DIY All-Purpose Cleaner – Zap Household Germs (& make the whole house smell UhMaaaZing)

Whether we are ready or not, many places are now entering fall. We might as well embrace it, because it’s time.

With fall comes greater incidence of colds, bouts with the flu, etc etc etc. Many kiddos are back in school or daycare where they are passing around little sickly germs and bringing them home. Boo.

I am not a person who is terribly afraid of germs. In fact, along with Danelle, I believe that they are beneficial.

That said, I’d prefer to keep many of them at bay, and beyond that, I especially want to make sure that my kitchen is sanitary (a lot of raw meat mess ends up on my counters, as I’m sure is the case with yours, too). One of my first blog posts was a cleaner with ACV and orange peels. While I do still adore this cleaner, out of necessity, I’ve had a new favorite cleaning recipe enter my home. The orange peel recipe requires some marinating time. Sooooo…what happens when you run out and your forgot to start soaking some more oranges (…oops)?

This recipe. This recipe is what happens. And I must say, it’s quite glorious. An all purpose DIY household cleaner!

This is a powerful cleaner in both appearance (it gets things clean, visually) and germ-attacking effectiveness (the essential oils used in this recipe are proven amazing germ fighters).

Oh, and this stuff smells divine, too. Win.

Zap Household Germs DIY All-Purpose Cleaning Spray


  • 32 oz spray bottle (like THESE or THIS glass spray bottle)
  • H2O – filtered
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)- raw, organic (like THIS)
  • Essential oils (EO) – Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit (I get my essential oil addiction on HERE; they are an excellent company with exceptional quality oils)

Make It

  • 1:5 ratio of ACV (1 part) to H2O (5 parts)
  • 45 total drops of EO:
    • 25 Lemon EO
    • 15 Orange EO
    • 5 Grapefruit EO
Mix it all together and BA-ZING! You are ready to CA-LEAN!


Not feeling particularly DIYish?

Simply not enough hours in the day? Pinning more than you could ever tackle these days? No worries. I have got you covered.

Please, head on over to my Pronounce Skincare Shop where I sell all sorts of natural products.

While you are there, please look around at all of my other skincare creations. I love making them for my family and for you!

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