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Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils

Carley Hall bath and body crunchy mom eco friendly essential oils mama blogger mama lifestyle natural household

When was the last time you walked down the cleaning aisle in your local grocery store? You typically come across an overwhelming wall of choices for each area of your home. There are surface cleaners for the kitchen, bathroom, or living room; all in different bottles. All marketed to you as something you need in each room. And I'm willing to bet they're made with the same harsh chemical ingredients.

After the birth of my son, I re-evaluated our cleaning habits and started researching more natural ways to keep our home sparkling. I went to my favorite online platform for DIY projects... Pinterest. After a few hours research, I started writing down my favorite formulas and started my shopping list. 

Supplies needed:
16 oz. glass spray bottles (my faves here on Amazon)
16 oz. mason jars
"Unsponge" (check out these on Etsy)
"Unpaper" towels by Marleys Monsters
Foam soap dispenser (I use doTERRA brand)
small bowl

Ingredients needed:
Baking soda
Distilled white vinegar
Olive oil (non-infused, no flavor)
Distilled water
Castile soap

Essential oils needed:
Wild Orange

Let's get right into it with my fave recipes. I make modifications every now and then to switch it up, but here are my essentials:

Lemon Recipes

Lemon is a pretty popular and powerful essential oil. It is a natural deodorizer, antibacterial, antiviral, an amazing degreaser, and has an inviting, clean scent. In fact, diffusing Lemon EO has been shown to promote joy and happiness.

1. Lemon Deodorizer

16 oz. Mason jar
2 cups baking soda
30 drops Lemon EO

Add the baking soda and Lemon EO to the Mason jar. Cap and shake vigorously. Leave opened in the refrigerator, cupboard, counter top, or wherever you need some natural deodorizer. I also sprinkle a little of this on our carpets and let sit for 30 minutes before vacuuming. 

2. Lemon Wood Cleaner/ Polish

16 oz. glass spray bottle
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
10-15 drops of Lemon EO
optional, add a few drops of Lavender EO

Combine ingredients in glass spray bottle and shake prior to each use. Use a clean, lint-free cloth. Do not allow the formula to soak into wood furniture. Test on a small area prior to use.

Wild Orange Recipes

Wild Orange has pretty much the same benefits as Lemon, except I've found it is a much better degreaser AND I personally prefer the smell over Lemon. I use this EO to tackle the stuck on food and grease from my stovetop. 

1. Wild Orange Stovetop Degreaser (thicker formula for stuck on food)

Small bowl
1/4 cup baking soda
distilled water
10 drops of Wild Orange EO

In a small bowl mix baking soda and water to form a paste. Add Wild Orange EO and stir thoroughly. Apply to stove-top over stuck on food and grease. Mix and lightly scrub with fingers. Allow formula to sit for 30 minutes. Wipe clean with damp "unsponge." Scrub lightly until clean. Repeat as needed.

2. Wild Orange Stovetop Cleaner (everyday spray formula)

16 oz. glass spray bottle
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1 1/4 cup distilled water
1 drop of castile soap
10 drops of Wild Orange

Mix ingredients in glass spray bottle and shake to combine. Spray on your stovetop and wipe clean using "unpaper" towel. Rinse towel and repeat as needed.

Grapefruit Recipes

My favorite essential oil, besides Lavender and Rose, is Grapefruit. It's also my favorite fruit! Again, this citrus EO has the same benefits as the Lemon and Wild Orange, but I've found it works wonderfully in my DIY glass cleaner. And since this scent is a fave, I also use it in my all-purpose surface cleaner.

1. Grapefruit Glass Cleaner

16 oz. glass spray bottle
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
1 1/2 cup distilled water
1/2 teaspoon castile soap
20-30 drops of Grapefruit EO

Combine ingredients into glass spray bottle and shake to mix thoroughly. Spray onto any glass surface and use "unpaper" towel in a side to side, and up and down motion until your glass sparkles.

2. Grapefruit All-Purpose Surface Cleaner

16 oz. glass spray bottle
1/4 cup vinegar
1 1/2 cup distilled water
30 drops of Grapefruit EO

Combine ingredients into glass spray bottle and shake to mix thoroughly. Spray onto surface and use "unpaper" towel to wipe up. You can use this cleaner practically everywhere! I use in the bathroom, kitchen, living room, my office, and on the patio. My fave!

Melaleuca Recipe

Melaleuca is a pretty powerful essential oil. It does amazing things for your skin and that, in and of itself, makes it a staple in our home. But did you know it can also be used to clean your home? It works great to battle mildew and mold and prevents bacteria from growing on surfaces. Basically... the best shower cleaner ever!

1. Melaleuca Shower Mist/ Daily Cleaner

16 oz. glass spray bottle
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1 cup distilled water
10 drops of Melaleuca EO

Combine ingredients into glass spray bottle and shake to mix thoroughly. After each shower, shake the bottle and spray over all surfaces. No rinsing needed. 

***For a deeper scrub, add 3 drops of castile soap and 3 tablespoons of baking soda to this recipe. Mix thoroughly, spray onto surface, and scrub with an "unsponge" after about 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.***

Side note: We were all hit with the lice bug last May and Melaleuca saved our lives and our sanity! Just add 10 drops to your shampoo every time you shower to help get rid of those little pests. We also made a spray using warm distilled water and 30 drops of melaleuca to spray on our couches, pillows, mattresses, stuffed animals, etc. Definitely, keep this in mind if you find yourself experiencing this :(

Pine (White Fir) Recipe

This one may be a little obvious, but I use White Fir (a Pine) to create my own Pine-sol floor cleaner, less the yucky chemicals. And this recipe is super easy to make!

1 cup distilled white vinegar
15 drops of White Fir EO, Douglas Fir EO or similar
warm tap water

Put the distilled white vinegar and EO to a bucket. Add warm water to the bucket (about 1 gallon). Enjoy that fresh pine scent and sparkling floors!

Thyme Recipe

Thyme is an amazing essential oil and tackles those yucky bacteria like E. coli and salmonella. I use this recipe on all my surfaces after cooking and clean my knives, utensils, and cutting boards with it.

Foam soap dispenser
Castile soap
distilled water
10 drops of Thyme EO

Fill foam soap dispenser about 1/4th of the way using castile soap, add 10 drops of Thyme EO, and fill the remainder of the bottle using distilled water. Leave a little room on top so you don't overflow when you put the pump back in. Mix gently, then place on top of your counter for everyday use.

I truly hope these recipes help you live a more natural, eco-friendly life. Not only will you save money, but you can get rid of those yucky, chemical-laden cleaners from your life. What's your fave natural cleaning recipe??? Leave in a comment below!

Happy cleaning,

All views expressed herein are my own. Although these recipes are a more natural way to keep your home sparkling, they can still be harmful if ingested. Keep any and all cleaning products out of reach of children and/or pets.

Photo credits: Top Banner by Provita Living. Thumbnail by Angie in the Thick of It.

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