Cleaning Recipes

Laundry Detergent


  • 2 cups of Washing soda (not washing powder)
  • 2 bars of Fels-Naphtha Soap or scent-free Castile soap (if you don’t want orange coloring)
  • 2 cups of Borax
  • 20 drops of doTERRA Lavender (or Purify or Wild Orange)
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Cheese grater


Grate the 2 bars of Fels-Naphtha (or Castile soap).  Mix thoroughly, using a fork to remove any lumps in the mixture.  Keep the detergent in a recycled, cleaned protein shake container.  Use the small measuring spoon that came with it.  It can cost a third of what store-bought detergent does.

from “How to Make doTERRA Laundry Detergent

Liquid Homemade Essential Oil Laundry Detergent


  • 4 cups hot boiled water
  • 1 natural soap bar (see the directions below for tips)
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1/4 cup borax
  • 30 drops doTERRA Lavender
  • 30 drops doTERRA Lemon
  • 30 drops doTERRA Grapefruit or Clove


You will need a 5 gallon bucket for this homemade laundry soap recipe.  Grate the soap bar using a cheese grater.  (Soap suggestions are clear vegetable glycerin or olive oil soap bars or doTERRA Citrus Bliss or Serenity Bath Bars.)  Combine soap flakes and hot water in a large saucepan.  Stir over a medium-low heat until the soap is melted.  Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of very hot water.  Add the melted soap mixture, the washing soda, and the borax.  Stir until all of the power is dissolved.  Fill the bucket up to the top with more hot water.  Stir, cover, and let sit overnight to thicken.  On the next morning, stir the essential oils into the laundry soap mixture.  Transfer your homemade laundry detergent to a bunch of clean used laundry jugs.  Shake the bottle before each use to dissolve any lumps of gel that might have formed while it was sitting.  Use 1 cup per load for top-loading washing machines and 1/2 cup for front-load washers.  (Recipe makes enough for 45 top loads or 90 front loads.)

from “Liquid Homemade Essential Oil Laundry Detergent

Toilet Bomb


  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 5 – 10 drops doTERRA Melaleuca

Directions:  Combine all ingredients in a quart-size container and then pour into the toilet and use a toilet brush.  You can also pour the ingredients directly into the toilet.


Basic Sink Cleaning

1 Tablespoon Baking soda

1 – 2 drops Lemon essential oil

Directions:  Sprinkle baking soda in a wet sink and add Lemon.  Scrub the sink with a damp, not wet, sponge or cloth.  Rinse thoroughly.  Use this recipe with the next to clean a tub.


Basic Window Cleaner (Natural Windex)

  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 8 drops of a citrus oil (Lemon, Wild Orange, Lime, or Grapefruit)

Directions:  Combine all ingredients in a plastic spray bottle and shake well before use.  Spray onto mirror or window and wipe with a dry cloth or towel.


Air Freshener

  • Ingredients:
  • 8 ounces waters
  • 5 – 7 drops of essential oil or oil blend

Directions:  Mix together in a spray bottle.  Important Note: Avoid wood surfaces.


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