Peppermint Soap Spray Cleaner

This is a great homemade cleaner option for those that want to skip the vinegar - use soap and the fresh scent of peppermint instead!

I’ve tried lots of homemade recipes for this blog but some of my favorites continue to be the recipes for homemade cleaners.  They’re cheap, easy to make, and they work great too.  Win-Win-Win!

I’ve talked many times too about the cleaning power of vinegar and how I use it all the time, but I know not everyone is a fan of the smell of vinegar when cleaning, even though it fades fast.  And I totally get that.  Sometimes even I get weary of the smell of vinegar when it’s time to tidy up the house.

That’s why in addition to my vinegar cleaner, I like to keep an all-purpose soap spray around for cleaning too.  I’ve made this mixture with just plain dish soap which is very frugal and is almost scent-free (depending on what kind of dish soap you use).  I’ve also made this spray with scented castile soap and essential oils which is a very nice option that let’s you get a little creative with your fragrance mixtures.

The recipe below is for a peppermint version of this spray cleaner.  Peppermint always feels like a fresh, clean scent that I enjoy for cleaning. And as the holidays approach I find it helps get me in a festive mood too!

Here’s how to do it:

This is a great homemade cleaner option for those that want to skip the vinegar - use soap and the fresh scent of peppermint instead!

Homemade Peppermint Soap Spray Cleaner


Pour the hot water in a spray bottle of at least a 16 oz size. Add the washing soda and shake to dissolve.  Add the peppermint castile soap and shake gently to mix.  Finally, add the peppermint essential oil.

To use:  Spray on hard surfaces and wipe with a soft cloth.

A few more notes:

  • The water needs to be hot when first making this mixture to dissolve the washing soda.  After that, the mixture does not need to be hot.
  • You can make a thrifty version of this recipe by skipping the scented castile soap and the essential oils and just using an ordinary dish soap instead.
  • Because this recipe does not have vinegar (which is acidic), it’s safe to use on granite countertops and other surfaces that may need a more gentle cleaner.
  • You can experiment with other scent combinations too.  I’m sure lavender castile soap with lavender essential oil would smell wonderful!


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  1. I use dawn dish siap and Water on my kitchen floor It takes up stains, deep cleans, my floor shines, and there is no perfume smell Now I know the grease, dirt, and stains are gone! Dawn is a terrific cleaner for about everything

  2. I’ll have to look for Dr. Woods stuff! I like to use Dr. Bronner’s “Sal Suds” for general cleaning. I add just a squirt of Sal Suds to a spray bottle, plus some peppermint EO (just for irresistible scent fun!), give it a shake and you’re ready to spritz-n-swipe!

  3. Sounds like a great idea for DIY scented soap.
    Thank you Deeb for an alternative soap product. I can’t wait to try the Dr. Wood’s brand

  4. I’d like to put in a plug for a different brand of Castile Soap–peppermint, plain, or otherwise: DR. WOODS. His brand is very high quality, much cheaper, and isn’t promoting Bronner’s “all one” philosophy that you can’t escape from on his products.

    So, again, Dr. Woods is a fine product with many versions, scents, and sizes of castile liquid soaps plus luxurious natural/organic/raw bar soaps, including African Black soap. You can find DR WOODS many places like Amazon, Lucky Vitamin, Swanson’s, Vita Cost, etc. (BTW, I am not associated in the least with Dr Woods’ products, but merely am a very satisfied customer.:-)

    1. I will have to look for that brand. Sometimes I get tired of all the rantings on the Dr. Bronners soap label too 🙂