DIY Recipes to Clean your Entire Home Naturally
Before I got hooked on essential oils I had so many cleaning products.
It seemed like I had a new bottle for every surface. One for the windows, wood, floors, surfaces, tile, tub……
On and on it went!
Not only was in a pain in the butt to have to lug around a bunch of stuff whenever I wanted to clean but I knew that they were laced with toxic chemicals!
The funny thing was, I never changed what I did.
I knew these facts but never changed how I cleaned.
Looking back, it was really silly.
But my eyes did not really open until I had my son!
He would see me cleaning and thought it was fun (wish that stayed)!
He wanted to clean too.He wanted to help.
He wanted to be like me!
But I could never let him.
They were all marked DANGEROUS.
And he would be so upset.
How could I deny a little man the joy of helping (and free unburied cleaning).
When I was in my research stage of essential oils - one of the things that really drew me to them was how versatile they were. Not only could I use them in our home to take care of minor bumps, bruises, tummy upsets and mood management…..I could use them for cleaning!
Stop the press - cleaning?
How cool is that!
Why use essential oils for cleaning?
Essential oils offer a fantastic alternative to harmful chemical cleaners because they are safe for fighting certain not so fun things we carry and catch.
Kill those nasty catchers safely and effectively
Are non toxic
Do not pollute the water supply or environment
Can be thrown away safely
Powerfully concentrated so a little goes a long way
Save money by reducing what we buy and making our own at a 1/4 of the cost
So when my essential oils arrived one of the first things I made was an all natural cleaner.
You can make this about 5 or 6 different ways (vodka, witch hazel etc) but I was still worried.
So I finally nailed some all natural recipes that I was not afraid to let my son use!
And you know what else - these recipes somehow make cleaning fun (never thought I would say that).
Cayden loves seeing mini science experiments in our toilet and always helps me with mopping!
So I am sharing these gems with you today.
The best part about these recipes is you only need 4 ingredients (well 5 if you count water, but I don’t).
The Only 4 Ingredients You Need:
Dr. Bronners Unscented Castile Soap or dōTERRA's OnGuard Concentrate Cleaner. I highly recommend using the OnGuard Concentrate cleaner as it has been scientifically proven to naturally wipe away 99.9% of active threats.
Certified Pure Lemon Essential Oil or any other cleansing oil that you love (see the brand I love, know and trust for my family here)
All Purpose Cleaner
Use for all surfaces, windows, mirrors, toys etc.
1.5 cup water
1/4 cup white vinegar
15 drops lemon essential oil
Add to a 200ml glass spray bottle. Shake before each use.
All in one soft scrub can be used for Bath, Tile, and Kitchen Sink.To use, just apply and let it sit for 5-10 minutes and then scrub.Once done scrubbing, rinse clean.
3/4 rounded cup baking soda
1/4 cup liquid castile soap or dōTERRA's OnGuard Concentrate Cleaner
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon vinegar
5-10 drops Lemon essential oil
Directions:In a bowl, combine the baking soda and castile soap. Add the water and stir. Add the vinegar and essential oil.The consistency should be a soft paste.Store in an airtight container.
Hot water (fill to the level you normally do)
1/2 tsp Castile soap or dōTERRA's OnGuard Concentrate Cleaner
1 cup white vinegar
5 drops lemon essential oil
Directions:Add all ingredients to mop bucket.Mix gentlyMop as normal
10 drops Lemon essential oil
3 cups baking soda
Directions: Mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor.Sprinkle or carpets or upholstery to refreshen and deodorize.If possible, wait several hours or overnight to vacuum.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
1/2 cup baking soda
10 drops Lemon Essential Oil
1 cup vinegar
Directions:Add ingredients directly to a partially drained bowl.As it reacts, scrub the toilet.Let sit for 10 min.Return and rescrubFlushClean outside with all purpose spray.This combination is intended for one use at a time.
Fruit & Vegetable Soak
Use to clean all fruit and veggies including greens.
Cold Water (fill sink half way)
1/2 cup baking soda1 cup white vinegar
5 drops lemon essential oil
Directions:Start filling the sink with cold water.Add baking soda and mix with your handAdd the vinegar into the flow of the water to minimize the reaction with the baking soda.Once all vinegar is added, add essential oils.When sink is half full mix with your hand and then add your fruit and veggies.To clean greens like lettuce and spinach either clean separately or place in a strainer before adding to the sink (makes rinsing easy).Soak for 10 minutes.Drain and rinse your veggies.Allow all to air dry.For greens use a salad spinner after you rinse.
Bonus tip: If you have the OnGuard Foaming Hand Soap you can simply add a few pumps of that to the sink water with a few extra drops of lemon.
Foaming Hand Soap
3 tablespoons liquid castile soap (unscented)
1 cup filtered or distilled water
10- 20 drops lemon essential
Directions:Pour castile soap into foaming pump bottle.Add essential oils.Slowly add water into bottle making sure to leave room for the foaming pump.Add lid, shake, and use like regular soap.
40 drops Lemon
Directions:Pour all ingredients into a 100ml spray bottle.Shake well before each use.Spray rooms and washrooms as needed
Homemade Dish Soap
2 cups unscented castile soap
25 drops Lemon essential oil
Directions:Fill a large, clean bottle with castle soap; dilute according to instructions if using a concentrate.Add essential oils.Shake bottle before each use.Just add 1-2 tablespoons to dish water for use.If you want more bubble action ad liquid glycerin