I ditched household cleansers a few years ago after reading too much on the horrors of regular cleansers. Just read the warning labels on the back of your products. If my child will die if they drink it, I don’t want it in the house or sprayed all over everything! Making your own cleansing products is actually very simple and VERY cost effective. Essential oils are antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal and anti microbial and do an excellent job cleaning everything from counter tops to toilets!
I’m going to start with an all-purpose cleanser. It’s so easy, it doesn’t merit it’s own post (at least not on a beauty blog!). I use this for everything, literally. I clean granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, wood floors, tile floors, mirrors, windows etc. I spray it in my washing machine, on toilet seats and use it on door knobs. It gives a streak free shine and costs pennies to make.
I highly recommend Spark Natural’s Refresh Blend (it is comparable to YL’s Purification) but you can always use what you have on hand. Lemon, lavender, melaleuca and Shield (Thieves) work really well. I sometimes just use Shield when we are under attack during flu and cold season. (you know when your kid gets in the car after school and thinks it’s so funny that so and so threw up on their shoe?)
- Full glass bottle with water
- 1 TBSP. (cheap) Vodka
- 30 drops essential oil
Another blend I love to use from Spark Naturals is Shield. It is the equivalent of YL’s Thieves. I use 30-40 drops of Shield during winter months but prefer lavender in the spring and summer. I love adding citrus essential oils but now that my cats are 100% indoors, citrus oils and melaleuca are not a good idea (certain essential oils are poison to cats). I use this spray anywhere and everywhere. I freshen up upholstery, spray over comforters and sheets, spray over clothes that smell stale and of course we have a bottle in each bathroom.
- 1 cup distilled water
- 2 tsp. castile soap (find it HERE)
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 5 drops lemon essential oil (find it HERE)
Mix all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake. To use, spray on wood surfaces and remove with a dusting cloth.
Add both ingredients in a sifter canister like THIS. Gently sprinkle evenly over carpet, wait at least an hour then vacuum thoroughly. I like to do this as soon as my girls go to school then vacuum up before they get home. We’ve had a couple of stomach bugs as well as a few animals having accidents so this little DIY comes in handy!
Sinks & Tubs:
I use my All-Purpose Spray for light cleaning (see above for recipe). For grime and mold, I gotta be honest…. I rarely do much. It’s not been so bad that my spray couldn’t handle and the last time I scrubbed my shower and grout, I used super toxic stuff (which was a while ago). One of my favorite blogs, One Good Thing By Jillee has a recipe that I’m going to try this weekend. It sounds amazing and super promising. However, it does include Dawn dish soap which is not natural-at all but this recipe is 500 times better then Comet or Soft Scrub. Go HERE for her recipe. It’s easy, cheap and she even includes before and afters!
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 3/4 cup Borax (find HERE)
- 15 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil (find it HERE)
- 5 drops Lemon Essential Oil (find it HERE)
I use this recipe for super bad toilets. We live on a well and wells don’t contain chlorine or fluoride so toilet rings are inevitable. I find this recipe is the most effective.
To Use: Dump all ingredients into the toilet bowl and scrub. Allow to set in the toilet for several hours then scrub again and flush.
If you are on city water and don’t deal with super dirty toilets, you can make a simple spray solution of white vinegar and about 20 drops of lemon essential oil. Spray outside of toilet, the seat and inside the bowl thoroughly. Sprinkle baking soda inside the bowl and use a toilet brush to scrub.
BEST “Cleansing” Essential Oils:
I hope this has been a helpful post. DIY cleaning products are so easy compared to DIY skin care! Commercial cleansing products are so incredibly toxic not to mention the money adds up. If you aren’t into DIYing, I also love using THIS multi purpose product and wrote a post HERE on how I use it. I also love Seventh Generation products.
P.S. One more tip I almost forgot-Markers can be a real problem, next time your kiddo gets marker on a surface, try using orange oil to remove it-it works like a charm 99% of the time!
**Since this post, I have switched essential oil companies and now prefer to use Mountain Rose Herbs essential oils. They are unadulterated and organic, not to mention extremely affordable. Go HERE to check them out. I still stand behind the quality of Spark Naturals essential oils but find MRH’s commitment to quality and sustainability to be the company I prefer to use.