4 Awesome Household DIYs Using Essential Oils

OK, so. I don’t know if it’s the effect of living in L.A. for three years, or the fact that our newest little one will be mobile soon, but I’ve been going nuts doing all-natural everything. The thought of having less toxic stuff in our home is something I can quickly jump on board with. My older kids excitedly helped me make all of these, and they were especially stoked to have made their very own hand soap. Also, non-toxic cleaners = kids being able to actually help cleaning! So I’m all about that.


This new DIY obsession conveniently complements my love for essential oils, and which I’m enjoying fully! Well, minus the comments I frequently get from my husband about being a hippie now. Um, excuse me: the correct term here is “crunchy.” Anyway, if you enjoy being a little crunchy, too, and want some easy DIYs for your household cleaning essentials, here are 4 we have recently made ourselves and are happily using.

1. All-Purpose Disinfecting Spray

all purpose spray

  • 16 oz. glass spray bottle (you can purchase one here)
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 30 drops dōTERRA essential oil (see suggestions below)
  • **1 tsp Borax

A few recommended combinations using fab dōTERRA oils:

15 drops each of Lavender and Lemon

10 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Wild Orange

30 drops On Guard blend


1. Add all ingredients to spray bottle, and shake to mix. Soooo simple!

**Although Borax is natural, it is toxic if ingested. If you have littles who are exploring the world by licking stuff and putting everything in their tiny mouths and you don’t want to have to worry about that potential hazard, simply omit the Borax. We tried this, and it still works fantastic.  

2. Liquid Hand Soap
hand soap
  • 8oz glass bottle with pump (you can purchase one here)
  • 1/3 cup Dr. Bronners (Castile Soap)
  • 1/3 cup water (distilled if you don’t plan to use all the soap within a few weeks)
  • 2 tsp vitamin E oil
  • 1 TBSP sweet almond oil or jojoba oil
  • 15 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 5-10 drops lavender or peppermint essential oil

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1. In an 8oz glass bottle or recycled soap dispenser, add the water first (to prevent bubbles) then the liquid castile soap, followed by the oils. Shake bottle gently to mix ingredients.
2. Shake the soap dispenser before using, then squirt a small amount on your hands, lather, and rinse with water.
3. Natural Body Wash

body wash

  • 8 oz. glass pump bottle
  • 1/2 cup Dr. Bronners (castile soap)
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable glycerin
  • 3 tablespoons fractionated coconut oil
  • 10 drops of your favorite essential oil

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  1. 1. Combine ingredients into glass pump bottle.
  2. 2. Add desired essential oil(s).
  3. 3. Shake to combine. All done! Shake before each use, as the ingredients do separate.

Note: Vegetable glycerin and fractionated coconut oil can be found at most health food stores. Fractionated coconut oil is the result of separating the smaller fatty acids and long-chain triglycerides from coconut oil, eaving only the saturated fats. It never goes rancid, is clear, liquid, odorless, non-greasy, and absorbs well into skin.Vegetable glycerin helps make the body wash thicker, creamier, and easier to lather.

A few recommended combinations using fab dōTERRA oils:

5 drops each Wild Orange, Peppermint

10 drops Eucalyptus  

5 drops each Lavender and Roman Chamomile

10 drops On Guard blend

4. On-The-Go Hand Sanitizer

hand sanitizer

  • 5 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 8-10 drops On Guard Blend
  • Small Squeeze Container

Note: Essential oils can be stored in plastic containers if the essential oils are highly diluted. Make sure they are high quality if you do use plastic containers.


1. In a bowl combine aloe vera gel and vitamin E oil.
2. Add 8-10 drops of On Guard Blend to the aloe vera mixture.
3. Add water and mix well to combine. Add more or less water depending on the consistency you want.
4. Pour into recycled squeeze container, and you’re done! Pack some in your purse, diaper bag, car, or anywhere else you may use it.

Now go forth, and have fun using your new crunchy skills! You will find these four things are great starter DIYs, as they’re not too complex and don’t involve a lot of steps. Also, don’t go it alone: Try getting your kids involved! They just may have fun helping. And you don’t want to deprive them of productive fun. 😉

Till next time!

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