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Our Most Requested DIY Cleaning Recipes

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These are the most requested DIYs at the shop!

  • All Purpose Cleaner: using citric acid

    • Mix 1 tsp citric acid with 1 cup (8oz) warm water in a spray bottle. Add a few drops of your favorite EO. Really tough limescale or grime? Double the citric acid.
    • This cleaner is meant to be made and used at the same time. It's best to empty the bottle after a few days.
    • Do not use citric acid or vinegar on wood or natural stone (unsealed).

    All Purpose Cleaner: using ethyl alcohol

    • Add 2oz of ethyl alcohol (may also use vodka or rubbing alcohol) into a spray bottle.
    • Fill with water and 2-3 drops of regular dish washing liquid.
    • Shake before use.

    Drain Cleaner

    • Flush some hot water down the drain.
    • Funnel ½ cup baking soda into your drain, follow with ¼ citric acid AND ¼ cup hot water.
    • Wait at least 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on the clog.
    • Flush with a pot or two of hot water
  • Citrus Soft Scrub Cleaner: Great for tubs and tiles

    • Combine 2 tbsps liquid castile soap, 3/4 cup baking soda, 10 drops of lemon, grapefruit, or tea tree essential oil, and just enough water to make a smooth paste (1-3 tbsps).
    • Mix until smooth then transfer to container of choice (mason jar or repurpose a squeezable shampoo or ketchup bottle. 
    • Squirt a small amount on a damp sponge/ scrub brush or dip the sponge/ cloth into the mixture and massage onto surface. Add more as needed and rinse surface well with warm water.
    • Mixture can be stored for up to a year at room temperature in an airtight container of your choice.  

    Mirror + Tap Cleaner

    • Add 4-6oz of ethyl alcohol to a 16oz spray bottle. Fill with water and shake before use.

    Washing Machine Cleaner

    • Run an empty hot wash with 1 cup of citric acid to remove limescale every few months.
    • Great for removing limescale and gunk.

    Toilet Bowl Cleaner

    • Add a few drops of tea tree essential oil to the bowl.
    • Sprinkle 2 tbsps baking soda and 1 tbsp citric acid in the bowl.
    • Let the powders fizz and sit for 5-10 minutes. Clean with brush and flush.
  • Dishwasher Cleaner

    • Add 2 tsp citric acid and 1 tsp of baking soda to your dishwasher and run on a hot cycle every other month.

    Kitchen Garburator Cleaner (Garbage Disposal): Plumber Approved

    • Sprinkle course salt or sea salt into the disposal.
    • Add ice cubes and a few leftover lemon wedges or peels to fill the disposal.
    • The salt and ice scrub the gunk from underneath the blades and keep the blades sharp. Adding citrus peels will neutralize the odors leaving your sick smelling lemony fresh!
    • Turn on the COLD water (never use hot water for cleaning the disposal) and run the garbage disposal until all the ice is gone. 

    Espresso Machine Homemade Descaling Mixture

    • Fill water reservoir with a solution of 32oz (1 quart) water and stir until dissolved. 
    • Run descaling program. Repeat if necessary.
    • Run with fresh water once descaling is complete.