The average household contains 62 toxic chemicals, and they hide in unexpected places, including cleaning supplies. Essential Oils are one of the best natural options for homemade cleaning recipes. Not only do they smell good! Their natural antibacterial, antimicrobial, and degreasing properties make them effective at replacing cleaning chemicals to disinfect, purify and remove stains.
Though it‘s impossible to completely avoid toxins, but with a little help you can significantly reduce your exposure by replacing harsh cleanings products with safer options. it‘s easy and more affordable to mix up your own.
- Remove Sticky Goo: Just a few drops of lemon oil will remove sticky residue. Add a carrier oil to dilute when you need to protect a surface from a concentrated essential oil.
- Deodorize Refrigerator: Combine a cup of baking soda and 20 drops of lemon. Mix together. Keep in refrigerator to absorb odor.
- Daily Shower Spray: In a spray bottle add 2 cups water, 2 tablespoons Sal Suds, 20 drops Lemon, 10 drops tea tree. Shake well before use. Spray down shower after use.
- Deodorize Carpet: Mix 20 drops of lavender oil to ½ cup of baking soda. Sprinkle over the carpet, let sit for 10-23 minutes, then vacuum.
- All-Purpose Surface Spray: To a spray bottle add equal parts cleaning vinegar and water with 10 drops of lavender and 10 drops of Bergamot. Shake well before use. Spray and clean surfaces.
- Freshen Laundry: Add 5 -10 lavender drops directly to the wash or place drops on wool dryer balls and add to the dryer.
- Diffuse tea tree and orange to purify the air.
- General All-Purpose Cleaner: Mix ½ cup distilled white vinegar, 3 cups distilled water and ¼ teaspoon tea-tree essential oil in a spray bottle. Add 10 drops pine essential oil. Shake and spray on any hard surface, and then wipe with a cloth.
- Clean Yoga Mat: Add equal part witch hazel and water to a 4 oz. spray bottle with 15 drops tea tree and 10 drops of Eucalyptus.
- Laundry Soap Booster: Add a few drops to the wash to rid clothes of a mildew smell.
- Quick Clean Counters: Soak a dishcloth in a bowl with warm water and 5 drops of eucalyptus. Ring out water and wipe down counters. Repeat as needed.
- Bathroom Mildew Remover: Combine 1 cup distilled water with 1 cu vodka in a spray bottle. Add 10 drops each tea-tree, lavender, and eucalyptus essential oils. Share and spray on mildew. Wait 30 minutes or more to allow the oils to break it down, then wipe clean with a cloth.
- Shoe Deodorizer: Add 5 drops of eucalyptus to a cotton ball. Place cotton ball in shoe overnight.
- Trash Can Wash: To clean the inside bottom of a trash can add 5 drops of eucalyptus to 2 cups of warm water. Pour water into a dirty, empty trash bin and let soak. Use more water if you have a larger trash bin. Empty water and wipe away residue.
- Deodorize Sink: Add 3 drops of orange and 3 drops of lemon to drain.
- Clean Wood or Leather: In a 4 oz. spray bottle, add 15 drops of orange essential oil, equal parts FCO to equal parts white vinegar. Spritz on wood or leather and wipe away with microfiber cloth to give luster and shine.
- Loo Spray: Add 1-2 drops into the toilet bowl before you go to eliminate odor.
- Surface Scrub: Blend 1 cup baking soda and ¼ cup liquid castile soap with 10 drops each lemon, lime and orange essential oils in a small bowl. Apply to stovetop or sink with a sponge and then scrub and rinse clean.
- Aromatic Disinfectant Spray: Combine peppermint and tea tree to make a disinfectant for your home. To a 16 oz. spray bottle add 10 drop Peppermint, 10 drops tea tree and equal parts of white vinegar and water. Shake well before use.
- Insect Repellent: Keep ants and spiders out of your home by creating a peppermint essential oil barrier. Put some oil on a cotton ball and let sit in corners of house or spray peppermint around the areas they are entering your home such as doorways or windows.
- Freshen Your Space: Add a few drops of peppermint oil to homemade potpourri.
NATURAL LAUNDRY DETERGENT:
Did you know that indoor air is typically two to five times more polluted than outdoor air? Some of the biggest culprits include conventional household cleaners such as laundry detergents. The synthetic fragrances and harsh cleaning agents can infiltrate the air through unsealed dryer vents. Make your own stain-fighting, brightening and deodorizing detergent using natural soap, washing soda and essential oils.
- Lavender, Lemon laundry detergent: Using a box grater, finely grate bar of soap. To a large bowl, combine grated soap with washing soda and store in a glass jar with a lid. In traditional washing machines, add ¼ cup to regular loads or ½ cup to large or heavily soiled loads. For HE machines, add 3 teaspoon to regular loads or ¼ cup to large or heavily soiled loads. Add 20 drops of lavender oil and 10 drops of lemon oil to soap before running machine. Use less oil if washing a smaller load.