DIY Household Cleaners

I have always been sensitive to cleaners and smells of cleaners. When I used to scrub out my tub in the bathroom, I would open the window, turn on the fan, and hold my breath before I started. I would scrub away, run out of the room and gasp for air. On top of that, my hands would burn and smell like toxic cleaners for the rest of the day.

So, I started looking for other options. Problem was, greener, “healthier” cleaners still smell gross and can be EXPENSIVE.  I found recipes online and tweaked them so I could make them smell like my favorite essential oil smells. I LOVE Grapefruit and Orange when cleaning.

Here’s a list of my favorite household cleaner “go-to” oils:

Tea Tree – Contains multiple terpenes in the oil. Several monoterpene derivatives have antibacterial properties.

Grapefruit – Smells fresh and citrus-y. Great addition to cleaner. Also contains monoterpenes.

Orange – Also a yummy smell – and contains (guess what??) monoterpenes (!).

Lemon – Fresh smell, whitening power, and somehow gets rid of sticky substances (think goo gone).


Other things I use for household cleaner are:

Vinegar – reduces microbial contaminants, but doesn’t really get rid of the dirt

Baking Soda – good scrubber – gentle, yet powerful

Castile Soap – Cuts grease and grime


Here’s a secret though. A lot of people love to add baking soda and vinegar together, but guess what? When you mix baking soda and vinegar, you get the chemical equivalent of H2O. That’s right! Water!! So, don’t do it – it’s not going to really do anything. I mean, it’s fun for volcanos or fun for my kids to mess with, but that’s about it.

I made you some recipe cards if you want to print them off. Download Recipes.



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