By Molly O’Brien

With natural, organic products becoming more mainstream, we have a dizzying array of options when it comes to grocery shopping. But living a natural lifestyle does not have to be complicated. With only a few ingredients, many items can be made at home from scratch. Below are a few of my favorite recipes for common household items.

All Purpose Cleaner

2 cups water

1 cup white vinegar (you can also use apple cider vinegar)

20–30 drops essential oil of your choice (I use a mixture of lemon and orange oil)

1 glass multi-use spray bottle

Combine the water, vinegar and essential oils in the spray bottle. Shake vigorously before each use (separation is natural).

Wood Cleaner/ Polish

2 cups water

1 ½ cups white vinegar

1 cup olive oil

30–40 drops essential oil of your preference (I use lavender oil)

1 glass multi-use spray bottle

Combine the water, vinegar, olive oil and essential oil in the spray bottle. Shake before each use.

Homemade Toothpaste

1 cup organic coconut oil

3 tablespoons baking soda

20 drops peppermint essential oil (you can also use eucalyptus, spearmint or a mixture of your preference)

Glass jar (I use 16-ounce mason jars)

Combine the coconut oil, baking soda and peppermint oil together in the glass jar and stir generously. Keep in a cool environment (60 F).

All Natural Mouthwash

2 cups water

3 teaspoons baking soda

½ teaspoon tea tree oil

15 drops peppermint oil (you can also use spearmint or eucalyptus oil)

Glass jar

Combine the water, baking soda, peppermint and tea tree oil in the glass jar and shake vigorously before each use (separation is natural).