Home Cleaning Products
Use these recipes to make your own home cleaning products quickly and easily. Get rid of the toxic and irritating products you use everyday. Experiment and see what works best for you.
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There is something I would like you to know about borax. You will see it in alot of homemade cleaning recipes, here and other places. Borax is toxic, so keep out of reach of pets and children. So using it wouldn't make a completely toxic free product. You decide whether you would want to use it or not. It is safer than some of the other cleaning ingredients used in products.
You can use baking soda or Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (or other brand if you can find it) - look in the soap asile. The washing soda has other ingredients in it, if you want something more pure you can get soda ash. Find out more about
soda ash here.
For an all purpose cleaning solution take a 32 oz spray bottle,
mix together 2 teaspoons of borax,
6 tablespoons of white vinegar,
1 teaspoon of
castile liquid soap
(a type of soap made exclusively from vegetable oil rather than animal fat or synthetic substances),
15 drops of tea tree essential oil
add water and shake.
You can also take a spray bottle and fill with water, add a small squirt of dish soap and 3-5 drops each of lavender, lemon and pine. Shake and it is ready to use.
Other essential oils that are good for an all purpose product are cinnamon, cloves, eucalyptus, thyme, lemongrass, palmarosa and grapefruit.
Experiment and find a combination that you like best.
Dishwashing detergent is extremely dangerous because of its bleach and chemical content, which does not all wash away in the rinse cycle.
So make your own with this easy recipe:
In a labeled container with a lid combine
2 cups baking soda
1 ½ cups borax,
10-15 drops of essential oils like tea tree, lavender, lemon, orange or bergamot, let set to absorb the oils.
Fill the soap container in your dishwasher with this (About 2TBSP)
and fill the rinse container with white vinegar.
The above recipe has borax in it so if you want something without borax try the following:
For each load use:
1/4 cup washing soda
and 1 TBSP of liguid dish soap,
add a drop or two of esseential oil. (use lemon, orange,or maybe eucalyptus)
Use white vinegar for the rinse.
Liquid Hand Dish Soap
Buy soap flakes (look in the soap asile) or if you use bar soap (you can even use the little pieces) chop them into very small pieces.
2 cups of soap shavings
3 cups of hot water
1/2 cup lemon juice or white vinegar or 1/4 cup of each
Put the soap into a bowl and cover with the water, let set until soft
Stir until smooth adding more water if needed
Add the lemon and/or vinegar
Put in a container and shake before each use.
For a really easy one just buy
castile liquid soap
Take 2 cups of it and add about 1/2 cup water (warm mixes easier) and a few drops of essential oils.
Mix and put in a container, shake before each use.
To clean you toilet mix:
1 cup borax and 8-10 drops of pine essential oil,
then sprinkle into your toilet bowland let it soak for at least 30 minutes or overnight (be sure the lid is down and door closed if you have pets)
and then scrub with your toilet brush (the longer the soaking time the less scrubbing required).
This can also be used on your shower.
Mold and Mildew
For mold and mildew mix 1 oz distilled water and 15-20 drops of tea tree essential oil and spray affected area.
You can also add the tea tree to some white vinegar.
Use on walls, shower doors and tubs.
Wood Surface Cleaner
Mix the following in a glass jar and use a cloth to rub the wood surface with it.
¼ cup jojoba oil (a good carrier choice as it is really a wax instead of an oil, but could also use olive or sweet almond oil),
2 – 3 tablespoons white vinegar,
and 6 drops of Orange essential oil.
This works good for cleaning wood for wood polishing or conditioning leave out the vinegar.
Add the following to a mop bucket of warm water
¼ cup white vinegar,
10 drops of lemon or orange essential oil,
and 4 drops of oregano or tea tree essential oil.
Use for mopping and cleaning your floor.
For really dirty floors add a small squirt of dish soap.
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This is economical for cleaning your counter tops whether in the kitchen or the bathroom.
Fill a plastic spray bottle with water, add a squirt of liquid dish soap and a few drops of essential oil. Shake and use for cleaning. It disinfects as it cleans and smells great.
Use one of these oil: eucalyptus, lemon, pine needle, lavender, cinnamon
Or choose any of the antibacterial antiviral essential oils, or a combination to create a fragrance you like and make cleaning a little more enjoyable.
Disinfectant and Cleaning
In a 24 oz spray bottle mix together 1-2 tablespoons of castile soap (a type of soap made exclusively from vegetable oil rather than animal fat or synthetic substances), or any soap you prefer,
5 drops each of the following essential oils – lavender, lemon and tea tree,
and water. Spray on surfaces and wipe with cloth.
Mix in a spray bottle
2 cups of water,
¼ cup vodka,
¼ teaspoon tea tree,
¼ teaspoon lime,
and ¼ teaspoon grapefruit,
shake and spray the surface to be disinfected.
Also spray on furniture you want to keep cats off of, they usually don't like the essential oils.
Variation: Use lavender, lemon and eucalyptus essential oil instead.
You can use your spray bottle with water and essential oil for a great room deodorizer, but also try placing a drop or two of oil on your counter or table and clean it away with a soapy cloth to disinfect and give a nice smell.
It is easy to make an spray with essential oils.
First mix the essential oils you want to use in a glass bottle (about 1/4 tsp - more or less depending on how you want it to smell)
Fill an colored bottle with a sprayer with 8 oz of distilled or spring water (you could even use floral water is you want)
add 1 oz of witch hazel extract (this will help it from separating as much)
and the essential oil blend you made
Shake before each use and keep in the refrigerator for longer storage.
If you would like a ready-to use aromatherapy air freshener and deodorizer I use the following ones all the time, they work really well.
You don't want to mask odors, you want to get rid of it, to destroy it and you can with these. They contain unique ingredients that actually destroy and remove unpleasant smells. Each scented air freshener and deodorizer is made with aromatherapy essential oils to soothe your senses and leave your home free of offensive odors.
They have three different scents. I like all three so I have them all. I use all of them in a number of ways, including spraying on my bed, the couch,I keep a bottle in the bathroom and in my car. An 8 oz. bottle is $8.90 and it lasts a long time
Spring Mist with soothing Basil, Neroli, Ylang Ylang, and Patchouli
The Spring Mist is going to be discontinued once the supply is gone. You could try blending your own using the essential oils that were in it. They are only going to keep the Meadow Mist as it was the most popular. I liked all of them so I am not sure wish was my favorite. My husbands favorite was the Ocean Mist.
Meadow Mist with relaxing Lavender, Chamomile, Geranium, and Sandalwood
Ocean Mist with exhilerating Bergamot, Marjoram, Petigrain, and Vetivert
They have discontinued the Ocean Mist but maybe you could try blending your own with the essential oils that were in it.
Saunas and Hot Tubs
Saunas and hot tubs can be a reservoir for germs so add antiseptic oils like lavender, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, thyme, lemon and grapefruit to the water in the Jacuzzis and hot tubs, about 3 drops for every person. (Use caution with the spice oils as they are a hot oil and may irritate some people with sensitive skin.)
For the sauna make a spray bottle of water with a few drops of rosemary, thyme, pine needle, lavender or a combination of these oil and spray and wipe the surfaces.
Also add oils to the water you splash on the hot stones.
Mix together in a covered container
1-2 cups of baking soda
and 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil,
let set overnight.
Sprinkle on your carpet and let set for at least 30 minutes before vacuuming. (you can mix larger amounts and keep in a covered container)
For a stronger carpet freshener take
1/2 cup baking soda and
1/2 cup borax powder
and 50 drops lime,
30 drops tangerine,
and 20 drops patchouli
mix together and let set overnight.
Sprinkle on carpet and let set at least 15 minutes then vacuum.
I like to use the top one when I use something to sprinkle on the carpet before vacuming, but what Iusually do is use one of the pre-made aromatherapy air fresheners I told you about above and just spray them on my carpet.
Freshen the air as you vacuum you can also put several drops of essential oil on a tissue and place it in the collecting container of your vacuum and diffuse the scent as you vacuum.
If you have a vacuum that uses water to collect the dirt just add a few drops of essential oil to the water and then vacuum, refreshing the carpet and the air.
Other ways to freshen the air is to add a few drops of peppermint, lemon, birch and cinnamon on the post-filter of your water purifier (will freshen the air and boost the purification).
If you don’t have a purifier you can use a diffuser or an oil ring you place on a light bulb. If you don’t have any of these just put the oils in a spray bottle with water and shake frequently while spray in the air.
You can also add the oil to a bowl of water and place on a wood stove.
Or dampen a cloth and put a few drops of oil on it and place by the intake vent of your heating or cooling system to vent the scent throughout the house.
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For Your Laundry
Powdered Laundry Detergent
Mix equal parts of baking soda and borax.
Sprinkle in your favorite essential oil for a refreshing scent.(Eucalyptus essential oil works wonderful for washing laundry. It kills dust mites, helps with allergies in some people and leaves a nice scent.)
To use your detergent add 1/4 cup per load.
Here's one without borax.
You will need:
1/4 cup castile liquid soap
1 cup baking soda
1 cup washing soda
1 cup white vinegar
Put the soap in a bowl and mix in the sodas
now add the vinegar a little at a time (to keep it from foaming over)
You will have a thick paste but keep stirring to get a coarse powder.
Use about 1/2 cup per load.
Dust mites live in your bedding feeding off the dead skin cells you constantly shed (not a great image to picture is it). According to research Eucalyptus essential oil kills dust mites. So when doing your laundry, especially your bedding, pillows, blankets and bath towels, just add about 30-35 drops (it takes a fairly good amount to be effective) of eucalyptus essential oil to each load and kill all those dust mites.
Take 1 cup hot water
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
Mix together in a spray bottle and shake before each use
Spray on stains and soak before washing.
You can also fill a jar part way with small pieces of bar soap (those bars that get too small to use work good here)and cover with boiling water, stir to melt the soap and then cool. You will end up with a gel, rub it onto the stains before putting in the laundry basket and then on wash day just throw in the washing machine.
Or use liquid dish soap the same way.
In your rinse water put in ½ cup white vinegar and 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil.
For great smelling clothes with no harmful ingredients instead of using those toxic dryer sheets sprinkle your favorite essential oil on a damp washcloth and toss into the dryer with your wet clothes.
Try lavender, lemon, bergamot or other oil you enjoy.
This doesn’t really help with static cling but gives your laundry a nice fresh fragrance.
I like making body cream, lotion, bar soap, lip balms - things like that. But I prefer to buy my laundry soap (maybe because laundry is work and the other is fun:)
I really like the following ready to use laundry products they get my clothes really clean and are enviroment friendly and come in compact, recyclable packaging. I use the spot pre-wash on my husbands work clothes all the time, and he can get some really good stains on them. They always come out looking great.
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If you iron put a few drops of your favorite essential oil in a spray bottle with water and use it to dampen your clothes as you iron. It gives your clothes a faint fragrance and makes ironing more enjoyable. (Do not put the essential oil directly in the steamer of your iron)
It is easy to make sachets to keep your clothes drawers smelling nice. Just place a few drops of essential oil on a cotton ball and wrap in a small handkerchief or square of cotton cloth, tie with a ribbon if you like and place in clothes drawer or hang in closet. You can refresh or change the scent as needed.
Lavender and rose are classic oils to use but use what ever you like, for example use chamomile for pjs.
You can scent stationery the same way, but instead of tying the cotton ball in a cloth just stretch the cotton out and put it in a box of stationery, close the box, it will scent your paper.
Insect repellent: Ants, Mosquitoes and other Flying Insects
Mix ½ oz of lavender essential oil with 1/2 oz of grain alcohol or cheap vodka and put in a spray bottle and shake well and spraywhere ants are.
When dry sweep up any dead ants and they should not come back as they do not like lavender oil.
You can also use peppermint, lemon essential oil or even lemon jucie on the doorsill to prevent ants from entering.
Mosquitoes and other flying insects dislike citronella.
Insects also dislike the following oils: lavender, lemon, citronella, peppermint, lemongrass, cinnamon, thyme, basil, and rue. They also dislike cayenne.
Make (non-sticky) fly strips to dangle in your windows to deter insect entry. Just apply any of the above oils to a strip of cloth and hang in your window.
I hope you enjoy trying out these safe non-toxic 'green' cleaning products recipes:)
I'm not sure about using the word "enjoy" and "cleaning" together, as in having to work - but as least the work won't be as toxic.
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