As I continue my wellness journey, I have been eliminating toxins from my diet, and skin care and now I must look at 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 a natural alternative.
When I got my Wellness pack of DoTerra Essential Oils, after doing my lastest post with Julia 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.
At first making your own cleaning products can seem quite daunting, and difficult to know where to start so I have compiled a list of products for you that I’ve found to work really well. These products are not only non toxic in your home, but work as well as big brand products. Not only that, but after the initial cost of buying packaging and materials, the cost making your own cleaning products is unbelievably cheaper. I have lost count of the amount of times I have gone around the supermarket and come out with lots of cleaning products, a very large bill and still nothing to make a meal out of. So this had made me a lot more organised and it is cost effective too.
- 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
Spray liberally and wip with clean warm cloth.
(not for cat owners whose cats play in the empty bath.)
- 1 cup baking soda
- 20 drops lemon essential oil (Not for cat owners.)
Transfer to a jar with a mesh lid.
Sprinkle on carpet and vacuum off.
- 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)
- 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.
Ruth Heyerdahl’s All-Purpose Cleaner
(for people with no cats or children under 6)
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 would like to purchase any of the DoTerra essential oils or On Guard products, you can contact Julia here. Julia has very kindly offered to give all my subscribers a free Wild Orange essential oil with every order when you quote SHIRLAW.