DIY multipurpose spray

Because Alexander has taken to licking surfaces (I blame the dog), I've stopped using chemical cleaners from the shops and started to DIY my own natural multipurpose spray that's safe to use with children around.

White vinegar is a natural disinfectant and can tackle household bacteria like salmonella and  E. coli, while rosemary, citrus peel and eucalyptus oil help neutralise the vinegary smell. The citrus peels also have the added advantage of cutting through grease. Bonus: it's dirt cheap to make.
You'll need:

White vinegar
Sprigs of rosemary
Various citrus peels (I used mandarins, lemons and limes)
Eucalyptus oil
Old jam jars
Spray bottle


1. Remove peel from your citrus fruits. Mandarins are the easiest, while with lemons and limes, you'll have to cut or scrape out the flesh and segments.

2. Add peels and rosemary to jam jars, followed by ~ ten drops of eucalyptus oil in each jar. Fill jars with vinegar and allow to sit in cool spot away from direct sun for two weeks.
3. After 2 weeks, strain the vinegar solution into a bowl. Using a funnel, fill 1/3 spray bottle with vinegar solution and then top with water. Use as needed to clean surfaces.

15 Responses to DIY multipurpose spray

Hi! I am LiLi! said...

I'll share to this sister-in-law. She has a little boy, about a month older than Alexander. Thanks, Trishie.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Wow, this cleaning spray sounds lovely!

Anouk said...

I'd be curious to smell this! It certainly looks great.


akiko hiramatsu said...

That is a really nice DIY.
It is so great that environmentally friendly♡

Enjoy your time with Alexander!


Rose said...

That is a very nice diy.

kidgranny said...

Great idea! I think this would be a wonderful gift to give to my friend as part of her housewarming gift. Thanks for the post, Trishie!

Tante Mali said...

Soooo smart! I love this!!!
Happy days and have fun fun fun

Jane @ said...

I use vinegar to clean as well. I need to try and add rosemary to see if it improves the scent. I add citrus peels, but my kids complain about the smell every time.

Shirley Tay said...

OMG, you certainly caught my attention with this DIY post! Happy weekend, dear! xoxo

burntfeather said...

So great Trishie I'm trying to go the DIY natural route for a lot of things and I hate the side affects of strong commercial cleaners - this combo sounds like it would smell devine!

Ananka said...

That's a really great idea. :-)

Michelle {Jarrah Jungle} said...

You are so clever I love your DIYs using home products :)

Tina Bradley said...

What a safe, natural way to disinfect! I'm forwarding the link to this one along to my oldest son and daughter-in-law. They'll need it in a few months! T.

Jane said...

Definitely pinning this. So great!

Beauty Box said...

Awesome tutorial :) I too have been shying away from conventional cleaning products because Charles gets his hands, feet, and tongue on everything imaginable in the house. I bet your DIY multi-purpose spray smells lovely.