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As I continue my wellness journey, I have been eliminating toxins from my diet, and skin care and now I want to detox my home. Home made natural cleaning products sound complicated, time consuming and expensive, but the reality is they are none of these. I have done quite a bit of research and found some great recipes below. My advice would be to start with just one, and as you run out of what you already have, replace it with your own natural alternative.
When I received my Wellness pack of DoTerra Essential Oils, I noticed they had an essential oil called OnGuard. This oil has antibacterial properties, so great to use as a hand sanitiser, or also ideal to use in cleaning products. It is believed to kill the MRSA virus in under 5 minutes, so anyone worried natural cleaning might not be as effective as big brand products, might be reassured by this. DoTerra also do an On Guard Cleaner concentrate which I found to be a really useful ingredient to make some of the products. The other product I absolutely love in this range is the Onguard foaming hand wash. I keep this in my kitchen, as it is great to clean your hands with, before preparing food. I also use it to wash my fruit and vegetables with, which is a task I always struggled to find the right product for.
These cleaning product recipes are the ones I have found to work to work the best, they are simple to make and very effective!
- 2 tablespoons Doterra On Guard Cleaner Concentrate
- 24oz water
- Optional add 10 drops of citrus oil or spearmint
Combine all ingredients and add to spray bottle. Shake before use and spray liberally. Wipe with clean warm cloth.
Please note; (not for cat owners whose cats play in the empty bath.)
- 1 cup baking soda
- 20 drops lemon essential oil
- Transfer to a jar with a mesh lid.
Sprinkle on carpet and vacuum off. Please note; not for cat owners
Mirror & Window Cleaner
- 2 cups water
- 1/3 cup vinegar
- 1/3 cup Rubbing alcohol
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a glass bottle and shake. Spray lightly onto mirror/glass and use a soft cloth to shine.
Since connecting with Amanda Montalvo on my Balancing Hormones post, I have been following her Facebook page Your Non Toxic Life. Amanda has so many great ideas on there and is really knowledgable, I have learned loads from her page and highly recommend it. I have shared her reed diffuser recipe, which I know is not a cleaning product, but I thought I would throw this in!
Amanda Montalvo’s Reed Diffuser
You will need a glass bottle (you can reuse an old reed diffuser bottle)
- Reed Diffuser Sticks
- 1 cup almond oil
- 30 drops lemon essential oil
- 20 drops grapefruit (or oil of your choice)
Use a funnel to pour almond oil in the bottle. Mix ingredients around with the sticks, and turn sticks around every day.
Wood Floor Cleaner
- 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 Litre warm water
- (If you have no cats add 2 drops of lemon essential oil)
Put all ingredients in a bucket. Wash or mop floor with solution, then dry off floor with a dry cloth.
I also signed up to Ruth Heyerdahl’s “Clean House Challenge.” The challenge is for you to swap all your “normal” cleaning products over to natural ones. Ruth emails you a new recipe and video, on how to do it every day for 5 days. This was really good fun, Ruth has a lot of knowledge, and I have learned loads of great tips from her. Ruth really makes me laugh, so it made a housewife’s task an enjoyable one, and I have her permission to share her multi purpose cleaner below too.
Fill glass spray bottle with water.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of Castile Soap and then add a total of 6 drops of essential oils.
- 2 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 3 drops of sweet (“wild”) orange essential oil
- 1 drop of tea tree essential oil (or 1 drop of eucalyptus essential oil).
Shake well before use. Do a test spot on surfaces before using. Some surfaces do not like essential oils.
This has been a really fun post to do. I’ve really enjoyed learning how to make natural cleaning products, and I’m surprised how easy they were to make and how good they are, and so cost effective too.
Let me know if you try any of these, Happy Cleaning!