Rid your home of harsh chemicals found in most commercial cleaners and create a healthy living environment for you and your family. DoTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential oils naturally kill various types of bacteria, mold, spores and even viruses. Even if they are only used as a natural deodorizer they can provide an amazing scent without any artificial fragrances. These recipes for DIY cleaners are both cost-effective and safe to use in homes with children and pets. Try these 5 easy recipes for natural cleaning products that are good for your home, your body and the planet- just as nature intended!

1. All-purpose cleaner: An all-purpose cleaner is just that—something you can use for just about every surface in your home, from kitchen counters and appliances to bathrooms. Using a spray bottle, combine 2 cups of white vinegar, 1 cup water and 15 drops of a disinfecting essential oil: On Guard, lemon, Purify, melaleuca, lime, cinnamon thyme or peppermint. The spray will keep indefinitely and provide healing properties for you as well.

2. Mildew spray: It's hard to keep things clean living by the sea, but with regular maintenance this spray will keep your bathroom mildew free and is good for your lungs! Mix 5 drops of lemon and 5 drops of white fir with 2 oz. of water in  a small spray bottle..

3.Carpet cleaner: To clean and disinfect your carpet, mix 1 cup baking soda and 20-50 drops melaleuca, lemon, Purify or any other favorite oil in a glass jar. Close it, shake it, and let it sit overnight. Sprinkle over the carpet and let sit for 15 minutes and then vacuum.   

4. Toilet cleaner: No need to pollute our ocean with those toxic toilet bowl cleaners, use this natural solution instead. Sprinkle baking soda or pour white vinegar into the toilet, and a couple drops of lemon or grapefruit essential oil and let sit for a few minutes. Scrub with a good toilet brush. 

5. Air freshener: Ever wonder about the toxicity of synthetic air fresheners, well maybe not but I do. The ingredients used have been found to be linked to a number of health problems from headaches to cancer, here is an easy fix....Place 5-8 drops of a deodorizing oil: Purify, peppermint, clary sage, melaleuca, lavender, geranium and eucalyptus in a 1 oz. spray bottle and fill the remainder of the bottle with water. Shake well and spray into the air. If you would like these amazing oils diffusing in your home all day or night, I highly recommend purchasing a quality diffuser, your home will smell incredible! 

*Since some oils can clog spray bottles, it may help to dissolve the essential oil in 1 tsp. of grain alcohol before adding water to the spray bottle.

All of these oils and more can be purchased directly from me, please visit my site http://www.mydoterra.com/alishawelch    

Happy Spring to All,