Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner


Let’s take a moment from food recipes and turn our attention to other kinds of recipes, shall we? My husband informed me a few years ago that I was becoming quite the granola. I’ve been known to make my own body scrub, deodorant, and as pictured above, all-purpose cleaner. The thing is, though, I’m not full-on crunchy granola. Sure, I may make these and have them on hand, but if you walked through my house, opened up my cabinets and looked in my drawers, you’d also find a fair share amount of these items that I’ve purchased from the store. It’s a happy medium, a balance that sometimes teeters more one way than the other. I’m neither black or white, all or nothing, but very much a solid gray, split down the middle.

This is hands down the best cleaner for grimy showers and ovens that have had one too many spills, baked and caked on that even a chisel takes some work to get it clean, and everything in between.

I found the recipe online a few years ago, took a screenshot, and wrote it on the bottle with a Sharpie, but over time & a combination of the cleaning solution and water erased even the penned Sharpie.


  • 10 oz. of water
  • 8 oz. of vinegar
  • 4 oz. of lemon juice
  • 2 oz. of liquid Dawn liquid soap


In a large spray bottle, add the water, vinegar, lemon juice, and lastly, the Dawn liquid soap.  If you start with the Dawn, you will be fighting suds as you add the water, vinegar, and lemon juice. Screw the nozzle back on give it a subtle side to side shake and get your clean on. For best results of cleaning a grimy shower and a caked & baked on oven, apply an even spray, coating the surface and allow to sit overnight. Wipe and rinse in the morning. Voila. Good as new.


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