Chemical-free Cleaning with The Rhi Rebellion

On May 7th 2016 Rhiannon Simmonds hosted a fully-booked-out Chemical-free cleaning workshop. (We cap the numbers on some of our workshops, to ensure they are intimate enough for everyone to have a the best possible learning experience!) This is another blast-from-the-past, but one we thought definitely worth sharing with the wider community.

The workshop was a hit, with many attendees reporting going home and successfully using some of their freshly made cleaning products on some stubborn old grime.

All attendees took home a little recipe booklet, and Rhiannon has kindly agreed to share some of her recipes here.

Stove Top Cleaner

  • 1 Part olive oil
  • 2 parts baking soda

Mix all ingredients into a paste, apply to burnt /grease stains on stove top and allow to set overnight. Wipe away with “all purpose cleaner” (see below)

All purpose cleaner

  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil
  • water

Add all ingredients to spray bottle. Use on surfaces as a cleaner!

Toilet Cleaner

  • I cup white vinegar
  • 1-2 drops lavender oil
  • 1/4 cup baking soda

Mix all ingredients together, apply to toilet bowl. Leave for 15 minutes, scrub and flush.

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Toilet BOMBS!

  • 1 1/3 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 citric acid
  • 1 tsp water
  • 30 drops lavender essential oil
  • 30 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 30 drops lemon essential oil

Mix baking soda and critic acid together to create “Dry Mix”. Add water and essential oils to spray bottle (this will help prevent premature “fizzing”) spray small amounts of wet mixture to dry mixture, stirring in between.

Test mixture by squeezing a small about in your hand, if the mixture comes together easily its ready, but if it is still a little crumbly add some more water to your spray bottle.

Once mixture is ready place into silicone ice try and press down firmly.

Leave Bombs to dry for 2-3 hours, once dry pop out gently. These are great for a quick clean or to add to the cistern.


  • Citrus cut in half
  • Salt to cover

Place salt on a plate, cover opening of citrus and use to scrub tiles, kitchen sink, bath tub, shower, tiles and grease!

Grout Cleaner

  • 1 part water
  • 1 part baking soda

Mix into paste, using a brush apply paste to affected areas, brush in circular motion to remove any mould or stains then rinse off with water!


DIY (Borax-Free) Dishwasher Detergent Tabs


  • 2 cups washing soda
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar (have some extra on hand in case you need it)
  • 1 teaspoon castile soap
  • 20 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops Orange essential oil
  • 15 drops Purification essential oil
  • 2 ice cube trays (I recommend ice cube trays that are flexible or have bottoms that pop up – makes it MUCH easier to remove the tabs)!


  1. In a large bowl, mix together all of the DRY ingredients. DO NOT PUT THE VINEGAR IN YET!!
  2. Add in the castile soap and the lemon, orange, and Purification essential oils. Mix well.
  3. Next, SLOWLY add in the vinegar a little bit at a time and mix well. It will start to fizz and it will start to clump... this is what’s supposed to happen, but you want to act fast. You may not need to use the whole 1/2 cup of vinegar, so go slowly and work a little at a time. I used the whole 1/2 cup. If it looks too dry, add in a little more vinegar a splash at a time.
  4. Once it is mixed well, pack well into two ice cube trays (take your time doing this and make sure they are well compacted – they should feel “wet” but not solid yet.
  5. Set ice cube trays out to dry for at least 24 hours in a sunny spot (I put mine in a window sill)
  6. After 24 hours, remove the tabs and store in an air-tight container. I highly recommend ice cube trays that are flexible on the bottom... my trays were NOT and it was TOUGH to get the tabs out. I save ALL of the crumbs and crumbles so that I can use all of those at the end for a cycle.
  7. When it’s time to wash your dishes, put your dishwasher tab in the detergent container and start your cycle! If you REALLY wanna boost your wash cycle, put a 1/2 cup of white vinegar on the top rack.

Rhiannon Simmonds

Rhiannon Simmonds

About Rhiannon

Rhiannon is a Creative Workshop Host, Upcycler, Recycler, Wood-worker, Artist and Crafter. She hosts all sorts of workshops, including sewing workshops for kids, with her aim being to up-skill people of all ages, in areas where skills are (sadly) being lost. For more information about Rhi, or to find out what workshops she has coming up next, follow the links below: (list of April 2017 workshops)