Ever wondered what those nasty, unpronounceable chemicals are in your household cleaners? Yeah, me too. I have begun to follow a rule of thumb here in my home lately, if I can’t pronounce something in the ingredient list and it looks a bit scary, it’s probably best to put it aside and use something else. That goes for food products, cleaning products, and even bath and body products. Yeah, sure, I’m probably being a bit paranoid and over the top, but I want to make sure my unborn little man is safe and I’m not exposing myself to harmful chemicals or preservatives, or who knows what else might be out there.

I would like to share with you a few how-to’s on making your own household cleaning supplies. We have a wonderful shop at our local Country Village that is a wealth of knowledge on this type of thing, and they sell everything I could possibly need! I sure do hope you have a store near you that you can visit, both for resources and just to chat! Small shop owners like this are full of fantastic information. 🙂

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(Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap, above)

All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

  • 32oz spray bottle
  • 16oz purified or distilled water
  • 16oz white distilled vinegar
  • 20 drops (total) essential oils

Combine, and shake well! A fantastic combination of essential oils for this cleaner is Lemon or Lemon Myrtle, and Eucalyptus. Smells fantastic. You can use this on counter tops, and just about anywhere really!

Antiseptic Soap Spray

  • 16oz spray or squirt bottle
  • 15oz purified or distilled water
  • 1oz Castile soap
  • 20 drops (total) essential oils

Fill the bottle with water first, top it off with the castile soap, add the essential oils, and then shake well. Good antiseptic oils include Tea Tree, Niaouli, Eucalyptus, Thyme, Oregano, and Palmarosa. This spray is great to use on floors, laundry stains, kids toys, doorknobs, bathtubs, and more! You can also use it to clean up nasty problems like toilet overflows, etc. And best of all, you can even wash your hands with this one! Very versatile.

All Purpose Liquid Soap

  • 12oz foamer bottle
  • 12oz Castile Soap
  • 10 drops (total) essential oils

Fill bottle with castile soap, add essential oils. This one is very simple. Some easy and cheap options for essential oils are lavender, peppermint, lemon, etc. This soap is fantastic for hand-washing, for hand-washing dirty dishes, and even as a body soap! It’s a good grease cutter too, you can use this first and then finish it off with the All-Purpose Spray from above!

Sink, Bathtub, and Tile Cleaner

  • 16oz wide mouth jar with tight screw lid
  • 1 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup Castile soap
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 Tablespoons white distilled vinegar
  • 10-20 drops (total) essential oils

In a bowl, mix baking soda, soap, and water with a fork until smooth. After mixing these ingredients, THEN mix in the vinegar, THEN the essential oils. If you do this out of order, it will end up as a goo. Transfer to jar. You can use it right out of the jar with a cloth or sponge. If it dries out, mix in a tiny bit of water. After cleaning, if there is any baking soda residue remaining, whip out the All-Purpose Spray and it will clean it up right away.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

  • 16oz squirt bottle
  • 1/3 cup Castile Soap
  • 1 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 10-20 drops (total) essential oils

In a bowl, mix baking soda, soap and water with a fork until smooth. After mixing these ingredients, THEN mix in the vinegar, and THEN the essential oils. Again, if this one is done out of order as well, you will end up with goo. If it is too thick to funnel into a bottle, you may add a little water to thin it out. Good essential oils for this one are Lemon, Eucalyptus, and/or Pine. Shake well before using. Squirt the cleaner inside the toilet, and don’t forget to spray on and under the rim. Scrub with a toilet brush or rag. Rinse with the All-Purpose Spray if needed.

Scented Baking Soda

  • Shaker Bottles, 6 or 8oz
  • 1lb box baking soda
  • 10 drops (total) essential oils

Mix baking soda and essential oils with a fork. Pour into shaker bottles, and place one in each bathroom or under each sink in the house.

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(NOW essential oils, above)

Well, that’s all I have for you right now. But before we go, a bit about the Castile soap. Detergents are usually created from polluting petroleum. True liquid Castile soaps are made from basic vegetable oils which are a renewable and clean resource. Detergents tend to sud up wonderfully, but it takes a lot more rinsing, wastes water, and more importantly, your time! So, when you are looking for non-petroleum based soap, look for the words “vegetable oil based soap” or “Castile soap”.

Credit where it’s due;

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