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DIY All-Purpose Natural Household Cleaner with Lemon and Thieves Essential Oils from Young Living

DIY All-Purpose Natural Household Cleaner with Lemon and Thieves Essential Oils from Young Living

In the nine months I’ve been married and taking care of our little apartment, it has been my goal to eliminate as many harsh and toxic chemicals from our home as possible. In my efforts to ensure that we are living in a clean space, I don’t want to sacrifice our long-term health by using products that can cause a host of issues. Enter essential oils. I diffuse these all day long and use them for our personal health as well as for the cleanliness of our home. My most recent endeavor was to make an all-purpose natural household cleaner and it was a complete and utter success. Not only does it work wonders, but it’s so ridiculously easy to make.

DIY All-Purpose Natural Household Cleaner with Lemon and Thieves Essential Oils from Young Living

I chose these particular oils for my cleaner for several reasons. Thieves oil is a blend of cinnamon, clove, lemon, rosemary, and eucalyptus therapeutic-grade essential oils. It’s an incredible disinfectant that cleans without killing all the good bacteria as well. Many hospitals even use thieves oil to disinfect surfaces. Lemon essential oil is great at removing sticky residues, it’s antiseptic, antifungal, and antiviral. In addition, it has a clean, invigorating citrus scent.

To make this natural household cleaner, you will need…

glass spray bottle (I purchased mine here)

1 cup white vinegar
(you could use 1/2 cup if the smell is too strong.)

1 cup water

20 drops thieves essential oil blend

20 drops lemon essential oil

(optional: add a little bit of either rubbing alcohol or baking soda for more a more specified cleaner)

DIY All-Purpose Natural Household Cleaner with Lemon and Thieves Essential Oils from Young Living

1. Mix water and vinegar together.

DIY All-Purpose Natural Household Cleaner with Lemon and Thieves Essential Oils from Young Living

2. Add essential oils.

DIY All-Purpose Natural Household Cleaner with Lemon and Thieves Essential Oils from Young Living

DIY All-Purpose Natural Household Cleaner with Lemon and Thieves Essential Oils from Young Living

DIY All-Purpose Natural Household Cleaner with Lemon and Thieves Essential Oils from Young Living

3. Stir to combine.

DIY All-Purpose Natural Household Cleaner with Lemon and Thieves Essential Oils from Young Living

4. Carefully pour into glass spray bottle.

(The bottle must be glass because you don’t want to put essential oils in plastic.)

DIY All-Purpose Natural Household Cleaner with Lemon and Thieves Essential Oils from Young Living

5. Clean to your heart’s content!

Interested in getting started with Essential Oils?

Feel free to email me at poppyanthology[at]gmail.com with any questions you may have
or you can order your starter kit here.

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  • Cassandra, you know, I have been wanting to make my own household cleaner for so long but never got to it, you are inspiring me to do it soon! Never thought of adding essential oils to a cleaning agent, will definitely give this a try. And I am totally with you, I have been on a quest to make my own products too and stop buying toxic chemical products for the house.
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    • It’s so easy to make you should definitely go for it! Eliminating more toxic chemicals can be a process, but it’s so worth it! Let me know how this cleaner works for you if you try making it. 🙂

  • This looks great.. I try to use natural stuff where I can. I need to look into essential oils.. I hear everyone talking about them!

  • I’ve been reading up on balancing my hormones (skin issues) and I was surprised that everything thing I read said to eliminate cleaning products and make your own. I have yet to try it, but I’m looking forward to giving this a try!

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

  • Jazmine

    Essential oils are really all the rage now. I see why they can be used in so many different ways. Thank you for sharing.

  • Thanks for sharing this. I definitely need to look into purchasing some essential oils. I’ve seen it all over the place lately!

  • I’ve been wanting to learn more about essential oils! I didn’t really know much about them until recently. I love how versatile they can be! I mean people use it for all sorts of things! I’ve heard lemon is a good place to start would you agree? Or what would you recommend for a beginner? 🙂
    ~Mattie
    http://www.mattiesmakings.com

    • Hello Mattie! Lemon is an incredible place to begin! My favorite oils for starting out would be Peppermint, Lemon, and Lavender. They are lovely for diffusing separate or together. Lemon would be the most versatile, though. My most-used oils are Thieves blend (from Young Living), Purification blend (from Young Living), and then I love diffusing Lavender in the evenings for a calming effect, and in the morning I will diffuse Lemon, Peppermint, and Rosemary together. Frankincense is a great oil for skincare, but it can be more expensive and it isn’t as versatile for those just starting out. Hope that helps! Feel free to let me know if you have any other questions. 🙂

  • This is really great! I actually have Thieves cleaner, but I love the DIY recipe! Will have to try it out! Thanks for sharing!

    Molly | http://www.stylemissmolly.com

  • Ive made cleaners myself with vinegar but never included the essential oils. Will definitely try that next time

  • I love this!! I recently just got into Essential Oils but have not used them to their fullest. I enjoy being able to find new ways to be able to use them. Thank You for sharing!

  • Essential oils are becoming so popular, I love them. Thanks for the DIY recipe. Can’t wait to try it 🙂

  • Love natural cleaning. Thanks

  • I love household cleaners with lemon in them! It makes everything smell so clean and fresh! Thank you for the inspiring post!

  • I’ve been wanting to make my own cleaner with EOs! I have a bunch sitting around, it’s about time I put them to good use 🙂

  • one of my 2016 new year resolution was to make natural household cleaners! great article and gorgeous pics!

  • I really want to get started in making natural cleaners (and detergents, etc) for my house. This is a great way to get started, thank you for sharing!

  • Great post. I make all our own cleaning supplies. When do you put the rubbing alcohol in? For glass cleaner? Thanks.

    • yep! I’ll add rubbing alcohol if I’m using it to clean glass.

  • Thanks for the tip! With little ones, I am always looking for ways to keep my house clean, but also safe for them.

  • I’ve purchased natural cleaners before but this is probably much cheaper. Looks so simple too!

  • I’ve been contemplating trying to make my own household cleanser – the ones you find in stores are so abundant with nasty chemicals! I’ll have to try this one out and see how it goes, thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • I love this idea, especially because I’ve been getting into the essential oils lately and am seriously reaping the benefits of some of them. I’ll have to try this.