This castile soap spray is great because you can easily clean multiple surfaces with it from fabric to fixtures! Also, because it's so easily biodegradable, it's great for not only cleaning indoors, but outdoors, too! You can easily rinse away the soap without worrying about harming plants or waterways. It's also very safe and gentle on the skin, so no worries about harmful chemicals.
Scent this cleaner as you please with all-natural essential oils and keep a few bottles of it around the house to grab when you need them. Give it a try! It's a breeze to whip up a batch!
1 cup distilled water
1 tbsp. unscented castile soap
10-15 drops of essential oil (1/3 ml. approximately)
This recipe makes 8 ounces, so multiply the ingredient amounts as needed to fit the size of your spray bottle. If you don't wish to customize the spray with your own essential oils, simply omit the essential oils or try a scented castile soap, such as one of those mentioned in "Top Castile Soaps for Green Cleaning."
- Choose one or a combination of essential oils. (See more information below.)
- Using a measuring cup and funnel, which are great tools to have for making your own products, pour the water into a spray bottle and then add the castile soap.
- Add the essential oils directly to your spray bottle. Note: A range is given because the size of drops depends on the essential oil dispenser cap.
- Shake the bottle to incorporate the essential oils and soap.
- Label with a permanent marker.
- Store the bottle out of direct sunlight or heat, which can change the chemical constituents in the essential oils.
- To use, spray any areas that need to be cleaned and wipe with a damp cloth. For tougher cleaning jobs, like grout, use a toothbrush or scrub brush.
Depending on your "mood" and the job at hand, try these scents, which are combinations of the top five essential oils to use in your green cleaning.
- Lavender with tea tree: Relax and disinfect with this powerful combo great for bathrooms.
- Lavender and orange: Lift your spirits and cut through grease and grime.
- Lavender and peppermint: Get pepped up for cleaning with this pleasant scent.
- Lemon: Brighten your mood and tackle tough cleaning.
Other essential oils to try include, but are not limited to: basil, bergamot, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, grapefruit, lime, oregano, rosemary, and thyme.
How does this cleaner work? The castile soap acts as a surfactant allowing dirt and oils to be lifted and rinsed away. Also, the essential oils add powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal qualities to your all-purpose cleaner, so it's great at combatting germs and mold while you clean!
- To disinfect surfaces, use disinfecting essential oils, such as tea tree and lavender, in your recipe and let this spray sit for a few minutes before rinsing.
- For scrubbing action, try sprinkling some baking soda or this DIY Aromatherapy Cleanser in the sink, bathtub, shower, toilet, oven, or on the cooktop. Then use the spray to dampen it to create a "paste." Scrub away with an eco-friendly sponge or scrubbing tool and watch as dirt, grease, and grime disappears.
Note: If you have castile soap in bar form, you can grate it and dissolve it in water to use it in place of the liquid castile soap; however, I find it messy and time consuming so I prefer purchasing ready-made liquid soaps.
Caution! It is important that you use essential oils safely. If you get essential oils in your eyes, flush with water for 10-15 minutes. Consult a doctor if irritation persists. If you get essential oils on your skin, wash with soapy warm water. One exception: Lavender doesn't harm the skin; in fact, it is often used directly on the skin to treat burns, insect bites, etc.