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Are You Ready To Learn All About Essential Oils?

Hey Naturals, look at you ready to learn all about essential oils. I am so proud of you! First, take this journey with me, as I share all about essential oils from my point of view and what I have learned over the past few months? After that, take action!

“Decide on one thing you’ll implement to become more natural. Even if it’s just diffusing an oil instead of spraying febreeze lol.”

When I first decided that I was going to start my natural journey, one of the most popular natural ingredients I continued to see over and over again was these little glass bottles. So I wanted to learn all about essential oils. Questions like, how to use them, the benefits, the price, I needed to know the secrets. In addition to that, I discovered a huge variety of products I could actually make myself simply with essential oils, water, and other random things I already had in my home.

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Are Essential Oils Natural? 

So one of the most obvious questions that I wanted to be answered was “are essential oils natural?” and the answer was, YES, ABSOLUTELY! If they weren’t it would be no purpose for this article lol. They are usually extracted from roots, seeds, stems, flowers, leaves, or the zest of the fruit, so yes they are definitely natural. However, be careful sometimes companies will add other ingredients and unnecessary oils to the essential oils, which can compromise the quality of the oil.

What Are Essential Oils?

So in case you’re new here, essential oils are a concentrated volatile liquid that is extracted from particular plants, flowers, herbs, seeds, or fruit. I put together a guide from A to Z, of essential oils. I share what they smell like, and a few of their benefits. It’s a guide I refer back to and It is published on Amazon, you can check it out here. It’s called “Help Me Learn About Essential Oils”!

How Are Essential Oils Made?

  These powerful oils are so potent yet the process is extremely delicate, I was amazed. There were so many videos online when I was searching youtube for the process. For instance, they had two different ways of extracting oils, one way was cold-press. I mainly saw this one with the fruits and it was done by regular people like you and me. For example, they grate the peel of an orange and add it to some coconut oil, then they will squeeze the oils out and make orange oil. Now I’m sure the process is a little more delicate with companies such as plant therapy, but it was still interesting to see the gist of it. The next method I found, was called steamed distillation which is basically pressure and steam. They would use these steps to extract the oils from plants, flowers, etc.

What are Essential Oils Used For?

Most importantly, my going natural journey taught me that there’s an oil for almost everything. Essential oils are used for their medicinal benefits, as well as their amazing natural wide range of scents, and cleaning power. They are also used for aromatherapy, I don’t know about you but I have days where I can use a little scent boost to get my mood back on track.

How to Use Essential Oils? 

Add a natural scent to your home, for its healing properties, or you can diffuse them. Because the aroma really can boost your mood. You can use them in your beauty products, cleaning products, to replace your body sprays and perfumes, or even just to ease pain or a rash you may have. Essential oils are so versatile, I love having them in different parts of the home for a gazillion different reasons.

Do Essential Oils Work?

Have you ever heard the saying “the mind is a powerful thing”? Well, some have said essential oils don’t work, it’s all in our heads, and others have said they have had life-changing results. For me, I’ve had both. It’s been times when I’ve tried an oil recipe and it did nothing for me, but other times I have seen amazing results.

For instance, every single time I have gotten sick before I knew about oils, I would have to take off work and be uncomfortable for a few days. But since learning about oils, I have a recipe that I created that has stopped every sore throat or cough in its tracks. Even when I had congestion and upper respiratory issues. But I’m no doctor or professional, that’s just my story.

So, here’s the honest truth, do essential oils work? Maybe. But unfortunately, It hasn’t been enough studies on it to actually prove that they heal. Doctors have found some say it worked for them some say it doesn’t. So for me, I did research and I decided to try them out myself.

Side Effects of Essential Oils

Even though essential oils are natural, they are not for everyone. Sometimes we use too much, or we didn’t dilute it enough, or our bodies are rejecting it. Some signs to look out for is coughing, eye irritation, skin irritation, or burning sensations. The story I use a lot for this is when I put way too much peppermint oil in a toilet bowl. I was following a recipe and the number of drops I added had my eyes runny, I was coughing, it was too much. Another example is when I was diffusing tea tree oil and the children started coughing. I realized it’s important to listen to your body and look out for these side effects even when trying a natural oil.

Are Essential Oils Safe?

One thing that I learned very early on when it came to essential oils is that natural didn’t always mean safe. Just like anything else you must do your own research, try small areas first, ask your doctor, and pay attention to your body.

Tea tree oil is an example of a stronger oil that could be toxic to children and pets. Another example is when I used oregano oil on my skin to stop a sore throat and didn’t dilute it, omg it was burning so bad I really thought it would never end.

So Remember oils are safe when properly diluted and used correctly for you.

Where to Buy Essential Oils?

At this point, you can buy essential oils anywhere. Dollar tree, grocery stores, with a network marketing company, or even online. Now, are they all created equal? Absolutely not. I’ve tried multiple companies some were def better than others. It depends on what you’re looking for, convenience? Price? Quality? 

Right now two of my favorite brands to order essential oil from are Melaleuca and Plant Therapy.

List of Essential Oils

It’s so many essential oils out there, but I want to give you a list of a few I know of. But don’t forget the essential oil dictionary aka resource guide that I published on amazon breaks these down even more.

  1. Lavender essential oils
  2. Lemon
  3. Cedarwood
  4. Eucalyptus
  5. Bergamot
  6. Basil
  7. Lime
  8. Black Pepper
  9. Peppermint
  10. Myrrh
  11. Rose
  12. Frankincense
  13. Oregano
  14. Orange
  15. Patchouli
  16. Cinnamon
  17. Nutmeg
  18. Rosemary
  19. Ylang Ylang
  20. Clary Sage
  21. Geranium
  22. Fennel
  23. Tea Tree Oil
  24. Vetiver

What Is The Difference Between Essential Oils and Fragrance Oils?

In conclusion, essential oils are extracted from plants and fragrance oils are a mixture of different ingredients some we don’t know, some we can’t even pronounce, some that hasn’t even been tested. In short, fragrance oils are usually made with synthetic chemicals and have no healing benefits. 

Dear Naturals,

Thanks for your interest in essential oils, and thanks for reading it from my point of view. The conversation doesn’t have to stay one sided, let’s continue the conversation in the comment section. What section of this article gave you a “wow, didn’t know that” response? Let’s talk about it!


Nina Pop Williams

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  30 Easy DIY Natural Cleaning Products For Your Home

 Have you ever wanted to know how to DIY natural cleaning products? Such as homemade bathroom cleaner, homemade kitchen cleaner, homemade all-purpose cleaner, and many more? As a natural newbie myself, I know the struggle, most recipes have a gazillion different ingredients, or they just simply don’t work. However, since starting my chemical-free journey, I have researched and tried a ton of different homemade natural cleaning products and I believe I have found the best ones for my home. So, if you want to try to learn 30 different DIY natural cleaning product recipes that could possibly leave your home clean, disinfected, and fresh without the clutter, keep on scrolling. 

Easy DIY Natural Cleaning Product Recipes

  1. Homemade Carpet Cleaner

My carpet has been through so much, can you relate? From not only walking on it but also from kids coming over and spilling stuff. Unfortunately one of the biggest challenges was some black nail polish, which my niece dropped two years ago on the carpet. Her scrubbing, plus me scrubbing and bringing in professional carpet cleaners the stain was still there. I realized I probably should’ve used nail polish removal back then and maybe it wouldn’t have been so difficult to get it out. But what’s done is done, you live and learn. Anyways here are a few things that helped the stain begin to lift. Whatever type of stains you may be struggling with hopefully, this will help, I suggest trying a small area before going all in. 

2. How to remove nail polish from the carpet?

  • Use a non-oily nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol on a cloth and just blot the stain. 

3. How to remove carpet stains naturally?

  • 1 cup white distilled vinegar 
  • 2 cups warm or cold water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oils (for scent)

Mix all this into a bottle and shake really well so everything can stay mixed, spray-on carpet stain, let sit for about 10 mins, then rub clean. Salt seems to be a great natural option to not only soak up liquid but also breakthrough them like a natural scrub.  The important thing to remember in this recipe is the shaking, so all the ingredients will evenly distribute on the carpet stain. Honestly, the amount of liquids doesn’t really matter, just make sure it’s one part vinegar to every two parts of water. 

Another option for a natural carpet stain remover is using baking soda and vinegar, let it sit for 30 mins, and then blot clean.

My Youtube Channel, “The Go Natural Channel” shares a bunch of DIY natural cleaning products and recipes

4. Here’s how to use baking soda and vinegar to clean carpet stains:

  • Pour Baking soda over stain
  • Spray Vinegar on top of the baking soda
  • Let sit for 30 mins
  • Using a warm or cold cloth blot clean

5. Homemade Floor Cleaner

All you need is water, vinegar, rubbing alcohol, dish soap, and essential oils, then you can pour the solution in warm mop water. So why these items?

  • Water- Helps loosen up dirt and grime
  • Rubbing Alcohol- Helps absorb water faster, avoid streaks, works as a disinfectant
  • Liquid Dish Soap- Well we know soap is great for cleaning
  • Vinegar- A great mild disinfectant, and a great degreaser
  • Essential Oils- Is a great way to add a natural scent to your solution, they also have a ton of different benefits. Add to a bucket of water or a spray bottle and mop as usual.

6. Homemade Tile Cleaner

  1. ¾ cup baking soda
  2. ¼ cup lemon juice or 10 drops of lemon essential oils
  3. 3 tbsp salt 
  4. ½ cup vinegar
  5. 3 tbsp dishwashing liquid

  • Mix the solution in warm water and clean tile floors as usual.

              When using these recipes always test on small sections first 

7. Homemade Hardwood Floor Cleaner

I was watching a video from one of my favorite youtubers “Clean my Space” and she had a video sharing a very similar recipe for hardwood floors.

First thing is figuring out what kind of hardwood floors you have, for example if water stays on top of the wood it’s probably finished wood floors, and if it absorbs into the wood then it’s probably unfinished. Test a section first, now here’s the recipe.

  • A cap full of vinegar
  • 2 drops of dish soap
  • Fill the rest up with hot water
  • Wring out mop so your floors aren’t soaked
  • Get a cloth and wipe down the remaining water

8. How to clean hardwood floors with rubbing alcohol?

  • 1 part alcohol
  • 2 part water
  • Use a cloth and wipe down the floor

9. Homemade Grout Cleaner

  • ½ cup of baking soda
  • ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 tsp dish soap 
  • Mix in a spray bottle and use a toothbrush or a small brush to clean

10. Homemade Laundry Detergent

Laundry detergent recipes were definitely a challenge to find. So many people were saying the DIY ones they tried just didn’t work. But thanks to “oneessentialcommunity” I think we’ve found the one.  Here’s the homemade laundry detergent recipe:

What you need:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1.5 cups of super washing soda
  • 100 drops of Essential Oils
  • 4 cups of water
  • Long Handled Wooden Spoon
  • Glass Container
  • 2.5 cups sal suds

How To Use It:

  • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil
  • Once it starts boiling, add 1 cup of salt mix until the soap is dissolved
  • Take the boiling water off the heat and add 1.5 cups of super washing soda, mix until it’s dissolved
  • Let the mixture cool then add 1tsp or a 100 drops of essential oils a good example would be to do like 50 drops of lavender and 50 drops of lemon 
  • Add 2.5 cups of sal suds (slowly mix it all or it will get foamy)
  • Pour in your glass container
  • Fill the rest with water, shake and stir as needed

11. Homemade Odor Eliminator

  • Water, Tea Tree Oil and Lemon Oil into a spray bottle
  • Baking Soda, Tea Tree Oil and Lemon Oil into a mason jar

12. Homemade Air Freshener

  • Water, lavender, lemon, and tea tree oil are my favorite mixtures, but you can use whichever essential oils you want
  • Baking Soda and about 15 drops of an oil of your choice

13. Homemade Dusting Spray

  • 1 cup of water
  • ¼ cup of vinegar
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 10-15 drops of lemon oil
  • Pour into a spray bottle, shake and use as usual

14. Homemade Cleaning Wipes

  • All you need is paper towels, alcohol, dish soap, essential oils and water
  • Cut the paper towels in half and pour the ingredients in 

I believe the best way to explain this one is with a video, check it out here

15. Homemade Natural Disinfectant Spray

  • Mixing water, alcohol, Tea tree oil, lemon, peppermint or lavender and dish soap
  • Put into a spray bottle

16. Homemade Fly Spray

  • Water, apple cider vinegar, peppermint oil
  • Mix into a spray bottle and use when needed

17. Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

  • ½ cup of vinegar
  • 2 cups of water
  • Use as many oils needed to get a scent you would love

18. Homemade Daily Shower Cleaner Spray

  • 1.5 cups of water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup of rubbing alcohol
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap
  • 15 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 15 drops of tea tree essential oil (melaleuca)

19. Homemade Glass Cleaner

  • 1 part vinegar
  • 2 parts water
  • Lemon essential oils

20. Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner

  • Baking soda, vinegar, lemon essential oil, and tea tree oil
  • Pour baking soda into the toilet, spray vinegar and oils 
  • Let sit for a few minutes
  • Use a scrub brush and then flush

21. Homemade Bathtub Cleaner

  • 1 part Baking Soda
  • 2 part Castile Soap (or dish soap)
  • Essential Oils For Scent
  • Pour into a spray bottle and shake and spray

22. Homemade Hard Water Stain Remover

  • ½ vinegar and ½ water
  • Let sit 20 minutes
  • Use a toothbrush or a sponge to gently scrub away stains

23. Homemade Kitchen Cleaner

  • 1 part vinegar, 2 part water, essential oils
  • Vinegar could be a little too harsh for marble or granite counters
  • 1 part alcohol, 2 parts water and essential oils may be a better option
  • Always try a small spot check first

24. Homemade Drain Cleaner

  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup table salt
  • Pour down the drain 
  • Follow by pouring 1 cup of heated up vinegar down the drain and wait for it to foam
  • Cover the drain with a stopper for about 15 minutes
  • After the 15 mins, run hot water for about a minute or two

25. Homemade Garbage Disposal Cleaner

  • Pour ice & salt in the disposal
  • Start it and pour cold water to loosen up the grime and odor
  • Now add baking soda
  • Follow with some vinegar allow it to foam 
  • Drop some lemon essential oils & let sit 
  • Turn on garbage disposal and hot water

26. Homemade Dish Soap

  • ⅔ cup sal suds
  •  1 ⅓ cup distilled water
  • Essential oils 
  • 1 tbsp washing soda 
  • 1tbsp salt
  •  3 tbsp hot water
  • A large pot & a soap dispenser

Another DIY Dish Soap Recipe Is:

  • ½ cup water
  •  1 tbsp vinegar
  •  ½ cup sal suds
  •  1 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil, or jojoba oil

27. Homemade Dishwasher Tabs

What you need:

  • 1 cup of baking Soda
  • Quarter cup citric acid (or sal suds)
  • 1 tbsp dishwashing soap
  • Ice tray
  • Essential oils

How To Make:

  • Mix the baking soda, citric acid, dishwashing soap together
  • Add 15 drops of essential oils
  • Put the mixture into the ice tray (silicone works best)
  • Let sit for 6 hours to harden
  • Then pop the tabs out and store them in a mason jar

28. Homemade Soft Scrub

  • 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide
  • ¼ cup castile soap
  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • Mix this and use as usual

29. Homemade Degreaser 

  • 2 part water
  • 1 part baking soda
  • Lemon oil
  • Shake in a spray bottle

30. Homemade Stainless Steel Cleaner

  • Spray with Vinegar
  • Wipe Clean

Vinegar works as a natural degreaser so because of that it can easily naturally help break down grease stains and fingerprints from your stainless steel. All you need to do is put some vinegar into a spray bottle and spray your stainless steel clean.

31. Homemade Oven Cleaner

  • ¼ cup liquid dish soap
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide
  • Lemon essential oils
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar

How to Use:

  • Wipe down oven with warm water
  • Mix ingredients into a paste like consistency
  • Spread on Oven
  • Close the door and let sit for 5-6 hours (the longer the better)
  • Get a sponge and wipe clean
  • For extra clean turn on self clean after and wipe down

32. Homemade Refrigerator Cleaner

  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Baking Soda
  • Peppermint
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Put in spray bottle, shake and spray

33. Homemade Mattress Cleaner

  • Sprinkle Baking Soda
  • Let sit for an hour
  • Vacuum it up

34. Homemade Urine Stain Recipe

  • 8 oz hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1 drop of soap
  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • Spray and let sit for about 30 mins

Dear Naturals,

Thank you so much for reading this blog on my favorite DIY Natural Cleaning Products. Remember this journey is your journey, do what works for you, unapologetically. Also, feel free to adjust these recipes however you see fit. Let me know if you have any questions, I can’t wait to connect with you in the comments.

With Love, 

Nina Pop Williams

P.S. Comment which one of these will you be trying first and tell me how your day is going!

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