Natural cleaners are very easy to make using essential oils. Ideally, they should be stored in an amber glass bottle, however, to keep the essential oils from degrading. We sell empty 8oz and 16oz amber spray bottles at the store, and for the month of April we will be having them for 50%!
Aura Cacia, one of the fantastic essential oil brands we carry at the store, has a fantastic index of DIY cleansing recipes using essential oils on their website. They’re simple to make and use readily available natural ingredients.
Also, a see a few of our other favorites from around the internets are below.
This is a great All Purpose Cleaner from Mommypotamus:
• 1 cup water
• 2 teaspoons castile soap (like Dr. Bronners)
• 20 drops essential oil
1/2 cup white vinegar
3 cups water
1/4 teaspoon tea tree oil (about 10 drops)
Another similar recipe is this DIY Lavender Tea Tree Surface Cleaner by Free People:
1 Cup Water
¼ Cup Distilled White Vinegar
10 Drops Tea Tree Oil
10 Drops Lavender Oil
DIY Citrus Window Cleaner from The Hippy Homemaker:
3 cups water
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. rubbing alcohol
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. distilled white vinegar
1/2 tsp. orange oil
Homemade Glass Cleaner that Smells Awesome from New Nostalgia:
1 cup distilled white vinegar
2 cups water
1/2 tsp dish soap
15 drops essential oils
Almost all of the above blends would benefit from the addition of tea tree oil, a potent antibacterial and antimicrobial oil. Most essential oils do have antibacterial qualities however, so find an oil or blend of oils that you like the best and experiment making your own blends! I like using a combination of bergamot and lemon, since it's so nice and springy smelling, while still being a great antibacterial cleaning blend.