It's time to get back into the spring of things.
We don’t know about you but now that spring is finally in the air, we are actually feeling a little anxious to start cleaning. There is something that feels very therapeutic yet exciting about clearing away all of the things that you no longer have a need for and opening your windows to let in the fresh air after a long winter.
To get you inspired, we have collected our top most useful DIY cleaning recipes for the home! They are easy to make and guaranteed to get the job done–naturally of course. Regular store-bought cleaners tend to be full of synthetics and chemicals, making them harmful for both your family and the environment. On the other hand, our natural cleaners are just as effective and much safer.
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All Purpose Cleaner
The first recipe is an all-purpose spray that is great for wiping down everyday surfaces like countertops, tables, furniture and anything else that needs a quick clean. This recipe is suitable for a variety of finishes including stainless steel, wood, tile and plastic. Avoid letting your mixture sit or scrubbing your surface abrasively, as this cleaner may wear down the finish.
In this all-purpose cleaner, you'll find Lemon essential oil as it is a fantastic cleaning agent, especially when it comes to cutting grease or sticky substances. Lavender is antibacterial and will also add a light floral scent. Together, this powerful combination of essential oils will leave your home clean and fresh.
You'll also find Liquid Castile Soap which is an all-natural (and biodegradable) household staple. Not only does it clean, but it also acts as an emulsifier to help combine your essential oils and water together. Adding an emulsifier such as castile soap or Epsom salt may also help preserve the life of your spray bottles which can deteriorate over time due to the potency of your essential oils.
- 2 tbsp Liquid Castile Soap
- 20 drops Lemon essential oil
- 10 drops Lavender essential oil
- 500 ml Aluminum Spray Bottle
Combine ingredients in your spray bottle and fill the rest with water. Give your mixture a good shake before using it. Spray and wipe surfaces with a cloth.
Creamy Scouring Scrub
Our second go-to cleaner is a creamy scouring scrub that you can use on sinks, tubs, tiles, hard to scrub dishes and even your oven. All you need are three simple ingredients and away you go!
We used Orange essential oil for this recipe because of its natural disinfectant properties and because it smells so fresh and energizing. Baking soda is another key component to this recipe because it neutralizes any lurking odours and has a mildly abrasive texture that is awesome for removing stubborn grime.Supplies:
- 1 Cup of Baking Soda
- 5 tbsp of Liquid Castile Soap
- 10 drops of Orange essential oil (Lavender, Tea Tree and Peppermint essential oils are also great options)
- 300 ml PET Plastic Jar
In your jar, mix the ingredients together until they form a creamy paste. Apply the mixture to your surface and use a scouring pad or brush to scrub. If necessary, let the mixture sit on the surface for 15-20 minutes so it can work its magic before scrubbing away. Finish with using a damp cloth to wipe away any paste.
If there’s one thing we all dread, it’s cleaning toilets. But have no fear, this fizzing bomb will leave your toilets smelling fresh and looking sparkly.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca) essential oil has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which fight bacteria, making it one of the best oils to use in household cleaners.
- Silicone Mould
- 1 cup Baking Soda
- ¼ cup Citric Acid
- ¼-1 tablespoon Liquid Castile Soap (we prefer unscented)
- 5 drops Tea Tree
- 10 drops Lemon
*You can also use 15 drops of Cleansing Blend if you have. Feel free to add in Peppermint or Spearmint essential oil for a hint of minty freshness.
- In a bowl, combine baking soda & citric acid
- Slowly add ¼ tbsp of liquid castile soap and essential oils to the dry ingredients, stirring as you go. The mixture should resemble the consistency of wet sand. Continue to add ¼ tbsp increments of castile soap if you find the mixture is too dry.
- Next, tightly pack the mixture into your silicone mould. Let it sit overnight until dry and hard.
- Remove the pods from the mould and store them an airtight container.
- To use, drop one pod into your toilet bowl and watch as it comes to life. Once it has begun to dissolve, use a toilet brush and give it a quick swish. It’s so easy & smells great!
Glass & Mirror Cleaner
Your spring cleaning arsenal is not complete until you have a hard-working glass cleaner. It’s time to see clearly again and finally wipe away all of the dirt, dust, and residue that has accumulated over the course of winter.
- Add 1/3 cup Rubbing Alcohol
- ½ cup White Vinegar
- 1 tbsp Cornstarch
- ½ - 1 tsp of Natural Dishwashing Soap or Liquid Castile Soap
- 5 drops citrus essential oil (you choose)
- 500mL spray bottle
Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and top with water. Give your mixture a good shake, spray your surface, and wipe with a microfiber cloth in a circular motion.
All of the ingredients work together to create a mixture that disinfects, shines, and quickly evaporates to prevent streaks. We have added soap as an emulsifier to help combine your ingredients and prevent your spray bottle mechanism from clogging.
Next on the list are carpets which tend to harvest unwanted odours and dirt–especially if you have pets. This recipe is a great way to freshen up your space!
- 10 drops Tea Tree
- 10 drops Wild Orange
- ¾ cup of Baking Soda
- 180 ml Shaker Bottle
Combine ingredients in your shaker bottle and sprinkle on your carpet. Let it sit for at least 20-40 minutes before vacuuming it up. You can also use a glass jar and poke holes in the lid.
Last but not least, you can't forget about the floors! You'd be surprised at how dirty they can get over time. This floor cleaner will help remove sticky stains, dirt, and dust.
- 1 C Warm Water
- 1 C White Vinegar
- ½ tbsp Natural Dish Soap
- 10 drops Orange essential oil
You can use this recipe in whatever way works best for you but we love to make our own Swiffer pads with an old cotton t-shirt or piece of fabric that you can just toss in the wash and reuse. Feel free to mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and mist the pad or floor before wiping. If you prefer to use a traditional mop, go for it! We suggest duplicating this recipe several times to cover large surfaces.
These are all the cleaning products that we ever really need to keep our homes sparkling clean without having a cupboard full of chemicals.
Stay tuned for an upcoming blog post on quick & simple ways to remove toxins from your home, gardening with essential oils and more!
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Happy Spring Cleaning!