Tidying Up For The Holistic Health Nut

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Maintaining a holistic household doesn’t stop at nutrition, it is incorporated throughout many aspects of our lifestyle, even the very products we use to tidy the home. When really looking at ingredients of conventional cleaners like laundry detergent, dish soap, floor cleaner you get a whole list of chemicals, and a mindful rule of thumb is if you don’t know what’s in it then you probably shouldn’t be using it -or at least until further research has been conducted!

Making all natural and safe cleaners that actually work is eco friendly, easy, holistic, affordable, and self sustainable. If your interested is sparked, I invite you to:

Go through your home, gather the cleaning ingredients like the above and maybe dishwasher detergent, fabric softener, hand soap, wood cleaner, etc., just skim through the ingredient labels. Notice what you find. Notice the thoughts that come up. Take note. If you are still okay with using the product, use it! It is totally okay! Moving in a direction toward self sustainability is not for everyone, and can be a little bit of keeping up -which many do not have the time or desire to do, this is all good! As long as we practice an open mind and give new things a chance by either diving all in or just dipping the toe, progress is growth!

If you have decided to ditch most of your conventional cleaners and are ready to run this holistic household like a boss then the recipes below will get you started, these are recipes I have been using for years and absolutely love, but feel free to experiment and find what works for you!

Supplies // Tools You May Need:

  • Plastic or Glass Bottles With Sprayer Nozzles (just note that if using some essential oils in plastic, it may begin to eat away the plastic or cause sprayer malfunctions)

  • Distilled White Vinegar + Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Washing Soda + Baking Soda

  • Borax

  • Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap

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The Mother Spruce

This is used anytime Vinegar is called for in the below recipes. I use this as like a “mother culture” anytime vinegar is called for. I make a big batch and it lasts for a very long time. As in the name I add spruce pine needles or spruce needle apple cider vinegar to it, but it is not required -just something I like and enjoy to do, and the citrus rinds can be added the time of making and throughout the vinegar’s life, it adds pleasant aromas, kills bacteria and germs, and effectively cleans.

  • Large Jar

  • Plastic Lid (vinegar corrodes/rusts metal)

  • 1 Large jug of Distilled Vinegar

  • ½ cup Apple Cider Vinegar with “The Mother” or Pine Infused Vinegar

  • Lemon Peels

  • Orange Peels

  • Lime Peels

  • Spruce or other Pine Needles (opt.)



All Purpose Cleaner

Add Vinegar about halfway in the sprayer bottle, add about 1t castile soap and any essential oils if using, fill the remainder of the bottle with warm water, shake and you are ready to use!

  • Mother Spruce Vinegar

  • Water

  • Castille Soap

  • Essential Oils (opt. But Lime, Orange, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon are all great!)

Window Cleaner

Combine all ingredients into a sprayer bottle as directed in the all purpose cleaner recipe except leaving a little room at the top for a dash of alcohol.

  • Spray Bottle

  • Mother Vinegar or Distilled Vinegar

  • Water

  • Castile Soap

  • Alcohol (opt)



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Dishwasher Detergent

Add all ingredients to a mason jar (quart) and shake! Use 1t-1T when running a load.

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  • 1 Cup Washing Soda

  • ¾ Cup Borax

  • 4 T Salt

  • 4 T Citric Acid

  • Essential Oil (opt.)


    Shower + Tub Scrub

    Combine in container of liking and use a scrub brush or natural sponge to brush onto surface and clean. Wipe or wash away with water as needed.

    • 1 Cup Washing Soda

    • 4 T Castile Soap

    Toilet Bowl Cleaner

    Simply mix together (slowly) and pour in toilets, allow to sit for a bit, go back, give it a light scrub and Viola!

    • 1 cup Baking Soda

    • ½ cup vinegar (use the mother vinegar!)



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Dish Soap

Simply fill soap dispenser bottle ¾ full with Sal Suds and add Castile Soap in the remainder. Add a few drops of essential oils if you’d like!

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  • Sal Suds

  • Castile Liquid Soap

  • Essential Oils (opt. Orange, lemon, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemongrass are all great)




Hand Soap

Combine ingredients in soap dispenser and give a shake

  • ¼ Cup Castile Soap

  • 1 Cup Water

  • 1 T Vegetable Glycerin

  • 1 T Sal Suds

  • Essential Oil (opt)




Wood Polish

Combine in a squirt bottle or small mason jar and shake. Use with a rag and polish wood!

  • 1 t Olive Oil

  • 1 Cup Water

  • Orange and Lemon Essential Oil

Floor Cleaner

Just add warm water to a bucket or sink and combine about 1-2 T Sal Suds and a few drops of essential oils if you’d like.

  • Sal Suds

  • 2 Cups warm water

  • Essential oils (opt.)

Steam mop

Few drops of essential oil on the pad before mopping for sanitizing

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Laundry Detergent

Blend or chop castile soap bar in a food processor or the like until it is crumbly. In a large mason jar combine crumbled castile soap bar, washing soda, borax, and essential oils if preferred. Give jar a shake and use 2 tablespoons per wash.

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  • 1 Cup Washing Soda

  • 1 Bar Castile Soap (cut up or blended up in a food processor

  • ¾ Cup Borax

  • Essential Oils (opt)

Fabric Softener

Mix salt and vinegar together in small mason jar. Give a shake and use 1 T per load.

  • 1 Cup Mother Spruce Vinegar

  • ½ Cup Epsom Salts

Fresh Linen Spray

Hydrosols are the liquid collected and leftover from making essential oils. They are wayyy less concentrated, and in a sense more eco friendly than essential oils because it is a bi product of essential oil production and could potentially go unused without a purpose. Hydrosols are a lighter aroma in comparison to essential oils, but deliver a pleasurable scent and offer all sorts of excellent benefits. This combo below is just adding equal parts of the hydrosols in a spray bottle.

Whether you are a holistic health nut or a wellness novice, these recipes are a great resource to expand and create a more mindful holistic home care routine! Experiment with the above or your own recipes to create cleaning products + rituals that are handmade, all natural, and wholesome.

Abigail Cox