I get very excited talking (and writing) about making DIY-products because I love the fact that I’ve reduced a lot of my household plastic waste, my home is rid of toxic chemicals (almost fully!) AND money is being saved. Moreover, the satisfaction is so EMPOWERING – so many wins all around!
I want to live in a space which is safe to breathe in. Safe for my skin and the clothes I wear. In an ever increasingly polluted environment, the need to create a clean and healthy home hasn’t been so desperate for many of us.
Many, just like me, who are used to buying the commercially available detergents would not have a clue of where to start if someone said to make my own. Before I took a leap of faith (in myself) my biggest concerns were “is it hygienic enough,” “is it clean enough?” YES and so much more. When I made the switch to natural living and natural wellness, my biggest feat was, in fact, switching from chemical and toxic household detergents to my own natural scented ‘potions’.
Here are some go-to DIY Household Cleaning Recipes: read about my experience with some essential oils
Multi-Purpose Cleaning Product
– by Stephie Mizzi
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup vodka
3 cups water
40 drops Lemon or tea tree essential oil (alternatively squeeze half an actual lemon).
As a Surface Cleaner: Mix all the ingredients together into a spray bottle to use as a surface cleaner around the house and bathroom cleaner.
Floor Detergent: Pour in regular bottles and dilute with water to use as a tile floor cleaner – don’t use this mixture on wooden floors (I just use water with a splash of vinegar and a few drops essential oil on wooden floors).
This one cleaner can be used to clean the majority of your house.
TIP: Buy a big 5 litre container of white vinegar. It is the best cleaning product you will ever use.
All-Purpose Cleaning Spray
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup water
Citrus blend: Lemon essential oil is an anti-bacterial and orange oil works best for greasy surfaces.
8 drops lemon essential oil
8 drops orange essential oil
Fresh & Clean: Lemon and peppermint are great anti-septics and anti-bacterial oils.
8 drops Lemon essential oil
8 drops Peppermint essential oil
Choose a blend. Mix with the measures of water and vinegar. Add to a spray bottle, shake well, wipe and clean!
1 cup Castile Soap (learn how to make your own castile soap here OR try natural soap nuts!)
5 drops lemon essential oil
5 drops orange essential oil
(You can make your own blend. Sometimes I use Peppermint & Lemon. Or Eucalyptus and Lemon)
1 tsp Vitamin E oil – keeps your hands nourished.
Mix all together in a bottle. I usually add a little bit of the mixture into a small bowl and add a few drops of water to it. Dip my sponge into the mix and start cleaning.
Lavender Fabric Spray
In a small spray bottle:
1 cup water
12 drops lavender essential oil – Lavender is one of the most popular oils used for its calming qualities.
Shake well and spray on your bed linen, sofa etc. Lavender oil helps to soothe and calm making it a perfect bed linen spray!
TRY THEM OUT AND POST YOUR FEEDBACK!
Making my own soaps and cleaning products has really changed things around my house and space; the switch to natural living is so empowering! Moreover, learning about the various essential oils we can use for different purposes is a whole new world I have missed out on! Don’t miss out. Start making your own beauty products, and cleaning products for a safer and healthier home.
LEARN HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS in your daily life. This Herbs & Essential Oil bundle is a no-brainer – packed with so many resources you can download to your device and have them handy whenever you need!