I'm a lover of all plants in all of their forms, but do seem to be on an essential oil kick lately. They are the most potent form of herbs, and when used appropriately can do wonders. So to continue on my essential oil rant, here's a list of do-it-yourself cleaning products that are not only safe and super easy to make, but work just as effectively, if not more so, than anything that you'll find at a store.

do-it-yourself cleaning productsAll Purpose Spray

    • 1/4 cup white vinegar (kills germs, cuts grease, deodorizes & dissolves mineral deposits)

    • 2 cups water, preferably distilled

    • 2 tbs natural dish soap

    • 30 drops of essential oil or combination or oils, of your choice (antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antibiotic)

Some oil combinations to try:

    • 10 drops each of lavender, lemon and melaleuca

    • 10 drops each of eucalyptus, peppermint and wild orange

    • 10 drops each of thyme, rosemary and lemon

Add all ingredients to a spray bottle and shake thoroughly, though gently, until well mixed. Store in a cool, dark location between uses.

Window Cleaner

    • 1/8 cup white vinegar

    • 1 cup water, preferably distilled

    • 1 tsp natural dish soap

    • 10-15 drops of lemon essential oil

Mix all ingredients together in a spray bottle and shake gently. Apply and wipe clean. Store in a cool, dark location between uses.

Soft Scrub for Bath, Tile and Toilet

    • 3/4 cup baking soda (scrubs, whitens, deodorizes and cuts grease)

    • 1/4 cup natural dish soap

    • 1 tbs water, preferably distilled

    • 1 tbs white vinegar

    • 5 drops lemon essential oil

    • 5 drops melaleuca essential oil

Combine the baking soda, castile soap and water in a small bowl, and stir until well mixed. Add the vinegar and oils and stir gently. Consistency should be that of a soft paste. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place between uses.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

    • 1/2 cup baking soda

    • 10 drops melaleuca essential oil (even shown to kills MRSA!)

    • 1/4 cup white vinegar

Add all of the ingredients directly to a partially drained bowl. As they start to react, scrub the toilet.

Floor Cleaner

    • 1 gallon of hot water

    • 2 tbs natural dish soap

    • 15 drops wild orange essential oil

    • 10 drops lemon essential oil

Combine all ingredients together in a large bucket. Use a mop to clean the floor. Rinsing is optional

Wood Floor Polish

    • 1/4 cup good quality olive oil

    • 1/4 cup white vinegar

    • 10 drops of wild orange or lemon essential oil (may also combine 5 drops of each)

Mix, apply and wipe clean.

* Thanks to Dena at http://grinninghippie.blogspot.com, I have updated the recipes above and removed Castile Soap and Borax from any of the recipes that call for a combination of either of those with Vinegar. I was not aware that while separately these two are powerful cleaning agents, they should not be combined. Fore more information, please visit: http://lisa.drbronner.com/?p=292

About Amy Paolinelli

Amy is a mom of 3 lively kiddos, a wife, and an advocate for natural living. Prior to having children, she worked as a Marriage and Family Therapist with high-risk youth. After having her first daughter, she found her passion in pregnancy, childbirth, babies, and natural living. She is now an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice, a student of Herbal Medicine for Women, and cofounder of 3Girls Holistic - a truly pure herbal skin care line. She loves getting her hands dirty in the garden and spending time near the water. You can find more of her writings at www.3girlsholistic.com

Posted by: Amy Paolinelli
Last revised by: Amy Paolinelli on June 16, 2012.