I resisted the idea of making my own personal care and household cleaning items for a long time. I worried that I didn't have the time, it would be too complicated, or that the ingredients would be too obscure and either cost a fortune or be difficult to locate. I was wrong about all of that!
Today I'm going to share a few of my favorite green recipes that I use daily with my family.
We all know the importance of washing hands and removing bacteria and other germs from our bodies, but what happens when you're out and about and don't have access to soap and water? As a family that makes a conscious effort to minimize our toxic exposure, most of the commercial sanitizing sprays on the market do not pass our "green" test. They contain questionable ingredients such as triclosan and artificial fragrances. In addition, they can be extremely drying to the skin and many don't work as well as they claim. So, what can you do about this issue? Make your own, of course!
Here is my favorite recipe for an easy and effective hand sanitizing spray. Not only does it give me the confidence to live my life and let my kids be kids, it also nourishes my skin and with just three ingredients, it couldn't be easier to make! Here's what you'll need:
-Aloe Vera Gel
-On Guard Essential Oil
You'll also want a container for the final product as well as a bowl and funnel if you're container has a small neck.
Begin by measuring 1 Tbsp of aloe vera gel and adding it to your bowl.
Optional: If you don't use the sanitizer frequently, you may choose to add ¼ tsp of vitamin E as a natural preservative.
Next, add 20 drops of On Guard essential oil. This essential oil blend helps to protect against environmental threats while supporting a healthy immune function. It also smells amazing! It's like fall in a bottle! Yes, please!
Finally, top your container off with water to thin the formula out a bit and make application easier.
That's it! You've got a simple and effective hand sanitizer that you can feel good about and whip together in no time at all.
When my husband and I were expecting our first child, I did some serious digging into the household cleaning products that we were using and was horrified at the synthetic chemicals that I was allowing into my home and onto our bodies. This is actually how my essential oil journey began. I researched various oils and their properties, learned which would be most effective for what I was attempting to do, and started making my very own green cleaners. Sadly, you can't always buy the cleaner that looks "green" and trust that it's got your best interest at heart. Take, for example, a popular green cleaning product seen here. This product appears to be free of harmful ingredients based on the name and claim of being "natural" but sadly this product received a rating of 'F' from the Environmental Working Group as part of their guide to green cleaning. Not only is greenwashing a large concern, but many of these companies are charging a huge premium and preying on consumers who don't know better. So, what's a green cleaning mama to do?
You guessed it, make your own!
This recipe is so simple that my five year old can actually make it herself. I love it for cleaning hard surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, etc. Here's what you'll need:
-Pure Essential Oils
This recipe is formulated for a 16 oz bottle. If yours is smaller or larger, you can adjust the ingredients as needed.
Begin by adding ¼ cup of white vinegar to your spray bottle.
Next, add 1 ¾ cups of water to the bottle
Finally, add 30 drops of essential oils to your bottle (ensure that you have plenty of space before you begin adding these.
Some of my favorite scent combinations include:
• 15 drops each of Lavender and Lemon
• 10 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Wild Orange
• 15 drops each of Grapefruit and On Guard
Once all ingredients are in the bottle, I give it a good shake to combine. Simple and safe cleaner that I can feel good about.
I am a green, eco-conscious momma of two on a mission to bring health to the masses by putting a healer in every home. I spend most of my free time researching natural health and wellness to better support my family and customers. I use and recommend doTERRA essential oils because in my experience, they are the most researched and purest oils available. I encourage everyone to do their own research. I offer free consults to everyone via phone, FaceTime/Skype, or in person if you are in the Charlotte metro area. My goal is to empower you!Not a DIY person, but want to get in on the true green cleaning game? You can buy your pre-made sanitizing spray HERE