DIY || Homemade Cleaners

by Kortney Campbell on January 17, 2013

Our awesome aromatherapy loving friend Andrea is back today sharing some more amazing recipes to keep your home safe and clean!


Making your own non-toxic cleaning products and knowing your family won’t be exposed to harmful chemicals is incredibly reassuring.  It doesn’t have to be time-consuming, either. It takes just a few minutes to make these simple, effective products!

As an added benefit, these cleaning products cost much less than the commercial versions you can buy at a grocery store, not to mention the organic ones from a health food store (and that includes the initial investment to buy the essential oils).

Here are two of my favorite recipes that I always use for cleaning my house:

1 || Bathroom Grout Scrub

grout scrub Use about a teaspoon of this scrub on an abrasive sponge to clean the shower. I also use this in the kitchen and bathroom sinks. The bathroom smells great, and I feel good after cleaning!


  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons Castile soap
  • 1/4 T Cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
  • 15 drops Sweet Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
  • 15 drops Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • 10 drops Peppermint essential oil (Mentha x piperita)


  • In a 16 oz. wide mouth container mix all the ingredients together
  • Add more vinegar or Castile soap as needed to make a smooth, thick paste consistency.

2 || Clean Sponge, Happy Sponge

Sponge It might seem odd to make a spray to clean sponges, but as sponges sit they gather bacteria. When I am, done cleaning the dishes, I squeeze the extra water out of the sponge, spray it several times on both sides and let it sit. The spray will kill any bacteria that even considered making their home on your sponge.


  • Water 12 oz
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons Castile soap
  • 20 drops White Pine (Pinus strobus) 
15 drops Lemon (Citrus limon) essential oil
25 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil

How to Use It:

I leave a small bottle of the Pine Forest Citrus Spray by the sponge and each day I spray both sides to keep it fresh and free of germs. Your kitchen will smell great, and the sponges will be clean and happy!

Thanks, Andrea! We will definitely be using these recipes this weekend! Have you tried making your own cleaning supplies? If so, we’d love to hear about them! And if you’re looking for more aromatherapy recipes, be sure to check out Andrea’s book and follow along with her adventures on facebook!

Top Photo {VIA}

About Kortney Campbell

I'm Kortney; a wife, natural mama and vegan in love with life, food and all things vintage! I've been vegan since December 2007, but have loved to cook & create pretty things since before I can remember. I started Vegan Housewives because I don't think you have to give up the joys of food when going vegan! I have a fondness for re-creating non-vegan recipes (especially my grandma's), making a healthier & animal friendly version so be sure to send me your favorite concoctions by clicking our "share a recipe" button - I would LOVE to veg-i-fy them!

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