Are you looking to replace some of the chemical cleaning products in your home? Not sure where to start? Have a read for 3 great recipes to lessen your toxic load, reduce your plastics and create a greener home.
Although I have been using essential oils for years, I had not used them in my household cleaning. I had heard that there were workshops being run that would show you how to replace some of the nasty household cleaning products with effective natural solutions. I had to find out more…how could I make my own natural cleaning products?
So, it led me to Doterra Essential Oils. Providers of high quality, ethically sourced oils that were suitable for multiple purposes (including ingestion) and they also provide a huge array of tools on how to use the oils. You can purchase oils directly or sign up to become a member too.
With this new knowledge, I could now make my own natural cleaning products, better for the home environment, reducing my plastics and supporting my family’s wellbeing
All essential oils are suitable to use on cleaning products, though some are more effective for anti-bacterial purposes. In the ingredients list below I have provided the oils that I have used, but you are free to explore the range of oils or have a look at any of the oils on the Doterra Website.
These 3 recipes
I have listed the ingredients with links on where to purchase, I do make a few pennies from any items purchased, but they are all ingredients that I have used and am happy to recommend. You are of course, more than welcome to purchase from other suppliers.
This is a great universal cleaner, I use it in the kitchen, shower and bathrooms and it has brought my glass hob up like new!
Using a funnel in the top of your glass bottle add in your
This is such a simple idea, you will love it
Simply add all the ingredients into the bottle, shake and spray. This is a great one to get the kids to make, they can even choose which oils they like the smell of. I now have one upstairs and downstairs and for the
Time needed: 10 minutes.
Mix the bicarbonate of soda and citric acid in a large bowl, add in the essential oil and combine.
Spray water using the misting spray onto the mixture slowly. Mix together with a wooden spoon or spatula until it starts to come together. It needs to have the consistency of fine sand that will hold together in a clump.
Using a spoon scoop the mixture into your moulds, press down very firmly with the back of the spoon or your fingers. Allow drying for at least 2 hours or overnight if possible. When ready, pop the bombs out of the mould and store in your glass airtight jar.
CAUTION – If you add too much water you will activate the bicarb and the mixture will start to froth! So slow and steady when spraying in the water.
Pop into your toilet and allow them to fizz, leaving for at least 5 minutes before you clean the toilet with a toilet brush.
If you would like to run your own workshop then get in touch, I am happy to create a workshop just for you. Workshops will be covering a multitude of uses of essential oils, you can check out the workshops currently running on the booking site.
You can read about more uses for essential oils in more of our blogs, check out the one on allergies, it has some top tips
Author of Mindful Parenting – 40 Mindful Moments to Share with your children. Rachel is the owner of Harmonia Therapies, a wellbeing centre and also founder of Buddha Buddies, where she teaches baby and kids massage and yoga. She loves all things Mindful and is working on the journey to becoming a more Mindful Parent. Being more environmentally friendly is just one step on the path.