How to Make Your Own Household Cleaner

Making your own cleaners is a great way to save money and to ensure that you are not using products filled with low quality toxic ingredients. The key ingredient to making natural cleaning products is high quality essential oils. Poor quality essential oils or adulterated oils lack the therapeutic benefit of good quality oils.

Watch out for words such as “fragrance oil”, “perfume oil”, and “nature identical oil”, as these terms can indicate impure oil. Also be cautious of the term “pure essential oil” as it is overused the aromatherapy industry. Quality oils are sold in small amounts (4oz or smaller) and should be in dark colored glass. Typically organic oils are superior to non-organic oils.

A great book to use as a guide to essential oils and aromatherapy is The Fragrant Pharmacy by Valerie Ann Worwood. It talks about using essential oils to prevent illness and to alleviate common symptoms such as headaches, as well as how to make household cleaning and beauty products from essential oils while avoiding chemical pollution of our bodies and our environment.

All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe

This is a very basic recipe for making your own safe and effective surface cleaner that kills bacteria and other germs while leaving your home smelling fresh and clean. It can be used on any surface that you would use a water-based solution such as in your bathroom and kitchen. It is also great for cleaning children’s toys and highchairs. The oils in this recipe have antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties!

Distilled Water

Lavender essential oil

Thyme essential oil

Tea tree essential oil

For a small spray bottle that holds approximately 1/2 liter of distilled water add 3-4 drops of each essential oil. Add an extra drop or two of the scent you would like to be more predominant.

Cleaning Instructions: Spray your natural cleaner generously on desired surface and wipe/clean with a damp cloth. This spray will help keep your cloth germ free and smelling good as well.


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