Save money and make your own cleaning products. Using essentials oils and common household products, we show you how to make your own all-purpose cleaner, disinfectant spray, and bathroom cleaners.
These green cleaning products are non-toxic, safer for the environment, and your family. These are all things we can feel good about.
How to make your own all-purpose cleaner
We use this All-Purpose Cleaner DIY recipe for cleaning kitchen counters, floors, bathrooms, walls, little kid sticky-smears, and everything else messy. This recipe includes Lemon essential oil because it has antiseptic, antifungal, and antiviral properties. One drop of lemon oil can remove nasty lingering odors. Diffusing or spritzing lemon oil can cleanse the air and also uplift your mood. Who doesn’t need a boost while cleaning the house! Here's how to make this all-purpose cleaner DIY.
To make your own all-purpose cleaner homemade – Mix all ingredients and store in a glass spray bottle. Shake it well before use as the oils do separate from the water when standing. It will smell like vinegar when you use it, but that smell will disappear quickly and you will be left with a fresh clean smell. Note: Over time the citrus oils will corrode plastic, so it is important to not store this in plastic bottles.
How to make your own disinfectant spray
This homemade disinfecting spray is the most used cleaning product in our home. It is mild and safe for children to use themselves. My children help clean the house by spraying this Disinfecting Spray on the potty seat, toilet handle, sink faucet, door knobs, banisters, in stinky shoes, in the trash can, and every other commonly touched or smelly area. This is a great way to keep everything disinfected in between more thorough cleanings, without the negative chemicals in antibacterial soaps.
Homemade disinfecting spray is also a handy product to keep in our car to spray on hands after getting back in the car after school, play group, or any outing where you might have touched germ-infested things. Before spraying on children's hands it is really important that they are taught not to touch their eyes before it is dry.
1 1/2 cups filtered water
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup vodka or 70% alcohol
1 teaspoon 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide (optional)
6 drops doTERRA On Guard or Rocky Mountain Oils Immune Strength essential oil
5 drops Melaleuca essential oil
2 drops Lemon essential oil
2 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
To make your own disinfectant spray – Mix all ingredients and store in a glass spray bottle. Shake it well before use.
The essential oils in these blends are antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal, antiparasitic, and antiviral. You could use any combination of these. Our favorite is the On Guard blend, which combines wild orange, clove bud, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, and rosemary. This blend has been studied for its ability to kill harmful bacteria, mold, and viruses.
How to Make Your Own Bathroom Cleaner
We use this Mold and Mildew Spray for cleaning the shower walls. If you have a basement that floods or any moisture problems this is a good solution to use on the walls of the affected area.
To make your own mold and Mildew spray- Mix all ingredients and store in a glass spray bottle. Shake well and spray on area. Leave it on the area for 30 minutes, then rinse. Avoid contact with your skin. The hydrogen peroxide is sufficiently diluted that it will not cause any harm, but it may turn your skin temporarily white if it comes in direct contact. If you do get hydrogen peroxide directly on your skin, rub coconut oil on the white area and it should return back to normal within about an hour, but it is better to wear gloves and avoid contact with skin.
How to Make Your Own Mirror & Window Spray
1 1/2 cups vinegar
1/2 cup filtered water
8 drops of any citrus oil
To make your own mirror and window spray – Combine in a glass spray bottle. Shake well before each use.
Citrus oils are antibacterial, and excellent at breaking down greasy spots. A few citrus oils that we like to use are lemon, lime, bergamot, grapefruit, and wild orange.
For more on using essentials oil, take a look at these:
- Best Essential Oils for Anxiety
- Essential Oil Perfume from Goddess Garden
- Keep Skin Soft With Coconut Oil Bath Melts
Making your own cleaning products is easy, quick, non-toxic, and far less expensive than purchasing commercial products. Give it a try!