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A few years ago I was overhauling the house and getting rid of toxic products in my home.  I started making homemade products with my oils and when I came to my precious cleaning supplies I was skeptical.  Would I really be able to make products that work like windex?  Or what about that lysol smell after my floors are mopped?  What about the toilet bowl?  Yup, I like cleaning toilets too!

I researched recipes and started trying different things.   Let me tell you, I was impressed!  I still get that clean fresh look and smell, without the chemicals.  I use a couple essential oils and a few products to clean my entire house, and it still sparkles.

My Favorite Natural Cleaning Products

VINEGAR- Vinegar is great for cleaning because of its high acidity level.  It can counteract sticky buildup, dissolve soap scum, get rid of brines left by hard water, and cut grease.  Vinegar can also kill salmonella and E.coli, two bacteria you’ll want to kill.
BAKING SODA- Baking soda is great for absorbing odor and removing stains, making it a go to for your natural cleaning.  Baking Soda is a mild alkali and can cause dirt and grease to dissolve easily in water for effective removal.
CASTILE SOAP- Castile soap is gentle, safe, and leaves surfaces squeaky clean. Castile soap is highly concentrated making it cost effective because you only need a little bit each time you clean, and each bottle will last you a long time.

My Favorite Essential Oils for Cleaning
1) Lemon
2) Wild Orange
3) Lime
4) Melaleuca
These essential oils have powerful cleansing and purifying properties.  They can be used to cleanse surfaces, purify the air, and leave behind a pleasant aroma that makes your house smell clean and refreshing.

I keep it simple.  As I am writing this I am looking around to see if I am missing anything, I can’t believe how little I use when it comes to cleaning.  Under my sink where I keep the cleaning supplies is pretty boring but I like it.  I like that my kids can help me clean with out me having to worry about chemical burns or them ingesting it.  I like that the ingredients are healthy and natural. I love that they work!

I am going to share the few recipes I use to clean my entire house, my dish soap recipe, and my favorite DIY foaming hand soap.


When I say ALL purpose, I mean ALL!  This stuff covers it.  You can use it on the counters, bathroom vanities, kitchen surfaces, floors, and even mirrors; it doesn’t streak!

16 ounce glass spray bottle
1/4 cup vinegar
20-25 drops lemon essential oil


Add essential oil and vinegar to spray bottle and top off with water.



Spray bottle or Squirt Bottle
15 drops melaleuca
10 drops lemon


1) Add essential oils and vinegar to spray bottle and top off with water.
2) Spray in toilet and let the mixture sit for a few minutes.
3) Sprinkle with baking soda and then scrub with toilet brush.

This takes away that nasty ring, leaves a sparkling bowl, and eliminates odors.


1/4 cup olive oil
10 drops wild orange


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.


16 ounce spray bottle
1/2 cup castile soap
10 drops wild orange
10 drops lemon
10 drops lime

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.

8 ounce foaming soap dispenser
1/4 cup castile soap
10-15 drops essential oil ( My favorites are lavender, wild orange, lemon, and onguard)


Add essential oil and castile soap to dispenser and top off with water.

Shop the supplies:
16 ounce Glass spray bottle-
Foaming hand soap dispenser-
Squirt Bottle-
Lemon essential oil-
Melaleuca essential oil-
Wild orange essential oil-
Lime essential oil-
Lavender essential oil-
On Guard essential oil-
Castile Soap-

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Laura Atkinson says:

I’m going to try the dish soap!

Harriet Shearsmith says:

Oh this is so helpful, I’m terrible!

SaSSy RareBreed says:

How big is your spray bottle with the lemon vinegar window cleaner? I get the quarter cup of vinegar but how much water are you adding?

Susan Jo S says:

Can one use your “All Purpose Cleaning Spray” on granite? Thanks for these recipes!

Kirsten Sacco says:

I have mold/mildew in my shower. What do you suggest?

Shelly K says:

Just love your YouTube channel. A hint that I learned to making the dish soap and hand soap was to put the water in first then the oils, and castle soap. Then the suds did not spill over the bottle and loose nearly 1/4 of the dish soap. Please keep on sharing your health choices.

Keyla Lipo says:

Love this video!!! I also make these and use them in addition to my Norwex cloths. Do you use Norwex?

Melissa Perry says:

great video!

Arin Rohrbach says:

What do you use if you had raw meat on the counter top?

Deborah Light says:

Hi there could i ask a question about the toilet spray,,could i add the baking soda to the bottle or wouldnt that work? thanks so much Deborah in the UK xxx

Lisa Herger says:

These recipes are great! Do you have a recipe for toilet rim blocks? By which I mean, those blocks you can hang on your toilet so it freshens up with each flush.

J Tea says:

Will you recommend that foaming hand soap dispenser that you’re using?thanks

Susan Bates says:

Money is tight in our household. But I suffer from a rare nerve disease called RSD also known as CRPS. My skin is very sensitive, and I have a very sensitive sense of smell. I have to watch what I use and do. I’ve been buying products from Grove Collaborative for a year. I diffuse essential oils. So much better than those fancy air fresheners. But I buy my oils from Wal-Mart for $5.95. I know that they are not the real thing. I would love to do Doterra oils. I’ve tried them before. And to use nothing but all natural oils to clean with. But is there a way to get started with Doterra a very economical way? Just wondering?

Rita Kessler says:

Thank you so much for the video. I have learned so much from you.

Prakhya's Kitchen says:

Nice tips

mtheron100 says:

Do you spray the dish soap directly on the dishes or pour a little into the water as normal?

Susan Bates says:

Do you have any videos on how to make the wax melts for warmers?? I have Scentsy warmers and buy my wax melts at Wal-Mart. Just because they are so much cheaper and economical than Scentsy.

Rosa Roja says:

Hello. What can I use for the outside of the toilet bowl? Thank you

Dee Sartin says:

I will definitely try these! Tfs

Sarah Broady says:

What type of vinegar do you use (white wine, cider, malt)? Thank you very much – this all looks great!

Debra Horst says:

Great tips! Where did you find the glass spray bottle with the rubber/silicone(?) sleeve?

dcat0603 says:

More good ideas. TFS! Holly

robert olson says:

If essential oils are natural, then so is kerosene, tequila, and whiskey. They are all derived from a natural source, and have all been processed in a similar fashion. They have the common link of being solvents. They also have common properties such as being antimicrobials. But I don’t see anyone touting the benefits of Tequila to kill germs, yet ethanol is exactly what is being used today in hand sanitizers. Nobody touts the benefits of tequila as a cleaner, but it makes a great one.

Trace Geworsky says:

Do you ever need to add a preservative to your recipes, that include water?

Daizy3386 Zeno says:

Does this dish soap recipe cut thru grease?

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