Posted on March 12 2020
When I started my journey into essential oils and eliminating chemicals from our home I began with the cleaning products. Do you know we had 15 different squirt and spray cleaners under our sink?? Each one did a specific task, each filled with 'ingredients' that I couldn't pronounce and all with a warning of health hazards, precautions and instructions to keep out of reach of children!
Today that space under our sink has a home made spray and wipe, a bicarb carpet shaker and this cleaning paste. Those three cleaning products are all that I use for my entire house, along with microfiber cloths. Oh and the best part is that they are so super safe that my kids have been helping to clean the house with these since they were one year old.
I'm not one of those people who like to clean. I never have been. I'm one of those people who prefer to "tidy" and only clean when it is absolutely necessary. I would like to say it was because I hated using chemical filled store bought products....which is true, but in reality I'm just too busy doing more important things. Ok maybe I'm a bit lazy too, which is why having these few products that smell good and work quickly suit me.
This recipe is for a natural cleaning paste with only a handful of toxin free raw ingredients. You can make it in just a few minutes. I use it for the bath tub, screens, shower, sinks, outdoor furniture, tiles and grout. It can be used to clean the stove top and other surfaces too, just remember to thoroughly rinse off any bicarb paste residue.
If you wanted to try out our ready made cleaning paste before you DIY or give it as a natural cleaning hamper, it is available for purchase online here.
If you're ready to get your DIY on now, read on and all ingredients needed are available for purchase through the My Essential Alchemy website
NATURAL CLEANING PASTE (makes approx. 400g)
1 1/2 cups of sodium bicarbonate (aluminium free)
4 Tablespoons Dr Bronners castile soap
*2 Tablespoons of distilled water
1/2 teaspoon of citric acid
8 drops of lemon essential oil
8 drops of lime essential oil (I choose to use doTERRA essential oils)
Add the sodium bicarbonate to a large bowl
Next, pour in the castile soap and water, and whisk the mixture
Sprinkle the citric acid over the mixture and whisk again
Finally, add the essential oils and mix, then store in an airtight container.
*You need to check the texture of your paste and add enough water to reach the desired consistency. This is to your liking. You could have it more like a firm paste or runny. For my paste I usually use 2 TBS and like it a little harder. A firmer paste will last you longer as you don't use as much. Take note that the paste will get a little harder over time too.
* Citric acid acts as a preservative and creates a very smooth paste. If you do not have citric acid just leave it out. It will still be fine.
* You can change the essential oils in this recipe to other oils if you prefer such as eucalyptus, clove, on guard, cinnamon, tea tree/melaleuca or wild orange. I use lemon and lime because they are cost effective and citrus oils are fantastic cleaners!
* If you find the paste too firm just add more castile soap or water. If it is too runny simply add a bit more sodium bicarbonate.
* This paste can be kept in an airtight plastic or glass jar. I use plastic because it is used by my children and in the bathroom (This amount of essential oils are ok in PET plastic).
* Make sure to clean off the paste residue thoroughly.
* This paste cleans so well that very little elbow grease is needed and small children can actually use it because it is easy to use and safe!
* You will usually use up all of the paste before it has expired but it will be good for at least 12 months.
Shea butter and red clay are not easy to clean up! The first photo is after washing with hot water. The second is after using my fingers to wipe a small amount of cleaning paste over the bowl. No elbow grease needed!