Recipes – Household Cleaning

The Benefits of Using Natural Cleaning Products

  • The benefit of using safer cleaning products is that you’re not exposing your children, your pets, and yourself to the chemicals that can disrupt multiple systems throughout the body and have potentially negative health effects.
  • Many of the chemicals utilized in traditional cleaning products are known to have a biological effect on the body, impacting the hormone, endocrine, respiratory, and immune systems. They can be inflammatory, and/or affect your genes, and/or predispose you to cancer. (Christian Gonzalez, N.D., a naturopathic doctor and non-toxic living expert).
  • It’s already known that cleaning product fumes may trigger attacks in people with asthma, but they can also induce the development of asthma and other respiratory problems in otherwise healthy individuals.
  • Children are far more vulnerable to chemical toxicity, as their bodies are still forming and growing. There are a growing number of childhood illnesses that trace their origin to chemical irritants. Pets are also at risk; when they walk through a freshly washed floor that’s been cleaned with chemicals, they’re likely getting the liquid on their paws and they lick their paws.

The average household will have approximately 250-300 chemicals in the form of cleaning products, garden products, handyman products or detergents. Some of these chemicals have such severe acute toxicity, they necessitate treatment in the emergency department for chemical burns or accidental ingestion. A medical colleague of Dr Sandra Cabot who specialised in autopsy, told her that the most common chemical toxin found in cadavers was detergent.

We are exposed to an overwhelming number of chemicals/ toxins every day which enter our body via ingestion, inhalation or absorption through the skin.

  • Disinfectants: Often contain ethanol, formaldehyde, chlorine and ammonia and can cause organ damage and depression.
  • Multipurpose cleaning products: Linked to dermatitis, rashes and chemical burns.
  • Carpet cleaners: Can cause loss of appetite and dizziness in the short-term, and liver and central nervous system (CNS) damage in the long-term. Perchloroethylene, often found in carpet cleaners is a known human carcinogen.
  • Air fresheners: Purposefully sprayed into a confined space, the aerosolised particles enter the blood stream quickly through the lungs and can cause nerve deadening and release chemicals inside the body that can damage the heart muscle. They can also cause allergic lung reactions.
  • Chemical perfumes: The contents of a parfum or fragrance in any commercial product including the fire-retardant materials in your sofas and in your clothes do not have to be included on the ingredients label. Therefore, it is free license to manufacturers to add whichever chemicals they like. Avoid products which have these labels on the ingredients Even products advertised as “green,” “natural,” or “organic” emitted as many hazardous chemicals as standard ones

RECIPES

Essential Oils are mentioned in most recipes however, they are optional and preferential

Floor cleaner

  • 7 litres hot water
  • 2 tbsp castile soap
  • 5 drops pine/tea tree or essential oil of choice

Gentle cleanser with soap 

Gentle cleanser for any household surface

  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 2 tbsp castile soap
  • 15 drops essential oil (e.g. lavender, mint, tea tree, orange)
  • Spray bottle

All-purpose cleaner with vinegar 

You can use it on the counters, bathroom vanities, kitchen surfaces, floors, and even mirrors; it doesn’t streak!

  • 16-ounce glass spray bottle
  • 8-ounces vinegar
  • 20-25 drops lemon essential oil
  • Distilled water
  1. Add essential oil and vinegar to a glass spray bottle and top off with water

All-in-one purpose cleaner

Use it in the bathroom, on your kitchen counters, on your walls, and on your appliances for a thorough, all-natural clean! 

  1. Add the borax, washing soda, and castile soapto the glass bottle.
  2. Pour two cups of hot water into the bottle and shake well to incorporate the ingredients.
  3. After mixing, remove the top and add the essential oils to the spray bottle. Replace the top, then shake lightly again.
  4. This spray is perfect for cleaning up greasy smears and smudges. The washing soda cuts through tough grease, and the essential oils will add a beautiful shine.

Toilet bowl cleaner

  1. Add essential oils and vinegar to spray bottle and top off with water.
  2. Spray in the toilet and let the mixture sit for a few minutes.
  3. Sprinkle with baking soda and then scrub with a toilet brush.
  4. This takes away that nasty ring, leaves a sparkling bowl, and eliminates odours.
  5. Try these DIY toilet cleaning bombsfor hands-off cleaning!

DIY toilet cleaning bombs

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup citric acid
  • 1 tablespoon liquid soap
  • 30 drops essential oils (lemon or wild orange)
  • Bath bomb moulds or silicone moulds
  • Spray bottle
  1. Mix the baking soda and citric acid together in a mixing bowl and stir well.
  2. Add essential oils in the bowl and mix well.
  3. Pour the liquid soap into a spray bottle and mist the powder mixture with it. You want to get the mixture wet enough that it holds together when you squeeze it together, but not soaked.
  4. Press the mixture into a small bath bomb or silicon mould.
  5. Allow the mixture to completely dry overnight or until harden.
  6. Pop the toilet cleaning bomb out of the mould and store in an airtight container or bag.

7 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Mould in a Shower

 1. Clean Mould in the Shower with Pure Vinegar

Vinegar contains a mild acid, which makes it a fantastic option for all sorts of cleaning tasks. It cleans silver and other metals, it works on dirty clothes, and it’s an excellent choice when you want to kill mould and mildew.

Clean Mould with Vinegar

  • 1 pair of rubber gloves
  • Cleaning cloth or sponge
  • 1 small scrub brush or old toothbrush
  • 1 spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  1. Fill the spray bottle with vinegar. Wearing the gloves, spray the affected area with the vinegar solution until it is damp but not saturated. Let it sit for a few minutes and wipe the area clean.
  2. The mould should lift away. For stubborn mould, spray it until damp, allow it to sit, and then scrub the area with the brush. Wipe the scrubbed spots clean.

2. Clean Mould with Vinegar and Baking Soda

If pure vinegar doesn’t get rid of your mould in the bathroom, you can add baking soda to clean your tub. Baking soda, also called bicarbonate of soda, reacts with the vinegar and produces an energetic cleaning action. Cleaning mould with vinegar and baking soda is ideal for all types of surfaces in the bathroom, kitchen, basement, and on your deck outside. Even if you don’t have a mould problem, vinegar and baking soda are an ideal cleaning solution.

Vinegar and Baking Soda Solution

  • 1 spray bottle
  • Vinegar
  • 1 pair of rubber gloves
  • Scrub pad or brush
  • 3 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup of water
  1. Fill the spray bottle with vinegar. Combine the water and baking soda into a thick paste, and paint it on all mouldy spots. Spray the paste with vinegar and scrub until the mould is gone.
  2. Rinse and dry the tile and grout. You can use this DIY shower sprayto clean your sinks and toilet bowl and get mould off, as well!

3. Knock Out your Shower Mould with Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is an antifungal agent and cuts right through your mould problem. Peroxide attacks mould and bubbles it away – you can apply peroxide to clean mould in the bathroom if vinegar doesn’t do the job. This recipe shows you how to get rid of black mould in shower tiles and curtains safely and efficiently with peroxide.

Remove Mould with Hydrogen Peroxide

  • 1 spray bottle
  • 1 part hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 parts water
  • 1 pair of rubber gloves
  • Cleaning pad
  1. Combine water and peroxide in the spray bottle. Spray the solution on affected spots, and let it sit for a few minutes. Scrub the places with the pad, rinse, and dry. Wear old clothes when using peroxide, as peroxide spills can stain.
  2. If you recently replaced the grout in your tile, you may have leftover residue on your tiles. Cleaning grout hazeis easy with this peroxide and water recipe. Wipe the solution on the tiles to remove grout haze and leave your tiles shining again.

4. Clean your Shower Tiles with Vinegar and Dish Soap

Dish soap is another versatile cleaning product you can use on all kinds of grime and toxic mould. When you combine it with vinegar, it gets even more powerful. This recipe is especially useful because it incorporates tea tree oil – it not only is tops at removing mould but also leaves your shower doors and tiles smelling fresh.

Vinegar and Dish Soap Recipe

  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp liquid dish soap
  • 15 drops tea tree or other essential oil
  • Spray bottle
  • 1 pair of rubber gloves
  • Scrubbing pad
  1. Mix the water, vinegar, and oil in the spray bottle. Apply the solution to all areas that need cleaning. Let it sit for at least five minutes, and then scrub, rinse with hot water, and dry.
  2. To keep your shower mould-free, spray your shower walls and shower curtain with the solution every day. This recipe can also be effective as a house wash solutionto rid your home of mould and grime.

5. Clean Mould in Shower Grout Naturally with Borax

Borax is a step up from vinegar or peroxide. If you need to know how to clean your shower head or clothes, look no further than Borax. It cuts through grease and dirt with ease, and it makes a superior bathroom-mould cleaning solution, too.

Borax Mould Cleaner

  • 1 pair of rubber gloves
  • 1 gallon of water
  • 1 cup Borax
  1. Mix the water and Borax in the spray bottle. Spray any mould, and let it sit. You don’t have to rinse Borax off, so it keeps working for a long time.
  2. Use the solution as an after-shower spray to prevent mould growth.

6. Step up Your Mould Cleaning with Bleach

Sometimes you need to bring out the potent agents to get rid of mould. When your mould shrugs off vinegar, peroxide, or Borax, you can turn to bleach. Bleach is a strong disinfectant. It’s so powerful that the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends cleaning flooded homes with it for mould remediation. You can harness that power for shower mould removal.

Mould Cleaning with Bleach

  • 1 part bleach
  • 2 parts water
  • Spray bottle
  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Respirator
  • Scrub pad or brush
  1. Don all safety gear. Mix the bleach and water and add it to the bottle. Spray the bleach solution on mould stains, let it sit for a few minutes, and scrub. Rinse the area and dry it.
  2. Bleach produces toxic fumes, so make sure that your bathroom has adequate ventilation. Turn on the exhaust fan and open all windows. If you are not sure if your bathroom has sufficient ventilation, use the respirator.

7. Big Guns – Beat Your Mould with Bleach and Baking Soda

As a last resort before reaching for the commercial cleaners, consider trying bleach and baking soda. Baking soda cleans, and bleach disinfects – the two cleaning products combine to make the best homemade grout cleaner you’ll find and will stop mould growing on tiles. Always make sure that the bathroom is well-ventilated and that the bathroom fan is running when you use this product. Wear old clothes and all safety gear, including the respirator if needed.

Bleach and Baking Soda Solution to Get Rid of Mould

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup bleach
  • Paintbrush
  • Rubber gloves
  • Respirator
  • Safety glasses
  • Plastic wrap
  1. Pour the baking soda into a container and add the bleach by drops until you have a thick paste. Use the paintbrush to apply the paste to all grout and porous surfaces that need cleaning and cover each painted spot with the plastic wrap.
  2. Wait for a few hours, remove the plastic wrap, and clean off the dried paste. Repeat if needed.
  3. Nobody enjoys having to clean mildew from shower tiles, but a shower free of black mould is vital to your family’s safety. With help from this guide, you can win your next struggle with mould and enjoy a clean bathroom.

Furniture Polish Cream

  1. Place the jojoba oil and beeswax pellets in your pint-sized mason jar. Fill a small saucepan with a few inches of water, then place the mason jar in the pan. Put the saucepan on your stove over low heat, and stir the mixture using a bamboo skewer until the mixture has melted completely.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat, and carefully remove the jar. Add the eucalyptus and lemon essential oils, and mix thoroughly with the skewer.
  3. Let the mixture cool for an hour or two on your counter, then transfer it to an airtight container for storage.

Using Your Homemade Furniture Polish

Before polishing your furniture, make sure it is clean of any dirt, grime, or dust. You don’t want to accidentally trap dust and dirt in your furniture’s finish! When you’re ready, use a soft cloth to apply a small amount of the polish to the surfaces of your wooden furniture. Buff the polish to a shine with another clean, soft cloth.

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

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. 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.

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
  • Saucepan
  • Cheese grator
  • Dish soap container
  1. Pour water into a small saucepan and put it over medium heat.
  2. Shred the soap bar. I use a cheese grater to do this.
  3. Add the soap shreds to the saucepan, stirring often until the soap is melted.
  4. Remove from heat and pour the soapy water into the dish soap container.
  5. Add in sal suds, vegetable glycerin, and essential oils.
  6. 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.

Dishwasher tablets/powder

  • 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)
  1. ​Add washing sodasodium percarbonateand citric acid to bowl
  2. Add citrus essential oil/s, then mix and use spoon or spatula to break up any clumps
  3. For Powder: Pour powder into an airtight container and store
  4. 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
  5. 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
  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)
  • Homemade laundry Powder
  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 2-litre 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(optional – 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

  1. Use a ½ cup for small or average loads and ⅔ cup for large loads.

Front loading Washers

  1. Use ¼ cup for small or average loads and ⅓ cup for large loads.

Dryer Sheets

  1. 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.

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.

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

  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 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.