Our Favourite Homemade Cleaning Recipes

Here at Alypsis we pride ourselves on trying to produce less waste in all that we do, and to use the powerful gifts of nature to make natural healing and cleaning products. We carry some brilliant tools to help you get started on a journey towards eco-living and sustainability. Baby steps are all that we need in order to make a huge difference in the world.

We sell glass bottles and trigger top sprayers to get you started, when you have a bottle and some time, try whipping up some homemade cleaning products of your own and I promise you that you will be inspired to clean with natural products more each day. It is better for the wellbeing of your family to kick those fumes out and try replacing them with homemade cleaners. You get to control exactly what goes into them and you will feel enlightened on the wonderful ways to clean your home without harsh cleaners. 

Below you will find an assortment of recipes to begin your journey and make your own natural cleaning products from scratch right at home!


Multipurpose Cleaning Spray 

- 500ml amber glass bottle

- Large trigger sprayer

- 1 cup white vinegar

- 1 cup distilled water (you can use tap water but might get a shorter shelf life)

- 1 tsp castille soap

- 20 drops of Bandits Blend 

Add all ingredients into the bottle and swirl gently to combine, do not shake or you will make the castille foam and you can get air bubbles trapped in the sprayer.

Use this spray in place of countertop kitchen sprays, and bathroom cleaning sprays. You can spray on surfaces and then simply wipe away with a washable cleaning cloth or paper towel.



Lemon Rind Bathtub Cleaner 

- Large mason jar, or sealable bottle

- Lemon rinds from 2-3 lemons

- 20 drops of lemon essential oil

- 2 tsp Sea salt or epsom salt

- 2-3 cups of tap water

- 1/2 cup vinegar

Take your lemon rinds and cut into pieces, add to your water and bring to a boil for 10 minutes, steeping the rinds in the water (alternatively you can cut up the rinds and leave them in the jar without boiling but boiling will give you a longer shelf life).

Take your boiled water off the heat, and let cool down. Fish out lemon peel and any remnants. Pour cooled lemon water into jar or bottle, add vinegar as a preservative and gentle but effective cleaning agent. Add salt and essential oil and swirl in the jar/bottle.

Now when it is time to clean the shower, pour approximately 1/4 cup of this solution around the damp tub, and soak a sponge in the solution and scrub away soap scum with ease and efficiency. 



Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner

- 250ml bottle with cap

- 150ml castille soap

- 50ml vinegar

- 50ml distilled water

- 5 drops frankincense essential oil

- 10 drops cinnamon bark essential oil

- 10 drops rosemary essential oil

- 5 drops grapefruit essential oil

Combine all ingredients in bottle and gently twist up and down to disperse ingredients, do not shake or the solution will foam up. Add 1-2 tsp to the toilet bowl after flushing and watch as this blend does an incredible job of cleansing and sanitizing. This can also be applied on a cloth or paper towel to wipe seat and handle, wipe with water afterwards.



Bathroom Refreshing Spray

- 100ml amber or frosted bottle

- mist sprayer top

- 10ml witch hazel

- 90ml distilled water

- 10 drops grapefruit essential oil

- 10 drops orange essential oil

- 10 drops lemon essential oil

- 10 drops bergamot essential oil

- 10 drops lime essential oil

Add water, witch hazel, and essential oils to bottle and swirl to combine. Shake before use, mist the air 3-5 times to freshen up places with stale air.



Shoe Deodorizing and Yoga Mat Refreshing Spray

- 100ml amber or frosted bottle

- 50ml witch hazel (alcohol base)

- 50ml distilled water

- 7 drops peppermint essential oil

- 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil

- 5 drops tea tree essential oil

- 3 drops frankincense essential oil

Add all ingredients into spray bottle, shake vigorously. Spray a light layer over the inside of shoes (including the toe area) and let dry before putting on. 

Also perfect for sports equipment, yoga mats, and bags. 



Homemade Laundry Detergent

- Large mason jar or container

- 4 cups water + 4 cups water

- 1/2 cup castille soap

- 1/2 cup washing soda

- 1/2 cup Borax

- 5 drops Lavender essential oil

- 10 drops Litsea Cubeba (Wild Verbena) essential oil

- 5 drops Melissa essential oil

- 5 drops Bergamot essential oil

Boil 4 cups of water, add to a large container with all dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Slowly add 4 cups of cold water, and continue stirring making sure to mix well. When the mixture has cooled down add essential oils and stir. As mixture cools it will thicken to a white soapy texture, pour into containers and store in your laundry room.

Add a max of 1/4 cup per load of laundry to prevent suds on textiles.


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