Stain Removers

Fabrics and Upholstery

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • White vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Toothpaste, not the gel kind

1. Apply a small amount of your stain remover of choice from above onto the marker stain using a clean cloth. Dab the stain rather than scrubbing the stain to prevent it from going deeper into the fabric.
2. Repeat until the stain disappears.

Wood Furniture

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Toothpaste, not the gel kind

1. Apply a small amount of your stain remover of choice onto the marker stain.
2. Allow it to sit for about 5 minutes and then remove with a wet cloth.
3. Repeat until the stain disappears.

Furniture polish

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 10 drops wild orange

Add ingredients to a mason jar and mix well. Add a dime-size amount to a cloth and rub on furniture to remove smudges and dust. It adds a nice, shiny, protective layer.

Stains on WALLS

  • 1 tablespoon castile soap
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 gallon warm water
  • Lemon essential oil, optional

1. Apply a small amount of your stain remover of choice onto the marker stain using a clean cloth.
2. Allow it to sit for about 5 minutes and then remove with a wet cloth.
3. Repeat until the stain disappears.

DO YOU HAVE HARD WATER?

Here some useful info about how to find out if you do and whether it’s best to use castile soap or sal suds as your natural soap element for cleaning.

The Test to see if you have hard water or not…

Fill a clear glass with tap water.
Squirt in some true soap, such as Castile Liquid Soap.
If the soap turns cloudy as it enters the water, you have hard water. If the soap swirls around but stays pretty much clear, you don’t.

The reaction of castile soap with the minerals in the water leaves behind an insoluble film that’s commonly called “soap scum”. Soap scum is not actually soap that remains, but a precipitate of minerals. If you do not have hard water, castile soap is ideal.

If you have hard water – use sal suds in place of castile soap. This is our biodegradable household cleaner which doesn’t react with hard water. It rinses cleanly and leave surfaces sparkling. No more film on the tub or towels! For it’s multitude of uses, see the Sal Suds Dilution Cheat Sheet.

Remedies if you have hard water:

If you have hard water, there are a couple ways you’ll see the effects.

Laundry: Hard water doesn’t rinse the soap off as well.

Remedy: Add ½ to 1 cup of vinegar to your rinse cycle.

Shiny bathroom surfaces: Hard water leaves soap scum (ring around the tub).

Remedy: Wipe surfaces dry, and clean once or twice a week with a 50% vinegar spray. 50% water

Hair: Hard water can make hair stiff and a little tacky feeling.

Remedy: Use a slightly acidic rinse after you wash your hair with soap such as 50% apple cider vinegar solution, or a couple capfuls of the Dr. Bronner’s Hair Rinse diluted in a cup of water.

Dishwashing Liquid with Castile Soap

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Liquid Castile Soap (use sal suds if you have hard water)
  • 1 tbsp Washing Soda – to thicken the soap
  • 5 drops of tea tree oil, lemon or lavender oil (optional)
  • 16-ounce spray bottle (reuse an old one)

Add essential oil and castile soap to spray bottle and top off with water. You can add 1 tablespoon to a sink of warm water or spray one time on each dish to wash individually.

Dishwasher tablets (Makes 3 ice cube trays)

  • 1 cup washing soda
  • ½ cup sodium percarbonate (oxygen bleach)
  • ¼ cup citric acid
  • 20 drops essential oil (lemon, lime, grapefruit, DoTerra on guard)
  • 2 tbsps water (only if you plan on filling ice cube trays)
  • 3 ice cube trays

1. Add washing soda, sodium percarbonate and citric acid to bowl
2. Add citrus essential oil/s, then mix and use spoon or spatula to break up any clumps
3. Spray water into mixture, stirring as you add the water. Don’t add the water too quickly or the washing soda and citric acid will fizz and react too much – slower is better
4. Stop adding the water once the mixture is the consistency of slightly damp sand. The mixture should clump together when you squeeze it but fall apart if you drop the clump into the bowl. If it’s too wet, don’t worry, you can add more washing soda to dry it out. If it’s not wet enough, spritz it with a little more water.
5. Scoop the mixture into the ice-cube tray and scrape off excess. Use the back of a spoon and your fingers to firmly press the mixture into the mould
6. Leave the tablets to dehydrate completely and harden. This will take 2-3 days until the powder has hardened in the trays. Any excess powder can be kept in an airtight container and shaken every week or so to stop it hardening. Use this loose powder while you are waiting for the cubes to dry.
7. When they’re completely dry, pop them out of the mould and put them into an airtight container

Laundry soap (powder)

  • 1 laundry soap bar (Castile, Fels Naptha, Zote, Sunlight, Vetiver)
  • 2 cups washing soda
  • 2 cups borax
  • 1 cup bicarb soda or sodium percarbonate (Oxy bleach)
  • 20-30 drops essential oil (optional – Oils of lavender, tea tree, lemon or orange)

1. Finely grate the soap bar using a cheese grater.
2. Add the shredded soap bar, washing soda, and baking soda to a large mixing bowl.
3. Stir until well combined
4. Add in essential oils.
5. Store in an airtight container.

Use 2 tablespoons per load. This soap is safe to use in high-efficiency washers. Store in a half-gallon glass mason jar and keep a tablespoon measuring spoon in the container to make it easy to measure.

Fabric Softener

  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 1 laundry soap bar (Castile, Fels Naptha, Zote, Sunlight, Vetiver)
  • 50 drops essential oils
  • 18 litres water

1. Add 10 litres of water to your bucket, stir in washing soda and borax.
2. Shred soap bar with a cheese grater.
3. Melt soap shreds in 1 cup of water over medium heat. Stir often.
4. Add melted soap to a standard size bucket and stir well.
5. Add essential oils of choice.
6. Add remaining water
7. Let sit overnight and then shake well.
NB: Shake well before each use. Funnel liquid into a large container. Use 1/4 cup per load.

Easy Fabric Softener

  • 2 litres white vinegar
  • 15 – 20 drops essential oil (citrus oils for a pick-me-up, peppermint for an invigorating minty scent or lavender for a relaxing scent or sensitive skin)

1. Shake well before each use and add during the start of the rinse cycle.
Top-Loading Washers
2. Use a ½ cup for small or average loads and ⅔ cup for large loads.
Front loading Washers
3. Use ¼ cup for small or average loads and ⅓ cup for large loads.

Dryer Sheets

  • Cut some cotton cloth like old t shirts into small 5-inch squares. Add 3-5 drops of essential oil to your cloth and throw it into the dryer with your laundry. You can use these cotton dryer sheets for 2 or 3 loads, each time adding 3 more drops of your favourite essential oil. Wash the cloth after a few uses and experiment with a new fragrance.

Note: These homemade dryer sheets do not soften laundry they are mainly for adding scent and reducing static. To soften clothes, use a homemade fabric softener recipe.

  • A ball of aluminium foil in the dryer does wonders for decreasing static! It turns into a nice smooth ball and can be left in the dryer for many loads.
  • Bathroom Cleaner
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp castile soap
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 30 drops tea tree oil
  • 20 drops orange oil
  • Spray bottle 16 ounce

Carpet Cleaning Solution

You can make a homemade carpet cleaning solution if you are using a carpet cleaning machine.

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 teaspoon castile soap
  • 10 drops lavender essential oils (optional)
  • warm water

1. Add the ingredients (everything but the water) to the bottom of the carpet cleaner.
2. Top off with warm water.
3. Use as directed.
NOTES: It is always suggested to test a small area of carpet before doing a large area. I suggest doing this in a corner or in a closet, if possible.
Toothpaste

  • 1 drop castile liquid soap
  • 1 drop peppermint oil
  • Dollop coconut oil
  • A dropper

Add these onto your toothbrush directly using a dropper and brush teeth as normal

Simple Hand Sanitiser Gel

  • ¼ cup Aloe Vera gel
  • 20 drops Essential oil
  • Pump bottle

1. Store it in a dark glass container.
2. For essential oil, you may choose lavender, geranium, rosemary or tea-tree. They are anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-microbial.
To make a spray version, don’t add aloe vera – just witch hazel, distilled water and essential oil.

Hand Sanitiser Gel

  • 2/3 cup witch hazel (more gentle) or rubbing alcohol (60% or above)
  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel (or Glycerin as a substitute)
  • 15 drops Essential oils
  • 1 tsp fractionated coconut oil (optional)
  • Empty gel container

1. Add all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Stir them together until everything is well combined.
2. Using a small funnel, transfer the mixture into an empty container. You can save an old hand sanitizer gel container or buy empty ones on amazon.

Hand Sanitizer Spray

  • 2 tablespoon witch hazel (more gentle) or rubbing alcohol (60% or above)
  • 15 drops DoTerra On guard essential oil blend or 3 drops each of wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary.
  • 1 tsp fractionated coconut oil (optional)
  • 2-ounce glass spray bottle

1. Add all the ingredients to the spray bottle.
2. Top off with water.
3. Shake well before each use.
4. Spray on hands and rub together. Or spray on a surface and wipe.

Detoxifying Foot Bath Recipe

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  • 1/4 cup Epsom Salt
  • 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon carrier oil (fractionated coconut, sweet almond, olive, grapeseed or jojoba oil)
  • 10-15 drops essential oil

1. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a medium-size mixing bowl.
2. Add in the wet ingredients and stir until well combined.
3. Pour into 2 gallons of warm water.

You can soak feet in the bathtub or by using a small tub or container just large enough for your feet. Fill the tub with very warm water and add 1/2 cup of detoxifying foot bath to the water. Stir to mix. Soak feet for 20-30 minutes, pat dry and apply moisturiser.