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Posted by / Friday, April 29, 2016

Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner And How To Clean Smarter Not Harder

Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner and tips for cleaning the toughest jobs!
It's that time of year, the sunshine's out, birds are singing, and Colt's been working on cleaning up the patio so we can enjoy sometime outside! 

My secret weapons for cleaning our outdoor living space is my Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner, and Viva® Vantage® paper towels with it's scrubby texture like terry cloth. Viva® Vantage® holds up to the tough jobs like cloth and can even be rinsed a few times as needed without falling apart! Homemade-All-Purpose-Cleaner.jpg
My Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner is super easy to make. To a clean unused spray bottle add: 10 ounces White Vinegar, 6 drops Lemon Grass Essential Oil, 4 drops Orange Essential Oil, 2 Drops Liquid Dish Soap, and fill to the top with water. Gentle shake to combined.

We use this Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner just about everywhere in our house including the bathrooms, on glass, stainless steel, and tough stuck on jobs.
How to clean the toughest jobs!
The easiest way to cut through tough built up grime is to spray the areas to be cleaned and allow 5 minutes for the cleaner to break up the dirt. We use this trick on anything with hard to remove built up grime like bathrooms, windows, glass, countertops, and outdoor living spaces. I find allowing the cleaner to do it's job is the most important step to working smarter, not harder.
Viva Vantage Papertowels put to the test!
Then we put the Viva® Vantage® paper towels and Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner to the ultimate dirty test on our patio furniture.  Viva® Vantage® cut through the dirt and grime with ease! 
It definitely was one of the dirtiest jobs around our house to test out the paper towels! 
Shiny Glass
Check out the shine on that glass with minimal effort! 
Cleaning Stainless Steel!
Then Colt decided to test it out on the stainless steel barbecue. Sure enough it with held the ultimate test leaving the stainless steel shiny and clean. The scrubby texture of Viva® Vantage® makes shining stainless easier then ever. 

Our outdoor living area is sparkling clean and ready for company! My two must have products for cleaning, no matter how tough the job! 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


  1. Serena, does your cleaner leave any streaks on your stainless steel appliances? I have stainless steel cleaner to put a shine on my appliances. I don't use it very often, and opt for a little Dawn detergent.

    1. Hi Joanne, I havent run into streaking issues with the cleaner. It works great on my stainless steel stove top. I will occasional use (maybe every 3-4 months) a stainless steel polish mainly on the dishwasher. If the kids do the dishes and dont wipe down the front I end up with the dreaded watermarks and the only way I've found to remove those is polish and then I use my all-purpose cleaner again.

  2. wow! nice room furniture. i like this furniture. Big thanks to you for sharing such great information. my home page



Hi! My name is Serena and welcome to my site! I'm a wife and mother to 3. A few of my favorite things are cooking, baking, dark chocolate, family game nights, and the ocean. My biggest dislike is lima beans, please don't ask for a recipe... My husband Colt regularly joins me in the kitchen and has become the primary photographer of our site. I hope you'll join us on our fun cooking adventure!

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