Greening your Cleaning
Welcome to "Go Green" Essential Oil Recipes

Barbara Elizabeth would like to honor everyon's intentions who have enabled the care and preservation of our earth to continue. You are welcome to Search through this collection of Essential Oil Recipes. This is an ongoing colaborative effort put together by and for persons who want to get away from harmfull chemicals, not only in their cleaning and household products, but in their every day lives. Recieve peace of mind and save money too. Enjoy!

Say GOODBYE to toxic cleaning products! Learn how “Greening your Cleaning” is fun, responsible, economical, and healthy.   Learn HOW and WHY you should make your own non-toxic, green cleaning products, with our simple recipes. 

AS SEEN ON FOX 5 NEWS -(On Air and from Website) 7/19/2012

What is a TOXIN:

Any materials that cause death, disease, or birth defects in organisms that ingests or absorbs them. The quantities and exposures necessary to cause these effects can vary widely.

Sobering FACTS:
  • Today cancer strikes 1 out of 2 people.  Rates have increased dramatically since 1965, and projected to continue increasing.
  • Allergies, Asthma, and Autism Spectrum disorders have skyrocketed.
  • The GREATEST danger of exposure is in your home.  Toxins in our homes account for 90% of all reported poisonings each year.
  • Our homes are 2-5 TIMES time more toxic than the outdoors.  Someone dies EVERY 20 seconds from indoor air pollution. Yet, we spend 90% of time indoors.  Many of these pollutants come from the chemical compounds we use to clean our homes.
  • Those who work from home and stay at home moms have a 54% greater death rate from cancer due to chemical exposure.
  • Less than 2% of the 80,000 chemicals have been tested on human health.
  • The typical home has 63 hazardous products that together contain hundreds of different chemicals!

Ways toxins get in our system:

Inhalation (Breathe)

Ingestion (Eating)

Absorption (Skin)

Main Toxins to Avoid:

Chlorine-respiratory toxic, hormone inhibitor

Ethyl Ketone-neurotoxic


N-Hexane-neurotoxic, thins myelin sheath

Toluene-respiratory toxic, neurotoxic

Xylene- respiratory toxic, neurotoxic

Flourocarbons- respiratory toxic, neurotoxic

Lauramide-carcinogenic, neurotoxic

DEA (diethanolamine)-carcinogenic

Classification of Toxins:

Hormone disrupting chemicals: mimic, block or interfere with hormones such as estrogen, androgen and the thyroid. Can lead to reproductive defects, reduced fertility, and neurological, behavioral and developmental problems.

Carcinogenic chemicals: cause or aggravate cancer, which is the growth of abnormal cells that spread throughout the body.

Neurotoxic chemicals: 
cause damage to the brain. Can lead to developmental and behavioral disabilities, particularly in children because their brains are still developing.

Respiratory toxins: affect the breathing system. Can cause respiratory illnesses, such as bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis, emphysema, cancer, and general breathing problems.

Reproductive toxins: can affect reproductive ability and sexual function.

Developmental toxins: can negatively affect normal childhood development and growth.

Who is more at risk of the toxic effects and why?

Children consume more food and liquids and breathe more air per unit of body weight than adults. They have faster metabolisms.  Children are also shorter, so they spend more time on the ground a live closer to the chemicals.  All of these factors contribute to the fact that children potentially absorb higher levels of toxic chemicals than adults, in relation to their body size.


Pesticides are known neurotoxins, interrupting brain development. Chronic exposure causes damage to the reproductive system resulting in reduced fertility.





Anti-bacterial hand soap- Ingredients:

•3-5 oz Castille Soap

•10 drops tea tree Essential Oil

•20 drops lavender Essential Oil


•Combine tea tree and lavender essential oils together.

•Pour them to the Castille soap and stir well.

•Pour the mixture into a pump style container.

•Shake well and pump a little liquid soap to use.


All Purpose Spray (with vinegar)

¼ cups white vinegar

2 cups of water

30 drops essential oil

1 teaspoon borax


Antiviral Disinfectant Spray

4 oz. distilled water in spray bottle

4 drops lemon

4 drops eucalyptus

2 drops bergamot

All Purpose Spray (without vinegar)

Fill brown bottle with 50% water, 50% hydrogen peroxide

10 drops lemon essential oil

10 drops tea tree

5 drops lavender


Room Deodorizer

4 ounces distilled water

15 drops orange

15 drops peppermint

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent –

Makes 10 gallons
1 bar of Fels-Naptha
1/2 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
4 cups hot tap water
Optional: Lavender essential oil

1. Grate 1 bar of Fels-Naptha into a saucepan

2. Cover shavings with 4 cups of water and heat on low, stirring often, until soap has melted.

3. Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of HOT tap water. Add your melted soap. Add the borax and washing soda. Stir and cover.

5. Let mixture set overnight.

6. The next day, the congealed soap will have settled to the top. Stir it back in and pour into storage containers, diluting 50%. Fill a used, clean dispenser HALF full with soap, and then the rest of the way with water. Shake before use, as it will gel. Top load machines: use 5/8 cup per load (180 loads)

Front loaders: ¼ cup per load (approx 640 loads)

Window/Glass Cleaner

1 cup distilled water

½ cup vinegar

6 drops lemon essential oil


Floor Cleaner

1 gallon of hot water

2 TBS liquid castile soap

15 drops of orange/ lemon essential oil


Wood Floor Polish

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup vinegar

10 drops lemon essential oil


Soft Scrub for Bath, Tile, and Toilet

¾ rounded cup baking soda

¼ cup castile soap

1 TBS water

1 TBS vinegar

5-10 drops of lemon essential oil


Toilet Bowl Cleaner

½ cup of baking soda

10 drops of tea tree essential oil

¼ cup of vinegar

On another note you can dump in a Bottle of coke soda, let it stand, it will remove stains and give you a new sparkle.


Carpet Freshener

1 cup baking soda

20 drops of Peppermint, Orange and/or Lemon


Carpet Spot Remover

1 cup vinegar

1 cup distilled water


Mildew Caulking

Make a paste of baking soda and lemon juice +

6 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca) oil. Let sit on stain.


Natural Mosquito Repellent Safety

There are a couple of different formulations you can make for your natural mosquito repellent. In general, what you are doing is diluting an essential oil that the mosquitoes find distasteful or which confuses them so they can't find you to bite you. The oils don't mix with water, so you'll need to add them to other oils or to alcohol. It's important to use an oil or alcohol that is safe for your skin. Also, don't go overboard with the essential oils. The oils are potent and could cause skin irritation or another reaction if you use too much. If you are pregnant or nursing, do not use any mosquito repellent, natural or otherwise, until after you've gotten it cleared by your physician.

Natural Mosquito Repellent Ingredients

If you are making large amounts of mosquito repellent, a good rule of thumb is to mix the repellent so it's 5-10% essential oil, so mix 1 part essential oil with 10-20 parts carrier oil or alcohol. For a smaller batch use:
  • 10-25 drops (total) of essential oils
  • 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil or alcohol
The essential oils that work well against mosquitoes are: Safe carrier oils and alcohols include:
  • olive oil
  • sunflower oil
  • any other cooking oil
  • witch hazel
  • vodka

Natural Mosquito Repellent Directions

Mix the essential oil with the carrier oil or alcohol. Rub or spray the natural insect repellent onto skin or clothing, using care to avoid the sensitive eye area. You'll need to re-apply the natural product after about an hour or after swimming or exercise. Unused natural insect repellent may be stored in a dark bottle, away from heat or sunlight.

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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Consult your health care professional about any serious disease or injury. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or prescribe any natural substances such as essential oils for serious health conditions that require professional attention.