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10+ DIY Recipes for Clean, Green Living

It's official. There's no way around it. Everything's in need of clean.

And fortunately, cleaning products are available just about everywhere. Retail shelves are lined with myriad options for keeping our homes, offices and cars spic-and span- but it turns out, most do more harm than good. The majority of top-selling commercial products on the market today were developed in the late 1980's, when petroleum-based and chemical-laden options were praised for their synthetic fragrances and toxic cleaning power.


Today we know better.


There's a growing demand for safe, all-natural cleaning solutions, and essential oils provide the answer. Oils-based, green cleaning products not only help keep our homes healthy, they also help reduce waste, lower pollution emissions in the air and waterways, and are more cost effective than their harmful counterparts. Everybody wins!


Dedicate a weekend morning to clearing your cupboards of the bad stuff, then mix up a few of our non-toxic DIY products for living green.

 


Sunny Citrus Multipurpose Cleaner
Ingredients:
• 5 drops Lemon
• 5 drops Tea Tree
• ½ cup distilled vinegar
• 1 ½ cup distilled water
• ¼ Tbsp. liquid Castille soap
• Glass container with sprayer

Directions
1. Add all ingredients to glass container and secure the lid.
2. Swirl gently to combine.


No-Tox Disinfecting Spray
Ingredients:
• 10 drops ESSENTIAL SHIELD
• 5 drops PURITY
• 1 cup distilled white vinegar
• 1 cup distilled water
• Glass container with sprayer

Directions
1. Add all ingredients to glass container and secure the lid.
2. Swirl gently to combine.


Lemongrass Dishwasher Pods
Ingredients:
• 25 drops Lemongrass
• 1 ½ cup washing soda
• 3 Tbsp. table salt
• ½ cup distilled water
• Silicon mold
• Large mixing bowl
• Small mixing bowl
• Spoon
• Air-tight storage container with lid

Directions
1. Add washing soda and salt to large mixing bowl and combine.
2. Mix water and Lemongrass in small bowl then add to dry mixture. Stir to mix well.
3. Fill mold with the completed mixture by the spoonful, pressing firmly to remove air.
4. Allow to sit overnight or 24 hours to dry.
5. Remove pods from mold and store in air-tight container for 2-4 weeks.


Tea Tree & Lemon Clean Oven Clay
Ingredients:
• 10 drops Lemon
• 10 drops Tea Tree
• 1 ½ cup baking soda
• 1 ½ cup sea salt
• ½ cup washing soda
• ½ cup distilled white vinegar
• 1 Tbsp. distilled water (to make a thin paste)
• Large mixing bowl

Directions
1. Add baking soda, sea salt and washing soda to mixing bowl and combine.
2. Add essential oils and combine.
3. Add vinegar. Allow to fizz then combine.
4. Slowly add water, as needed, to create a thin paste sturdy enough to adhere to oven walls.
To Use: Preheat oven to lowest possible temperature then turn completely off. Apply clay generously as needed and allow to rest overnight. Wipe with warm water to remove.

 

 

Orange Essence Window & Mirror Solution
Ingredients:
• 7 drops Organic Orange
• ½ cup rubbing alcohol
• 1 cup distilled water
• ½ cup distilled white or cider vinegar
• Glass container with air-tight lid

Directions
1. Add all ingredients to glass container and secure the lid.
2. Swirl gently to combine.
3. Apply solution to clean microfiber cloth and use as needed.



Tea Tree Toilet Scrub
Ingredients:
• 10 drops Tea Tree
• ½ cup baking soda
• 1 cup distilled white vinegar
• Glass container with sprayer

Directions
1. Combine essential oil and vinegar in spray bottle. Mix to combine.
To Use: Spray mixture over entire toilet surface and inside bowl. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes then wipe outside surfaces with a clean microfiber cloth. Add baking soda to bowl, scrub with brush and flush.


Citrus Soft Surface Scrub
Ingredients:
• 7 drops Organic Lavender
• 7 drops Lemon
• 1 cup baking soda
• ¼ cup + 1 Tbsp. unscented Castile soap
• 2 Tbsp. distilled water
• Glass container with air-tight lid
• Medium mixing bowl

Directions
1. Combine baking soda and Castile soap in a medium mixing bowl.
2. Add water and essential oils. Stir to combine. (Mix to achieve a thick, soft paste. If the mixture seems dry add a tablespoon of water. If too wet, add baking soda.)
3. To use, apply a generous amount to a kitchen sponge and scrub surfaces with vigor. Wipe clean with a damp cloth and leave to air dry. Store final product in an air-tight container for up to one month.






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