DIY Multi Purpose Cleaner with Apple Cider Vinegar

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

How to make a DIY multi purpose cleaner using just two simple ingredients: apple cider vinegar and water. Includes essential oils for scent and extra power!

DIY Multi Purpose Cleaner Recipe

Right now, as we're all dealing with the craze the coronavirus has created, cleaning supplies are in short supply. I've heard before that you can use household ingredients to make an at-home cleaner, and after doing some research, I found the perfect thing.

Apple cider vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar is great for cleaning and works so well in this DIY multi purpose cleaner. We're using just two ingredients – with a few additions for scent and extra power. It's a cinch to make, is way cheaper than

Apple Cider Vinegar for Cleaning

Why Apple Cider Vinegar Works for Cleaning

There are so many amazing benefits of apple cider vinegar, but it's really great for cleaning. A few of the reasons why it's so great includes:

  • killing pathogens and bacteria
  • minimizing odors
  • removing stains
  • disinfects surfaces

What Vinegar is Best for Cleaning?

Vinegar is a common ingredient in most cleanings for the things I mentioned above. But some people might be wondering… “are all vinegars created equal?” The short answer is yes. They'll all work for cleaning, but I would only choose two in my own personal cleaning routine:

  1. White vinegar
  2. Apple cider vinegar

And the reason is the smell. For me, I don't think I'd want my kitchen counters smelling like red wine vinegar or balsamic. So if you are planning to make your own DIY multi purpose cleaner, then I'd suggest using one of these two vinegars.

How to make Multi Purpose Cleaner

Best Essential Oils for Cleaning

DIY Multi Purpose Cleaner Ingredients

Making your own home cleaner actually only requires two ingredients: water and vinegar. I like to do 1 part vinegar to two parts water, and then I also tend to add some essential oils to it.

Essential oils are not only helpful with the smell, but some of them also have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. The essential oils I recommend using are:

  • Lemon
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus

But you could also use tea tree, orange, and rosemary to name a few!

Essential Oils in Cleaner

More Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Clean

Aside from our DIY multi purpose cleaner, apple cider vinegar can actually be used a bunch of different ways for cleaning. This article details some additional ideas, but the ones I like the best are:

  • Adding some to your dishwasher cycle to remove stains and reduce odor
  • To clean a clogged drain
  • Reduce mildew on your tub
  • As an all-natural window/glass cleaner
  • Remove odors from smelly clothes in the washer

So as you can see, apple cider vinegar is a complete powerhouse when it comes to cleaning! With cleaning supplies in short supply these days, I hope you found this post helpful!

If you do end up making your own DIY multi purpose cleaner, I'd love to know how you use it. Come back to this post and leave us a note in the comments! Happy cleaning ❤️

DIY Multi-Purpose Cleaner with Apple Cider Vinegar

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DIY Multi Purpose Cleaner

This easy DIY multi purpose cleaner uses apple cider vinegar and water to create a cleaner that can be used on all surfaces. Add some essential oils for a little extra power!
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • Spray Bottle


  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 10 - 15 drops essential oil(s) (we like lemon, peppermint, lavender and, eucaplyptus)


  • Add all ingredients into a spray bottle. Shake vigorously until combined.
  • Use on any surface with a paper towel or microfiber cloth.
DIY Multi Purpose Cleaner with Apple Cider Vinegar
DIY Multi Purpose Cleaner with Apple Cider Vinegar
DIY Multi Purpose Cleaner with Apple Cider Vinegar

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  1. Hi I use this cleaner and love adding the
    essential oils! My question is, does this kill the covid-19 virus? Thank you for your delicious recipes. 😁

  2. I have read many articles stating that tea tree oil is the best disinfecting essential oil, although most are helpful. I also have read that vinegar can erode granite over time so be aware if you have stone countertops. I still use some, but maybe 1/6. Also, an article I read said to let any disinfectant dry naturally to increase It’s effectiveness in killing viruses. XO

  3. Since we won’t be eating this cleanser, couldn’t we buy vinegar that is not organic? Why spend extra money unnecessarily?

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