Zero Waste Cleaning Routine | Simple & Natural DIY Recipes with Essential Oils

Water, castile soap, distilled vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils-
the only ingredients I need to keep my apartments sparkly clean!

In this video I share the 3 essential oils that I love to use for cleaning as well as a few of my simple DIY recipes.

Cleaning Supplies & Your Health:

Metal Baking Soda Dredger:
Amber Glass Bottles:
Bamboo Essential Oil Diffuser:
Bulk Gallon Castile Soap:
Silicone Molds (similar):
Bamboo Spoon:

Window & Mirror Cleaner:
-1 cup water
-1 cup vinegar
-10-15 drops lemon essential oil

Shower / Mold & Mildew Cleaner:
-1 cup water
-1 cup vinegar
-10-15 drops OnGuard essential oil (or a mix of others)

All Purpose Cleaner:
-1 cup water
-3ish tsp castile soap
-10-15 drops essential oil

Toilet Bombs:
Some websites say you should wear a mask when mixing citric acid & baking soda; I didn’t but I made sure my windows were open. I’ve used several recipes, some with castile soap and others without. I’ve found that the cubes without castile soap fizz up more when dropped in water, but if you add a splash of vinegar to the water (with either recipe) it helps the cube fizz.

Toilet Bombs:
-2 cups baking soda
-2/3 cup citric acid
-essential oils

Find the instructions here:

Don’t use citrus essential oils or vinegar on natural granite counter tops. Melaleuca or Eucalyptus are safe.

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  1. Chantal Hjorleifson on November 5, 2020 at 8:15 am

    Hi there. What is castile soap?

  2. Fred Miller on November 5, 2020 at 8:19 am

    How do you kill the black mold that is in showers. I bought the house used and I had black mold in my apartment so it seems to follow me around. I have killed it with tilex and tee tree oil but it comes back. I have shampoo bottle that may be reinfecting the shower? Where did you buy the glass spray bottles. Plastic don’t last long particularly if you use them outdoors.

  3. Pro Bond Cleaning Sydney on November 5, 2020 at 8:20 am

    We really appreciate your Work.

  4. Kelyrin's Cooking & Bento on November 5, 2020 at 8:21 am

    I love this updated version of your cleaning video from last year ! 🙂 I’m always afraid to buy fizzy drinks and other bottles because so far, I’ve never found one that fits the attachment I have. 🙂 haha. But I should keep persevering ! Because for now the little bottles that came with those spray attachments are plastic and they are super annoying as they "smush themselves" because of the pressure. Anyways, when you meant "cleaning routine" I thought you were going to show us the routines you have, as in "how often you clean this, and that, how long it takes" etc 🙂 I think that would be a great idea for a video.

  5. Faffrika on November 5, 2020 at 8:22 am

    So inspired to ditch the chemicals! Love your channel, Alli

  6. MisoTinz on November 5, 2020 at 8:23 am

    Alli, will you do a vlog on different beauty tips with essential oils? Thanks for considering! Love your vlog!

  7. robert olson on November 5, 2020 at 8:24 am

    Natural does not always equate to safe. Granted some things are less toxic than others, but everything becomes toxic at some point when used in excess. There is a popular misconception that because essential oils are derived from plants, they must be safe. Unfortunately people can and have been injured by essential oils. Mostly due to misuse. But even with proper use reactions can still occur. The most common is burns to the skin and rashes.

    Like you I prefer to do things natural. But what defines natural? That depends on where a person draws the line between natural and man made. The purest definition of natural is "occurring in nature without human intervention." Wild berries growing on a mountain side would meet that definition. But in today’s world most things go thru some processing.

    Essential oils are derived from a natural source, plants. But so is Tequila, and both essential oils and tequila go thru almost an identical process to create the final product.

    Is Tequila all natural? Does it bear risks? I will let you decide.

    Turpentine comes from pine trees. That sounds natural to me. Is it safe? What about crude oil? Its naturally occurring and organic. Is it safe? I will let you decide.

    What about essential oils? Are they all natural? I know nature provided the plants, but man extracts and concentrates the plant oils beyond anything nature has to offer. Nature never gave us the final product in that little glass bottle. Major corporations did.

  8. Amy Hoang on November 5, 2020 at 8:25 am

    I need all these recipes! Thanks for sharing. I need to write these down so i can make my own stuff. I’m currently finishing up all my cleaning products i have right now and going to start fresh. what do you use to do your laundry? I’m very curious about that. i already substitute fabric softener with vinegar already.

  9. Sylvia Park on November 5, 2020 at 8:25 am

    hello! what kind of vinigar do you use?

  10. Sofia Silveira on November 5, 2020 at 8:27 am

    loved this vídeo and tipo. those Fizzy squares are awesome im going to try them out!

  11. Maika on November 5, 2020 at 8:27 am

    Such an informative video! I really want to get into making my own cleaning products

  12. Ele____ Opr___ on November 5, 2020 at 8:28 am

    Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with all the different recipes for various homemade cleaning products. I keep coming back to this video as reference and inspiration as its so simple and clear. Please make more like this! I’m curious to know if you make your own laundry powder/liquid? Would love a video on this.

  13. Persephones Charm on November 5, 2020 at 8:29 am

    How long do these keep?

  14. Abigail Smith on November 5, 2020 at 8:29 am

    Love this! I’m so excited to get more into oils:)

  15. Leah Hodge on November 5, 2020 at 8:29 am

    this is such an informative video, thank you! i am living in my first apartment, so trying to figure out how to do all of these things in a way i feel most comfortable, if that makes sense. may i ask where your glass soap dispenser is from (your kitchen hand soap)? thanks!

  16. Natural Oil Wonders on November 5, 2020 at 8:30 am

    We love and use Doterra as well!! We got started with it to reduce spasms for my LO who has seizures. And now the whole family uses it, and we love sharing it to friends and family.

  17. Jackie Beland on November 5, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Love your video very informative

  18. Norma , Gerald Steven Hernandez Pride on November 5, 2020 at 8:31 am

    I do agree with this video 100%

  19. E. J. Loup on November 5, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Hello Alli, super informative video ! Also, would you consider making one about your hair ? They’re so beautiful and shiny and I would be interested to know your routine !
    Thanks a lot, Love from Paris 😉

  20. Mike Bee on November 5, 2020 at 8:32 am

    Thanks for the video, awesome info…would like to know where did you purchase that big soap dispenser for your Castile soap, very nice!

  21. Ariel Coleston on November 5, 2020 at 8:34 am

    This is so informative, thank you!

  22. Markeyta Young on November 5, 2020 at 8:35 am

  23. robert olson on November 5, 2020 at 8:35 am

    Another great natural cleaner is Tequila. The ethanol kills germs quickly. And its all derived naturally from plants.

  24. Charles Cayton on November 5, 2020 at 8:36 am

    Nice video iam new hi love it

  25. Lynne on November 5, 2020 at 8:38 am

    Really great video with awesome information. I noticed your castile soap was in a large glass container. Do you buy that in bulk? I live in Ontario Canada but would love to know if that is an option and could may be source closer to my home.

  26. Danson for Joy on November 5, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Thank you for linking your supplies and sharing your recipes! 🙂

  27. Marley B on November 5, 2020 at 8:42 am

    Great video! I would love to figure out how to get Castile soap in bulk like you! Any tips?

  28. Kadia Fontana on November 5, 2020 at 8:44 am

    Can you add rubbing alcohol into the window and mirror cleaning ?

  29. Alyssa Cates on November 5, 2020 at 8:44 am

    The OnGuard essential oil sounds amazing. I think that will be my next purchase!

  30. Kassidy Brown on November 5, 2020 at 8:45 am

    Do you have pets? And if so, how would this affect them? Did you research it because I know plenty of essential oils are deadly to dogs as well as cats.

  31. Emily Mosley on November 5, 2020 at 8:48 am

    Good stuff. I’m wondering if you launder your cleaning towels, dish towels etc. with your clothing or do in a separate load?

  32. Akers Acres Co on November 5, 2020 at 8:49 am use a blend from Simply Earth called Citrus Burst! I mix it with castile soap, vinegar, and water. I don’t have granite countertops. I love the mix for the bathroom and kitchen!

  33. Renee Rubio on November 5, 2020 at 8:51 am

    This is a great video…thank you so much …you’re awesome!

  34. Laila Cox on November 5, 2020 at 8:55 am

    New subscriber here! I enjoyed your video. I am using some homemade cleaning products. My next one I want to make is the toilet bomb. I am yet to find citric acid though. I’m in Australia. I’ll have to look online I guess. When you pop it in the toilet do you use a brush to clean after it’s stopped fizzing or during?

  35. Ashley Baker on November 5, 2020 at 8:55 am

    where’s the link for the essential oils you use ?

  36. Kristin Lowther on November 5, 2020 at 8:55 am

    Hi Alli. You look so naturally beautiful in this video. How are you getting your hair so shiny? Would you consider doing a tutorial for this makeup look you are wearing in the video? I hope you are having a great week:)

  37. Kandi_Cane H. on November 5, 2020 at 8:58 am

    Wheres the recipes for all these???? lol

  38. Suzie suzi on November 5, 2020 at 8:59 am


  39. Elise Matton on November 5, 2020 at 9:02 am

    I’ve been really enjoying exploring DIY cleaning recipes and zero waste principles in my cleaning routine but one place I’m having trouble with are my bathroom floors! I have the recipes down pat but am wondering if you know of any tools/techniques for cleaning these areas? I can use an old toothbrush on the tile grout but for the smaller tile areas (example: behind toilet area), I’m wondering what kinds of tools you might use? Mops don’t really fit around there.

  40. Chanda Harkins on November 5, 2020 at 9:04 am

    I love these types of videos! Thanks!

  41. Gabby Villalpando on November 5, 2020 at 9:04 am

    Love the video! Collecting supplies now! Would the brand NOW essential oils work?

  42. V CR on November 5, 2020 at 9:08 am

    What do you recommend for stone counters such as granite or quartz?

  43. Wellness Warrior on November 5, 2020 at 9:09 am

    Super helpful! I’ve been looking into making my own cleaners. My family is far from zero-waste, but I hope that maybe with my transition to it, my family will follow along. Thank you for the video!

    Natalie |

  44. Everyday Sparks on November 5, 2020 at 9:13 am

    Loved your video! thanks for sharing. I love my essential oils too!

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