DIY Spring Cleaning Recipes

DIY Spring Cleaning Recipes

If you are one for reducing toxins in your home, you probably have thought about ditching the store-bought cleaning products and making your own. And why not? They work just as well, cost less, and keep your family healthy. With just a few basic supplies and your collection of Essential Oils, you can whip up almost any natural cleaner to use in any room of the house. Here are a few ideas to get you started on your spring cleaning routine.

The Basics

Most household cleaners can be made with some very simple ingredients found in your local grocery store or online. They are rather inexpensive and can be used for many projects.

  • Baking Soda
  • Witch Hazel
  • Vinegar
  • Distilled Water
  • Castile Soap
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Alcohol

Additionally, empty glass spray bottles and jars are helpful for using and storing your products.

Cautions

  • Do not use plastic bottles for long term storage. The Essential Oils can degrade and leach chemicals from the plastic.
  • Always store your cleaners in a cool, dark space out of direct sun. This will make them last longer.
  • Do not use vinegar based cleaners on marble or wood. 
  • We recommend using distilled water instead of tap water to help eliminate mold from forming in the product over time.
  • For water-based sprays to last longer than a week, ¼ of the recipe should contain high proof alcohol like Everclear.

Recipes

Multi-Purpose Cleansing Spray

Great for countertops, tables, toys, and regularly touched surfaces

8 oz Glass Spray Bottle
4 oz Distilled Water
4 oz Vinegar
1 tsp Castile Soap
10 drops Thyme Essential Oil
20 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
20 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
30 drops Lemon Essential Oil

 

Into the bottle, mix soap and Essential Oils. Add in vinegar and swirl, then add in water. This will last one week when refrigerated. If you want to last long term, replace 2 oz of vinegar with 2 oz high proof grain alcohol to preserve the spray. Shake gently then spray surfaces, let set 30 seconds and wipe with a clean towel.

Refreshing Linen Spray

Great for freshening up fabrics like curtains, mattresses, couches etc.

4 oz Glass Spray Bottle
3 oz Distilled Water
1 oz High Proof Grain Alcohol
25 drops Lavender Essential Oil
10 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

 

Mix together the Essential Oils and alcohol in the bottle, then add in the water. Shake gently and spray fabrics to eliminate musty odors and freshen things up.

Tub Scrub

Great for sinks, bathtubs, and showers

8 oz Glass Jar
1 C Baking Soda
¼ C Castile Soap
¼ C Hydrogen Peroxide
10-12 drops REVIVE Purify

In a bowl, combine Purify, soap, and hydrogen peroxide and mix well. Whisk in the baking soda until combined, it should be like a paste. Using a wet sponge, apply a thin coat to the surface area that is to be cleaned. Rinse sponge with hot water then scrub the covered area with the sponge getting all of the grime off. Rinse with warm water.

Citrus Degreaser

Great for stoves and ovens

4 oz Glass Spray Bottle
1 tsp Castile Soap
1-2 tsp Baking Soda
3 oz Warm Distilled Water
20 drops Orange Essential Oil
20 drops Lemon Essential Oil

Put soap and Essential Oils into the bottle and swirl to mix, add in the baking soda, swirl again. Pour the warm water in last and close the top. Shake to mix and spray generously on greasy surfaces. Scrub with a warm, wet sponge. This will only be good for one use.

For more cleaning recipes made with Essential Oils, click here.