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Naturally Clean: All-Purpose Cleaner

By Stephanie Nelson

Tags: Naturally Clean, All Purpose Cleaner, Recipes, Tips, Cleaners, Home Improvement, Eco-Friendly,


At the Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability conference last year, Simran Sethi, one of the guest speakers, put chemical cleaning products in perspective for me. Sethi basically asked her audience this question: Would you feel comfortable leaving your child alone in a room with toxic household cleaners? Although I’m not a parent, the answer is clearly no. Sethi’s point was that this scenario is the same as using toxic products all around the house.

Since talking to Sethi, I’ve looked at household cleaners in a whole new light and I’ve started making my own as means to replace these toxic chemicals. This simple, herbal all-purpose cleaner is eco-friendly and only takes five minutes to make.  


All-Purpose Cleaner

• 2 tablespoons borax
• ¼ cup lemon juice
• 2 cups hot water
• 20 drops tea tree essential oil

1. Combine the borax and lemon juice with the water in a spray bottle. Cap and shake well to dissolve the mineral.

2. Add the tea tree oil and shake again to disperse the oil.

For more information on cleaning your home naturally, visit our blog series Naturally Clean.