DIY Homemade Cleaners

Our society is becoming more and more aware of the chemicals found in so many of the items around our homes. Scientific research shows they are not just harmful when ingested but over time as we inhale them as well. There are several things you can do to protect your family from these everyday toxins and it’s not just shopping organic foods and produce. Here we will share a variety of cleaner recipes that you can easily make yourself. Add to that, they are anywhere from 5-40% the cost of big name brands and super simple to make, you’ve got a triple win!

Liquid Laundry Detergent (Borax Free)

3 Cups Washing Soda

1/4 Cup Baking Soda

1.5 Cups Dr. Bronner’s Baby-Mild Castile Liquid Soap

1.5 Gallons Hot Water

Optional a few drops of essential oil

1. Make sure your water is hot — I used the hottest tap water I could get and called it good.

2. Stir in the washing soda and baking soda and mix until dissolved.

3. Last, mix in the liquid soap and then cover and let sit over night. In the morning it should be a jelly-like consistency.

4. When it was ready, we used a quarter cup per load.

Liquid Laundry Detergent (Borax Free)

2 cups washing soda 1/4 cup baking soda

1 bar Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap, Mild 5 drops lavender essential oil

Optional Half a Bottle of Scent Booster Beads

1. Using a fine cheese grater, grate your bar of soap. You can also use a food processor.

2. Mix grated soap, baking soda, and washing soda (add scent boosters in this step if you so choose) to container with lid.

3. Add essential oil drops and mix well.

4. Use quarter cup per load depending on soiled level.

Wool Dryer Balls

2-4 Rolls 100% Pure Wool Yarn (not machine washable wool or it will not felt)


Crochet hook or any type of pointy tool

Your choice essential oil

1. Start by wrapping the yarn around your pointer and middle fingers 10-15 times. Slide it off of your fingers and tie a knot in the middle. It will look like a few loops of a figure eight.

2. Continue wrapping the attached sting around the figure eight. After a few minutes of wrapping you will start to see a ball shape form.

3. Continue wrapping tightly until you’ve used an entire roll of yarn for each ball.

4. Using a crochet hook or long pointy object push the end of your yarn strand deep into the middle of the ball. Be sure it is secure so it will not unravel.

5. Throw your balls into the leg of a panty hoe. Tie a knot in between each ball and at the ends. You can cut off any access hosiery not being used by the balls.

6. Wash your ball pack in a load using the hottest water possible. This will felt your wool and give your balls a more smooth and combined nature.

7. When you pull your ball pack from the dryer, cut off the hosiery and add a few drops of essential oil. They are ready go!

Odor Eliminator

1 Empty Spray Bottle 3 Tablespoon Fabric Softener 3 Cups Hot Water 1 Tablespoon of Baking Soda

1. Pour Fabric Softener into an empty spray bottle. 2. Fill spray bottle with hot water.

3. Then add Baking Soda. 4. Shake the bottle vigorously!

* Be sure to do a small test spray in an inconspicuous area on any non washable furniture items to ensure no staining.

Toilet Bowl Fizzies

1 cup baking soda

1/4 cup citric acid

1/2 tsp vinegar

1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide

15 to 20 drops your choice of essential oil (lavender, rosemary or peppermint)

silicone candy molds

1. Add baking soda to a mixing bowl and use a fork or whisk to break up clumps. Add the citric acid and stir. The citric acid adds the fizz to these cleaners.

2. In a small glass bowl, mix vinegar and hydrogen peroxide, which will work together to help clean your toilet. Now SLOWLY drop by drop, add vinegar and hydrogen peroxide to the baking soda. If you add it all at once, you'll have a big mess due to the reaction between the baking soda and citric acid!

3. Now add the essential oil and gently mix.

4. Use a half teaspoon to scoop the mixture into your candy molds, and press in gently with your fingers. You don't want to fill them completely full, because this will expand. Let dry for at least 6 hours or overnight.

5. Place the dried fizzies in glass jar out of reach of children and drop one in anytime your toilet needs a little refreshing!

All-Purpose Disinfecting spray

16 oz. hydrogen peroxide (3%)

½ teaspoon lavender essential oil

½ teaspoon lemon essential oil

⅛ teaspoon peppermint essential oil

1. Combine all ingredients in bottle, attach spray nozzle, and shake to combine. For best disinfecting results, spray on surfaces and leave for several minutes before wiping clean.

Soft Scrub Cleaner

1 cup baking soda

1/4 cup castile soap

1 TB hydrogen peroxide

1 large jar with sealed lid

1. In a medium-size bowl, combine the baking soda, castile soap or Sal Suds, and hydrogen peroxide.

2. Stir until the scrub cleaner looks like thick glue.

3. Spoon the scrub cleaner in a large jar with a lid. Leave 2-3 inches of space in the jar for expansion. Be sure to use a sealed jar for longevity.

Essential oils are a great all natural way to add yummy and fresh scents to your homemade cleaners!

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