These natural cleaning recipes are simple to make and cost you almost nothing!
Y’all know I’m a bit of a hippie. Well, maybe you don’t. But now you do. I’m a bit of a hippie. I love my essential oils and since I started using them a year ago, I’ve found more uses for them than I ever thought possible.
So I thought that instead of hoarding all of this all natural goodness, I’d share the love with my people. My Young Living team is amazing and have shared so much with us, that I want to share with you as well. So many people don’t realize the diversity of essential oils. And because I know I’m not the only hippie out there who loves some all natural products.
When I first discovered the diversity of essential oils, I was skeptical. Could it actually do the job? Could it get my counter tops clean? And I can say with a resounding YES! They do! And they do a better job of it, and smell 1000 times better, than your ordinary household cleaners.
Here are 3 of my favorite all natural cleaning recipes.
All natural foaming hand soap
8 oz foaming hand soap bottle
2/3 cup filtered water
1/3 cup unscented Castile Soap (I get mine at Target)
5-10 drops Young Living Thieves essential oils
Directions: Add water to bottle first.
Add Castile soap, then essential oil.
Shake gently, pump onto hands and wash!
It’s that simple. The large bottle of Castile Soap I have has lasted me almost a whole year, and we have 3 soap pumps in our house that I refill often, and I use it in my laundry detergent recipe (that you’ll see below). So it definitely goes a long way.
You could also try a different essential oil that you love the smell of, like lavender or something citrus!
All natural all purpose cleaner
28 oz spray bottle (I get mine at Walmart or the Dollar Store)
Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner
Directions: Add 2-4 capfulls of the Household cleaner to the bottle and fill the rest with water.
Shake gently and use on all surfaces! And I do mean all surfaces. Window, counters, mirrors. It works on everything and makes my kitchen smell amazing. No more chemical smells in our house! Because the Thieves cleaner goes such a long way, the cost per bottle of homemade cleaner is under $1!
I also use lemon oil and water as a cleaner as well. Especially in the summer. Smells so good!
All natural laundry detergent
Now this is the one I was most skeptical of. You see I live with a man. A man that sweats. A man that sweats like it’s going out of style. Especially when he works out. And that sweat creates a smell. A smell that must be gotten rid of in the wash. So to say I was skeptical of this working is an understatement. But even the hubs says he loves this detergent and his clothes are just as clean, if not cleaner, than using regular detergent. And it saves us a boat load of money! Win-win people!
1-2 gallon jug (I just used an old laundry soap jug)
3-4 tablespoons Borax (can find at grocery store)
3 tablespoons washing soda (can find at grocery store)
3 tablespoons Castile Soap
3-4 tablespoons Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner
Directions: Add the Borax and washing soda to the jug. Then add very HOT water to dissolve the powders.
Slowly fill the rest of the jug with warm water.
Add the Castile soap and Thieves cleaner. Shake well.
I use around 1/2 cup per load. More if it’s a really soiled load.
And those are my go to all natural cleaning products! Simple to make, good for your family and all smell good too.
Do you make any of your own natural cleaning products?
Yay! My thieves household cleaner JUST arrived last night 🙂 Thanks for the tip and reminder that I can use it on everything!
Yes! I love making that hand soap! I still need to try making the laundry detergent. I just bought the Young Living one so once that is used up, I’ll try making this one. Thanks for the recipes, Tiffany!
I should definitely try this. I’m all about all natural with kiddos around!
Does YL have a dishwasher recipe/product? I just tried an all natural brand that, uhhhh… Leaves my dishes covered in food and water spots! Hubs is NOT impressed and wants to go back to conventional. I’m like WAIT! Lemme see what YL has… Do you know of any or know of a blend/mix that would work? Xo
I’ve always wanted to try homemade laundry detergent! Maybe I’ll have to try your recipe!
Yes to all of this! Pinning it right now! I’ve been on the hunt for some all natural solutions for cleaning…so thank you!
Love natural cleaning products! Saves money and no harsh chemicals!
Yes! I thought they’d be more expensive but that’s not the case. And I feel better about what my family is breathing in.
I actually love making my own cleaners and soap but have never tried Thieves oil. I hear it smells like Christmas! 🙂
Is there anyway just to buy a bottle of Thieves and not the whole set?
PS – I still use conventional cleaners in the bathroom because… YUCK! If you have a cleaner that is recommended for that room, let me know!
I never thought about making my own hand soap — that’s genius!
I have been looking for some new all natural cleaners!! I’m definitely pinning this one for later 🙂 XO
Oooh, so I make my own cleaner and laundry detergent but I really have to try the foaming soap! I had no idea all you needed was a foaming soap dispenser to make it “work” – I assumed it was a special combo of ingredients. lol – that was my “aha” moment!
Thanks for sharing!
Pinning this to my Deliberate CLEAN board.
You are going to think I’m so crazy but last week I was in Target in the natural cleaners aisle for way too long trying to decide what dishsoap to get– and then I just went back to getting Dove. I’m super paranoid about food contamination and things like that and even though I figured they must be safe I wasn’t sure they would get things quite as clean as they need to be, but clearly I need to do more research– all of these mixtures sound awesome!
I’m definitely going to give the foaming hand soap a try! Thank you for sharing!
I love making up eco friendly products to clean with. I am just trying out soap nuts for laundry. I have not found it easy to get hold of Borax here without incurring postage charges but you have reminded me to look again. Great post. It is such a great thing to inspire people to do. Kirsten
Great ideas! Thank you! I use a vinegar, water and tea tree oil combo to clean my kitchen and floors. It’s great for glass too! It’s the only thing my poor, old sickly dog doesn’t have problems with … and it’s non-toxic & antibacterial for the kids too! Love those essential oils! Visiting from #shinebloghop
I haven’t tried tea tree oil for cleaning, but it makes sense! It’s a great oil. And vinegar has so many uses for cleaning. 🙂
I had no idea you could make your own foaming soap! That’s awesome! I also love the idea of making an all-purpose cleaner. Pinning!
Thank you for this. I am always on the lookout for less chemicalization in my life — but I want something that works as well! I have never heard of Young Living Thieves, but I’m pinning this post and will be doing some research.
(Thank you, also, for the foaming soap recipe — I did not know there was such a thing as a special bottle for the foaming soap. This looks like a good, simple project that I can enjoy immediately, or as immediately as I can get the foaming bottle . . . )
I make some of my own cleaners. I use water and vinegar with a little bit of Lemon Oil or Tea Tree Oil for my all-purpose cleaner and a borax, super washing soda and fels-naptha combination for a powder form of laundry detergent. I attempted to make a powdered dishwasher detergent but it didn’t work at all! It kept leaving white film on every dish so I scrapped that and have been using Finish for awhile. Someday I’ll try a new recipe for that.