While we think we are cleaning our house in reality many times we are just dowsing our home in toxins! Below are some easy DIY products you can make for common household cleaning products that are toxin free! Best part is it can even save you money!
Citrus essential oils (EO) main constituents are limonene which is a powerful antioxidant and cleansing agent. Egyptians used lemon EO to remove toxins from their bodies. There are many EO mentioned in the Bible as well. Limonene can dissolve oils so it can also eat through plastic, causing toxins in the plastic to now be in your mixture. So make sure to store these essential oils in a glass container.
Vinegar is another great product to use for cleaning. It contains natural anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. It can get ride of grease and mineral deposits like lime scale.
Feel free to experiment and switch out essential oils in the recipes listed below!
Citrus oils and great for cleaning and can ride toxins from the air in less than an hour! Lemon and grapefruit are great options.
fill diffuser with water
- 2 drops bergamot
- 1 drops lemon
- 1 drops grapefruit
There is no wrong mixture so go crazy!
1 cup water
- 6 drops lavender
- 6 drops of lemon
- 3 drops of peppermint
1/3 teaspoon olive oil
Hardwood and ceramic tile floor cleaner
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 4 drops lemon EO
1 gallon hot water
- 1/4 cup Castile liquid soap
- 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
- 10 dropa melaleuca EO
2 cups unscented liquid Castile soap
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 5 drops lime
- 5 drops orange
. Approximately 24 loads
3 cups washing soap
- 15 drops lemon or lime EO
- 1 cup baking soda
Add 2 tablespoons to soap compartment per load.
Bathroom Cleaning Powder
2 cups borax
- 1 cup baking soda
- 3/4 cup kosher salt
- 10 drops melaleuca EO
- 10 drops lemon EO
Dampen surface with vinegar and spinkle cleaning powder over area. Let sit for 10 minutes, scrub, rinse.
Multipurpose Cleaning Spray
1 cup distilled white vinegar
- 2 cups distilled water
- 5 drops melaleuca EO
- 5 drops lemon EO
This can be used anywhere you would use a multipurpose cleaner, countertops, mirrors, tile, and other household surfaces
approximately 24-48 loads
1 finely grated bar baby mild unscented Castile soap
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1 cup borax
- 10 drops lemon EO
- 10 drops grapefruit EO
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons per load.
1 cup unrefined shea butter
- 1/2 coconut oil
- 1/4 cup bees wax
- Jojoba (optional, wouldn’t use on face)
- 15 drops frankincense
- 10 drops geranium
- 15 drops lavender
- Or 20 drops copiaba
Heat shea butter, bees wax, and coconut oil in double boiler. Cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for an hour. Once solid add EO, whip with mixer until smooth, and store in glass container. If you want to use the body butter on your full body including your face I would leave jojoba out, it can clog up your pores.
3 tablespoons baking soda
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoon shea butter
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder (optional)
- 5 drops lime or lemon EO
- 5 drops bergamot EO
- 1/2 teaspoon bees wax
Melaleuca reduces odor-causing bacteria. Bergamot has a great citrus smell and purifies skin. You can also use other EO’s lavender, lime, geranium, thyme, and frankincense.
In double boiler melt shea butter, coconut oil, and bees wax until melted. Remove from heat and add baking soda and arrow root. Add desired essential oils. Store in glass container or old deodorant stick.
Bees wax will help solidify deodorant if you live in a hot climate.
Body Wash 10-ounce
1 cup unscented mild Castile soap
- 1/3 cup organic honey
- 1 tablespoon fractionated coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E
- 3 teaspoons glycerin
- 25 drops lavender (or any other EO)
If children 6 and under will be using it only 10 drops EO.
Sleep Diffuser Blend
Roman chamomile is known as the peacekeeper EO. Lavender is calming. Vetiver oil has been used in research for ADHD and is great at calming the nervous system.
2 drops lavender
- 1 drop vetiver
- 1 drop roman chamomile
If you have 5-10 essential oils you can DIY almost any of these recipes! You can save a ton of money and live toxin free at the same time!
If you are not into DIY it is okay. There is a website call EWG.org
. They will rate products A-F based on ingredients and safety hazards. They have guides for household cleaning, laundry, makeup, etc. While you are not in control of all the ingredients switching from an F product to an A is still a step towards a healthier toxin free lifestyle.
If you have a favorite DIY product let me know!