Zero Waste Cleaning Routine | Simple & Natural DIY Recipes with Essential Oils

Water, castile soap, distilled vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils-
the only ingredients I need to keep my apartments sparkly clean!

In this video I share the 3 essential oils that I love to use for cleaning as well as a few of my simple DIY recipes.

Cleaning Supplies & Your Health:

Metal Baking Soda Dredger:
Amber Glass Bottles:
Bamboo Essential Oil Diffuser:
Bulk Gallon Castile Soap:
Silicone Molds (similar):
Bamboo Spoon:

Window & Mirror Cleaner:
-1 cup water
-1 cup vinegar
-10-15 drops lemon essential oil

Shower / Mold & Mildew Cleaner:
-1 cup water
-1 cup vinegar
-10-15 drops OnGuard essential oil (or a mix of others)

All Purpose Cleaner:
-1 cup water
-3ish tsp castile soap
-10-15 drops essential oil

Toilet Bombs:
Some websites say you should wear a mask when mixing citric acid & baking soda; I didn’t but I made sure my windows were open. I’ve used several recipes, some with castile soap and others without. I’ve found that the cubes without castile soap fizz up more when dropped in water, but if you add a splash of vinegar to the water (with either recipe) it helps the cube fizz.

Toilet Bombs:
-2 cups baking soda
-2/3 cup citric acid
-essential oils

Find the instructions here:

Don’t use citrus essential oils or vinegar on natural granite counter tops. Melaleuca or Eucalyptus are safe.

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leendaly says:

Where did you get the pump for your hand soap? I’ve been looking for one like that!

Maika says:

Such an informative video! I really want to get into making my own cleaning products

l33hd33r says:

Great video!! Thank you for sharing. I need to get one of those shakers for my bicarb soda, so handy!

Chanda Harkins says:

I love these types of videos! Thanks!

Fred Miller says:

How do you kill the black mold that is in showers. I bought the house used and I had black mold in my apartment so it seems to follow me around. I have killed it with tilex and tee tree oil but it comes back. I have shampoo bottle that may be reinfecting the shower? Where did you buy the glass spray bottles. Plastic don’t last long particularly if you use them outdoors.

Elise Matton says:

I’ve been really enjoying exploring DIY cleaning recipes and zero waste principles in my cleaning routine but one place I’m having trouble with are my bathroom floors! I have the recipes down pat but am wondering if you know of any tools/techniques for cleaning these areas? I can use an old toothbrush on the tile grout but for the smaller tile areas (example: behind toilet area), I’m wondering what kinds of tools you might use? Mops don’t really fit around there.

ThinkInStyle says:

This was so inspirational Alli, thank you so much for this. Also, idk why but you remind me of Lili Reinhart

Amy Hoang says:

I need all these recipes! Thanks for sharing. I need to write these down so i can make my own stuff. I’m currently finishing up all my cleaning products i have right now and going to start fresh. what do you use to do your laundry? I’m very curious about that. i already substitute fabric softener with vinegar already.

Leah Hodge says:

this is such an informative video, thank you! i am living in my first apartment, so trying to figure out how to do all of these things in a way i feel most comfortable, if that makes sense. may i ask where your glass soap dispenser is from (your kitchen hand soap)? thanks!

Faffrika says:

So inspired to ditch the chemicals! Love your channel, Alli

Kassidy Brown says:

Do you have pets? And if so, how would this affect them? Did you research it because I know plenty of essential oils are deadly to dogs as well as cats.

Emily Mosley says:

Good stuff. I’m wondering if you launder your cleaning towels, dish towels etc. with your clothing or do in a separate load?

Mike Bee says:

Thanks for the video, awesome info…would like to know where did you purchase that big soap dispenser for your Castile soap, very nice!

Chantal Hjorleifson says:

Hi there. What is castile soap?

Markeyta Young says:

Lydia Hitt says:

This was so informative. I can’t wait to see more in this series. Are there any good books you recommend to learn more about essential oils?

robert olson says:

Another great natural cleaner is Tequila. The ethanol kills germs quickly. And its all derived naturally from plants.

robert olson says:

Natural does not always equate to safe. Granted some things are less toxic than others, but everything becomes toxic at some point when used in excess. There is a popular misconception that because essential oils are derived from plants, they must be safe. Unfortunately people can and have been injured by essential oils. Mostly due to misuse. But even with proper use reactions can still occur. The most common is burns to the skin and rashes.

Like you I prefer to do things natural. But what defines natural? That depends on where a person draws the line between natural and man made. The purest definition of natural is “occurring in nature without human intervention.” Wild berries growing on a mountain side would meet that definition. But in today’s world most things go thru some processing.

Essential oils are derived from a natural source, plants. But so is Tequila, and both essential oils and tequila go thru almost an identical process to create the final product.

Is Tequila all natural? Does it bear risks? I will let you decide.

Turpentine comes from pine trees. That sounds natural to me. Is it safe? What about crude oil? Its naturally occurring and organic. Is it safe? I will let you decide.

What about essential oils? Are they all natural? I know nature provided the plants, but man extracts and concentrates the plant oils beyond anything nature has to offer. Nature never gave us the final product in that little glass bottle. Major corporations did.

Gabby Villalpando says:

Love the video! Collecting supplies now! Would the brand NOW essential oils work?

V CR says:

What do you recommend for stone counters such as granite or quartz?

Akers Acres Co says: use a blend from Simply Earth called Citrus Burst! I mix it with castile soap, vinegar, and water. I don’t have granite countertops. I love the mix for the bathroom and kitchen!

Ariel Coleston says:

This is so informative, thank you!

Wellness Warrior Coach says:

Super helpful! I’ve been looking into making my own cleaners. My family is far from zero-waste, but I hope that maybe with my transition to it, my family will follow along. Thank you for the video!

Natalie |

Ashley Baker says:

where’s the link for the essential oils you use ?

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