Living a less toxic lifestyle was not my original goal when I began my journey into oils.
It was more of a pleasant and huge money saving side affect. I remember thinking one day when I was in the shower scrubbing the walls with 409 cleaner and coughing me head off. I bet I am going to realize that there is a better way. Not only was it all amazingly freeing to be able to clean and not have any chemical side effects. But it is amazingly cost effective. Saving us hundreds of dollars last year alone.
I have always known that baking soda and vinegar are great cleaners. Adding the oils is amazing the house smells so fresh and clean. I realize not everyone loves vinegar and you can replace hydrogen peroxide in most places. I am doing this in several parts. You will notice all these amazing recipes below are for cleaners. We will be doing a refreshers and a room spray blog as well.
So most of the items you need to make home made cleaners can be found in any store. I personally buy my baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and salt at Sams club. I get Castile Soap at Sprouts. It comes in a big bottle and lasts forever.
10 Ways to Spring Clean with Lemon
If you’ve been feeling the itch to get some spring cleaning done, you may notice some areas of your home have been neglected for far too long. Luckily, doTERRA Lemon oil can help make cleaning those long-forgotten nooks and crannies easier. Here are 10 ways you can use Lemon to clean your home.
1. Microwave—Microwaves are notorious for being tough to clean, especially after mishaps involving spaghetti sauce or tomato soup. To ease the pain of cleaning, simply microwave a cup filled with water and a few drops of Lemon, then wipe clean!
2. Dishwasher—Pour distilled vinegar into a dish and add 5–10 drops of Lemon oil. Place this dish in your empty dishwasher and run on high.
3. Stove Top—Lemon oil makes cleaning one of the dirtiest areas of the kitchen easy. Add vinegar and Lemon to a spray bottle, and watch the grime disappear!
4. Appliances—From dust to greasy food spills, appliances collect more dirt than you might think. A simple solution of Lemon oil, water, and vinegar will help you clean toasters, refrigerators, mixers, and more.
5. Garbage disposal—If you’ve been smelling something funky coming from your sink, it might be time to clean the garbage disposal. This DIY for Lemon disposal refreshers should help!
6. Ceiling Fan—Fan blades collect dust at turbo speeds and cling to them for as long as you let them. To avoid choking on dust bunnies while cleaning your ceiling fans, spray the inside of an old pillow case with a Lemon/water mixture and loop the fabric around each blade.
7. Washing Machine—Run a mixture of Lemon oil, baking soda, vinegar, and water through your empty machine on the hottest setting to break up dirt build-up and mildew. Scrub any excess with a sponge, then run the machine again with fresh water.
8. Trash Cans—Regularly cleaning out trash cans can eliminate odor. For indoor trash cans, spray the inside and outside of each can with a mixture of water, Lemon oil, and vinegar, then scrub with a sponge.
9. Windows and Windowsills—The same mixture of Lemon oil, water, and vinegar in a spray bottle that you’ve been using all around the house will do wonders for your windows and windowsills. Simply spray glass and wipe with a clean cloth or paper towel, then move onto ledges and sills with a toothbrush or damp sponge.
10. Air Vents—One of the most overlooked areas to keep clean in your home is the air you breathe! Clean vents with a sponge dipped in warm water, vinegar and Lemon oil to help eliminate allergens and dust from filling the air around you.
Lemon oil acts as a powerful cleaning agent and the possibilities are truly endless! Share this post and let us know how you like to clean with Lemon oil.
Essential Soft Scrub Recipe
¾ rounded cup baking soda
¼ cup liquid Castile soap
1 tablespoon distilled water
8 drops Lemon essential oil
5 drops Lime essential oil
In a bowl, combine baking soda and Castile soap with a wire whisk.
Stir in water.
Add essential oils and whisk until smooth. Consistency should be a soft paste.
Store in an air tight container out of the sun.
Stove Top Cleaner
¼ cup baking soda
¼ cup table salt
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons water
4–5 drops of Purify Cleansing Blend
Stir all ingredients together until they form a paste and spread it over the stove top and burners.
Leave it on for 15 minutes or longer for hard to remove stains.
Using a sponge, scrub the mixture into the grime.
Remove excess cleaner and wipe surface clean.
DIY: Soft Scrub Cleanser
Cleaning the bathroom is not an experience people look forward to very often. Being stuck in a small closed space with harsh chemicals not only makes it hard to breathe, but can also be hazardous to your health.
The next time you clean your bathroom, why not try mixing up an effective cleaner with many ingredients you already have at home. It still might not be your favorite household chore, but you will at least have a clean bathroom and non-toxic cleaning products to make the job a little easier to handle.
Soft Scrub for Bath, Tile, and Toilet
Make in small batches and store in an airtight container. This is enough for two to four applications. This soft scrub is excellent for getting rid of soap scum, removing stains, and brightening your tile and toilet. To use, just apply and let it sit for 5-10 minutes and then scrub. Once done scrubbing, take a wet cloth and wipe clean.
3/4 rounded cup baking soda
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon vinegar
5-10 drops Lemon essential oil
Editor’s note: Liquid castile soap is a vegetable-based soap commonly found in health food stores. Dr. Bronner’s is a popular one. Look for unscented. This scrub is also great to use to help clean your kitchen sink, refrigerator, or tile floors.
In bowl, combine baking soda and castile soap.
Add water and stir.
Add vinegar and essential oil. The consistency should be a soft paste.
Store in airtight container.
Add ingredients directly to partially drained bowl. As it reacts, scrub toilet.
Note: This combination is intended for one use at a time.
DIY: Glass Cleanser with Lemon Essential Oil
Chemicals in cleaning supplies can be hazardous to your health and the environment. Take the risk out of household cleaners by making your own cleaners at home. They’re affordable, easy, eco-friendly, and more effective than store-bought cleaners.
16-ounce spray bottle
1 1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup distilled water
8 drops of any citrus oil of your choice (could use Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Wild Orange, or a combination)
Add vinegar, water, and essential oil(s) to spray bottle and shake. You are ready to clean!
DIY: Powder Cleanser with Lemon Essential Oil
Deep cleaning doesn’t have to mean hours of scrubbing on your hands and knees. This powdered cleanser makes it easy to clean even the grimiest of surfaces with little to no work. Just sprinkle on the surface, walk away for 15-30 minutes, and then wipe clean. It’s that easy!
2 cups borax
1 cup baking soda
½ cup citric acid
½ cup kosher salt
20 drops Lemon essential oil
Note: Although borax is natural, it can be toxic when ingested and should be kept away from children and pets. If you are concerned about using borax, you can omit it.
Combine all ingredients into a large bowl and stir until combined.
Store in a large shaker bottle.
To use, dampen surface and sprinkle powder over area you want to clean.
Let sit for 15-30 minutes. For an extra cleansing boost, spray distilled vinegar on powder and wipe clean.
Tip: Use an old spice or Parmesan cheese shaker as your shaker bottle.
Enjoy your new sparkly-clean surface.
DIY: All-Purpose Spray with Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Wild Orange essential oil
There is no need to pull out your rubber gloves and surgical masks when you clean your home. It might surprise you to know that you can concoct simple and inexpensive non-toxic cleaners from ingredients already lying around your house. Using essential oils to create your own cleaning spray is not only safe on the environment, but is safe for your family as well. This spray is perfect for cleaning hard surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, etc.
16 oz. glass spray bottle
1/4 cup white vinegar
1¾ cups water
30 drops doTERRA essential oil
Recommended essential oil combinations:
15 drops each of Lavender and Lemon
10 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Wild Orange
30 drops doTERRA On Guard®
15 drops each of Grapefruit and doTERRA On Guard
Add all ingredients to spray bottle.
DIY: Wood Polish with Wild Orange Essential Oil
Is your wood furniture starting to look dull and lifeless?
Wood furniture is an investment and it is important to take care of it. Although polishing wood furniture should only be done every couple months, it is important to continually keep it clean by dusting it or wiping it with a damp wet microfiber cloth.
Bring back the shine to your favorite tables, countertops, floors, and more with this simple recipe for homemade wood polish with doTERRA essential oils.
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup vinegar
10 drops doTERRA essential oils (Wild Orange, Arborvitae, or Lemon)
8-ounce glass spray bottle
Add olive oil and vinegar to glass spray bottle.
Add 10 drops of essential oil.
Shake well before each use.
Apply to microfiber cloth and wipe wood surfaces clean. Repeat every 2-3 months or as often as needed.
Don’t want to take the time to make your own…. we have you covered there too!!!!
I hope this has been a fun learning blog for you today.
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