DIY Cleaners

Clean It Yourself

As a holistic nutritionist, I always focus on small changes that you can make in your life that will have big impact. Clean it yourself, aka making your own non-toxic DIY cleaning supplies is one way you can contribute hugely to your overall health and wellbeing. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also save the good bacteria that lives on your body. You’ll improve your gut health, immune system, and overall wellbeing. Making your own cleaning supplies is simple, cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and I’d bet you already have all the supplies sitting in your kitchen! Scroll down for my DIY Cleaners.

Gut Health

Our gut is home to trillions of bacteria, both beneficial and not. We also have “microbiomes” aka bacteria homes on our skin, in our mouths, even in your vaginal canal. These bacteria are sensitive. They are affected by environment, temperature, what we eat, the soap we use, products, stress, and so much more.

We always want a balance of bacteria. As humans, we need good bacteria and bad bacteria, in all of our microbiomes. The tricky thing is, we always want more good bacteria than bad bacteria but it’s really easy for this ratio to become out of whack. When this imbalance happens, we see it come out as acne, eczema, psoriasis on the skin. Urinary tract infections or bladder infections in the vaginal canal. Autoimmune diseases, constantly getting sick, depression, mood disorders, brain fog, IBS in the gut.

Using gentle, effective DIY cleaners, will not only keep you and your family healthier, it will also save you money and keep excess plastic out of the landfill.

Reusable Glass Containers
The Problem with Conventional Cleaners

You know those ads that say, “in one wipe you’re killing 99.9 percent of all bacteria and viruses”? Those ads drive me up the wall! 99.9% of bacteria means it’s killing good and bad bacteria! These ads that advertise in one wipe you are killing everything is a fear mongering tactic. Creating fear that all of this bacteria is harmful and you need to kill it all. And if you don’t use these intense cleaning solutions you’re a bad parent or wife (have you ever noticed it’s always the mom or woman using these cleaning supplies?).

The other problem, other than the fact that they kill EVERYTHING, is that all these chemicals in these cleaners then end up on your surfaces. From countertops to floors to laundry to dishes. These are the places our kids crawl on, we prepare food on, we eat off of, we live in. These chemicals are being absorbed by us on a second by second basis. I for one, don’t want to be eating off of bleaching agents and residues. I don’t want to be watching kids crawl all over a floor that is laden with chemical residues.

Lastly, one big issue I have with all these conventional cleaning supplies is that they are plastic packages. Plastic tubes or spray bottles. Plastic that ends up in the landfill. Wipes that are advertised as biodegradable but aren’t. Wipes that end up clogging pipes and sewer systems.

There are some really wonderful all natural, non-toxic cleaning supplies on the market. I’ve written a whole blog post with my favourites, you can find it here.

Antibacterial Ingredients

Of course, we do want to kill harmful bacteria, but how can we do so without killing our microbiomes? These are my favourite ingredients to include in DIY Cleaners that pack an antibacterial punch:

  • Tea Tree Essential Oil: antibacterial, anti-fungal
  • Grapefruit Essential Oil: Research shows its effective for killing off bacteria such as staphylococcus aureus, salmonella, and E. coli
  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Has been shown to protect against food borne illnesses, also wonderful for clearing mucous caused by colds and flu
  • Lemon Essential Oil: natural disinfectant, brightening agent, anti-bacterial, cuts through sticky/gooey messes
  • Cinnamon Essential Oil: eliminates bacterial growth, anti-microbial
  • Thyme Essential Oil: anti-microbial, effective for preventing and killing salmonella
Essential Oils for DIY Cleaners
Clean It Yourself (DIY Cleaners!)

All Purpose Cleaner

What You’ll Need:
Spray Bottle
1/2 cup White Vinegar
3/4 cup Water
10 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
10 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

Make it like so:
Combine all the ingredients (vinegar, water, essential oils) in the spray bottle. Shake gently or stir to combine it well.

Glass Cleaner

What You’ll Need:
Spray Bottle
2 cups Distilled Water (distilled prevents streaking)
2 tablespoons White Vinegar
10 Drops Lemon Essential Oil

Make it like so:
Combine all the ingredients (distilled water, white vinegar, essential oil) in the spray bottle. Shake gently to combine it well. Spray on glass and use a microfibre cloth to ensure a streak-free shine.

Stain Remover

What You’ll Need:
Dark spray bottle
1/4 cup Vegetable Glycerin
1/4 cup Distilled Water
1/4 cup Castille Soap
1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide (3%)
40 drops Lemon Essential Oil

Make it like so:
In your dark spray bottle, combine all of the ingredients.

Use it like so:
Blot the stain with paper towel or a cloth. Gently shake the spray bottle, the spray the stain remover over the stain. It works best on fresh stains. Let the remover sit for 5 minutes on the stain. Scrub the soaked stain with a scrub brush or cloth until the stain has been lifted. Wash the clothing as you normally would.

Bathroom Cleaner

What You’ll Need:
Spray Bottle
2 cups Distilled Water
1 tablespoon Baking Soda
2 tablespoons Castille Soap
30 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil (antibacterial, antifungal)
20 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Make it like so:
Combine all the ingredients in your spray bottle.

Use it like so:
This is a great cleaner for your toilet, sink, counters, around the base of the toilet, and tub. For harder stains, let sit for 2-3 minutes before wiping with a cloth.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever made your own cleaning supplies and if you give these recipes a try! Happy Cleaning!

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