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Best DIY All Natural Kitchen Cleaner

Keeping the kitchen clean is a never ending battle. Shouldn’t you enjoy cleaning up your countertops and other kitchen surfaces? With this DIY all natural kitchen cleaner, you can make a homemade kitchen counter spray using essential oils.

Your kitchen will smell good and you kill germs! (This all natural cleaner is great for the entire house, too!)

Green Spray Bottle with essential oils and lavender flowers on wooden table

The best part is that this easy DIY all natural kitchen cleaner uses simple ingredients. Chances are, you might already have them at home.

So if you want to save money by making your own kitchen cleaners, check out this recipe for a homemade all purpose spray.

Using Vinegar in DIY All Natural Cleaners

Vinegar is often used in homemade cleaner recipes. Why?

Because vinegar is a powerful cleaner that is totally all natural. In fact, it’s so super safe you can make salad dressing with it or drink it mixed with water. Just choose the best type of vinegar to clean with (hint: the best kind is super cheap).

green spray bottle with lavender flowers on wood

It is the ultimate non-toxic cleaning ingredient.

And it really works. (That’s why it’s great for cleaning the toilet, unclogging showerheads and killing weeds.)

What if you hate the smell of vinegar, though?

spray bottle of homemade cleaner

There are fancy cleaning vinegars. Usually, it’s just vinegar and essential oils in an overpriced spray (here’s some details about cleaning vinegars). If you’re going to pay a fortune for a all natural cleaner made from simple ingredients, though, you could just DIY it yourself using the recipe below.

Why Use Essential Oils in Cleaners?

It’s super easy to make a homemade kitchen cleaner. Quite honestly, all you need is vinegar to kill germs and cut through grease.

But many all natural cleaners use essential oils.


Essential oils are great for aromatherapy in your home. They make a cleaner smell good. Which makes your healthy home smell good naturally. And if you like cleaning, chances are you’ll do it more, right?

dropping lemon essential oil into a measuring cup of liquid cleaner

The other great thing about using essential oils in cleaners, though, is that they have some beneficial properties. Pink grapefruit essential oil will kill bacteria, germs, and other nasty stuff that could be lingering on your countertop.

So not only do essential oils make a DIY cleaner smell good, but they add a little extra oomph to the cleaning power of a homemade kitchen cleaner.

Best DIY All Natural Kitchen Cleaner Recipe


● 13 oz. Hot water (NOT boiling)
● ½ cup Vinegar
● 10 drops Lavender essential oil
● 15 drops Pink grapefruit essential oil
● 7 drops Lemon essential oil


● 17 oz. Spray bottle (plastic is fine as long as you don’t use boiling hot water)
● Measuring cup with a spout for pouring

How to Make All Natural Kitchen Cleaner

1. Begin by pouring ½ cup of vinegar into 13 oz. of hot water in a measuring cup.

measuring cup of vinegar poured into water

2. Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil to the measuring cup.

3. Pour in 15 drops of pink grapefruit essential oil.

Drops of essential oil added to homemade vinegar cleaner

4. Mix in 7 drops of lemon essential oil.

5. Stir all of the ingredients in the measuring cup to combine well. Don’t worry about getting it completely combined, you can shake the mixture well once it is in the spray bottle.

pouring homemade cleaner into a green spray bottle

6. Pour all of the ingredients into spray bottle. If there is any room left at the top of the bottle, add additional hot water if you’d like.


  • The kitchen countertop spray does not have to be hot to effectively kill germs and clean dirt. The hot water helps the ingredients to mix well, but is not necessary for every time you clean.
  • Shake the all natural cleaner well before using each time.
  • The homemade cleaner is great for kitchen countertops, but use it on other surfaces, too! Bathroom countertops would be a great place to use the DIY spray, as well as the refrigerator (inside and out), range, microwave, toilet and more places in your home. Just be sure to test that the vinegar and oil spray will not damage delicate items.
  • Change the amount of essential oils or types of essential oils if you’d like. Customize your homemade kitchen cleaner to reflect what you want in your home.

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Susan Foxman

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

Hi love all your recipes for natural homemade cleaners! A quick question? I read different opinions regarding essential oils and plastic containers..Is it ok to use plastic and keep for more then 1 use? thank you, Sue Foxman

Kimberly Button

Tuesday 21st of September 2021

Hi Susan! I personally don't have a problem using essential oils in plastic containers. The main problem could be how long you store the cleaner in a plastic bottle with those essential oils. If it's going to be for weeks or months, you could have an issue.

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Monday 2nd of September 2019

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Friday 12th of July 2019

I don’t have grapefruit oil. What other oils would you recommend in its place ?

Kimberly Button

Sunday 14th of July 2019

Orange oil or lemon oil are great at degreasing. Tea tree oil can kill germs.


Sunday 12th of May 2019

Can you use this on granite counters? Just thinking about vinegar acidity.

Kimberly Button

Monday 13th of May 2019

Hi Natasha, No, I wouldn't use it on granite countertops. The acidity is not recommended on that surface.


Wednesday 3rd of April 2019

How long will the solution last in the spray bottle?

Kimberly Button

Thursday 11th of April 2019

I don't have a specific time frame. As long as you keep shaking it, I would say a few weeks to a little longer.