DIY Cleaning Recipes

Updated: May 18, 2020

Below you'll find our non-toxic, low-waste cleaning recipes. I'll add more as we create them!

These are the basics that I can easily make into a cleaning kit for you.

On Guard Cleaning Concentrate- a highly concentrated multi-purpose cleaner with the on guard protective blend. 2 tbsp per 24 oz of water makes a multipurpose surface and glass cleaner.

Lemon-Antibacterial, Disinfectant, Degreaser, Deodorizer

Tea Tree- Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anti-parasitic & Antiviral for surfaces and diffusing.

Purify- kills germs and airborne pathogens for surface cleaning & diffusing.

On Guard Sanitizer with ethyl alcohol- to kill viruses and bacteria on skin and surfaces.



Glass bowl at least twice the size of the ingredients. This recipe rises!

Silicone Molds- batch makes twelve pods. We usually double it up and make 24.

1 Cup Baking Soda

1/4 Cup Citric Acid

1 tbsp On Guard Cleaning Concentrate

1 tbsp Castile Soap

15 drops Essential Oil of choice (I used Purify but a combo of lemon and tea tree will be just as effective)


Mix dry ingredients thoroughly

Slowly add concentrate, castile soap, & essential oil

Stir until mixed

Let sit for about an hour. Keep an eye on it so it doesn't expand out of the bowl. Mix occasionally and press the mixture down then let it sit again. Repeat until mixture becomes crumbly.

Fill molds and press mixture down until each mold is compact

Cover molds with something flat to keep mixture from rising out of the molds

Let sit about 4 hours or until the pods are dry

Pop them out and store them in an airtight container


Drop 1 or two in the toilet, wait for fizz to subside, scrub and flush


INGREDIENTS:  ½ cup isopropyl alcohol 1½ cups water 15 drops On Guard ½ teaspoon castile soap


Combine all ingredients in a 16 ounce glass spray bottle. Shake well before use, spray over the surface. Wipe away with a soft cloth.

Tip: Other oils that work well in this cleaner include Lemon, Grapefruit, or Basil essential oils add any of them for extra cleaning power!



On Guard Cleaning Concentrate

Lemon Essential Oil



In a 2 oz spray bottle add 2 tablespoons of On Guard Cleaning Concentrate, 10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil and top it off with water. Shake well and spray directly on stains. Let sit for a bit and throw it in the washer.


10-15 drops of On Guard Oil, 2 tablespoons of Castile Soap and a few pumps of Fractionated Coconut Oil to keep our hands soft. Put them all in an 8 oz pump and shake it up!


In a pitcher combine-

1 cup white vinegar

2 cups distilled water

1 tbsp On Guard Concentrate

(If you feel more comfortable adding alcohol you can exchange the vinegar for ethyl alcohol.)

If you don’t have concentrate use 15 drops On Guard Oil.

Fold your reusable Bamboo Towels (an old tshirt or thick paper towels works just as well) and place in a leak proof quart jar. Pour mixture over towels. Use them, wash them, stick them back in the jar.


The natural chemical components of the oils I chose for this spray are disinfecting, antiviral, & antibacterial. The Witch Hazel acts as an emulsifier to help the water and oils combine. I made mine in the 10 oz continuous mist spray bottle.

Add 5 drops lavender, 10 drops lemon, 15 drops tea tree, 15 drops rosemary, and 10 drops on guard.

Add a splash of witch hazel and top with water. Shake before use.


In an airtight container mix dry ingredients:

1 Cup Super Washing Soda

1/2 Cup Table Salt

1 Cup Baking Soda

1 Cup Citric Acid

Mix in 40 drops of Essential Oil. Choose a citrus and/or other oils with antibacterial and anti microbial properties. I used Rosemary and Lemon.


Add 1 TBSP directly to the drum of your washer. Make 56 loads.

*TIP- add a drop or two of Juniper Berry directly to the drum of your dishwasher for an extra cleaning and disinfecting boost! Juniper Berry was used during the plague for protection.


Fill up the sink or a glass bowl with water (filtered if possible), add 5 drops of lemon and a few pumps of on guard foaming hand soap and let them soak for 5-10 minutes, then rinse them off.