DIY Hand Cleanser

My Fridays are dedicated to learning new essential oil facts, trying new essential oil recipes, and blogging about my Young Living essential oils. Today, I decided to whip up a batch of my DIY on-the-go hand cleanser and share the recipe with you. This stuff is perfect for keeping your hands clean when you are unable to wash them with good ol’ soap and water. There are a lot of variations out there so feel free to tweak this essential oil recipe to your liking. :)

DIY ON THE GO HAND CLEANSER

Ingredients and Directions:

  • 2 Tablespoons pure aloe vera. Aloe vera conditions and hydrates the skin.
  • 1 Tablespoon witch hazel. Witch hazel makes a great skin soother and cleanser. You can buy witch hazel that does not contain alcohol.
  • 1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil. Vitamin E oil acts as a preservative. It also has skin moisturizing properties. 
  • 10 drops of your favorite Young Living essential oil (adjust the amount per your preference). I chose to use Young Living’s Purification essential oil blend. The bonus is that it comes in the Premium Starter Kit! :)

I combined everything a 2 ounce glass pump bottle I found at my favorite health store – these look like an exact match. Shake and use as needed for an on-the-go hand cleanser.

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DIY Hand Soap with Young Living Essential Oils

DIY FOAMING HAND SOAP WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

Remember the Tips for Chemical Free Living blog post that I wrote last month? Well, I am proud to say that Scott and I have continued our bottle swapping journey. Most recently, I swapped our store bought hand soap for a DIY hand soap (made with my Young Living essential oils, of course). All of the ingredients in my homemade foaming hand soap get an “A” rating from the Environmental Working Group. An “A” rating means that the ingredient (or product) possess few/no known or suspected hazards to health or the environment. You gotta love that!

You Will Need:

  • 1 foaming hand soap dispenser (reuse an empty dispenser or you can buy one from Abundant Health)
  • 2 Tablespoons of castile soap (from Abundant Health)
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin (from Abundant Health)
  • 10 drops of  your favorite Young Living essential oils (I like Purification essential oil because it comes in the Premium Starter Kit)

DIY Foaming Hand Soap Recipe:

  • Add 2 Tablespoons of castile soap, 2 teaspoons of vegetable glycerin, and 10 drops of your favorite Young Living  essential oil to your foaming hand soap dispenser. Fill the remainder of the bottle up with water, put the cap on, and ta-da!

Total Cost of Your DIY Foaming Hand Soap:

  • 1 foaming hand soap dispenser: $1.49. You can cut this cost if you have an empty bottle that you can reuse. If you do need to purchase a foaming soap dispenser, keep in mind that this is a one time purchase as you can refill it each time.
  • 2 Tablespoons of castile soap: $0.53
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin: $0.36
  • 10 drops of Young Living Purification essential oil: $0.75 (wholesale member cost).

—> First batch of foaming hand soap (if you need to purchase the dispenser) = $3.13

—> Refill batches of foaming hand soap (since you can reuse the dispenser) = $1.64

—> Did you know that you can make your own foaming hand soap for even less? Here’s how:

  • As a Young Living wholesale member, you can enroll in the Essential Rewards Program. The Essential Rewards program allows you to earn up to 20%  back, which you can cash in for free oils!

 Questions? Just ask! Want to get your own oils? Click here!

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Get Rid of a Stinky Dog Smell by Adding a Few Drops of Essential Oil to Your Vacuum Filter

Essential Oils for Stinky Dogs

One of things I love using my oils for is cleaning. For quite some time now, I have been putting a few drops of a Young Living essential oil on our vacuum filter right before I vacuum the house. It’s such a simple thing to do, but it helps keep the pet smell (we have two dogs) at bay in our small carpeted house. Our vacuum definitely takes a beating with all of the dirt and dog hair that gets sucked up into it several times a week and I am sure that you can imagine what the air coming out of the vacuum filter smells like sometimes. In fact, our vacuum gets so much use that we actually blow out it out with the leaf blower on a weekly basis (that’s another great tip, unrelated to oiling). Adding a few drops of an essential oil to our vacuum filter makes our house smell so nice! It’s like making an essential oil diffuser out of your vacuum cleaner!

I tend to mix up the essential oil I add to the filter every time I vacuum. The oil I pick simply depends on which oil I feel like smelling that day. You have got to try this cleaning tip…it will make your house smell AMAZING! Say goodbye to pet odor and a stale smelling vacuum!

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DIY Shower & Tub Scrub (with essential oils, of course)

DIY Shower & Tub Scrub

I have been putting off the dreaded task of cleaning our shower for quite some time. I would rather clean anything else than the shower (yes, I would even rather clean the toilet or the inside of the fridge)! I hate having to tackle the mineral deposits, soap scum, and mildew hanging on the shower walls and shower door. I’ve tried store-bought cleaners, a combination of bleach and water, and a vinegar and water mixture as a tub scrub. However, nothing I used was truly effective and non toxic. I was either holding my breath and suffocating while I was cleaning, or I was scrubbing the shower with a ton of elbow grease and an overpriced magic eraser that was ripped to shreds by the time I was finished.

My shower and tub scrub recipe (with Young Living essential oils, of course)…

Last night, I personalized and pieced together a few recipes that I found online to make my own shower and tub scrub. This stuff worked like a charm! I don’t think that I have ever gotten our shower this clean and with this much ease. I think I even got a little giddy while cleaning the shower because of it. :) Here is how you can get your tub just as clean…

Fill a spray bottle with 1/2 cup of dish soap, 1 cup of white vinegar, and 5-10 drops of Young Living Lemon essential oil. Shake well and spray generously all over the shower walls, shower floor, shower head, and shower door (or curtain). Then sprinkle the area with baking soda. Let sit for about 5 minutes. Scrub with a wet cloth or sponge (make sure you use a sponge that won’t scratch). Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Ta-da!

What’s so special about these 4 ingredients? 

Vinegar cuts grease, mineral deposits, and soap scum. It makes a great glass cleaner and is a mild disinfectant. Vinegar is super cheap too (a gallon of it is around $3.00)!

Dish soap lifts dirt and grime. It is also safe and gentle on almost every surface. You can get a 44 ounce bottle of Gain dish soap for around $3.00 (you can get dish soap for next to nothing if you combine a coupon with a great sale – I love couponing). I’m sure if you want a more natural recipe, you can find a more natural dish soap out there. I just had Gain at home (although I would have preferred a more natural dish soap). :)

Baking soda makes a great deodorizer. It can be used as a gentle abrasive and can replace scouring powder. Like vinegar, baking soda is also very inexpensive (a four pound box is only around $2.00).

Young Living Lemon essential oil makes an excellent household cleaner. It also smells amazing and can cover up the smell of vinegar. Lemon oil also comes in the Premium Starter Kit and is one of the most affordable Young Living oils to reorder (a 15 ml bottle of Young Living Lemon essential oil contains about 250 drops and costs $11.25 for wholesale customers).

Think of how many batches of this shower and tub scrub you could make with the volume of ingredients you have here! WAY cheaper than buying some over priced shower cleaner! :)

Go ahead…try this!

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