• Homemade Green Cleaning with doTERRA Essential Oils

    Posted on April 13, 2012 by in Eco Cleaning

    We are all worried when we go outside to a smog filled sky. We are concerned with images of toxic waste being dumped into our waterways.

    However, we let hazardous, toxic, and carcinogenic chemicals into our homes daily in the disguise of common household cleaners. These chemicals are finding their way into our bodies. Yuck.

    The American Association of Poison Control Centers reports at more than 90% of poisonings happen at home. Medicines, household cleaners, and pesticides top the list of offenders.

    A study on chemicals used in household products in New Jersey and Massachusetts showed that 28 million pounds of chemicals that are known or suspected neurotoxins, carcinogens, or reproductive or developmental toxicants were used in soaps and other detergents, in those two states alone. Additionally, 259 million pounds of these chemicals were accounted for in specialty cleaners and polishers.

    Check out this PDF study for more great findings on Household Hazards.

    Visit this site to read more info on toxic household cleaners.

    Convinced? The good news is that making your own is cost effective and easy. One easy way is to start making your own eco friendly cleaners. A few common household ingredients and your essential oils is all it takes. It’s cheap and easy and earth friendly.

    Check out this video on why making your own cleaners with doTERRA essential oils is good for your wallet and the environment:


    I have been making my own cleaners and household products for quite awhile. In fact, it’s one of the reasons I was drawn to doTERRA’s products. I wanted to be sure I was only using the best in all my concoctions.

    Below are some of my favorite recipes.


    To make the cleaners below, you’ll need the following:

    • Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate), a sodium salt
    • Washing Soda (Sodium Carbonate), related to baking soda
    • White Distilled Vinegar, an acid
    • Liquid Castille Soap, (Olive, Coconut, and other vegetable oils)
    • Organic Soap Flakes (Organic Coconut and Soy or Palm)
    • Organic Food Grade Vegetable Gylcerin, natural component of fats and oils.
    • Borax (Sodium Borate Decahydrate), sodium and boron- a natural mineral
    • Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2), naturally occuring water like liquid
    • Vodka
    • Citric Acid, bitter acid found in fruits
    • Essential Oils (yeah, doTERRA!)
    • Kosher Salt
    • Glass Spray Bottles, Containers, Mixing Bowls

    Most of these ingredients can be found in your grocery store. A few might need a visit to Amazon (my affiliate link) or other internet retailer. Start up cost to get these ingredients might seem overwhelming. But, the cost per use remains significantly less than retail cleaners. They last a LONG time and you can use them in many ways around your home.

    Also, it’s a good idea to ditch the paper towell use as much as possible. Try microfiber clothes for cleaning. They are great!


    Clothes Washing Powder (for Machines including HE):

    16 cups Baking Soda
    12 cups Borax
    8 cups Soap Flakes
    3 tblsp Essential Oil of choice, i.e. Lavender, Lemon, Grapefruit, etc.

    Combine ingredients, mix with a wire wisk. Use 1/8 cup per load.
    Makes enough to last a family of 4 one year.  Can reduce the recipe by 1/4 for a smaller batch.


    Fabric Softener:

    1 cup Water
    1 cup Baking Soda
    2 cups White Vinegar
    20 drops Essential Oil of choice

    Choose a container big enough to accomidate the chemical reaction of the Baking Soda and Vinegar. Combine ingredients starting with water, essential oils, and baking soda. Add vinegar slowing to avoid volcano effect.

    Use 1/2 cup in the rinse cycle or wet a washcloth and throw into the dryer with your clothes.


    Air/Linen Spray:

    1/4 cup unflavored Vodka (or use Witch Hazel)
    3 1/2 cups Filtered Water
    20 drops Essential oils of choice- Lavender, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, etc.

    In a small bowl, mix vodka and essential oil together. The alcohol works as an emulsifier, allowing the oil and water to mix evenly.

    Pour the oil-vodka mix into the spray bottle, add the water and shake. Shake before using.


    Dish Soap:

    1 1/2 cup Hot Water
    1/2 cup Castille Soap
    1 tbsp White Vinegar
    1 tbsp Washing Soda
    1 tbsp Soap Flakes
    10 drops each Lemon Essential Oil

    Combine castille soap, vinegar, washing soda, and soap flakes into a large bowl and add in the hot water. Whisk the mixture until ingredients are well blended and soap flakes have dissolved. Allow mixture to cool completely stirring occasionally. Add the Lemon oil after mixture has cooled.


    Dishwasher Detergent:

    1 cup Washing Soda
    1 cup Borax
    1/2 cup Kosher Salt
    1/2 cup Citric Acid
    20 drops Lemon Essential Oil

    Mix together salt and essential oils till combined. Add other ingredients and stir. Store tightly covered in a glass jar. Use one tablespoon per load with hot water.


    Dishwasher Rinse Agent:

    Lemon Essential Oil

    Fill rinse dispenser with vinegar and add 5 drops lemon essential oil.


    All Purpose Cleaner:

    1 cup Water
    1 cup Vinegar
    2 tsp Liquid Castille Soap
    25 drops Essential Oil of choice, i.e. Protection Blend, Lemon, Melaleuca, etc.

    Add all ingredients into a glass spray bottle. Soap will clump a little between uses. Shake well before spraying.


    Creamy Soft Scrub:

    1/2 cup Baking Soda
    Liquid Castille Soap
    1 tsp Vegetable Glycerin
    Essential oils of choice, i.e. Add Melaleuca for a mold killer, Lemon for shine, etc.

    Pour baking soda in a bowl. Add castille soap a little at a time to make a frosting like texture. Add in your essential oils and glycerin. Store in a sealed glass jar.


    Window/Mirror Cleaner:

    1/4 -1/2 tsp Liquid Castille Soap
    3 tblsp Vinegar
    2 cups Water
    10 drops Essential Oil of Choice- Peppermint, Lemon, Orange

    Pour ingredients into a spray bottle, shake and use.


    Wood Cleaner:

    1/4 cup White Vinegar
    1/4 cup Water
    1/2 tsp Liquid Castille Soap
    1/8 tsp Olive Oil
    10 drops Orange or Lemon oil

    Combine ingredients and pour into spray bottle.


    Wood & Stainless Steel Polish:

    Olive Oil
    10 drops Orange or Lemon Essential Oil

    Combine ingredients, use a soft cloth to wipe then buff surfaces.


    Fruit and Vegetable Wash:

    1 cup Water
    1 cup White Vinegar
    1 tbsp Baking Soda
    10 drops each Grapefruit & Lemon Essential Oil

    Combine ingredients and pour into spray bottle.


    I get my glass containers and spray bottles at AromaTools.  Now that you have containers and recipes you need something to label your new cleaners. I designed some labels for you to download and print. Just right click (pc) or option click (mac) on this [LINK] to download the file to your desktop. You can buy water proof inkjet labels to print them on [HERE] (my affiliate link).


    If you need help getting set up with your own doTERRA account and getting oils for your own cleaners, let me know. I’ll be happy to walk you through your ordering options. Enjoy!


30 Responses so far.

  1. Jessica says:

    Thank you for your great recipes. I have already been using a couple, and can’t wait to try the dish soap, laundry, and dishwasher ones. Where do you find the soap flakes? I found some online, but wondering if I can find them locally.

  2. Jody says:

    I LOVE all these recipes! For the cothes washing powder, do you add it to the drawer where you would put the liquid soap or do you sprinkle it in the bottom of the barrel before you load the clothes?

  3. Allyson says:

    Two questions for you: I, too, would really like the liquid laundry detergent recipe that is mentioned in the video clip. Also, in your recipe for Dish Soap, what is the unit of measurement for the Castile soap? It says “1/2″ … but, 1/2 what??

  4. Jennifer says:

    Is the dish soap 1/2 tbsp of castile soap? It’s missing the unit of measure and I’d LOVE to make this. Thanks! :)

  5. Rebekah Shaver says:

    On the dishsoap it says half castille soap. Half cup, Tablespoon. . .? Also is this liquid castille soap? Thanks for the help!!

  6. Marissa says:

    Could you please tell me what castille soap do you reccomend? (Brand) thanks!

  7. Linda says:

    Where do you get the soap flakes?

    • admin says:

      You can get them from Amazon if you can’t find them locally. You can also grate up the bar form of the soap in a food processor to make your own.

  8. Heather says:

    For your Air/Linen spray. How long will that be good for, once you mix it all together in a bottle?

    • admin says:

      It says good for quite a long time. It’s never “gone bad” on me or anything like that. I use it up often :)

  9. Michelle Patterson says:

    I am so excited to find these recipes! On my way to a chemical free home with essential oils!

  10. Wendi says:

    I made the dish soap, and it won’t hold the suds. Did I do something wrong?

    • admin says:

      No, this natural soap doesn’t hold suds very well. Mine isn’t very sudsy either. If you want a little more suds, you can try a foamer pump. Works well without, just takes a little getting used to the idea.

  11. Traci says:

    For your wood & stainless steel polish how much olive oild do you use?

  12. Miriam says:

    what size glass container did you use?

  13. Charlene says:

    Love your site and great ideas for cleaning products around the home. I have been working on switching over to all natural cleaning products, saving money and avoiding the chemicals. I love my doTerra Oils and you’ve done a great job -Thank YOU

  14. Tina Lear says:

    I tried making several of these products. The dishwasher detergent is the only one that really failed on me. I made it exactly to the directions, AND I rinsed the dishes well before putting them in, but they still came out kind of funky. The clothes washing powder doesn’t work all that well either, and most of the soap flakes were ending up in the slop sink where the rinse water drains. Not sure what to do about this. I can try putting the soap flakes in my cuisinart before incorporating them, but I’ve got a lot of soap to go through before I make another batch. Anyway, just wanted to chime in, because I’d really like to live my life this way. But it needs to actually work, too. Best wishes.

    • admin says:

      Hi Tina! Thanks for giving them a try. Homemade products can be tricky. These recipes might work great for some and not so great for others. You may have to tweak them a bit to fit how you live. For example, the dishwasher detergent might need hotter wash water, or you may need to use more vinegar as your rinse agent. For the clothes washing powder, maybe try less soap flakes or increase the amounts of the other items. I’d suggest doing small batches until you perfect it just how you like it. It might take a little trial and error but it’s so fun to be able to create these yourself. Good luck! I’d love to hear how it works out for you.

  15. Dianne says:

    Hello: what about cleaning with oils for my hot tub? Also, a good clean scent to make it smell fresh?

    thank you!

  16. Ginny says:

    One reason why there may be clumping in the all-purpose spray is because castille soap shouldn’t be mixed with vinegar. They don’t work well together. It’s best to use dish soap instead. IMHO. Thanx for the recipes.