DIY Green Cleaning Recipes

Watch this video on why making your own cleaners with essential oils is good for your wallet, your health and the environment: Below are some great recipes.


To make the cleaners below, you’ll need the following:
  • Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate), a sodium salt
  • Borax (Sodium Borate Decahydrate), sodium and boron- a natural mineral
  • Citric Acid, bitter acid found in fruits
  • Essential Oils
  • Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2), naturally occuring water like liquid
  • Organic Soap Flakes (Organic Coconut and Soy or Palm)
  • Organic Food Grade Vegetable Gylcerin, natural component of fats and oils.
  • Kosher Salt
  • Washing Soda (Sodium Carbonate), related to baking soda
  • White Distilled Vinegar, an acidLiquid Castille Soap, (Olive, Coconut, and other vegetable oils)
  • Witch Hazel
  • Glass Spray Bottles, Containers, Mixing Bowls
You can find most of these ingredients at your grocery store or online, like Amazon.  Start up cost may seem high, but the cost per use is so much less and these last a long time. You may also switch from paper towels to microfiber, which work so much better. I don't use window cleaner anymore, just my damp microfiber towel.

Clothes Washing Powder (for Machines including HE):

16 cups Baking Soda 12 cups Borax 8 cups Soap Flakes 3 tbsp Essential Oil of choice, i.e. Lavender, Lemon, Grapefruit, etc. Combine ingredients, mix with a wire wisk. Use 1/8 cup per load. Makes enough to last a family of 4 one year.  Can reduce the recipe by 1/4 for a smaller batch.

Fabric Softener:

1 cup Water 1 cup Baking Soda 2 cups White Vinegar 20 drops Essential Oil of choice Choose a container big enough to for the reaction of the Baking Soda and Vinegar (it will bubble up). Combine ingredients starting with water, essential oils, and baking soda. Add vinegar slowing to avoid volcano effect. Use 1/2 cup in the rinse cycle. You can also wet a washcloth and throw into the dryer with your clothes.

Air/Linen Spray:

1/4 cup Witch Hazel 3 1/2 cups Filtered Water 20 drops Essential oils of choice- Lavender, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, etc. In a small bowl, mix vodka and essential oil together. The alcohol works as an emulsifier, allowing the oil and water to mix evenly. Pour the oil-vodka mix into the spray bottle, add the water and shake. Shake before using.

All Purpose Cleaner:

1 cup Water 1 cup Vinegar 2 tsp Liquid Castille Soap 25 drops Essential Oil of choice, i.e. Protection Blend, Lemon, Melaleuca, etc. Add all ingredients into a glass spray bottle. Soap will clump a little between uses. Shake well before spraying.

Dish Soap:

1 1/2 cup Hot Water 1/2 cup Castille Soap 1 tbsp White Vinegar 1 tbsp Washing Soda 1 tbsp Soap Flakes 10 drops each Lemon Essential Oil Combine castille soap, vinegar, washing soda, and soap flakes into a large bowl and add in the hot water. Whisk the mixture until ingredients are well blended and soap flakes have dissolved. Allow mixture to cool completely stirring occasionally. Add the Lemon oil after mixture has cooled.

Dishwasher Detergent:

1 cup Washing Soda 1 cup Borax 1/2 cup Kosher Salt 1/2 cup Citric Acid 20 drops Lemon Essential Oil Mix together essential oils and salt till combined. Add other ingredients and mix. Store tightly covered in a glass jar, I like mason jars. Use one tablespoon per load with hot water.

Dishwasher Rinse Agent:

Vinegar Lemon Essential Oil Fill rinse dispenser with vinegar and add 5 drops lemon essential oil.

Creamy Soft Scrub:

1/2 cup Baking Soda Liquid Castille Soap 1 tsp Vegetable Glycerin Essential oils of choice, i.e. Add Melaleuca for a mold killer, Lemon for shine, etc. Pour baking soda in a bowl. Add castille soap a little at a time to make a frosting like texture. Add in your essential oils and glycerin. Store in a sealed glass jar.

Window/Mirror Cleaner:

1/4 -1/2 tsp Liquid Castille Soap 3 tblsp Vinegar 2 cups Water 10 drops Essential Oil of Choice- Peppermint, Lemon, Orange Pour ingredients into a spray bottle, shake and use.

Wood Cleaner:

1/4 cup White Vinegar 1/4 cup Water 1/2 tsp Liquid Castille Soap 1/8 tsp Olive Oil 10 drops Orange or Lemon oil Combine ingredients and pour into spray bottle.

Wood & Stainless Steel Polish:

Olive Oil 10 drops Orange or Lemon Essential Oil Combine ingredients, use a soft cloth to wipe then buff surfaces.

Fruit and Vegetable Wash:

1 cup Water 1 cup White Vinegar 1 tbsp Baking Soda 10 drops each Grapefruit & Lemon Essential Oil Combine ingredients and pour into spray bottle. Top 10 Cleaning Products TO AVOIDLearn more about the top 10 cleaners to avoid. I get my glass containers and spray bottles at     I would love to share more with you on how essential oils can bless your home. Click HERE if you would like me to contact you with more information.


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