Essential oils are used for so many things these days and cleaning is an excellent way to utilise their benefits.

As a follow on from the last blog Essential Oils: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, today I’m going to share with you a number of recipes to help you make your own cleaning products.

We all know that visiting the cleaning aisle in the supermarket can not only send you broke but can also invite a lot of toxic chemicals into your home. With the rise of allergies, breathing difficulties and ailments, what better way to save not only your health but your much loved moolah AND use the prized Essential oils that you are probably already diffusing.

When choosing Essential oils to incorporate into your cleaning products, make sure to check the suitability. If you have small children, animals, are pregnant or have a medical condition, please visit the previous blog to check which oils you can and can’t use. Not all essential oils are safe to use for everyone, especially small animals and children.

Also, when making your own products, some people choose to use Fragrance instead of Essential oils, however, the whole reason for making your own is to limit the toxic load from your regular cleaners. Choosing a natural Essential oil over a synthetically made fragrance is a safer alternative.

It is very important to note that when placing your cleaning solutions into a container, make sure it is either a PET plastic or glass. You can check if your container is a PET by checking for a 1 on the bottom. If you are intending to use your products very quickly, it won’t be too much of a concern, however, essential oils can erode non-strengthened plastic and leach the toxins found in plastic products.

It is also important to note that a lot of recipes you find on the internet for cleaning solutions all have one common error, there is no dispersant. Essential Oils are not water soluable, so when adding them to your cleaning solutions, they will just bob around as globlets of oil. Everytime you go to use the product you have to shake vigorously to re-mix. What a pain! The solution is to add a dispersant. I have chosen to include a naturally derived dispersant from Springfields made from Almond and Coconut Oils but you can also use high proof alcohol (must be 75.5-90% ethanol) for cleaning solutions.

dispersant

If you are looking where to source the ingredients from the recipes below, you can find them here:-

Certified Organic Essential Oils, Naturally Derived Dispersant – Melanie’s Holistic Healing Epsom Salt, Bi-Carbonate Soda, Witch Hazel & Citric Acid – Burn Decor

The recipes included today are:

  1. Liquid Fabric Softener
  2. All Purpose Cleaner
  3. Window Cleaner
  4. Carpet Deodoriser
  5. Toilet Fizzies
  6. Room Spray/Deodoriser

I don’t know about you but I was getting a bit fed up with unloading my cash for fabric softener that actually didn’t go the distance. Not only did they not seem to last very long but my clothes weren’t coming out extra soft and fluffy like the advertising told me it would. I also disliked the fact that they never reveal the chemicals found within. What to do? MAKE YOUR OWN!!! It is so easy. It literally takes one minute to mix it all together. I’ve included a video to show you how easy it is to make. I used Springfield’s Tea/Lavender Essential Oil for this video but I have also used Mt Retour’s Geranium & Sweet Orange. They are all divine.

Why do I use these ingredients in the Fabric Softener? Bi-Carbonate Soda removes odours, brightens and softens fabrics, regulates the pH level of your washing machines’ rinse water and helps to prevent your detergent and mineral deposits from re-depositing on your clothes (preventing them from becoming stiff). White Vinegar brightens clothes, removes odours and also softens. Epsom Salt is THE superior softener. I hope this explains a little as to why I included these in the recipe.

Here’s the recipe

  • 2 cups Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 cup Bi-Carbonate Soda
  • 2 cups White Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup boiled water (that’s been allowed to cool)
  • 40 drops of Essential oil
  • 40 drops of Natural Dispersant
  1. Mix the Epsom Salt and Bi-Carbonate together.
  2. Add the White Vinegar. It will fizz. Mix until the fizzing dies down.
  3. Add the water.
  4. In a separate dish add the Essential Oil and Natural Dispersant. Mix together, then add them to the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Stir. When thoroughly mixed, pour into a container.
  6. Make sure to leave the lid off the container for a couple of hours to allow the gas produced by the bi-carb/vinegar to escape. If you fail to leave the lid off, your container could explode.

Suitable for cleaning your kitchen, your bathroom, your bench tops and the list goes on…. I chose Lemon and Tea Tree for this particular recipe due to their germ fighting, anti-bacterial properties but you can choose any Essential Oil that you prefer. If you can’t find an organic, all natural dish soap, please comment below and I will include another recipe. It is just easier if you can source it ready made. 🙂

Here’s the recipe

  1. Mix the Vinegar, Water and Dish Soap together.
  2. In a separate dish add the Essential Oil and Natural Dispersant. Mix together, then add them to the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Stir. When thoroughly mixed, pour into a container.

Sparkling clean windows with no streaks plus a pleasant smell….doesn’t get better than that! You can also purchase some cotton cloths, layer them in a container and pour this mixture onto them, making easy to use wipes. Just make sure they aren’t dripping in mixture. Just slightly damp.

Here’s the recipe

  • 3 cups of boiled water (that’s been allowed to cool)
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 20 drops Certified Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 20 drops of Natural Dispersant
  1. Mix the Vinegar, Water and rubbing alcohol together.
  2. In a separate dish add the Essential Oil and Natural Dispersant. Mix together, then add them to the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Stir. When thoroughly mixed, pour into a container.

Great alternative to the spray foams you purchase from the supermarket. Very quick to mix together and works even better. To help combat dust mites try adding Tea Tree as your Essential Oil.

Here’s the recipe

  1. Mix the Bi-Carbonate Soda and Essential oils together.
  2. Sprinkle on carpet. Leave for 1-2 hours.
  3. Vacuum

These little balls of fizz give your toilet a no mess, no effort sparkling clean. They are also great for clearing the pipes and drains. Keep them in a sealed container and DO NOT use them as bath bombs…only for your toilet!

Here’s the recipe

  1. Mix the Bi-Carbonate Soda and Citric Acid together.
  2. In a spray bottle, mix the hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar.
  3. In another separate dish add the Essential Oil and Natural Dispersant. Mix.
  4. Gradually spray the Bi-Carbonate Soda & Citric Acid with your Hydrogen Peroxide mix until the ingredients are damp and form small round shapes easily. Note: It is important to spray the mixture and not pour it in to prevent the Bi-Carbonate/Citric Acid from reacting and fizzing.
  5. Add your Essential oil mix and stir to combine.
  6. When finished you can either gather up tablespoon sized amounts and form into balls or you can push the mixture into moulds.
  7. This should make approximately 60 small toilet fizzies, depending on the size you make them.
  8. Place fizzies on a baking sheet. (If you have placed them in moulds, remove from moulds first.)
  9. Spray the tops with the Hydrogen Peroxide mix. This helps them dry faster.
  10. Allow 6-8 hours to dry (overnight is even better).
  11. When dry, place in a airtight, sealed container.
  12. Place 1-2 fizzies in your toilet bowl. Leave for 5-10 minutes or until it has stopped fizzing and then simply flush.
  13. Use the fizzies once a week.

Ever wondered what was in your favourite room spray on the supermarket shelf? You really don’t want to know. They are full of toxic fragrances and chemicals. Best to make your own at home and know exactly what you are spraying around your house (and breathing in)! This is also suitable to spray onto fabrics, such as pillow cases, sheets and towels.

Here’s the recipe

  1. Pour the water and witch hazel into a spray bottle.
  2. In a separate dish add the Essential Oil and Natural Dispersant. Mix.
  3. Pour the Essential Oil mix into your water and witch hazel.
  4. Shake and spray. 🙂

I hope you all enjoy making your own cleaning products and living in a toxic free environment. If you have any suggestions for further recipes, please comment below or send me a message.

Next blog will be all about DIY Essential oil recipes for health and wellbeing. Until next time…

Have fun and immerse yourself in joy!!

 

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