Green All-Purpose Cleaner

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Green All-Purpose Cleaner

This simple recipe is what I have been using for the past few years and it has been working great.  When we were living in Calgary last year, it was more convenient to buy a bottle of natural cleaner from the grocery store.  It turned out to be a waste of time.  More often than not they seem to leave a bit of a residue.  That’s why I like this cleaner so much, it’s effective and it costs less than a dollar to make.

Green All-Purpose Cleaner
Green All-Purpose Cleaner

It’s important to put the arrowroot or cornstarch in first so that the vinegar and water can help it move through the funnel.  Once I measure the arrowroot, I tap the funnel and bottle a couple of times on the counter so that it filters down.  The vinegar and water take care of the rest.

Green All-Purpose Cleaner

I love to use this cleaner on our ceramic tile, the bathtub, kitchen sink, counters, you name it.  Note: do not use this cleaner on natural stone such as travertine, as this cleaner is acid based and will eat the finish off your natural stone.  We are going to be laying travertine on our bathroom floor so I’m currently working on something for natural stone.

Green All-Purpose Cleaner
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Green All-Purpose Cleaner

Green All-Purpose Cleaner

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  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 24 ounces 1x


  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon arrowroot or cornstarch
  • 10 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops of tea trea essential oil
  • water


  1. Use a funnel to place the arrowroot into a spray bottle.
  2. Tap on the counter a couple of times so that the arrowroot filters into the bottle. Pour in vinegar and add a little water.
  3. Put the lid on and shake the bottle to combine.
  4. Add essential oils and fill the bottle to the 24 ounce line with water.


Sometimes I make this without the cornstarch or essential oils, just vinegar and water. It works really good but I think the full recipe works a little better.

2 thoughts on “Green All-Purpose Cleaner”

  1. I’ve been using white vinegar mixed with water as an all purpose cleaner, and it’s very good. But I had never seen before a recipe with cornstarch, what does it do?

    • The cornstarch seems to give my floor a little more shine. We have linoleum in the kitchen right now, but when we’re switching to a tile that’s not shiny, so I won’t need the cornstarch anymore!


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