diy all purpose cleaner

I promised changes to the blog, and I'm about to start delivering. For me, space is a really important consideration in living with intention. Be it home or work or wherever else you spend your time, the energy of the spaces you inhabit are vital to not only ensuring you absorb good energy, but in determining the energy you put out. So you're going to see more content on creating positive space.

Another vital part of the brand is living natural, living clean and living whole. It's a core part of the Karuna line - every ingredient is naturally sourced from the universe. The earth is capable of providing what we need to live a balanced, holistic life so lets stick to it. You know the saying you are what you eat? As much as I hate that phrase, it's true in a sense. From what you chose to fuel your body with, to what you put on its skin, to the products you use in your spaces: it impacts the way your body, mind and soul operate.

I'm a big fan of DIY and of hand made. So shocking based on Karuna, I know. So I'm glad I've found a way to incorporate DIY recipes into my regular content. Starting with a simple DIY all purpose cleaner you can customize to fit the vibe of your home.

Here's the formula:

  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1.5-2 cups filtered water
  • 5 drops of your base essential oil
  • 10 drops of your top essential oil

Using a funnel, add the baking soda and water into a spray bottle. Carefully add in your essentail oils. Shake well before use. Spray on your counters, garbage bins, tables, whatever needs a needs a general clean. Wipe well.

The baking soda is going to help eliminate any gross smells - such as garbage or gross kitchen stuff - cut through grime and help make things shine. Plus your essential oil combo is going to leave your space smelling great, and the aromatherapy benefits will improve your day. But what am I talking about when I say base and top essential oils?

Essential oils that are classified as base notes are normally "heavy" oils with their fragrance evident, but will also slowly evolve and be present for a long time and slows down the evaporation of the other oils. These fragrances are normally intense and heady. They are generally rich and relaxing in nature.

Essential oils that are classified as top notes normally evaporate very fast and normally also have anti-viral properties. They tend to be light, fresh and uplifting in nature. Top notes are generally highly volatile, fast acting, give the first impression of the blend and are not very long lasting.

Cut through the gibberish? Top and base oils generally smell good together, where as base and base oils can be too strong or top and top oils are just weird. They are like yin and yang, they compliment each other well.

When selecting your oils for mixing, it's just a handy idea to look for ones that benefit your cleaning further. But if you're at a loss, I've got three blends that work phenomenally.

sandalwood (b) + tea tree oil (t)

This combo is anti-microbial, kills bacteria and helps battle mold. Though both strong in fragrance, they compliment each other well to give your home a touch of natural, woodsy scent.

basil (b) +  lemon (t)

Lemon is going to brighten and combining with basil will provide antiseptic, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral and bactericidal properties. A great mix for your floors and counters. Both lemon and basil will assist in alertness - so maybe don't use right before bed.

geranium (b) + peppermint (t)

Peppermint being highly antibacterial, this combination would be perfect for your bathroom cleaning. Geranium on the other hand acts as a bug repellent - good for use in summer months where they get really pesky!

I look forward to sharing even more DIY's with you that incorporate essential oils and natural ingredients. I thought I'd start off with a simple one but I'd love to hear what you think! Share your experiences and your essential oil combinations in the comments below!