How to Make Your Own Natural Cleaning products

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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!

DIY bathroom cleaner

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 cloth.

Please note; (not for cat owners whose cats play in the empty bath.)

DIY Carpet Freshener

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

DIY Mirror & Window Cleaner

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.

DIY Reed Diffuser

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)

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

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.

DIY All purpose cleaner

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.

If you are interested in Ruth’s Clean House Challenge,and would like to sign up, you can contact her here., or join her on her Facebook Page or group

Let me know if you try any of these, Happy Cleaning!

Natalie x

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Welcome to Does It Work, my blog dedicated to sharing my quest to live a healthier, less toxic and more natural way of life. If you want to look good and feel great, are eager to avoid chemical-overload in your life - and find effective alternatives to every day products, you've come to the right place! I'm passionate about finding organic and natural alternatives to mainstream products. Why? Because I really believe they are better for us - and for our environment. We use so many chemical-laden products in our homes, and on our skin and hair, that it's vital to be mindful of what we’re using, not just for our own health, but for our children, pets and the planet. My passion for natural, safer alternatives has also been fuelled by the fact that my mum died of cancer when she was very young, something that could well be attributed to the prevalence of potentially harmful ingredients commonly used in hair products and skincare, food additives and chemicals found in the environment. I've always shared my recommendations and experiences of products, treatments and therapies that I've tried and tested with my clients (I'm a professional hairdresser), and through my blog, I can reach a new and wider audience. As well as my expertise in hair, I have considerable knowledge and experience of alternative therapies and techniques, including Reiki, meditation, Feng Shui, EFT, NLP and martial arts. I’ve been actively researching, and testing as many products that I can over the last 10 years. From skincare and make-up, to food and even homeware, I’ve been incorporating the best of what I find into my daily life - and I’ve never felt better. And now I'm sharing it with you, so you can read about things that I've road-tested – and take your pick of the products that I've tried. I'm glad to have you on board and look forward to hearing about your experiences too. Enjoy! Natalie X

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