I have to admit: I am not one to whip up some vinegar and essential oils to make a non-toxic cleaner for my home.
One, I honestly feel they don’t work as well as a “natural” store-bought cleaner and two, I don’t want to experiment and waste my time and money with a cleaner that could possibly not work.
It’s the truth, yo.
Although I try to resist convenience whenever I can, store-bought cleaners are definitely my weakness. Unfortunately, I always have the guilt of knowing the ingredients really aren’t that great but I guess that’s the sacrifice you have to make when you don’t trust vinegar to do the cleaning job for you.
The good news is I found the perfect non-toxic, human-safe, lazy-person soap to use for ALL of my cleaning. That’s right, good-bye million plus one bottles under my sink that are taking up more room than I have and really don’t contain “natural” ingredients.
Hello, Branch Basics soap that can be used to clean pretty much anything and everything. I’m not kidding you when I’ve said I have used Branch Basics to get stains out of my white carpet, stains out of my husbands work shirt, to clean the toilet, shower, tub, and to spray on my counters.
This is THE miracle soap for someone who doesn’t want to experiment with DIY cleaners but also really cares about ingredients.
You can use Branch Basics straight up without any scent, but I am really in love with using Plant Therapy essential oils. Not only do essential oils give you that “so fresh and so clean clean” smell after you just cleaned the bathroom or sprayed your kitchen counters, but they serve as a dual purpose in the sense of giving an extra kick of cleaning power.
Different essential oils have different cleaning properties; for example sweet orange is great for cutting grease while tea tree is a great all-purpose oil for many different cleaning properties. You can read more on which essential oils are best for cleaning here.
So how do you create the world’s easiest DIY natural cleaners that actually work? Two steps.
1. You buy the starter kit from Branch Basics which contains three empty spray bottles: Streak-free bottle (think windows, mirrors, aquariums, picture frames, computer screens), all-purpose bottle (think appliances, dishes, pacifiers, yoga mats, stains), and bathroom bottle (self-explanatory).
Aside from the empty bottles that literally tell you where to fill the water to and where to fill the soap, you also get an empty foam dispenser (think makeup remover, baby wash, and hand soap) and the concentrate.
2. After taking two minutes to fill each bottle with the required amount of purified water and soap, you add in your favorite essential oils that get the cleaning done. I’d recommend lemon, tea tree, orange or grapefruit, and lavender to start with. Find my favorite essential oils here.
Essential Oil Combination Inspiration
The following is what I used in each of my bottles:
- Bathroom bottle: 10 drops grapefruit, 5 drops lemon, 5 drops tea tree
- Streak-free bottle: 3 drops lavender
- All-purpose: 10 drops lemon, 10 drops tea tree
If you’re really feeling unmotivated to think about different combinations of essential oils to put in your DIY cleaner, just choose the Kid Safe Germ Destroyer synergy and — BAM — you’ve got yourself an all-purpose cleaner.
It’s like the perfect symbiotic relationship that is literally free from anything dangerous. Perfect for a busy person who just wants to use something non-toxic and good for the earth!
This post is sponsored by Plant Therapy and Branch Basics. However, the opinions and photos are of my own. Authenticity is important so I would never promote any brand or product that I wholeheartedly don’t believe in. My readers are my number one priority and I only recommend companies and products that I believe will benefit my readers.