How to Make Homemade Cleaner with Castile Soap:
What You’ll Need:
- Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap, unscented
- Lemon Essential Oil
- Empty Spray Bottle – you can find one at the dollar store
Take your empty spray bottle and put a small squirt of Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap in it. Just add enough so that it covers the bottom of your bottle and that’s it. Dr. Bronner’s is so concentrated, that if you put in too much soap, you’ll end up having to do a lot of rinsing and it could leave your surface feeling sticky.
Add 10-15 drops lemon essential oil. Swirl around a bit to mix together and slowly add hot water to the top of the bottle.
That’s it – your homemade cleaner is done!
I would recommend shaking your bottle a bit before each use just to be sure the oils are well mixed in the soap. The smell is amazing! So much more refreshing that other cleaner fumes that I feel like I need to hold my breath to avoid coughing.
Plus this homemade cleaner really works! I’ve found it to work just as well as any harsh cleaning chemical and it’s so much safer and nicer to use too!
As you can see right on the bottle of Dr. Bronner’s castile soap, there are many different homemade cleaners you can make using just this one product. Take a look at #8 – that is this easy all-purpose cleaner recipe! It doesn’t mention adding any essential oils, but you can customize your own bottle with your own oils. You could add lavender, rosemary, or for intense disinfecting purposes, add some Young Living Thieves essential oil!
#9 is also interesting in that we can use this mild castile soap as a natural pesticide! I did not use this brand specifically, but I have used diluted Seventh Generation dish soap to keep aphids off of my roses – and it totally worked!
I’d love to hear what you use for natural cleaning products in your home. What actually works? Not just a current fad on Pinterest. For example, I used to make my own laundry detergent using borax, bar soap, and soda wash. It was cheaper for sure, but it beat up my clothes. They faded more quickly and my shirts were filled with cotton pills much more quickly. No thank you!
What make-at-home cleaning or household products have you tried that have worked? Or not?
Dawn Lopez says
Okay, I like this homemade cleaner idea. I’m always looking to find ways to save money and help keep the world green. I’ll definitely try this out and see just how good it is. Thanks a bunch!
Lori Felix says
I love homemade cleaners because they save me money and I know that they are safe to use. I have homemade cleaners for every room of my house.
I have never tried using a home made cleaner before… I am sure this would be a money saver and an environment saver I would love to try this cleaner.
valmg @ Mom Knows It All says
I’ve never made a homemade cleaner of any type before. I’ve never had a problem with soap that I bought before, but it’s great to see it can easily be made at home by those who choose to do so.
We haven’t tried making our own cleaners before. But…you do make it look easy. May have to give it a shot!
This is easy for sure – and you have to smell it in real life to fully appreciate it! 🙂
I’ve actually never used Castile soap until now. But to be honest I haven’t quite made the complete transition to homemade products. I figured I should start small and see the effect and only then expand my collection. I currently use around 8 recipes for natural cleaners but none of them include the soap 😀 I wonder how I got around without it so far…
Oh, well… I guess it’s never too late to learn something new.
Just beware that some essential oils canbe harmful to your pets.Ask your vet for the best ones or look up ones online to see if they are ok or not. Each pet type is different.