DIY Lemon Tea Tree Oil All Purpose Cleaner


I wanted to re-publish this, as the original recipe had two products that I removed, one for cleaning purposes and one for safety. See updates below for details!

I personally very much like the scent of lemon and tea tree oil. They both just smell so fresh and clean. This recipe is crafted from experience and about a million other recipes and warnings (see updates below.) Tea tree oil adds anti-bacterial elements to the mix. Vinegar is just a good cleaner for almost anything and the lemon essential oil works great on grime and smells good too! The cleaner works really well in both bathroom and kitchen.

Update: Lisa at Dr Bronners recommends NOT mixing vinegar and Castile soap, as it cancels out the effect of the soap and leaves streaks. I’ve updated my personal mix and the recipe below.

DIY Lemon Tea Tree Oil All Purpose Cleaner
Makes about 3 1/2 cups


1/4 c white vinegar

3 c warm water

10 drops tea tree oil

5 -10 drops lemon essential oil.


  • Combine all ingredients in a glass measuring cup and stir until completely dissolved.
  • Carefully pour into your favorite empty bottle or repurposed cleaning bottle and label with a permanent marker. If you later want to remove the marker, simply go over it with a dry erase marker and scrub off with a cloth.

6 Comments Add yours

    1. missveronique says:

      Thanks for the re-blog! I just wanted to let you know I’ve updated the post to reflect a new recipe based on new information! Happy cleaning!



  1. Sharon Haggerty says:

    No borax is mentioned in recipe, how much are you using?? 10/6/2017

  2. Tammy says:

    There is no borax in this recipe but there is in the instructions.

    1. Veronica M. says:

      I edited post. Thank you for the note!

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