Green cleaning is an environment-friendly way to detoxify the home. Recently I discovered adding essential oils to my do it yourself (DIY) cleaning recipes. I have always had sensitivity to conventional cleaning products. Once I started having children I became concerned about what cleaning solutions I used because children put everything in their mouths. I started researching online to learn more about the chemicals. Most common cleaning products release toxic chemicals called Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that remain in the air for days after use. VOCs cross the blood-brain barrier and placenta as well as can contribute to a wide variety of cancers with long-term exposure. Another discovery was children under five make up more than half of all poison exposures.
Making your DIY green cleaners is a good solution and is fun, cost effective and easy. The basics needs are essential oils, baking soda, liquid castile soap, vinegar, and borax. Dr Bronner’s unscented is a favorite castile soap. I use dōTerra’s essential oils as they are the highest quality, certified pure therapeutic grade (CPTG) and have an excellent selection. With the CPTG I know I’m using oils that will kill bacteria, germs, fungi and mold which is my primary purpose. Some of my favorite recipes are:
Toilet Bowl Cleaner (For One Time Use)
1/2 cup of baking soda
10 drops of Melaleuca (Tea tree) essential oil (great antibacterial properties)
1/4 cup vinegar
As it reacts scrub the toilet.
All Purpose Spray
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 cups water
30 drops OnGuard blend (dōTerra’s OnGuard blend has been researched for effective antimicrobial properties)
1 teaspoon borax
Add all ingredients to spray bottle, then shake thoroughly.
1/4 cup vinegar
1 cup water
10 – 15 drops of Lemon essential oil (great degreasing properties)
Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake and apply. Wipe clean.
Soft Scrub for Bath, Tile and Toilet
Make in small batches and store in an airtight container. Enough for two to four applications.
3/4 rounded cup baking soda
1/4 cup castile soap
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon vinegar
5-10 drops Lemon essential oil (great antibacterial and cleaning properties)
In bowl, combine the baking soda and castile soap. Add the water and stir. Finally, add the vinegar. Consistency should be a soft paste.
Wood Floor Polish
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup vinegar
10 drops Wild Orange essential oil (great disinfectant and antifungal properties)
Mix and apply. Wipe clean.
Making recipes are endless. When using essential oils I customize my cleaners to utilize the beneficial qualities and scents of the oils. When I’m done cleaning the aromatic smell is also beneficial, for example wild orange is very calming, uplifting and is reported to help relieve nervous tension and stress, and on top of that I don’t have to be concerned with any toxic chemical lingering for days. I recommend having fun and experimenting and enjoy an environment-friendly home that’s safe for the whole family and smells great!
Image Credit: Benedicte Lechrist