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Spring Cleaning Round-up!!

Plant Therapy Orange, Lemon, Lavender, and Tea Tree Cleaning DIY


We have some really great cleaning recipes on our blog. I wanted to take the opportunity to round them all up for you in one place. Plus, add a few new hints, tips and even a few NEW recipes! It’s almost time to throw open your windows, air out the house and get down to the business of spring cleaning! This time of renewal and rejuvenation always occurs when the weather warms up and the crocuses pop out of the soil! As we prepare to enjoy the sun again, let’s take a look at these great cleaning recipes!

All purpose cleaner

Carpet, Mattress and More… cleaning powder

Counter wipes

Now let’s take a look at some *new* recipes to the blog for spring cleaning!

Essential oils that may be helpful for these recipes:

  • Orange: Can help in cutting grease, fingerprints, and smells amazing
  • Lemon: That fresh, clean scent and lemon is also amazing for it’s grease cutting power
  • Lavender: A soft scent that is fantastic when used in cleaning products, especially for laundry applications.
  • Tea Tree: A wonderful disinfectant and helpful when cleaning in bathrooms!
  • Or try our “Spring Cleaning Set” that contains Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Citrus Burst and Germ Fighter.
Laundry Soap Bombs

What you’ll need: 

  • 1 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup grated soap, of your choice
  • 2 tbsp Epsom salt
  • 3 tbsp hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 20 drops essential oil of your choice

What you’ll do: 

  1. Combine “dry” ingredients in a medium bowl
  2. Combine “wet” ingredients in a separate measuring cup
  3. A little at a time, add the wet to the dry, stirring to combine
  4. Continue until all the wet ingredients are added. The resulting mixture will be slightly damp
  5. Use a small scoop or tbsp to place rounds onto parchment or sil-pat
  6. Allow to air dry for 8-12 hours. Once dry store in tightly lidded container
  7. Use 1 round per load of laundry, or 2 for those really dirty loads

Plant Therapy Fabric Softener DIY

Fabric Softener

This is a quick and easy project that leaves your clothes soft and with a hint of scent!

What you’ll need:

  • Epsom salt
  • Essential oils of your choice
  • A container for storage
  • A scoop, measuring spoon or other item to dispense the crystals

What you’ll do:

  1. For each cup of Epsom salt, add 10 drops of your essential oil
  2. Mix well
  3. Store in tightly capped container
  4. Use 1-2 tbsp per load of laundry. Place in your softer dispenser

Plant Therapy Steel Appliance Polish DIY

Steel Appliance Polish

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. In glass jar or container, combine the vegetable oil with the 2-3 drops of your chosen essential oil
  2. Dab a small amount onto your soft cloth
  3. Use small circular motion, polish stainless steel
  4. Continue to buff until fingerprints, grime and smudges are removed

Plant Therapy Tub & Sink Cleaner DIY

Tub & Sink Cleaner

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup Castile Soap
  • 1/4 cup washing soda
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 20 drops Orange Sweet, Grapefruit Pink, or Lemon essential oil
  • mold, small plastic container or other item to make a “bar” {see below for more information}

What you’ll do:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium glass bowl
  2. Mix well to blend together
  3. Press paste into mold and allow to dry for a few hours, until firm
  4. Once set, remove from mold (I used an old 4 inch round butter container)
  5. To use the bar: wet and rub the surface of your sink or tub. The bar will gently remove dirt and soap scum. Wipe clean with a damp rag. Rinse with cool water.
  6. Enjoy your beautifully clean tub or sink!
Window Spray

Plant Therapy Window Spray DIY

What you’ll need:

  • 12 ounces water
  • 0.5-1.5% Optiphen Plus*
  • 1 tbsp Ammonia
  • 1 tsp Rubbing alcohol
  • Essential oils of your choice

**If you choose not to use a preservative you will need to store it in the fridge.  Optiphen plus is a preservative which reduces the instance of bacterial growth in water-based products. We recommend that a preservative be used in any water-based products that you make at home. This is a great choice since it contains no parabens, no formaldehyde, and are not formaldehyde contributors. 

What you’ll do:

  1. Combine everything in a 32 ounce spray bottle
  2. Spritz windows, wipe with soft cloth
  3. Ta-da! Sparkling clean glass!!

Need some great recipe combination ideas for essential oils? Check out these ones to get you started:

Fresh Kitchen: 15 drops each Lavender & Lemon
Disinfecting: 15 drops Tea Tree, 10 drops Lemon and 5 drops Rosemary
Fresh & Fruity: 20 drops Sweet Orange, 10 drops Grapefruit Pink and 5 drops Vanilla
OR instead use one of our germ synergies (KidSafe Germ Destroyer or Germ Fighter!)

We sincerely hope that when the warm weather finally makes an appearance, you’re ready to get down to cleaning! Open up your home and let the sunshine in! These project only take a few minutes and will leave your home looking & smelling beautiful! If you have any questions regarding these or any other recipes you find on our blog, please be in touch by emailing us at [email protected] We look forward to helping you in any way that we can.

15 thoughts on “Spring Cleaning Round-up!!”

  1. What can you substitute when it calls for vinegar? I can’t stand the smell and find I have to add so much EOs to combat the scent of the vinegar.

    1. Emily, I haven’t tried this without vinegar, but you could try to leave it out all together. Perhaps add that amount as more hydrogen peroxide instead

  2. Does anyone know if the fabric softer recipe that calls for Epsom salt is safe to use in a high energy efficiency washing machine?

    1. I would recommend calling your local appliance store because I’m really not sure what the answer is here.

    1. Although I am not a chemist, baking soda is sodium Bicarbonate while washing soda is sodium carbonate. This means they work in different ways due to the difference in chemistry.

  3. May I substitute epsoms to sea salt? Are results very different? My European machine is designed for liquid softener.

  4. I love essential oils and use them for aromatherapy, but I always wanted to include them in cleaning my house. I prefer cleaning with my own homemade cleaning solutions, but never added essential oil drops. Your article is very useful for me right now – great recipes for me to try right this weekend. Thank you for sharing!

  5. For the fabric softener…can this be used in regular top loading washers? My dispenser is for liquid fabric softener only. I currently just use white vinegar, but would love something with a scent.

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