Healthy Home Solutions: Recipes for a Green Clean
In this post, I am presenting some great Do-It-Yourself Recipes for healthy cleaning. I am so excited to share these with you – I have been using them regularly in my home and I actually find that I no longer dread cleaning! Now for me it is a refreshing experience!
For a DIY Alternative for Dryer Sheets or Fabric Softener, you will need:
100% Wool Yarn Or Other 100% Animal Yarn
Pantyhose (Upcycling Idea: Reuse pantyhose with runs in them)
1. Take the end of the yarn and wrap it around your middle and index finger 10 times. Remove it from the fingers and then wrap 2-3 times around the middle (it should look like a bow). This will be the start of your ball.
2. Keep tightly wrapping the yarn around the start, working toward making a round shape. Once your ball is roughly the size of a tennis ball, cut the yarn and tuck the ends into the sides of the ball. Repeat this process until you have created four or more balls of yarn.
3. Cut one leg off of the pantyhose. Place one ball into the bottom of the leg and tie a knot right above the ball with the pantyhose to secure it in place. Repeat until all the balls have been added and secured.
4. Once the balls are tightly secured in the pantyhose, put them in the washer (can be with a load of your dirty laundry) and wash on the hottest setting. This will allow the yarn to felt. Felting will make the yarn fuse together, resulting in a solid ball. Once it has been washed, dry it thoroughly in the dryer at the highest heat setting.
5. After the balls are completely dry, remove them from the pantyhose and they’re ready for use! Before drying your next load of laundry, add your favorite essential oil to 4-6 dryer balls, toss them in the dryer, and enjoy! Tip: 2-3 drops of essential oil per ball should last a few loads. Add more drops if you would like a stronger scent.
More laundry tips:
- Crumple up aluminum foil into a ball and and toss it in the dryer with the wet laundry to get rid of static cling.
- For an even extra burst of essential oils in your clothing, place a wash cloth with a few drops of essential oil into your dryer. You will love the result!
- Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to your wash cycle to help remove grease and oil from fabrics.
- For extra soft clothing, add 1/2 cup vinegar (a natural fabric softener) to your washer with each load. Don’t worry, your clothes will not smell like vinegar once dry!
You can easily replace all of your household cleaning products with homemade solutions using essential oils. It is safe – good for you and your family, and the fragrance is amazing!
All Purpose Cleaner
Use vinegar, water and lemon, lime or orange essential oils in a spray bottle (I prefer to use glass spray bottles whevever possible. Click here to order)
Again, using vinegar and water, combine with lemon and a purifying essential oil blend in a spray bottle
DIY Wood Floor/Furniture Polish
My personal favorite!!! I love how wonderfully clean and shiny my old wood floors look after using this! Most of the furniture in my home is old wood as well and it shines like brand new!
Use equal parts olive oil and vinegar with lemon and wild orange essential oils in a spray bottle. You can also use Coconut Oil – the solid form – on wood furniture to restore luster and for a quick refinished look.
Nothing spoils your outdoor ambience faster than bugs. Essential oils provide a safe alternative to nasty pesticides and they really work – you’ll smell great too!! Peppermint, Lavender, Lemongrass, Patchouli,and Clove are just a few of the oils you need in your outdoor arsenal. Recipes can also be made to help you get rid of the pesky indoor creatures too. Here is a complete list of oils and the pests they keep away:
- Ants: Peppermint Aphids: Peppermint, Sandalwood, White Fir
- Beetles: Peppermint, Thyme Caterpillars: Peppermint
- Chiggers: Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme Cutworm: Thyme
- Fleas: Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint
- Flies: Basil, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary Gnats: Patchouli
- Mosquitoes: Lavender, Lemongrass
- Moths: Lavender, Peppermint Plant
- Lice: Peppermint Roaches: Eucalyptus
- Slugs: White Fir
- Snails: Patchouli, White Fir
- Spiders: Peppermint Ticks: Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme
- Weevils: Patchouli, Sandalwood
Green your Body
Using essential oils to cleanse and refresh your skin and body is a wonderful natural solution. One of my favorites is the DIY Deodorant.
- ¼ cup aluminum free baking soda ¼ cup arrowroot (can substitute with cornstarch)
- 3-5 tablespoons coconut oil 15 drops desired essential oil (see recommendations below)
- 1 empty deodorant container (you can also purchase one here
- Recommended essential oils: lemon, melaleuca, lavender, lime, geranium, lemongrass, and thyme.Tip: If you live in a warm climate, add one ounce of melted shea or cocoa butter to recipe.
1. Combine baking soda, arrowroot, and essential oil into bowl.
2. Combine coconut oil with other ingredients one tablespoon at a time until mixture is at the desired consistency.
3. Press firmly into an empty deodorant container and let sit until the coconut oil solidifies.
4. You’re done! Simply apply as needed.
I hope you enjoy the recipes – they are so fun to make and even better for you and your family to use!
If you have questions, or would like to see other recipes posted, please be sure to comment or contact me!