Thursday, February 17, 2011

Homemade Cleaners

Why bother making cleaning products, you may ask? For one thing, it’s a very inexpensive idea of using common items you probably already have in your pantry. These recipes are easy to assemble and make cleaning more pleasurable by not having to deal with harsh fumes and nasty chemicals. I just can't tolerate those old cleaners anymore.

It’s amazing how really well they work. They are especially nice when you have little children who want to help Mommy clean and you can feel good knowing that they can squirt and scrub to their hearts content. The wonderful aromas from the essential oils are so nice and smell “natural” compared to the store kinds. Since I've discovered essential oils, chemically, artificial fragrances almost make me sick! It makes cleaning feel like having a “spa moment”! Buying the essential oils might seem a little costly at first, but a little goes a long way and they can be used in so many other ways in your home, as in treating illness and stress.

“Soft Scrub” (this one is my all time favorite. My work horse; works great on my cruddy stove top, as well as cleaning the grime and soap scum in the tub and bathroom sink. Smells good enough to eat!)

1 2/3 c. baking soda
½ c. liquid soap (Dr. Bronner’s)
½ c. water
2 T. white vinegar
Essential oil (optional) ~I like peppermint
Stir soap into baking soda. Add water and stir until smooth. Add vinegar and essential oil and pour into squeeze bottle. Great for tub and bathroom sink.

Whitening Scouring Powder

1 c. baking soda
2 t. cream of tartar
1/8 c. borax
¼ c. grated lemon, orange, or grapefruit peel.
15-20 drops citrus essential oil
Pour into shaker top. Use for deodorizing and cleaning cutting boards, sink, stainless steel, smelly sinks and disposals, picnic coolers, and lunch boxes.

Lemon Blast Appliance Cleaner

1 t. liquid soap
1/8 c. white vinegar
4 drops lemon, lime, or orange essential oil
¼ c. lemon juice
2 c. water
1 t. borax
Combine in a spray bottle

All Purpose Household Cleaner (another fave)

In 16 oz. spray bottle, mix 2 T. white vinegar with 1 t. borax and then fill rest of bottle with very hot water. Shake until borax dissolves and add ¼ c. liquid soap and add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil.

Furniture Polish (General Dusting)

Combine in a 16 oz. spray bottle:
2 T. light olive oil
20 drops or more of lemon essential oil
¼ c. white vinegar
Enough distilled water to fill rest of bottle. Shake. Spray a bit onto dust rag.

Glass Cleaner

club soda or ½ spray bottle with water and ½ full with vinegar. Add 8 drops essential oil.

Carpet Freshener

To make a carpet freshener, add 16-20 drops of essential oils to a cup of baking soda. Mix well and place in a covered container overnight so that the oil can be absorbed. Sprinkle over your carpet the next day and then vacuum the powder up.
1 cup baking soda
16-20 drops essential oils


  1. Thank you for sharing these recipes!! I love it :)

  2. I'm excited to try these. Thanks!
    Hey, if you ned more essential oils, the place I get my soap supplies has them MUCH cheaper than Doterra, and they are very high quality.

  3. Genious recipes! I have to get them from you. I stick with general cleaning soap, baking soda and vinegar.

  4. I am sooooo happy you posted these. This is something I've been wanting to do.

  5. I've made a few homemade cleaners - but I actually LOVE Bon Ami and a spray cleaner from trader joes' as well. your list is great!

  6. Hello. Thank you for these recipes. Where do you prefer to get your essential oils? I am always hesitant to purchase online as I worry the oils may be diluted or not pure (which I know makes them expire). Any trustworthy places you shop for oils? Thank you

  7. Hello Jennifer:

    The oils I use are from DoTerra. You can look on line to order them that way or find a distributer in my area. They are a local company to me and I'm glad I can pick them up. I pay a yearly membership to buy wholesale. I appreciate these oils, as they are pure, certified theraputic grade. I've had many experiences to see the benefits of their use. I hope that helps.

  8. Thank you for the information Emily. I love essential oils and look forward to checking out DoTerra.

  9. Just discovered your website and I'm very excited to try your recipes! One your "soft scrub", does any liquid soap work?

  10. Yes, I'm sure that any liquid soap would do just fine.
    Thanks for visiting!

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  12. Thanks for sharing , it helps ! But I would like to ask whether it's a must to use the baking soda along with the essential oils ?
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  13. I recently became an IPC for doTERRA. I'm super excited to try these recipes :)

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  15. I have a cleaning business and use doTerra. Others may be less expensive but they are not Therapuetic grade and all natural. Thank you this is wonderful

  16. This is a great list! I would never have thought of some of these. Thanks!

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  17. I would recommend this to make cleaning easier and quicker. No scrubbing or headache involved. Just add water, wait for it to heat up and use it.
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