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What Do You Need?
You will first need to clear an area to work from. You should have a clean, uncluttered surface to ensure you do not accidentally spill, or contaminate your mixture.
Start by obtaining the necessary ingredients to make this natural product. I recommend purchasing
- a gallon of distilled water,
- a bottle of alcohol-free Witch Hazel,
- and your essential oil of choice.
Descriptions of each are below.
List of Ingredients
Distilled water is water that has been boiled to remove impurities. While drinkable, it doesn't contain many of the minerals we need, but it is a perfect medium from which to create water-based substances that require purified water. A gallon of distilled water should not cost more than a few dollars and properly sealed, will last months in a pantry.
Witch Hazel can be found in the skincare section. It is an astringent that has multiple personal health uses. Astringents reduce blood flow and constrict tissue, making it a popular natural anti-inflammatory. It is derived from the plant of the same name, which grows in North America as well as several Asian countries. When making cleaners or fragrances, use alcohol-free. A bottle of Witch Hazel should not cost more than five dollars.
Finally, we cover the essential oils. Essential oils are the natural oils extracted from plants or trees. They are the purest form of the oils of the plants or trees from which they originate. Various essential oils may have health benefits. Don't be daunted to see about eight dollars for a very small bottle. Fortunately, you only need a few drops, so that little bottle can easily last months. You can obtain almost as many essential oils as there are plants from which to safely obtain them.
How to Make Homemade, All-Natural Cleaner
The ratio of distilled water to Witch Hazel is 3:1. An easy way to remember this is to make your batches in 1 cup increments.
- First, fill a measuring cup to the 3/4 cup line with distilled water.
- Then, add 1/4 cup Witch Hazel. You should now have a full cup of liquid.
- Select the flavor of essential oil you wish to use, or try a combination. Every company bottles its oils differently. You may need to use a dropper, you may just need to be very careful when pouring, or you may have lucked out and the company has a built-in top that releases in drops. You only need 5-6 drops as essential oils are very potent!
Remember, you can always add more, but you can't remove drops already added. Slow and steady is key to find the perfect mixture for you.
Did I Choose Right?
Now that you've mixed together your distilled water, Witch Hazel, and essential oil, you'll want to put your mixture into a bottle with a spray nozzle. I recommend using a funnel so you don't spill the liquid. Don't stress it too much, it's the best smelling mess you could potentially make.
Once in your bottle, give it a gentle swirl to mix the ingredients together. Screw your sprayer top on and give it a few sprays to determine if it's to your liking. If you need to add a few more drops of Essential Oils, do so now.
I recommend that before each use you give the bottle a little swirl to make sure everything is properly mixed.
I Personally Use These Well Made Amber Glass Spray Bottles
Time to Roll Up the Sleeves
Now that you've finished making your essential oil mix, what can you use it for?
- I use to clean my yoga mat. This creates a pleasant smell when my face is close to the mat, and decreases degradation of your mat that man-made chemicals may accelerate.
- It also may be smart to keep a small spray bottle by the toilet, for reasons better left unsaid.
- Essential oil mixes can also make a great foot bath. Just make a larger batch with warm water and soak away your stresses.
- You may also walk around the house before guests arrive and spray into the air.
- This mixture makes a great face wash. A cup of the mixture should provide about a week's worth of face wash.
- It also makes a wonderful gift! I recently had my mom over for lunch and mixed up a bottle for her on the spot.
- The uses are really limited by your imagination. For a fifteen dollar investment, you have enough raw materials to save you much more money than if you had bought pre-bottled cleaners. Not to mention that great feeling that comes from having created your own product!
Find your preferred Essential Oils and get started!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.