DIY Grapefruit and Lavender Kitchen Cleaner (VIDEO)

Words by Alex Falconer

Photography by Brit Gill

Kitchens are for making: making meals, making memories, and making messes. When it comes to cleaning those messes, a homemade, all-natural countertop spray is a great alternative to your run-of-the-mill drug store option. Even if your localĀ shop sells natural products, many of them are bottled in plastic, which results in unnecessary waste over time. This simple do-it-yourself recipe uses items you probably already have in your pantry, paired with a few key essential oils.

A non-toxic spray is especially relevant when wiping down countertops, as youā€™re likely to place food on them. In this recipe, the white vinegar acts as the key active ingredientā€”its acidity helps break down dirt and grime. Not only do Grapefruit, Lavender, and Tea Tree oils smell delightful when blended together, but each oneĀ boasts antibacterial properties; Grapefruit in particular can help cut through grease, while Tea Tree is a natural deodorizer. So the smell of last nightā€™s crab cakes wonā€™t linger too long.

Note: this is a gentle, all-natural recipe. If you want something stronger for areas at high risk of contamination, the National Sanitation Foundation recommends using a bleach mixture of one tablespoon of bleach in one gallon of waterĀ (do not mix in anything else withĀ this solution).



1 cup filtered water

3 tablespoons white vinegar

20 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil

10 dropsĀ LavenderĀ Essential Oil

8 drops Tea TreeĀ Essential Oil


  1. Add all the components to a spray bottle and shake gently to combine.Ā 


  1. Shake gently before each use.
  2. Spray onto your countertops and wipe clean with a cloth.Ā 


As this spray contains water and no preservatives, itā€™s important to keep it in a cool, dry place and to make a new batch every one or two months.

Grapefruit kitchen spray

Video credits

Creative direction: Alex Falconer

Design: Jenna Vaandering

Editing: Harrison Gill