My DIY Household Cleaning Supply Recipes

The combination of baking soda, white vinegar, and powerful essential oils really helps keep harmful bacteria at bay. I know, it’s hard to replace the items that you feel are protecting your family from germs, like bleach and antibacterial spray like Lysol.

Trust me, getting over this programming is not as easy as it might seem.

Admittedly, I had a hard time with it in the beginning. Smelling vinegar in the place of bleach after cleaning your house might not scream “THIS PLACE IS CLEAN” to you at first. But the vinegar smell goes away as soon as it dries, and the wonderful essential oil aroma acts as an air freshener afterwards.

The way that Essential Oils work is not only by eliminating potentially harmful germs and bacteria, but by giving your immune system the support that it needs to fight them off all by itself.

Contained within these remarkable essential oils are cold-pressed, fully in-tact nutrients that are absorbed by our bodies in several different ways.
When we inhale them via aromatherapy, the nutrients are being absorbed by our lungs directly into our blood stream.

When we use them for cleaning, their residue provides extended immune support because the nutrients are still in-tact on our ever-so-sparkly-and-clean surfaces in the home.

White vinegar is a powerful cleaner all by itself, it can even kill some strains of E. coli. Baking soda is fantastic as well, firstly due to its abrasive tecture’s ability to scrub away even the toughest soup scum. Secondly because it’s great at neutralizing odors, and non-toxic.

For all surfaces (other than wood) –
1/4 c White Vinegar
30-40 drops Lemon, Lime, Orange, or Grapefruit Essential Oil (any variation or combination of these citrus oils works great, and it’s fun to switch up the scent of the cleaner too)
Water (as much as it takes to fill up the rest of your container)

Antibacterial Spray –
Thieves oil – 40 drops of Clove Essential Oil, 35 drops of Lemon Essential Oil, 20 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil, 15 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil, 10 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil (recipe provided by Natural-Aromatherapy-Benefits)
1/4 c White Vinegar
Water

Window Cleaner –
1/4 c White Vinegar
Water
(Trust me, these are all the ingredients you need. It takes a bit longer for the concoction to dry on the window or mirror, which means a little more elbow grease to avoid streaks. But it completely removes any spots or marks, and if dried correctly looks just as flawless as using Windex)
Toilet and Tub Cleaner-
I use Baking Soda when I would normally use Comet in all of my cleaning, whether it’s the sink, tub, or toilet.
What I do is spray the surface with my antibacterial Thieves mixture, sprinkle Baking Soda over the top, and add even more Lemon or Lime E.O. before scrubbing.

Wood Cleaner –
¼ c White Vinegar
20-30 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil
A splash of Olive Oil

I am thoroughly satisfied with all of these recipes, and I also enjoy switching them up time to time! It’s a great way to have fun with a seemingly monotonous chore, and my house and our health is benefiting from it which makes me even more happy.

References
The Thieves Oil Recipe. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.natural-aromatherapy-benefits.com/thievesoilrecipe.html