Dishwasher Tabs: D.I.Y. with essential oils

by Diana E. Natalie Johnson
RECIPE PROVIDED BY: Michelle Anderson of ‘The Glow Drops’. PHOTOS: Michelle Anderson.

So you open the dishwasher to put away the “clean” dishes and are hit with a cloud of synthetic chemical scent – enough to give some people a headache. Your forks taste like cheap perfume, and your drinking glass smells like a dryer sheet. First world problem, yes, and one we would do well to avoid. Especially as we become more diligent in kicking harsh chemicals out of our lives that lurk in so many commercial products, and invite nature’s remedies, healers and detoxifiers in…

DID YOU KNOW? FORMALDEHYDE, a dangerous substance, given the red flag by health agencies, is still used in dishwashing products? “Formaldehyde can be listed as methyl glycol, formalin, methyl oxide, paraform, formic aldehyde, methanal, oxymethylene, or CAS Number 50-00-0. All of these are names for formaldehyde under OSHA’s* Formaldeyde standard.”(1)

(*OSHA: Occupational Safety & Health Administration)

One of the most popular commercial dishwasher detergents on the market today contains a potentially toxic harmful brew including alcohol ethoxylates


These essential oil-infused D.I.Y. dish tabs WORK and are EASY to make, providing a safe, cost-effective alternative to those heavily perfumed and potentially toxic commercial dish tabs or pods…while at the same time PROTECTING your indoor air quality and food surfaces from harmful residues.


A shout out to our friend Michelle, of The Glow Drops, a vibrant Young Living essential oils group, for providing us with this D.I.Y. and the lovely pictures to go with it…

D.I.Y. DISH TABS Ingredients:

For one batch you will need…

Glass or stainless steel mixing bowl, measuring cup, a half teaspoon measure, an ice cube tray to use as a mould, and a storage container.

1 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)

1/2 cup fine sea salt

1/4 cup citric acid

1/2 to 1 Tablespoon  Thieves™ Household Cleaner (a truly all-aurpose ‘Essential Oil Infused’ concentrate). NOTE: Keep adding Thieves concentrate in 1/2 teaspoon increments until the mixture holds together loosely when squeezed in your hand. SEE PHOTO BELOW…

(Note: Citric acid occurs naturally in citrus fruits. As an isolated compound it is sold as a white crystalline powder, available at your local bulk foods store. Citric acid is used as a food additive/preservative, and as a powerful cleaning agent. A natural chemical, Citric acid is a weak organic tricarboxylic acid having the chemical formula C₆H₈O₇.


In a glass or stainless steel mixing bowl, measure and mix all ingredients JUST UNTIL moistened.


SUCCESS HINT: START WITH THE one teaspoon of Thieves™ Cleaning Concentrate and only add the additional half teaspoon if needed for the mixture to loosely hold its form.

Press into an ice cube tray. Let sit to dry overnight.

Carefully pop your dish tabs out of the ice cube tray and store in a container.

Use as you would commercial dishwasher tabs – add to machine for any cycle.

USAGE TIP: Your D.I.Y. Dish tabs also make great ‘toilet bombs’. Toss one in the bowl and watch it fizz and bubble! Swish with a cleaning brush and flush! Safe for septic systems and not harmful to municipal water supplies.



To order Thieves® Household Cleaner Concentrate as well as the finest essential oils produced with utmost purity from Young Living – world leader in essential oils, CLICK HERE

For questions or further information on how to obtain the finest Essential Oils produced with utmost purity shipped directly to your door, contact Diana at:

  1. Saving Face. ©2016. Sabina M. DeVita, Wellness Institute of Living and Learning.



DJ’s Natural Anti-Frizz Hair Spritz


Tame your hair naturally. Mist a bit of this D.I.Y. Hair Spritz onto damp hair before drying. You’ll be amazed at how shiny and smooth your hair becomes almost immediately, with lasting styling power, and you’ll be enthralled with how heavenly it smells!

The base for this beautifully natural anti-frizz hair spritz is witch hazel and pure distilled water. To this we simply add a wee bit of Himalayan pink salt*, real vanilla extract (made from vanilla beans & alcohol / no propylene glycol), and pure therapeutic grade essential oils known to be excellent for the health of the hair and scalp.

Witch hazel is a distilled oil, sometimes called a topical astringent, derived from the bark and leaves of the North American Hamamelis virginiana shrub. Witch hazel’s medicinal properties reduce irritation (to hair follicles) that may inhibit new growth. It is gentle, cleansing, and moisturizing.

The same properties that make witch hazel beneficial to the skin make it good for the hair and scalp. Using witch hazel on your hair balances out its hydration level freeing it from frizz and giving lots of shine!

INGREDIENTS: For a 4 ounce (or larger) bottle with a spray pump or trigger sprayer…

METHOD: Combine all of the ingredients in a 4 ounce or larger spray bottle (pump sprayer or trigger sprayer). Shake well until the pink salt is dissolved.

USE & APPLICATON: Shake well before each use. Spray on damp hair before blow drying or styling.

*About the Pink Salt: Himalayan Pink Salt naturally contains 80+ minerals and elements. Himalayan salt crystals form naturally within the earth and are made up of 85.62% sodium chloride and 14.38% other trace minerals including: sulphate, magnesium, calcium, potassium, bicarbonate, bromide, borate, strontium, and fluoride (in descending order of quantity).

Because of these minerals Himalayan pink salt can increase hydration, balance pH, and help regulate water content inside and outside of cells.

To order the finest, first distillation, therapeutic grade essential oils produced with utmost purity, shipped directly to your door from world leader in essential oils at 24% discount CLICK HERE

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Thieves® All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

Thieves Cleaner

Thieves® Natural Household Multi-Purpose Cleaner

To a 500 ml glass bottle with spray top, add the following:

  • 3 cups water (distilled or boiled and cooled)
  • 1 capful Thieves® Household Cleaner Concentrate (safe natural EFFECTIVE plant & mineral based) OR 20 drops Thieves® oil blend
  • 1 Tablespoon to 1/4 cup white vinegar

Optional: Add a few drops of YLTG Lemon essential oil, or YLTG Citrus Fresh EO blend.

  • Spray BottleTIPS:

  • If using smaller glass bottles, mix batch and divide between your bottles or jars.
  • Use high density plastic bottle sprayers on upcycled glass bottles – available at your local dollar store?



 To order Thieves® Household Cleaner Concentrate as well as the finest essential oils produced with utmost purity from Young Living – world leader in essential oils (including the oil blend mentioned above) AND the pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils Premium Starter Kit (at a premium starter cost!) ,  CLICK HERE

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Greening Clean with THIEVES®

Sink & Tub Scrub 1

Take it from a gal who used to hold her breath while using toxic oven cleaners and harsh household surface cleansers…

A few small changes over time can lead to big changes overall, and a healthier lifestyle for anyone! We love love love this home-made cleaning scrub for sinks, tubs, around taps and drains, stovetop & burners, stained mugs, and more.

Cleaning is almost enjoyable with this safe non-toxic scrub which actually smells wonderful, like cinnamon and clove – Mmmmm – while it kills bacteria, and effectively removes stains, soap scum, oil, grease, and hard water scale.

Made with baking soda, pure-castile liquid soap, and Thieves® Household Cleaner Concentrate from Young Living. (It is antibacterial/antimicrobial – containing YL Thieves® essential oil blend with clove, cinnamon bark, rosemary, lemon, and eucalyptus).

Before & After 1

D.I.Y. Sink & Tub Scrub Recipe:

1/2 cup baking soda

1 tsp to 1 Tbsp Thieves® Cleaner Concentrate

1 Tbsp pure-castile liquid soap.


Mix together into a paste and store in a glass jar. Use a little with a damp sponge or rage to clean sinks, tubs, around taps, stove burners, and more. Very little ‘elbow grease’ required!

Effortlessly takes care of soap scum, oil, grease, and hard water scale.


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 To order the Thieves® line of non-toxic essential oil-infused household and kitchen-safe products at 24% discount CLICK HERE

And for questions or further information on how to obtain the finest Essential Oils produced with utmost purity shipped directly to your door, contact Diana at:

Greening Our Cleaning

Awareness of what we are using to clean our homes and ourselves.

Thieves Cleaner

  • Safe, clean, healing environments are important today due to the onslaught of pollutants, chemicals, and global epidemics of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
  • Environmental toxins are found in what we eat, drink, breathe, wash, and clean with.
  • We can make simple changes to reduce and eliminate the use of dangerous chemicals and neurotoxins found in typical household and personal care products we currently buy and use.
  • Unaware of these toxins, chemical overload affects how we think, feel, and behave –compromising our immune system and targeting our brain.
  • Too many chronic conditions are not being linked directly to environmental toxins in the body.
  • Advances in quantum physics and biology are showing what shapes our DNA, in fact a new field of science known as “Epi-genetics” is showing how our environment dictates and shapes our DNA.

[Your Right To Know ~ Vibrational Cleaning Guidebook, Sabina M. DeVita, Ed.D.D.N.M., NNCP, IASP, ©2015]

Toxic Ingredients

Natural Cleaning Options:

Baking soda:
(sodium bicarbonate)
An all-purpose, non-toxic cleaner. It cleans, deodorizes, scours, polishes and removes stains.
(sodium borate)
It deodorizes, removes stains and boosts the cleaning power of soap. It also prevents mold and odours.
Arrowroot Starch: Cleans and deodorizes carpets and rugs.
Lemon Essential Oil or Lemon Juice, Clove, Cinnamon bark, Rosemary, Lemon, or Eucalyptus (E. radiate) pure essential oils Citrus oils cut through grease and stains on aluminum and porcelain. All essential oils listed are Antibacterial, antimicrobial.
Pure Castile soap: Cleans everything. Gentle degreasing.
Table salt or Sea Salt:
(sodium chloride)
A mild disinfectant and makes an abrasive, but gentle, scouring powder.
(dilute acetic acid)
Removes mildew, stains, grease and wax buildup. Vinegar is a great glass cleaner.
Washing Soda:
(sodium carbonate)
Cuts grease and disinfects. It will also increase the cleaning power of soap.

Adding pure Essential Oils to ‘green’ household and personal care ‘recipes’ you can easily make yourself, is a wonderful choice and great place to start implementing change.

“I have chosen Young Living essential oils company as my primary and only choice in using or recommending essential oils due to their authenticity and guarantee that they are pure,100% chemical free, organically grown by sustainable and ecological farming practices. Young Living owns and operates their own farms now in 11 countries and upholds the prominent seal of “Seed to Seal” distinction in the aromatherapy industry.” [Sabina M. DeVita, Ed.D.D.N.M., NNCP, IASP]

‘Greening Our Cleaning’ can help change our living environments to healthy, vibrant ones, directly impacting our health and lives!

In 2005 it was estimated that there were 35,000 chemicals in commercial use in Canada, and more than twice as many in the United States. And at that time the national American government was registering an average of 2,000 newly synthesized chemicals each year.      [Array Of Toxic Chemicals In Humans Alarming ~ I Am Polluted, Mark Stevenson, The Globe and Mail, ©2005, Bell Globemedia Publishing Inc.]

Contrary to the detrimental effects of over 100,000 manmade synthesized chemicals, the 100 to 1000 natural constituents found in pure unadulterated essential oils from plants, fall into three categories: Natural Plant Phenols, Sesquiterpines, and Monoterpenes. These natural constituents are nature’s detoxifiers and healers.

  • Phenols purify, cleanse, and detoxify the human body by cleaning cellular receptor sites (DNA).
  • Sesquiterpines stop DIS-EASE processes by deleting or unscrambling bad information from cellular memory (DNA).
  • Monoterpenes restore or awaken the correct information in the cell memory (DNA).

There are many resources available to help and empower us with the knowhow to help ourselves to better health – starting where we are living, sleeping, and even working, by replacing the silent, harmful chemicals with do-it-yourself cleaning and personal care products we can easily make with non-toxic ingredients and genuine therapeutic essential oils.


…contains historical blend of Clove, Cinnamon bark, Rosemary, Lemon, Eucalyptus (E. radiata) pure essential oils


IT JUST WORKS. See 50 WAYS to use it BELOW…


Incredible cleansing power from a safe, sustainable formulation. Thieve’s all-purpose cleaning concentrate contains ingredients from renewable plant and mineral sources, vegetable-based surfactants AND Thieves pure essential oil blend as well pure Lemon essential oil for extra cleaning power. Bottle is 100% recyclable.

From a 64 oz. bottle of Thieve’s Cleaner concentrate, you will get at least 128 – 30 ounce spray bottles full of amazing multi-purpose cleaner for about .75 cents per bottle!

DILUTION RATIOS: light degreasing 60:1; medium degreasing 30:1; heavy degreasing 15:1; floors 100:1; walls 30:1; upholstery, fabrics, carpet spotting 40:1; carpet 100:1; glass 320:1; pots and pans; 100:1 hand cleaner 1:1.

50 Ways to Use THEIVES Household Cleaner:

1. Clean stainless steel appliances
2. DIY Foaming Hand Soap (Fill a foaming hand soap container 1/4 of the way full with Liquid Castille soap. Add one capful of Thieves Household Cleaner and the rest water.)
3. No streak window cleaning
4. No streak mirror cleaning
5. Clean stove tops
6. Clean ovens (spray, soak, wipe clean)
7. Clean marble, granite, corian, & formica countertops
8. Clean sinks
9. Clean toilet bowls
10. Clean Tubs
11. Clean Showers
12. Grout cleaning made easy (Mix 2 capfuls of Thieves Household Cleaner with baking soda, until pastey. Let soak then wipe away.)
13. Homemade liquid dish soap
14. Freshen Laundry (Add one capful to your laundry cycle)
15. Use as a spot treatment spray on stained clothes (Use 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner to 4-6 cups of water in a spray bottle for spot treatment)
16. Spot clean carpet
17. Clean inside of fridge/freezer
18. Clean microwave
19. Clean outside and inside cupboards
20. Clean inside drawers
21. Wood Furniture Cleaner (1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner with 3/4 c. olive oil and 3 drops Lemon essential oil. Wipe down wood furniture, cabinets, tabletops.)
22. Clean floors & Decks! – linoleum, faux wood, hardwood, tile, composite decking (1-2 capfuls Thieves Household Cleaner and fill spray bottle with water, mist surface and mop. Also add 1 capful to small bucket of water for heavier floor cleaning)
23. Clean mould from limestone, flagstone walkways (use formula from #22 for floors, and a stiff bristled push broom).
24. Clean ceiling fans
25. Clean light fixtures
26. Clean sliding glass door & tracks, i.e. shower doors & tracks.
27. Clean your garbage cans (inside and out)
28. Clean walls
29. Clean vents
30. Clean outlets
31. Clean doorknobs & light switches
32. Use in dishwasher (1 capful to bottom)
33. Clean pots & pans (soak and wipe clean)
34. Use the light de-greasing ratio for walls, outlets and vents
Wipe down toys and baby items (soak sticky toys in sink with water)
35. Clean exercise equipment (yoga mat, weights, equipment)
36. DIY hand cleaner (2 oz. spray bottle and 1/4-1/2 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner, fill with water)
37. Spray down matresses
38. Freshen washing machine using “clean cycle” or just add 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner on regular cycle
39. Clean Fabrics (spot test)
40. Clean around fireplace
41. Clean mantel or tops of cupboards
42. Dust furniture
43. Clean blinds
44. Add to ‘Rainbow’ style vacuums that use water
45. Add to power washer
46. Clean fountain and/or kiddie pool
47. Clean whirlpool tub (Fill tub and add 1-2 capfuls Thieves Household Cleaner, then run jets for 5 minutes)
48. Spray down inside of car (dashboard, seats, console)
49. Use to wash car (Add 1/3 cup Thieves Household Cleaner to large bucket of water)
50. Use a little in sink full of water to wash produce when you run out of YL essential oil Produce wash.

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See more articles here on the OUNCES of PREVENTION blog, about Greening Your Cleaning and Personal Care, complete with ‘recipes’ for safe effective D.I.Y projects.

with joy over safe healthy home environments,

Diana E. Natalie

Greening Our Cleaning: Laundry SOAP


Have you ever walked through a neighbourhood passing by houses and suddenly been struck with a strong unnatural scent, perhaps making the comment, “someone’s doing laundry!”

Most likely it was the smell of a laundry detergent laden with synthetic chemical fragrance, or a fabric softener or dryer sheet you that you smelled, wafting out from a laundry room vent.

CLOTHES WASHING ‘Naturally’: We have a fast easy ‘recipe’ for making your own super effective laundry soap – like grandma used to do and then some!


And see our D.I.Y. FABRIC SOFTENER ‘RECIPE’ as well.

About Mainstream Laundry Products:

After looking into the list of chemicals in mainstream laundry products over two decades ago, I never purchased them again. It was scary stuff then, but what’s disturbing today is that ‘mainstream detergent makers’ are no longer required by law to list any of the carcinogenic and hormone-disrupting chemicals in their products on the labels. There is a telephone number to call “for more information”. I’ve tried calling that number, and didn’t get very far.

Today, we have the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. The EWG’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, they drive consumer choice and civic action.

EWG provides consumer guides to tens of thousands of products including food, personal care products, and cleaning products. The following guide shows how the EWG rates household and cleaning products (interesting to note that we couldn’t find one commercial fabric softener with less than a D to F rating):



LINEAR ALKY BENZENE SULFONATES (LAS) are petrochemicals that take a long time to biodegrade, which makes them a hazard to humans and animals (as benzene may cause cancer in humans) and to the environment.

There are countless research documents available, including this one from 1998, when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services / Public Health Services National Institutes of Health, ran a National Toxicology Program study with over forty-eight distinguished contributors from the scientific community, who issued a report entitled, “Toxicology And Carcinogenesis – Studies of Technical Grade Sodium Xylenesulfonate (CAS NO. 1300-72-7) In F344/N Rats and B6C3F1 Mice (Dermal Studies). You can read their publication No. 98-3380# here

DIOXANE, or 1,4-dioxane, is a synthetic petrochemical, a byproduct of the manufacturing process, and a serious known carcinogen. It is not required to be listed on the label, and was found in over sixty percent of laundry detergents tested in 2010.

PHOSPHATES, used to help your clothes stay clean longer by preventing dirt from sticking to them, are a nightmare to ecosystems, triggering abnormal growth of marine plants.

ARTIFICIAL FRAGRANCES containing Phthalates / synthetic Fragrance or “parfum”. Phthalates interfere with the body’s proteins, are hormone disruptors classified as xenoestrogens, found in personal care products and plastics, and are linked to disease processes, linked to various toxic effects on mammals and fish, and can cause skin and eye irritation as well as allergies.

“Most laundry detergents,” writes Sabina M. DeVita, Ed.D.D.N.M., NNCP, IASP, “contain a potentially toxic brew of chemicals that can leave residues behind on your clothing, be absorbed by your skin or be released into the air you breath.” [p.56, Your Right To Know Vibrational Cleaning Guidebook, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-59930-435-9]

ABOUT DRYER SHEETS & FARBRIC SOFTENERS…here is an article stating that dryer sheets cause hormone imbalance, neurotoxicity, respiratory problems, and even cancer.

I used to tell my clients, “Always remember that your skin is your body’s largest eliminating and absorbing organ!”


WASHING LAUNDRY: Check for a truly non-toxic product at your local healthy store, OR, to save money, using pure natural ingredients and essential oils for scent, you can easily and economically make our own liquid or powdered laundry cleaner like we did (pictured above) that will not cause our bodies harm. See the recipe for a liquid laundry soap below:


(Note: You will need a 7 litre capacity jug or pail)

Mix together:

7 litres of hot water

1/3 cup of coarse sea salt

1 cup of baking soda

1 cup of unscented pure-castile soap

and 15 to 20 drops of pure essential oil (such as Young Living ‘Theives Oil’, Young Living ‘Joy’ essential oil blend, Young Living Lemon essential oil, or Young Living Lavender essential oil, or another pure essential oil).

Shake before using and add 1/2 cup per load.


To order the Young Living essential oils mentioned above, as well as the Thieves® line of non-toxic essential oil-infused household and kitchen-safe products at 24% discount CLICK HERE

And for questions or further information on how to obtain the finest Essential Oils produced with utmost purity shipped directly to your door, contact Diana at: