I have a house guest coming over tomorrow, which means I'm in mad clean mode. A few years ago I switched from using typical cleaning agents to "green" cleaning products. I wasn't really satisfied with the results, so I started looking about for a solution. I found the book Make Your Place, which has recipes for house cleaners. (There are also recipes for bath products, home remedies, and much more. This book has been quite indispensable to me over the years.)
She has a recipe for an all purpose cleaning spray for just pennies that is also natural. The main powerhouse in her recipe is distilled white vinegar, but she has a few additions to give it a little more omph with some nice smells. Unfortunately, I am allergic to liquid castile soap, which is a main part of her mix, so I have altered her recipe for my own use. Here is my version:
Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner
Fill a spray bottle halfway with white vinegar
Add the following:
1/4 teaspoon lavender oil
1/4 teaspoon tea tree oil
1 teaspoon Bon Ami or Barkeepers Friend*
Fill the rest of the bottle with hot water. Spray away all your dirt and grime.
*DO NOT use Comet in this mix. Comet and white vinegar do not mix well at all.