Easy EO Cleaning Products
Lemon, Orange, Vinegar, Baking Soda, Washing Soda, Borax, Oils and Alcohol
What if I told you you could make cleaning products at home using things you most likely already have? Would you try it? Let’s think back to days before manufacturers were selling ready made cleaners. What were our great grandmothers using to clean? Well, that’s a good question. The answer is lemon, orange, vinegar, baking soda, washing soda, borax, oils and alcohol. Yes, it’s true. (Scroll down for recipes.)
Comet, Windex, Mr. Clean, Pledge
Now, in my personal experience, the things I learned about cleaning my house came from my mom. We used powdered Comet, Windex and sometimes Mr. Clean and Pledge. It never occurred to me that I could make my own cleaning products until I became a parent myself. I was just a product of my time. Most people didn’t make cleaning supplies in the 1970’s when I was a kid. Most people don’t make them now, but we are slowly becoming environmentally friendlier.
Less Expensive, Environmentally Friendly and Better For Us
So far I really haven’t been the homemade cleaning product kind of gal. Like I said, the seed wasn’t planted until I was knee deep in domestic bliss with a family and two cats. Pinterest too! It has brought DIY to an amazing place where you can make anything! I think I was sort of brainwashed into thinking the name brand cleaning products were better, were easier, were familiar and had proven results. (Who wants to buy more when the cleaning supplies don’t work as well as we’d like them to?) However, were they less expensive, environmentally friendly and better for our bodies? No, they sure were not!
Over time I started changing it up with my essential oils and some trusty cleaning supply staples: lemon essential oil, lavender essential oil, baking soda, white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, water and dish soap. When you look it up on Pinterest you will find lots of ideas and many of them also use Castile soap and Sal Suds and even plain vodka instead of rubbing alcohol. Both Castile soap and Sal Suds are concentrated so a bottle will go a long way for cleaning everything from your hair to your dog.
Castile Soap and Sal Suds
I wanted to know about Castile soap and Sal Suds because they seemed to be the most common ingredients in home made cleansers. I found a great web site: DrBronner.com. Their Castile soap is certified organic, non-GMO, Fair For Life, OTCO, vegan and not animal tested. I don’t want to sound like I’ve been hung up on being overly particular about my cleaners, lotions and makeup all this time because I have not been. In fact I was just blindly purchasing from companies who I thought were looking out for consumers and would provide quality products. I don’t know what I thought, but I honestly did not have the time or energy to worry about it.
Now that I have older kids I have more freedom to pay attention to this kind of thing. It’s always been on my mind, but I just didn’t want to go out and buy things that might ruin our clothing, etc. Also, quite frankly, older kids are expensive, so why not GO GREEN and see if I can save money and help the environment at the same time?
doTERRA OnGuard Products
There’s a chance you are reading this and still thinking, is there an easier way? Well, yes there are alternatives on the market that are great. One of them is made by doTERRA and it is called OnGuard Concentrated Cleaner. OnGuard is a blend of oils ( Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils) One bottle of concentrated OnGuard will make 16oz bottles of multi-purpose spray cleaner. It’s a deal! Buy OnGuard from me here.
Back to DIY GREEN cleaning… You can read more about Castile soap here, but basically what you will find in it is a mixture of coconut oil and olive oil (for high lather and soft skin) and also two other oils, hemp and jojoba which mirror natural oils in our skin. Sal Suds is biodegradable and a concentrated all purpose cleaner made with plant-based surfactants. Sur what? Surfactants make cleaners work better. That’s about what I know on the subject, but it is a good alternative to what is currently in my laundry pods. In those pods you will find these ingredients:
Listed ingredients on the outer packaging are:
Complete ingredients are 33 other ingredients I cannot pronounce.
I don’t have a clue what any of these are. I feel better about coconut, olive, hemp and jojoba oils. Following are a few home made recipes that I found online. I’d love to hear your results if you give any of them a try. I’m no chemist or expert, so please be careful in your DIY product making adventures. Keep reading for some DIY cleaning recipes you can make at home with ingredients you might already have. I have personally made the first two, granite cleaner and glass cleaner and they work great! I also put them in cute glass spray bottles I bought on Amazon.
Recipes Worth Trying!
1/2 cup vodka or rubbing alcohol, 1 1/2 cups distilled water, 1/2 teaspoon Castile soap, 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil. (There is no citric acid in lemon essential oil, so it is safe to use on your granite.) Put it in a dark, glass spray bottle for a longer shelf life.
Fresh Mint Window Cleaner
3 cups distilled water, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, 1/4 cup vinegar, 20 drops of Spearmint essential oil. Put it in a dark, glass spray bottle for a longer shelf life. This recipe is safe on stainless steel, or so I read. Wouldn’t hurt to test it out in an inconspicuous area first.
Laminate Floor Cleaner
1/3 cup distilled water, 1/3 cup rubbing alcohol, 1/3 cup white vinegar, 3 drops of dish soap, 5-10 drops of Lemon essential oil. Put it in a dark, glass spray bottle for a longer shelf life. Spray lightly on floor before mopping, avoid over wetting your laminate floor.
Other OnGuard products include: Foaming Hand Soap, Sanitizing Mist for hands and surfaces, Laundry Detergent, toothpaste, mouthwash, OnGuard roller bottles, soft gels, beadlets and cough drops. You can buy any of these items from my online store.