DIY Household and Body Care Product

Making your own household and body care products is way easier than it sounds, and all it takes are a few standard ingredients that you may have around your house already.  The simplest ingredients can make the best products!

Household Products

All-Purpose Cleaner

  • 1 part white vinegar + 1 part water + a few drops lemon essential oil
  • Combine ingredients in a spray bottle.  Shake well before use.  Can be used on most surfaces.

Dish Soap

  • 1 cup liquid castile soap + 1/4 cup water + lemongrass essential oil
  • Combine ingredients in a pump bottle (a foaming soap dispenser works best) and shake well.

Shower Cleaner

  • 1/4 cup baking soda + 1 tbsp liquid castile soap + 10 drops tea tree oil
  • Combine ingredients and scrub onto tiles with a coarse brush.  Leave mixture on tiles for 5 minutes and wash off.

Personal Care Products

Body Wash

  • 2/3 cup liquid castile soap + 1/4 cup raw honey + 2 tsp sesame seed oil + t tsp vitamin E oil + 45 drop lavender essential oil + 15 drops geranium essential oil
  • Combine above ingredients into a container with a pump top and shake well prior to use. 

Body Moisturizer

  • 1/2 cup shea butter + 2 tbsp avocado oil + 30 drops of your favourite essential oil combo (I like lavender, sandalwood and geranium)
  • Melt shea butter, avocado oil in a saucepan over low heat.  Remove saucepan from heat and stir in essential oils.  Transfer oil mixture to glass container and let cool to room temperature.  
  • Check out my previous blog post on how to make a basic calendula salve - the perfect DIY recipe to help nourish particularly dry skin.

Body Scrub

  • 1/4 cup fine sugar or sea salt + 1-2 tbsp olive oil + 5-10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • Combine above ingredients to desired consistency and use within 2 weeks.

With respect to shelf life for DIY recipes, I would recommend using your products up within 6 months after making them to avoid any possibility of spoiling.


DIY cleaning and personal care products are so simple to make and the possibilities are endless!  Do you have a favourite recipe?  I'd love to hear about it.