Countertops!

I’ve use this recipe to successfully clean red wine out of an outdoor rug as well as to remove wine stains from my laminate kitchen countertops. To clean my rug, I sparingly sprayed my vinegar free all purpose cleaner onto the stain and then rubbed it in with a rag dipped in hot water until the stain disappeared. (However, it is important to mention you do need to make sure you get all of the suds out of your rug or carpet when spot cleaning so that it doesn’t attract more dirt. You can learn more about cleaning your carpets using Sal Suds here.)

For the countertop, I heavily sprayed my vinegar free all purpose cleaner onto the wine stain and let it set. I then wiped the countertop down an hour or so later to find that the stain had magically disappeared. For tougher stains, you can repeat this step or simply let the cleaner sit on the stain longer. (You’ll want to spray enough cleaner on your countertop stain so that it forms a small puddle for best results.)

For lighter everyday cleaning, Dr Bronner’s recommends one tablespoon of Sal Suds per quart of water. You can then add lemon or other citrus based essential oils as desired for scent. (Pssst. A combination of lemon and peppermint essential oils will also deter spiders.)

You should find that my vinegar free all purpose cleaner also works better than a combination of vinegar, water and essential oils. As vinegar is primarily a degreaser, it just doesn’t have a lot of actual cleaning power.

What Else Can You Use Sal Suds For?

Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner is actually super versatile. And because most household cleaning uses call for so little of it, you’ll not only be surprised by how long it lasts, but also the savings from the products it replaces.

Wash + Spot Treat Laundry

To wash clothes in a top loading washer, use 2-3 Tablespoons of Sal Suds for a large load in place of your usual laundry detergent. For whites or extra funky smelling clothing, you can also add 1/2 cup baking soda to the wash cycle followed by one cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle. (Don’t add them both during the wash cycle or they cancel each other out.) For front loading HE washers, simply halve these amounts.

Wash Dishes + Veggies

To make a veggie wash add one drop of Sal Suds to a bowl of water. Then dunk your produce into the bowl, swish and rinse.

Or, to wash dishes, use a half teaspoon of Sal Suds in a sink of water. You can also use one drop of Sal Suds to wash a single pot.

Alternately you can create your own dish soap by combining 1/2 cup Sal Suds with 1/2 cup white vinegar,  1/2 cup warm distilled water, 1 tsp. citric acid (or lemon juice,) 2 tsp. kosher salt and 20 drops of essential oil.

Combine Sal Suds, vinegar and citric acid in a bowl and mix. In a separate bowl, combine the salt and warm water.

Once the bowl with the salt dissolves, stir in the mixture from the bowl with the Sal Suds. Add essentials oils then continuing stirring until the dish soap thickens. Then pour into a reusable dish soap container and use as you would regular dish soap.

Mop Floors + Clean Your Car

For mopping floors (using a mop and water bucket) as well as for washing cars, combine a half Tablespoon of Sal Suds to 3 gallons of hot water. Just be sure to add the Sal Suds to your bucket after you fill it with water.

Got it? Maybe? Don’t worry about trying to remember all of this. While I’d love you to bookmark this page for reference later on, the truth is, most of these recipes are on the back of the Sal Suds bottle for quick and easy reference. How nice is that?

Now not only can you enjoy a cleaner, healthier home, but you can also enjoy a happier husband!

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Quick & Easy DIY Eco-Friendly Reuable Swiffer Pad Solution

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Easiest Ever DIY Eco-Friendly Reusable Swiffer Pad Solution

One Good Thing By Jillee recently posted her homemade solution for making the easiest ever DIY Swiffer Sweeper refill pads. Her simple alternative solution for eco-friendly, reusable pads is to use chenille socks. However, you could easily use the same concept and up-cycle a pair of old socks that are stretched out or have acquired a hole. Visit One Good Thing By Jillee here for the skinny on how she does it. Plus discover how to refill those canisters of Swiffer Wet Jet solution as well as how to make your own DIY eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaner to refill it with!

For more great DIY homemaking tips and solutions, be sure to follow my DIY Lifestyle Tips board on Pinterest. It’s filled with tips for making every aspect of your life easier for tips and how to’s to home remedies and natural non-toxic cleaning recipes and everything in between.

DIY No Sew Lavender Dryer Sachet

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Easy DIY Natural Lavender Dryer Sachets - Adds a Fresh Natural Fragrance to LaundryWant to give your laundry a fresh natural lavender fragrance the easy and natural way? Then craft a simple, new sew DIY Lavender Sachet for your dryer! It’s so easy to make. Simply fill a 4″ x 6″ cotton muslin bag with lavender flowers, add a few drops of lavender essential oil, then tightly knot the bag closed.

To use, simply toss the bag into the dryer with each load of laundry. Linens and clothing will come out of the dryer with a light, lavender scent. If the fragrance diminishes over time, simply add more essential oil to the bag. You can do this by applying the oil to the outside of the bag so you don’t have to struggle to open the knotted bag.

Don’t like lavender? Try other natural flowers and essential oil blends. Or try lavender flowers with natural citronella or lemongrass essential oil in the summer to help deter biting insects while you’re enjoying the great outdoors!

Creative DIY Storage Solutions for Organizing Your Home and Office Made from Recycled, Upcycled and Repurposed Items

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Looking for ideas to better organize your space? Here are a few of my favorite DIY organizing ideas that take the ordinary and turn them into the extraordinary – without having to spend a lot of money. Take advantage of everyday items and re-purpose, upcycle, and recycle them into something new and useful with these great ideas from around the web! Which are your favorites?
DIY Organizing and Storage Ideas for Your Home and Office - Recycled, Upcycled and Repurposed Items for Inexpensive, Practical Yet Totally Cool Storage Ideas
1. DIY Recycled Cereal Box Drawer Dividers via I Heart Organizing / 2. Hanging Storage Bins Made From Recycled Plastic Disinfecting Wipes Containers via Make It & Love It / 3. Re-purposed Pill Box for Embellishment Storage via Better Homes & Gardens / 4. Use a Shower Caddy for Organizing Notepads and Tools via Better Homes & Gardens
Creative DIY Storage Solutions for Organizing Your Home and Office Made from Recycled, Upcycled and Repurposed Items
1. DIY Organizer from an Old Window via My So Called Crafty Life / 2. DIY Washi Tape Holder via Julie Ann Art / 3. Re-purpose Tea Cups and Saucers into Drawer Organizers via Martha Stewart / 4. Use Empty Tic Tac Containers to Create Ribbon Dispensers via Craft and Creativity / 5. Re-purpose French Drains into Craft Storage Space for Holding Skeins of Yarn, Mason Jars, Spray Paints and More via Sew Many Ways
DIY Storage Solutions - Recycling, Upcycling and Repurposing for Creative Organizing Solutions
1. Use a Peg Board to Maximize Kitchen (or Craft Room) Storage Space via Real Living / 2. Create a Mail Station and Additional Shelf Space with Re-purposed Magazine Files via Real Living / 3. Stack Wooden Boxes and Hold Them Together With Binder Clips via Livet Hemma / 4. Recycle an Old Book and Canned Food Tins into Pencil Cups with Style via The 3 R’s Blog / 5. Decorate and Re-use Glass Jars for Craft Storage via House to Home
For more great diy ideas, recycling and organizing solutions, be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest. Also check out my similar articles Creative Ways to Recycle Everyday Things and Home Office Organizing Tips and DIY Projects.

DIY Homemaking Tips – Clever DIY Tips, Ideas and Solutions for Making Your Life Easier and Your Household Run Smoother

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DIY Homemaking Tips - Clever DIY Tips, Ideas and Solutions for Making Your Life Easier and Your Household Run Smoother
Looking for ways to make keeping a house easier? Then grab the ebook, Real Clever Solutions and Ideas: Tips and Tricks to Save You Time and Money, by Naya Lizardo! It includes lots of homemaking tips to make your household run smoother and easier.
There are cleaning tips and ideas for the kitchen and bathroom as well as general cleaning and laundry tips. You’ll also find organizing and kitchen solutions, beauty tips and ideas, health and wellness solutions, travel solutions and more. Find ideas on things like cleaning your microwave faster and easier, restoring tarnished silverware, freshening your garage disposal, removing soap scum, making homemade air fresheners, removing permanent marker from clothes, making easy peel hard boiled eggs, fixing mushy pasta, adding moisture back to dry meat, quick and easy beauty recipes for hair and face masks, and so much more!
Headover to Amazon now to instantly download Real Clever Solutions and Ideas: Tips and Tricks to Save You Time and Moneytoday! If you don’t have a kindle, it’s no problem. You can download the free kindle reading app for any device you own from smart phones to desktop computers!