HOMEMADE DISH SOAP
Make an all-natural dish soap with this simple 3-ingredient recipe. This homemade dish soap cuts grease, suds up, and cleans effectivity.
- 1/4 cup fels naptha soap bar shredded
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup sal suds
- 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin
- 10 drops lemon essential oil, optional
- Cheese grator
- Dish soap container
- Pour water into a small saucepan and put it over medium heat.
- Shred the soap bar. I use a cheese grater to do this.
- Add the soap shreds to the saucepan, stirring often until the soap is melted.
- Remove from heat and pour the soapy water into the dish soap container.
- Add in sal suds, vegetable glycerin, and essential oils.
- Secure lid and shake well until all the ingredients are well combined.
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.
- 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 (if you intend to make tablets only)
- 3 ice cube trays (optional)
- Add washing soda, sodium percarbonateand citric acid to bowl
- Add citrus essential oil/s, then mix and use spoon or spatula to break up any clumps
- For Powder: Pour powder into an airtight container and store
- Only spray water into mixture if you intend to make tablets in the ice cube trays. Do not add if you want a powder version. Avoid adding the water too quickly or the washing soda and citric acid will fizz and react too much – slower is better
- For tablets: 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
- 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.
- 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)
- Homemade laundry Powder
- Finely grate the soap bar using a cheese grater.
- Add the shredded soap bar, washing soda, and baking soda to a large mixing bowl.
- Stir until well combined
- Add in essential oils.
- Store in an airtight container.
Use 2 tablespoons per load. This soap is safe to use in high-efficiency washers. Store in a 2-litre glass mason jar and keep a tablespoon measuring spoon in the container to make it easy to measure.
- 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
- Add 10 litres of water to your bucket, stir in washing soda and borax.
- Shred soap bar with a cheese grater.
- Melt soap shreds in 1 cup of water over medium heat. Stir often.
- Add melted soap to a standard size bucket and stir well.
- Add essential oils of choice.
- Add remaining water
- 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(optional – citrus oils for a pick-me-up, peppermint for an invigorating minty scent or lavender for a relaxing scent or sensitive skin)
- Shake well before each use and add during the start of the rinse cycle.
- Use a ½ cup for small or average loads and ⅔ cup for large loads.
Front loading Washers
- Use ¼ cup for small or average loads and ⅓ cup for large loads.
- 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.
- 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
- Add the ingredients (everything but the water) to the bottom of the carpet cleaner.
- Top off with warm water.
- Use as directed.
NOTE: 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.
- 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
- Store it in a dark glass container.
- 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
- Add all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Stir them together until everything is well combined.
- 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
- Add all the ingredients to the spray bottle.
- Top off with water.
- Shake well before each use.
- 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
- Mix all the dry ingredients together in a medium-size mixing bowl.
- Add in the wet ingredients and stir until well combined.
- Pour into 8 litres 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.
BEST ESSENTIAL OILS FOR LAUNDRY
Lavender – Lavender is a very calming, relaxing essential oil, with a lovely floral smell. This one is my favorite for laundry soap.
Wild Orange – Invigorating, uplifting, and cleansing; wild orange is perfect for your laundry soap. It adds a fresh scent to your clean clothes.
Melalueca – Melaleuca is a purifying and cleansing essential oil. If you ever forgot to put wet laundry straight in the dryer when it is done, add 2-3 drops to the wet clothes and add to the dryer.
Peppermint – If you like a fresh, minty scent, then this will be your oil. Peppermint makes a wonderful scent for your homemade laundry soap.
Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus is a great oil to add to your laundry soap during times of sickness. The oil will freshen clothes and kill germs.
Lemongrass – This citrus oil has an earthy smell and makes a great scent, especially for men.
Roman Chamomile – Another calming essential oil and great for kids. Roman chamomile adds a beautiful floral scent.
Cedarwood – Another one for the men in your life. Cedarwood has a woodsy scent that most men enjoy and it has cleansing properties making it great for your soap.
Patchouli – Either you love it or hate it. I am a patchouli lover and am obsessed with the scent. This is another favorite of mine for laundry.
Jasmine – If you want to smell like a bed of flowers all day, then add jasmine to your laundry soap. Jasmine is very calming and can help with stress and anxious feelings.