Once upon a time, cleaning the house for me meant blasting every surface with bleach, Domestos and bathroom mould spray. I wasn’t happy until my house smelled like a hospital!

Oh, how I have changed! Most of the cleaning products I use in my home these days are home made, cheap, smell gorgeous and work amazingly well. They leave me with peace of mind that I’m not harming my family or the environment with harsh, toxic chemicals.

My old, bleach obsessed self would never have believed the results you can achieve with some basic ingredients. If you’re new to natural cleaning methods then I really urge you to take the plunge and try out some of these recipes. I guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Today I want to share some of the natural cleaning recipes I use in my home, and some borrowed from my good friend Kate Beat from Naturally Simple who is an amazing doTERRA Wellness Advocate with heaps of great tips on how to get the most out of your essential oils.

Enjoy!

PS: Try to avoid using cloths and scourers made from microplastics. Instead, use cut up old towels or facewashers, or coconut fiber brushes, and pads.

Natural Cleaning 101 – What You’ll Need

You can pick up most of these ingredients at your local supermarket:

  • Bicarb soda
  • White vinegar
  • Castile soap
  • Citric acid
  • Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • Vodka or methylated spirits
  • Essential oils
  • Trigger spray bottle (preferably glass or stainless steel as essential oils can deteriorate plastic and result in leaching. If you’re stuck though and must resort to plastic, just make sure it is type 1 or 2 plastic and you should be fine)

A quick note on essential oils

I use a combination of Lively Living essential oil blends and doTERRA oils. I know many of you already use doTERRA oils so that’s why I’m referencing these in my recipes just as I use them. If you have never purchased doTERRA oils but would like to, you can find out more here. Of course, if you have your own essential oil brand that you love, feel free to substitute!

Natural Cleaning 101 – Recipes That Work!

These recipes are tried and tested and I’m 100% positive you are going to love them, however, I do urge you to patch test everything first as you most likely have different surfaces to me and whilst I’ve never had any problems, I certainly don’t want to be responsible for any potential adverse reactions!

Multipurpose Spray

Ingredients

Glass or stainless steel trigger spray bottle
1/2 cup water
1/2 vinegar
10 drops of your favourite cleansing essential oil (may favourites here are Lemon or doTERRA Purify. You could use Tea Tree, Cinnamon, Thyme, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit or Peppermint or a combination of these as they are all antibacterial and antimicrobial)

Method

Combine ingredients into spray bottle, quick shake then spray away! I use this on all my kitchen surfaces and to spray and wipe my timber floors.

Shower Scrub

Ingredients

Generous 3/4 cup of bicarb soda
1/4 cup unscented castile soap
1 tablespoon of water
1 tablespoon of white vinegar
optional – 5-10 drops of lemon essential oil

Method

Combine bicarb and castile soap in a bowl and stir. Add water and stir followed by vinegar and essential oil. The mixture should resemble a soft paste. Apply to shower, bath or sink and leave for 5 minutes then scrub. Use an old toothbrush to scrub grout. Wipe clean and finish off with a squirt of Multipurpose Spray.

Mould Remover

Ingredients

Glass or stainless steel trigger spray bottle
1 cup water
8 drops of lemon essential oil and 5 drops of clove essential oil

Method

Combine ingredients into spray bottle and shake. Clean mould affected area first with Shower Scrub then spray Mould Remover and leave for 20 minutes. Wipe down and respray and leave for 24-48 hours. Mould spores should begin to dry up and drop off in this time.

Glass and Mirror Cleaner

Ingredients

Glass or stainless steel trigger spray bottle
30mL (a nip) vodka or methylated spirits
30mL white vinegar
1 cup water

Method

Combine ingredients into spray bottle and gently shake to combine. Spray glass or mirror and wipe with old newspaper or lint free cloth until sparkling!

Toilet Bombs

Ingredients

1 cup bicarb soda
1/4 citric acid
1 1/2 tablespoons castile soap
15 drops essential oils (I love doTERRA Purify, but any of the antibacterial oils listed for the Multipurpose Spray will work great too.)

Method

Stir bicarb soda and citric acid together until combined. Slowly stir in the castile soap and essential oil drops and stir until the mixture resembles wet sand. Pack the mixture into a mold (I like to use a big silicone ice cube tray) and let sit for at least 4 hours to dry out. If the mixture expands above the mold, firmly press back down. When ready, pop out of mold and drop 1 into the toilet. Wait until the bomb stops bubbling and scrub away!

Wood Polish

Ingredients

Glass or stainless steel trigger spray bottle
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 tablespoons white vinegar
3/4 cup water
5-10 drops essential oils (I love wild orange or lemon, but you could try arborvitae or white fir or Lively Living Harmony Blend)

Method

Combine ingredients into spray bottle and gently shake to combine. Spray directly onto wood or onto an old towel or lint free cloth and wipe.

Salt Scourer

Ingredients

Salt – the courser the salt the more scourer power you’ll have!
Half a cut lemon
Hot water

Method

Use salt where ever you need a bit of scrubbing power. I use rock salt to clean baking tins that have baked on food stuck to them, but you can also use regular salt in your stained coffee mugs. Just tip some salt on, add some hot water and scrub away with your lemon half. For extra baked on stains, leave the salt and water in the pan to soak overnight.

Salt and hot water is also a great drain cleaner. Just tip half a cup of ordinary salt down your drain and slowly follow it with a 2L of hot water.

Natural Air Freshener

Ingredients

Glass or stainless steel trigger spray bottle
1/2 cup vodka
1 cup water
5-10 drops of essential oil of your choice (you could use any of the Lively Living blends here, or your favourite doTERRA combos).

Method

Place all ingredients into your spray bottle and shake gently to combine. Spray into air and enjoy!

Of course, you can achieve the same results by simply diffusing your oils.

Carpet Refresh

Ingredients

2 cups bicarb soda
Sifter or shaker (you can get these from your supermarket in the kitchenware isle)
10 drops essential oil of your choice (Suggestions include Lavender, Eucalyptus or doTERRA Purify or Easy Air blends. Also Lively Living Breathe Blend)

Method

Add the essential oil to bicarb soda and stir until combined.Sprinkle mix over carpet using sifter or shaker. Let it rest for 1-2 hours then vacuum.

Laundry Detergent

There are more complicated recipes for laundry detergent that you can pre-mix and store that include castile soap and salt. By all means, give these a go, but I prefer to keep it simple in my laundry and only use bicarb and vinegar with some essential oils for fragrance. If I need a bit of an added in-wash stain blasting boost, or prewash soak, I use this Natural Oxy Bleach Laundry Soaker.

Ingredients

1/2 cup bicarb soda
1/2 cup vinegar
10 drops essential oil of your choice (I love doTERRA Purify and Lively Living Breathe or Nurture Blend.)

Method

Add bicarb soda to your dispenser if using a front loader, or straight onto clothes for top loaders. Pour the vinegar into the fabric softener dispenser and add your essential oils to it. Wash as normal.

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