Making your own natural, toxin free, household cleaning products will help you move away from the questionable chemistry experiment that is too often found lurking in your household and cosmetic products that can be irritating your families skin.

You only need a few simple ingredients such as baking soda, apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, soap, and water. In fact, using just these ingredients, you can make a non-toxic oven cleaner, scrub your toilet bowl to shiny perfection, polish your furniture, and more. Unfortunately, while these ingredients make for powerful, chemical-free cleaning, they can smell quite bland. That’s why most recipes also call for essential oils and provide one of the best, most enjoyable ways, to clean and purge your home of all the accumulated dirt, germs, and odors. Not only will you create peace of mind as well as a clean, healthy and wonderfully aromatic living space, but you will save yourself some money.

Here are a few recipes to clean your house without nasty toxins.


Alternatives to Toxic Washing Powders and Cleaning Liquids

  1. Making your own Washing Powder:

Making your own laundry soaps from safe ingredients such as castile soap, and washing soda can be really great fun, and your skin will love it.

This simple detergent is inexpensive to make and free of harmful chemicals.

  • 16 cups baking soda
  • 12 cups washing soda
  • 8 cups grated castile soap
  • 3 tablespoons lavender, bergamot or manuka essential oil (optional)

Combine baking soda, washing soda, and soap flakes. If using an essential oil , it is best to use a wire whisk to mix all the ingredients. Use 1/8 cup per load.

This recipe makes enough powder to last a typical family of four for one year.  Tip: If you are finding that your clothing is becoming stiff, or you live in a hard water area, a capful of white wine vinegar in your wash will help to remove traces of residue and soften your clothes without irritating the skin.

Our friend, the fabulous Jody Allen, from Stay At Home Mum, has written a great article on DIY Cleaning and Hand Made Laundry Powder and Liquid, with proven recipes that stop itchy skin. So, watch the video in the link above.

Want some more DIY recipe inspiration for all your household cleaning products from washing powder to floor cleaners to bathroom blitzing, and so, so much more?  Then check out these two amazing Mum’s, Jane and Aimee behind the awesome  Figgy and Co, who have started a natural cleaning revolution in New Zealand.  Their  commitment to making chemical free cleaning super easy, super cheap for busy mums is nothing short of inspirational.

  1. Soap Berries: Natures Detergent.

Originating from Nepal, these cute little berries are completely organic, ethical, skin-kind, eco-friendly, and vegan. What’s not to love about them? Soapberries are nature’s very own detergents.    Seriously, don’t be fooled by their size, they pack a potent punch in the washing machine, and we hand’s down LOVE them at Manuka Biotic HQ.



They are completely natural washing powder alternative, with no fragrances, synthetic chemicals, brighteners, or harsh ingredients, and are effective in hot and cold wash cycles.

These are a game changer, if you have any sensitive skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis, which can be irritated by the chemicals in commercial washing powders and liquids.

Our extraordinarily generous friends, eco-warriors, philanthropists, and  amazeberries Mum’s (hee hee), Talia and Natalia from That Red House, sell their Soap Berries online here for $26.00 AUD, which last up to 180 plus washes. Making them by far, one of the most economical of the washing options. For international orders outside of Australia and New Zealand, please contact That Red House directly.

That’s a whole lot of LOVE right there!


  1. Apple Cider Vinegar Cleaning Liquid

Apple cider vinegar has potent antimicrobial properties, making it an excellent way to clean your home. Unlike most cleaning products marketed to us with ‘miracle’ cleaning properties, Apple Cider Vinegar contains no harmful ingredients. Studies have shown that vinegar can disinfect just as well as bleach.

You dilute the apple cider vinegar in water (1:1 ratio), and it can be mixed with other natural cleaning products like lemon juice, salt, alcohol, or your favourite essential oils. We use Manuka oil, known for its potent antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Tip: While disinfecting is not something you need to do for every load, you wish to disinfect the laundry if someone in your household is sick. In this case, we suggest adding anywhere from 8-10 drops of Manuka oil into the above recipe, allowing the antibacterial properties to keep your washing free from nasty germs. This liquid used every few months in your empty washing machine, or dishwasher, will keep them bacteria free.

A note about baking soda: mixing baking soda and vinegar will impair the bacteria-killing properties of vinegar. If you’re planning to clean surfaces that come in contact with food, it’s best not to mix the apple cider vinegar with baking soda. You can mix the two, however, for cleaning your oven, or unclogging drains.

There are some amazing businesses that provide alternative, toxin free cleaning products, and you can find a plethora of recipes will allow you to clean your house without using harmful chemicals.

Whatever you choose, remember that it’s important to pay attention to what works for you and your skin.


Where to Buy Pure Essential Manuka Oil

When shopping for essential oils, make sure to look for pure essential oils of high quality. There many organic brands out there to choose from who make extremely high-quality oils.


Manuka Essential Oil

The Coromanadel Mountains Company has been handcrafting steam distilled Manuka Oil for over 25 years. Their oil was the first Manuka Oil in the world to be certified Organic by Bio Gro New Zealand, IFOAM, as well as meeting USDA Organic certification standards.

You can buy Coromandel Mountains Company Pure Essential Manuka Oil direct from the following stockists or online here:

New Zealand wide

In Auckland


That Red House Laundry Tonics

That Red House created a beautiful essential oil  Laundry Tonic  to compliment the soapberries that you can add to your washing for extra fragrance and freshness.

Figgy and Co  Laundry Tonics

Figgy and Co, have six essential oil blends that will add more than a bit of luxury to your laundry, or household cleaning products.


We hope everyone makes a change to chemical-free household cleaning, not only will you create peace of mind as well as a clean, healthy and wonderfully aromatic living space, but you will save yourself some money and help your loved ones itchy skin.

Enjoy! x