Keepin’ It Natural While Cleaning – Housekeeping Recipes – Vital Earth Traditions – Handcrafted Sustainable Beauty

0 December 14, 2014

Who loves to clean their homes with icky smelling and toxic chemicals? Not me! Creating your natural cleaners for your home is fun. Of course, you can always purchase Vital Earth Traditions Natural Home products too. While we just have our antibacterial liquid soaps available now, watch out for more products here on the horizon.


For you crafty DIY’s out there, here you go.


Basic Ingredients To Get Started


  • Liquid Castile Soap or Castile Bar Soap (to grate for laundry)
  • Baking Soda
  • Borax
  • White Vinegar
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Lemon Essential Oil
  • Orange Essential Oil


Spice It UP If you Like With:

  • Lemongrass Essential Oil
  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Pine Essential Oil
  • Vegetable Glycerine


If you are looking for a natural cleaner to kill bacteria on hard surfaces, here is a favorite recipe of mine.


Lemongrass & Lavender Household Blend

  • 7.0 oz. Distilled Water
  • 7.0 oz. White Vinegar
  • 1.6 oz. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 0.4 oz. Vegetable Glycerine
  • Lavender Essential Oil – 40 Drops
  • Lemongrass Essential Oil – 20 Drops
  • Orange Essential Oil – 20 Drops
  • Lemon Essential Oil – 18 Drops
  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil – 12 Drops
  • Thyme Essential Oil – 10 Drops


Mix all ingredients together in a new clean 16 oz. household cleaner type spray bottle.  Once all of the ingredients are added into the bottle shake thoroughly several times before using. Avoid eye contact with this recipe.

1) This mix can also be put in a spray bottel to use as a room spray. It will kill odor verses adding to the stench!

2) This mix can be used to make a paste for the dishwasher. I use equal parts of Borax and Baking Soda, then add liquid cleaner until I get the desired consistancy I want.

3) Washing Machine. I take 1 Cup Borax, 1 Cup Baking Soda, grate approximately 1/2 crated castile soap, mix together and use 1/2 Cup in my Washing Machine. I then pour about 1/8 Cup of the above liquid cleaning mixture in with the Baking Soda mixture. Depending on how dirty the clothes are I might fill the spot for bleach with the liquid cleaner also.


Would you like to learn more? Check out some of my favorite books on Natural Green Housekeeping.


My family has been making our own detergents and cleansers for a couple of years now. We even use vinegar at the Spa as a non-toxic cleaner for the spa floors.