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LH 120: How to Make Natural Household Cleaners

How to make natural household cleaners that ROCK!

The holidays are coming and chances are you’re going to be cleaning your house a little bit more than usual.

Don’t reach for the chemical laden products you find at the store!

Living a more organic lifestyle means eliminating chemicals whenever we can.

And a great place to do that is with the products we spray all over our house!

I’m talking about the things we use to scrub down the countertops, clean the bathrooms or even make our laundry smell fresh.

In today’s episode, I brought on the host of the popular blog Brown Thumb Mama. Pam Farley believes in making things herself. From cleaners to air fresheners, she is always on the lookout for all natural alternatives to the store bought versions.

I brought her on to share her insights and recipes for making cleaning products using simple ingredients we have in our homes.


You will learn:

  • Why typical household cleaners do NOT have to list all the ingredients
  • Which kitchen supplies we already have that will do the job
  • The difference between pure essential oils and fragrance oils
  • The difference between food grade and therapeutic grade oils
  • How to make an All Purpose Cleaner
  • How to create an Air Freshener Spray
  • Tips for making our laundry smell awesome

Pam Farley:

Pam Farley HeadshotPam Farley lives her motto of “make it, don’t buy it” every day as the founder of Brown Thumb Mama, a website dedicated to healthy living, natural eating, and attempted gardening.

A former corporate writer, she ditched the cubicle in 2015. Now she spends her time working from home with her family, growing vegetables in her front yard, teaching about essential oils, and avoiding housework. Her book of essential oil diffuser recipes is available on Amazon and on Brown Thumb Mama.



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Resources & Links Mentioned:

Brown Thumb MamaPam’s website

Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes * –  Pam’s Book

The chemicals in Air FreshenersPam’s blog post

Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner *

More Info on Using Essential OilsPam’s website



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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.