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DIY All-Natural Cleaning Kit

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Ive been making my own natural cleaning formulas for a few years now. Commercial cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that irritate my skin, burn my eyes, sting my lungs, and poison the natural waterways and wildlife I cherish. It feels great to banish these icky toxins from my home for good. Plus, making my own cleaning solutions is really easy, inexpensive, kinda fun, and much healthier for me and the environment.

These quick and easy recipes will help you prepare your home for the warm months ahead without using gross chemicals. Great to have on hand year round, these natural homemade cleansers can replace conventional cleaning products in your cupboard with just a few basic ingredients.

Baking soda is a must have ingredient for cleaning naturally!

Super Surface Spray

  • 16 oz. spray bottle
  • 14 oz. 1:1 solution of distilled white vinegar and water
  • 7 drops of tea tree essential oil
  • 7 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 7 drops of lemon essential oilUse this aromatic and disinfecting solution for cleaning kitchen counters, cabinets, refrigerator shelves, blinds, painted wood surfaces, painted walls, molding, fan blades, and more.

    Herby Soft Scrub

  • 12 oz glass jar with lid
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup castille soap
  • 15 drops of antimicrobial essential oils like rosemary and sageMix well until you have a nice consistency like cake frosting. If you have leftovers, add 1 tsp vegetable glycerin to keep the blend nice and moist.

    Antibacterial Soap Spray

  • 16 oz spray bottle
  • 14 oz. water or rosemary hydrosol
  • 3 tbsp castille soap
  • 15 drops of tea tree essential oil
  • 15 drops of oregano essential oilUse this cleaning spray to disinfect your bathroom surfaces. You can use the Super Surface Spray to rinse away any residue left behind by the castille soap

    Refreshing Linen Spray

  • 16 oz. spray bottle
  • 3 oz. unflavored vodka
  • 12 drops lavender, ylang ylang, peppermint, orange or your favorite smelling essential oil
  • 12 oz. organic hydrosol of your choiceSpray to refresh your mattress, pillows, bed linens, couches, and fabric covered chairs, or spritz clean winter blankets before storing for the year. Also makes a wonderful ironing spray!

    Natural Lemon Furniture Polish

  • 16 oz spray bottle
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 25 drops pure lemon essential oil
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • fill remainder of the bottle with purified waterShake well before each use. Spray onto your rag or directly onto furniture. Buff dry immediately.

    Tropical Carpet Deodorizer

  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 10 drops of lemongrass essential oil per cup
  • 10 drops of mandarin essential oil per cup
  • 10 drops of ginger essential oil per cupMix together and sprinkle the aromatic blend onto your carpet, let sit for 30 minutes, and vacuum as normal. Wonderful mattress deodorizer, too!

    Lemony Wood Floor Mop Formula

  • 20 oz. spray bottle
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vegetable glycerin
  • 20 drops lemon essential oil
  • WaterSpray, mop as usual, and quickly buff dry to protect your floors. They will be glossy and clean with a lovely lemon scent!

    Mop-It-Up Formula

  • small glass bottle
  • 1/4 cup castille soap
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 20 drops of tea tree essential oil
  • 20 drops of sweet orange essential oilThis is the perfect liquid cleaner for tile floors, vinyl, or linoleum. Mix the solution with 2 gallons of hot water and mop away the dirt and grime.

    Anti-Microbial Essential Oils for Cleaning
    Basil, Bay, Bergamot, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Eucalyptus, Fir, Ginger, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Orange, Oregano, Patchouli, Peppermint, Pine, Rose Geranium, Rosemary, Sage, Savory, Spearmint, Spruce, Tea Tree, and Thyme.

    Time for some good scrubbing!

    ~Erin

    Special thanks to Tara Michelucci for inspiring these recipes.

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