This is a recipe I've tested well. I've been using it in several variations for more than a year now and I wouldn't be without it. One of the first things I did when I got to this old house was make up a batch so I wouldn't have to use the commercial cleaners under the sink.
Why do I like it so much?
It cleans the sink, counters, kitchen table, toilet, bathroom tub, sink, furniture, stuff spilled on the floor, or anything washable. It smells great. It can even be used as a dishwashing liquid. In fact, if you have caked-on food or greasy things, a few spurts of this and a fill-up with water, then an overnight soak pretty much cleans up the problem. I even use this to clean cutting boards before giving them a good rinse, and I don't worry about getting off-flavours because this is natural and rinses right off. The vinegar helps to kill mold and disinfect.
It smells good.
It doesn't sting my hands, even if they happen to be a bit tender.
It's customizable. You can add a bit more detergent/soap or vinegar if you want more cleaning power. You can use tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract, or peppermint extract as the active agent. Or, you could substitute something you like better.
There's one bottle instead of five or six cluttering up your cupboard or counter.
You can re-use that bottle.
Take a spray bottle. You can re-use one from a cleaner you already have. I'm currently re-using a Windex bottle. It works fine.
Put around three fingers in height of dish detergent in the bottom of the bottle. If you have a biodegradable one so much the better, but even using a regular dish detergent is good, because it will be diluted a bit by this method.
Put in around 1/4 cup of vinegar. I use white but it can be anything you like. Maybe a flavoured one is overkill, though. I'd save my rasperry champagne vinegar for the salad.
Put in a small capful of your favourite extract. Tea tree oil or grapefruit seed extract is better for cleaning bathrooms since they have anti-germ properties, peppermint works for both dishes and the bathroom, so it's my current choice.
Fill the bottle with plain tap water and give it a shake.
To use it spray on, and scrub with a wet cloth. Or spray it on a wet cloth and scrub. Rinse with fresh water. To use it for dishes put a few squirts in the dish pan and fill with water or spray it directly on dishes, srcub and rinse.
Did I mention it smells good and it's cheap?
Best of all, it takes 2 minutes to make, if you stop for a swig of coffee in the middle.
Try it. Let me know how it works for you and what your favourite variation is.
Tell me how much money you save.