I am always up for a challenge, so when I hear people say “I don’t have time for DIY” I wanted to prove them wrong, sorry! In this Facebook live I demonstrated 10 products in 10 minutes… and nailed it (if I say so myself) :)
When living additive free it is all about making the entire house as low tox as possible, for us to achieve this, in the cheapest way possible, we do a bit of DIY. It is very easy, anyone can do it, as you’ll see in this video.
What did I make in 10 minutes:
1. Foaming Hand Wash x 2
2. Toilet Cleaner
3. All-purpose Spray
4. Glass Cleaner
5. Hand Sanitiser
6. Cleaning Paste
7. Mum Needs To Sleep Blend
8. Tracey’s Marriage Saver Blend (aka hubby stop snoring)
9. Car Freshener
10. Diffuser Blends (no more candles)
Let’s go through them one at a time:
Foaming Hand Wash – there are many recipes available for this online, we love Krissy from The Inspired Little Pot, but to be honest, we don’t measure or follow a recipe anymore. Just use a decent squirt of Castille soap, around 10-20 drops essential oil of choice and then fill the rest of the bottle with clean water (distilled, filtered or cooled down boiled water).
Our favourite blends for hand wash are – Wild Orange and Peppermint, Lemon and Lime, Eucalyptus and Wild Orange, Lemongrass and Ginger, or straight up On Guard.
Toilet Cleaner – it can’t get faster than this. Just use an old duck shaped bottle, or re-use a bottle of the doTERRA On Guard Cleaning Concentrate. In your empty bottle squirt in around a tablespoon of Castille Soap and 20 drops of On Guard. Or to make it even easier, just use the On Guard Cleaning Concentrate and follow the directions on the side of the bottle.
All-purpose Spray – I absolutely love the spray bottles from doTERRA. At the moment these are only available via the US back office, so ask your upline to help you place an order this way. The recipe is very simple – fill your bottle with clean water (distilled, filtered or cooled down boiled water), then add around 10 drops of essential oil of choice.
Oils we love for cleaning are – Oregano, Lemon, Wild Orange, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree and On Guard. You can find more ideas for using essential oils for cleaning in this blog post :)
Glass Cleaner – this is a simple mix of half and half white vinegar and clean water, mixed with 5-10 drops of Lemon essential oil in a 300ml sized bottle. Add more Lemon if your bottle is larger.
Hand Sanitiser – Mix some witch hazel extract with 5 drops On Guard essential oil. I love the bottles from the doTERRA back office (available from the US shop). I find they last longer than any others I have purchased over the years. Or, you can purchase the doTERRA Hand Sanitiser via your wholesale account, then refill this bottle when it runs out, using the recipe above.
Cleaning Paste – This recipe is from doTERRA and is brilliant. You can find it here. We love using different essential oils for different parts of the house. Oregano is amazing for cleaning the oven, but the citrus oils are our main choice as they are the cheapest for every other part of the house. You can use combinations of oils if you prefer. I still use gloves when cleaning, especially if using Oregano.
Mum Needs To Sleep Blend – I have been using this blend for quite a while and am finding it works extremely well for me. I reuse old bottles and mix 15 drops each of Copaiba and Frankincense, then top the rest with Fractionated Coconut Oil. I apply this to my wrists, soles of the feet and top of spine. You may also apply a teeny bit to your temples. Sweet dreams!
Marriage Saver Blend (aka reduce the snoring blend) – My hubby has been using this for years and it has literally saved our marriage. I was so close to moving him to the spare bedroom (totally serious about that), but since he started using this it has dramatically reduced his noisy habits and works well for us. In a 10ml roller bottle mix 10 drops of Easy Air then top the bottle with Fractionated Coconut Oil. He rolls it over the bridge of his nose and on his chest as he hops into bed each night.
Car Freshener – The little clips are available from eBay (or many other online stores). They come with little felt pads on the inside. Simply place your oil of choice onto the felt pad and you’re done. Super easy! Personally, we love the citrus oils and suggest choosing something uplifting when driving.
Fresh Diffuser Blends – One of the first things we removed from our homes were candles and synthetic reed diffusers. We switched these out to Ultrasonic Diffusers and have never looked back. If you need some inspo around diffuser blends then check out this eBook – Diffuser-Blend-e-book
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