Spring Cleaning: Natural Cleaning Solutions for the Bathroom

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Cleaning the bathroom is not an experience people look forward to very often. Being stuck in a small closed space with harsh chemicals not only makes it hard to breathe, but can also be hazardous to your health.

The next time you clean your bathroom, why not try mixing up an effective cleaner with many ingredients you already have at home. It still might not be your favorite household chore, but you will at least have a clean bathroom, clear lungs, and non-toxic cleaning products to make the job a little easier to handle.

Soft Scrub for Bath, Tile, and Toilet

Make in small batches and store in an airtight container. This is enough for two to four applications. This soft scrub is excellent for getting rid of soap scum, removing stains, and brightening your tile and toilet. To use, just apply and let it sit for 5-10 minutes and then scrub. Once done scrubbing, take a wet cloth and wipe clean.

What you Need:

3/4 rounded cup baking soda
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon vinegar
5-10 drops dōTERRA Lemon essential oil

Editor’s note: Liquid castile soap is a vegetable-based soap commonly found in health food stores. Dr. Bronner’s is a popular one. Look for unscented. This scrub is also great to use to help clean your kitchen sink, refrigerator, or tile floors.


1. In a bowl, combine the baking soda and castile soap.

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2. Add the water and stir.

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3. Add the vinegar and essential oil. The consistency should be a soft paste.

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4. Store in an airtight container.

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Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Tip: for serious stains or rust, empty water out of bowl and scrub with a pumice stone. When wet, the stone will not scratch the porcelain.

What You Need:

1/2 cup baking soda

10 drops dōTERRA Melaleuca essential oil

1/4 cup vinegar


Add ingredients directly to a partially drained bowl. As it reacts, scrub the toilet. This combination is intended for one use at a time.

dōTERRA essential oils can be purchased online, or from any of our Wellness Advocates. If you would like to locate a Wellness Advocate in your area, click here.

*These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. dōTERRA products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any dōTERRA product.

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  1. Perfect timing! I’m teaching a class on this topic this afternoon. Love my non-toxic cleaners!!!

  2. I replaced the castile soap with OnGuard Cleaner Concentrate. It smells wonderful, saves money and works great. Win! Win! Win!

  3. How about dishwasher detergent?? I made a recipe for it and am not happy about a filmy residue left when done. (I did use lemon oil with the lemon juice in the recipe, very simple: borax, epsomesalts, lemon juice and washing soda.) Thanks!

  4. Does anyone know how to use essential oils to remove ink stains from fabric? Thanks!

  5. What about using Onguard Cleaner concentrate instead of Castile soap? I’ve found it extremely effective in even cleaning my stove and baked on oil.

  6. I have realized that the ceiling in our shower has some mold spots (probably from before we moved in!) and I was wondering what the best way to clean them or at least kill them would be. I will probably have to put something on a mop or other long stick to be able to reach it.

  7. why is it important to make this in small batches? Why would large batches be a problem?? Also also does this require glass container or is the mix deluted enough to use a plastic container?

  8. You could easily make this into larger batches if you wanted to. You would just have to mix the ingredients together before you use it as they can separate after a couple days.

  9. I notice some of your recipes include castile soap and vinegar. Lisa Bronner (Dr. Bronner’s daughter. Yes, THAT Dr. Bronner) put out a blog post awhile back talking about the chemistry of not using vinegar and castile soap in the same recipe. They react and pretty much both become less effective than they were before.

  10. You shouldn’t mix vinegar and castile soap directly because one is an acid and the other is a base. (Can anyone say, “high school chemistry?!”) You get the properties of both working fully effectively if you make the mixture without the vinegar, clean with it, and then follow it up with vinegar as a rinsing agent afterwards. – http://lisa.drbronner.com/?p=292

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