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DIY Natural Cleaning Products

Must-Have Basics

BAKING SODA
Baking soda is wonderful for absorbing and eliminating odors. It can be used to clean countertops, sinks, and tubs. Try adding some wild orange essential oil to some baking soda and sprinkle it on your carpet, then vacuum after 15 minutes for a fresher look and feel. To keep your refrigerator clean and fresh all year long, open the top of a small box and leave in the frig replacing every six months.

WHITE VINEGAR
White vinegar is a natural antifungal and antibacterial powerhouse, which can cut grease and dissolve mineral deposits. Wonderful for cleaning windows, de-greasing the range hood in the kitchen, cleaning mold and mildew in the bathroom, cleaning and descaling the coffee maker and replacing Jet-Dry as a rinse aid in my dishwasher. You may not find it to be the best cleaner but it does things many cleaners do not. Also be advised that the acids in vinegar can damage natural stone and wood surfaces - so avoid using it on your floors, furniture and natural stone counters.

CASTILE SOAP
Castile soap lifts dirt, cuts grease, and eliminates tough stains. You can use it as dish soap or to clean sink and counters. You can mix it with a bit of vinegar and scrub your floors. It’s safe to use on all types of flooring—tile, linoleum, hardwood, laminate, cork, and more. You can even use it for the spot cleaning of carpet stains. Simply neutralize the soapiness with a bit of vinegar after using. It’s effective for scrubbing out your bathtub, sink, and toilet, and doesn’t have the abrasiveness that powder bathroom cleansers do. It will never wear away at the finish of your acrylic or porcelain bathroom fixtures.

SALT
Salt is an effective scouring agent. Pour salt mixed with hot water down the kitchen sink regularly to deodorize and keep grease from building up. Mix salt with Lemon essential oil and use to remove stubborn coffee and tea cup stains.

FRACTIONATED COCONUT OIL 
Great natural cleaner and polisher. Perfect for cleaning leather or polishing wood surfaces.

Our Favorite Natural Cleaning Recipes

Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner
Mix 1/2 c white vinegar, 10 drops tea tree, lavender, or lemon essential oil (for their disinfectant properties) and a little water before adding 2 Tbsp baking soda in a clean spray bottle (glass is best). Then fill to top with water. I use about a 12 oz bottle. Gently shake to mix ingredients, and then spray, wipe with a cloth, and allow it to dry.

Homemade “Soft-Scrub” Cleaner
Begin by measuring 1 ½ cups of baking soda into a mixing bowl. Add ½ cup of environmentally safe liquid laundry soap (ECOS, for example), and stir vigorously to combine into a paste. I choose to add several drops of essential oil, such as lemon, lavender, or rosemary. Store the paste in the food container, keeping the lid tightly closed. If the mixture begins to dry out, simply add a small amount of water.

Homemade Disinfectant Wipes

Begin with an empty “wipe” type of container; I find that empty plastic baby wipe containers work well.
You’ll need between 15 and 20 squares of scrap fabric to use for the wipes themselves, something like old t-shirt scraps or even old dish towels. Put these in the container and prepare the cleaning solution. In a bowl mix 1 cup of water, ¼ cup of white vinegar, and 8 drops each of tea tree oil, eucalyptus essential oil, and lemon essential oil. Pour this solution over your cloth scraps in the container, where they will soak in and be ready for you when you’re ready to pull them out and use them!
I just wash the used rags with any other laundry such as towels or other rags. A healthy, green, sustainable solution

Homemade Liquid Dish Soap
Combine ½ cup warm water with 2 tsp kosher salt in a bowl, stirring until the salt is completely dissolved. In a separate bowl, mix ½ cup white vinegar, ½ cup Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds and 1 tsp lemon juice. Stir this mixture into the salt water mixture, and stir until thickened. I also add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil for scent and potential disinfectant properties (I use clove, wild orange, rosemary. Pour mixture into a recycled dish soap container for storage.

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
Mix together 1 cup salt, 2 cups baking soda, 2 cups Borax, and 1 cup of Lemi-Shine (non-toxic, found in the detergent aisle). Transfer to an air-tight storage container.
It will last a long time: each load uses only 2 tablespoons of detergent! (I recommend keeping white vinegar in the rinse agent compartment, too.)

Homemade Oven Cleaner
This is a “how-to” because you really only need baking soda, water, and vinegar.
Use ½ cup of baking soda and stir in 2-3 tablespoons of water, adjusting as needed to get a spreadable paste. Spread this all over the walls of your ovens, rubbing it in for a scrubbing effect. Let it sit overnight.
In the morning, put some vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz everywhere you see baking soda, which will create a foaming action. Wipe clean with a damp cloth, rinsing until clean.

Wood Furniture Polish
Mix together 20–25 drops Lemon essential oil, ⅓ cup dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil, ½ cup distilled water and store in an 8-ounce glass container. To use simply apply a small amount on a microfiber cloth to dust or polish wood surface.

Homemade Drain Cleaner
If you’ve got a smelly or slow-draining sink, sprinkle down the drain a heaping ¼ cup baking soda, and follow that with ¼ cup white vinegar. Let that bubbling mixture sit for an hour or so, then pour boiling hot water down the drain to rinse it.
Depending on how smelly or clogged the drain is, you may need to repeat the process again. Once you do it regularly, you’ll find that one time usually takes care of it!

I personally have found that the doTERRA range of OnGuard cleaning products - which are pre mixed work really well. So for most things I now rely on the Onguard Cleaner Concentrate and the OnGuard Foaming Handsoap because they are so simple and effective. We hope that this has given you some valuable hints on ways that you can reduce your exposure to toxicity and your overall cost at the same time.

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