DIY Home Products

Why make your own home cleaning products?

1)  It’s good for your health. While you’re cleaning you come in contact with many different chemicals on your skin and through your mouth and nose.  It’s not just one exposure that is the concern, it’s the cumulative effect. Toxins build up in your body over time and are stored in our cells.

Store bought products contain safe amounts of each individual ingredient, but when mixed with many other cleaning supplies the combination may not be safe. If you make your own, you won’t be handling and inhaling toxic fumes while you clean.

2. It’s good for the environment – First, no more empty containers will be going into the recycling, or worse yet the trash. Second, no more harmful chemicals going down our drains and into the water supply.  Many municipal water filtration systems are not designed to remove those types of chemicals. Therefor, they end up back in our water supply. What comes around goes around – whatever we put down the drain will come back in one way or another.

A few things to keep in mind when working with homemade cleaning products…….

1)  Residue – The first few times you use home cleaning products (especially window cleaner) you may notice some residue. There are two reasons for this. First, there is build-up from your previous cleaner that becomes visible. Second, homemade cleaners require a little extra elbow grease. You will have to work that sponge or rag (hopefully not paper towel) a little more, but it’s worth it.

2) Essential Oils – Although they are natural, they can be quite potent, so make sure to wear gloves when working with Lavender and Tea Tree Oil.


Essential Oils  are a great way to add natural fragrance and power to your homemade cleaning products.

They can add a powerful punch of antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties as well as many other benefits.

Here is a quick guide to some common essential oils you can use in home cleaning products.

My advice is use what you like to smell. Lately I’ve been using mainly lavender and the house smells amazing after a cleaning!

I usually buy my oils at our local health food store, or you can buy the same brand on-line at Aura Cacia.

Here’s a quick list of some of the most common Essential Oils used in home cleaning products.

Bergamot    Antibiotic

Chamomile   Antibiotic, Antibacterial

Cinnamon –   Antiviral, Antiseptic

Citronella – Antibacterial

Clove – Antibiotic, Antiviral

Cypress – Antibacterial

Eucalyptus – Antibacterial, Antibiotic, Antiviral, Antifungal

Ginger – Antibacterial

Lavender – Antibacterial, Antibiotic, Antiviral, Antifungal, Antiseptic

(Use Gloves when working with Lavender)

Lemon – Antibacterial, Antibiotic, Antiviral, Antifungal, Antiseptic

Lemongrass – Antibacterial, Antiseptic

Lemon verbena – Antibacterial

Lime – Antibacterial, Antibiotic

Marjoram- Antibacterial

Nutmeg – Antibiotic

Orange – Antibacterial. Most contains d-limonene which has been linked to cancer.

Oregano – Antibiotic, Antiviral, Antiseptic, Anti-infectious

Patouli – Antibiotic, Antifungal

Pine – Antibiotic, Antibacterial, Deodorizer, Antiseptic

Rosemary – Antibacterial, Antiseptic

Sage – Antifungal, Antibacterial

Sandalwood – Antifungal, Antiviral, Antibacterial

Savory – Antifungal

Spearmint – Antibacterial

Tea Tree – Antibacterial, Antibiotic, Antiviral, Antifungal, Antiseptic

(use gloves when working with tea tree oil)

Thyme – Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antifungal, Antiseptic

Vervain – Antibacterial

Wintergreen – Antibacterial



  1. Posted May 28, 2012 at 12:04 am | Posted By: Jennifer Belcher

    Thank you so much. I am a consultant for a non-toxic line of products. I do still make some things at home. Your website is amazing. Love all of it. Keep posting new stuff. Thanks so much.


  2. Mabel
    Posted June 16, 2012 at 11:29 am | Posted By: Mabel

    I like your video of making home made washing detergent. Is there any place I can purchased the castil soap ( any brand or dr.brooners)? I will go to Winnipeg an do you think I can get the stuff at Costco or any drug store? it is very convenice for buying things in hk, but after watching your video,I would like to try out if I can get all th stuff in hand. Your son is cute.

  3. Judy
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Posted By: Judy

    Do you have a homemade dishwasher detergent?

  4. Posted May 25, 2015 at 10:55 am | Posted By: Elda

    Lemon is one of our favorite essential oils to use for cleaning. Not only does it have a fresh, clean scent, but it is also antiseptic, antifungal, and antiviral. Lemon is an air disinfectant and is invigorating and energizing (which I can always use more of when I’m cleaning!)

  5. Trista
    Posted November 28, 2016 at 10:44 pm | Posted By: Trista

    Do you have a natural alternative to dryer sheets??

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