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Natural Cleaning Recipe: Homemade Lemon Tree All Purpose Cleaner

Looking for an affordable, green and all-purpose natural cleaning recipe? Well look no further! With my 3 year old and now a new baby coming, I am trying to steer clear of toxins in the home any way possible.

I came up with a great concoction that is wonderful for disinfecting tons of areas in the home using all natural ingredients; vinegar, fresh lemons, tea tree essential oil and water. There are many different kinds of natural and green cleaning products available on the market these days, but I cannot always afford to keep a bottle around. The name: Lemon Tree All-Purpose Cleaner! Yea, I made it up 🙂


I have seen so many natural cleaning recipe for homemade cleaning products that have either water and vinegar, or water and lemon juice, or vinegar and tea tree oil. I do not like the extreme smell of vinegar alone every time I clean, so I decided that I would combine a few of these recipes and make my own. I love how it turned out, and I also love the fact that I am able to clean and disinfect my kitchen, bathrooms and other surfaces without harmful chemicals. Also, it cleans well without leaving a bleachy or other toxic smell, the scent is fairly mild, like a lemony essential oil, hence the name!

Here are the active ingredients I chose and why they work:

White Vinegar –  Extremely acidic and effective for most household cleaning needs. Cleaning with vinegar is a known and widely used disinfectant. Kills most mold, bacteria, and germs and is very affordable.

Tea Tree Oil – Known as one of the strongest antiseptics of the essential oils. It’s germicidal, anti-fungal, and antibacterial qualities make it a great disinfectant. Plus, it smells pretty good. Pure tea tree oil is kind of expensive, but it goes a very long way. I bought a small one at my local health food store for around $7. This will probably last me a whole year.

Lemon Juice – A naturally acidic substance that has a yummy scent. It is one of the strongest of the food-acids and can dissolve hard water and soap scum deposits, plus it is pretty effective against most household bacterias.

Lemon Tree All-Purpose Natural Cleaning Recipe

  • 1 cup white vinegar 
  • 1 cup water 
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (approx 2-3 lemons)
  • 10-15 drops tea tree oil
  • empty spray bottle

Combine all ingredients into an empty spray bottle and shake. That’s it! My spray bottle is only 18 oz, so if you have a bigger spray bottle, feel free to double the recipe. Let me know how you like it, or if you have any other good cleaning recipes I should try! Enjoy!

tags: cleaning tips, cleaning solutions, home cleaning, environmentally friendly cleaning products, homemade cleaning products, eco friendly cleaning products,

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