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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.
These DIY cleaning recipes are the ones I have found to work the best. They are simple to make and very effective, and the best part is they are so much cheaper than shop bought products.
DIY Cleaning Recipes that Work
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 it makes a good travel hand sanitiser, or it’s also ideal to use in cleaning products.
DoTerra also have 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 before. It is thought to help remove pesticides, and I find it helps take the waxy coating off apples too.
DIY Kitchen & Bathroom Cleaner
- 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 damp cloth.
DIY Carpet Freshener
- 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. Find out what essential oils are toxic for pets in this post.
DIY 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.
I love Amanda Montalvo’s Facebook page Your Non Toxic Life. Amanda has so many great ideas on there and I have learned loads from her page, so I highly recommend checking it out.
This is Amanda’s reed diffuser recipe, which I know is not a cleaning product, but I thought I would throw it 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.
DIY 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.
Clean House Challenge
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.
I really enjoyed this challenge, Ruth has a lot of knowledge, so 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.
Ruth’s DIY All Purpose Cleaner
- 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, I’ve really enjoyed learning how to make natural cleaning products, and I’m surprised how easy they were to make. These DIY cleaning recipes have worked just as well as any big brand ones and worked out really cost effective too!
Let me know if you try any of these, Happy Cleaning!
If making your own cleaning products seems like hard work why not try Tincture London products instead!