CLEANING YOUR HOME WITH ESSENTIAL OILS
One of the inspirations for me learning about essential oils was the desire to reduce the number of toxic chemicals my two year old twins were exposed to. I watched them pick organic, fresh-from- the- local grower- food up off a high chair tray that had just been "sanitized" with loads of chemicals and something just didn't sit right.
After doing some research, I learned that the synthetic based household chemicals and cleaners we were using are a primary exposure to daily toxins, and these chemicals fuel the fire of chronic issues such as hormone disruption, adrenal fatigue and low energy just to name a few.
This was certainly a wake up call for me and I was eager to make a change.
Why should you clean with essential oils:
Essential oils are potent antioxidants with many health benefits. Simply surrounding yourself with these powerful plant byproducts will increase your energy, improve circulation, support respiratory health, improve your mood and support your hormones.
Your house will not only be clean, it smell amazing. Don’t worry, these plant essences are still capable of destroying those “bad” microbes you don’t want lingering around while protecting the “good” ones.
You will save money. Essential oils might seem expensive but when you stack them up against a commercial cleaning product (that probably has a huge marketing budget to support) you WILL save money.
Which essential oils to use:
This generally comes down to two issues: what type of cleaning will you be doing and which scents you enjoy most. The more important factor is to make sure you are purchasing authentic essential oils that are plant based and don’t contain synthetic fillers.
My favorites for cleaning include:
Lemon- this is a natural choice from a scent standpoint and with its antiseptic and antibacterial properties lemon is a “superfood” for your home. It also blends well with other oils that can perform additional antibacterial effects.
Peppermint- well known for its ability to improve focus and concentration, this oil is also an amazing insect repellent and pesticide. Our issues with ants disappeared once we started using this oil in our bathrooms and kitchen.
Tea tree oil- you might know this oil as the gold standard for fighting lice but it’s also amazing at getting rid of mold and mildew. This oil has antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial products. A must have in your essential oil arsenal.
Lavender- one of my all time favorites, this oil is a must have in part because the smell will naturally make you happy and relaxed. It is a natural antibiotic (great for burns), antiseptic, antidepressant, sedative and detoxifier.
~All purpose cleaner
½ cup white vinegar
1 ½ cups distilled water
30 drops lemon essential oil
20 drops tea tree or peppermint essential oil
Add all ingredients to a 16 oz spray bottle (preferably glass). Shake to combine. Spray the surface, let sit for a minute or two and wipe with a clean cloth.
~Window and Mirror Cleaner
3 cups distilled water
¼ cup rubbing alcohol or water
¼ cup vinegar
20 drops peppermint essential oil
Mix in a quart size bottle and shake to combine. Wipe with paper towel or newspaper.
1 cup baking soda
¼ cup castile soap
10 drops lemon essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops orange
Mix all ingredients together to form a paste. Apply with a rag or sponge and rinse with water. Works great on stovetops or sinks.
½ cup baking soda
100 drops total of your favorite essential oil blend. My favorite is 70/30 lavender and orange.
I hope you give some of these recipes a try and experiment with other oils. Please don’t hesitate to write if you have any questions!
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I like your Blog very much, and have always wanted a trusted “recipe” for cleaning with essential oils. You filled that void.
I remember Samantha at 2…who knew she would become an editor so soon! Congrats!