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This DIY all-purpose cleaner has hints of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. (It cleans well too!)

Updated: Oct 29, 2021


This recipe was inspired by our popular DIY all-purpose cleaner from the eBook on page 13.

Our eBook was published in 2016 and hundreds of readers have said they love that cleaner the best for cleaning just about anything.

Since we are well into autumn and Thanksgiving is around the corner, we created another all-purpose cleaner similar to the eBook recipe, but with a twist.

This cleaner has the most wonderful pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg-like scent.

Follow us on Instagram for a quick video putting this together.


  • 2 cups water

  • 1 tablespoon 70% rubbing alcohol

  • 1 tablespoon dish soap (try autumn scented if you find one)

  • 30 drops pumpkin pie essential oil blend

  • Spray bottle (glass is best for essential oils)


  1. Add about 2 cups of water to a spray bottle. (The spray bottle I used holds 14 oz of water, so anything around 2 cups is good).

  2. With a funnel, add in rubbing alcohol, dish soap and essential oil.

  3. Give a gentle shake before each spray.

Each ingredient has a specific purpose, even the water. The pumpkin pie essential oil is just for scent though. All other ingredients are for the cleaning aspect.

You can visit our blog post for details on the science and ingredient options. The combination of rubbing alcohol, dish soap and water makes a powerful cleaner, which is also safe for any surface.

For information on disinfecting vs. cleaning, check out this article.


Alexis Rochester is an investigative chemist, blogger and founder of Chemistry Cachet. She shares science-based skin care, cleaning, gardening and health tips. She was diagnosed with RA at age 10, so she has a passion for pain management tips and research, along with sharing her journey through this disease. When she’s not writing for Chemistry Cachet, she is taking Pilates or Barre classes, and also received her Barre teaching certification this year! She grew up in Stephenville and recently moved back with her daughter, husband and bulldog. You can find her posting pictures and fun stories daily on Instagram. Also look for Chemistry Cachet on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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