Clean Green – Essential Oils
Cleaning your home should leave you with a fresh, clean, wholesome smell, not a harsh chemical smell. For years I cleaned with products that I have bought at the grocery store and thought that the strong smell was cleaning more. Weird thinking I know.
When I had my daughter, I was nervous about having her (and my doggies) around all of the harsh smelling chemicals, so I would make sure that her father would take her out of the house when I was cleaning.
Now, why I wasn’t worried about my health, no clue!
Then I started realizing the residue that the chemicals could be leaving behind wasn’t good for any of us. So I started looking into detoxing my home. Getting rid of all the harsh cleaning supplies and air fresheners (this goes for candles – unless they are organic). If you look on the back of the cleaning bottle/candles and you can’t pronounce some of the ingredients-throw it out.
So, I had to find some cleaning products that would be healthy for my family and that when I started to research essential oils. Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in different parts of the plant. Essential oils are powerfully fragrant. If you take a lemon peel and squeeze it, the oil that you see are in fact essential oil.
They have been used for centuries for medical purposes as well as therapeutic. I use essential oils for cleaning, help with cold symptoms, lotion, and to keep bugs away- just to name a few. The use of essential oils is endless.
I really love essential oils because it is so cost effective. Buying just a few essential oils you can take care of all your cleaning needs for a fraction of the cost. I buy a 3-pack of essential oils and pay around $8.00. Since it is so concentrated, it will last me 6+ months.
So, which essential oils do I use to clean my house? Let’s take a look…
Tub- Use a glass jar with a lid (you can get one from the dollar store) and mix baking soda (1/2 box) and lemon essential oil until you get the consistency you want.
Toilet bombs – Use 1 1/3 cup of baking soda, ½ cup of citric acid, 1 tsp of water and 30 drops of lemon (you can use lavender or peppermint). Mix the baking soda and citric acid and essential oil in a bowl. Use a fine misting bottle to add the water (so it won’t fizz in the bowl) until it in consistent enough that you can take some in your hand and it will keep a mold. Using a cup cake tray or silicon mold of choice, add the mixture to the tray and pack it down tight. Let them dry for a couple of hours. Remove gently and place in a glass container. Use as needed.
Counter Tops – Use a spray bottle and mix water with 20 drops of lemon essential oil. This is an awesome smell and it helps with sanitizing your kitchen/bathroom.
Floors – I use a spray bottle (or you can use a bucket) and add water and lemon + lavender essential oils. I works great and it smells delicious. Some people add vinegar to their water, but I don’t because it works great without it.
Air Freshener – I use a spray bottle and mix water and about 15-20 drops of lavender and use this as an air freshener, furnisher boost and linen spray. I also use this spray on my dogs after their bath (or when they start smelling like a dog in between baths). It is not harmful to them and it helps their skin.
Glass and Mirror – Use a spray bottle and mix water, 1 teaspoon white vinegar and lemon essential oil. Make sure that you use a lint-free cloth.
Laundry – If you left some laundry in the wash and it has that musty smell, you can add some lemon essential oil to your load and it will take the smell right out.
Insects and rodents – I hate it when ants start appearing around my house and/or in my house (not to mention roaches and mice – YUCK!!!!). These essential oils will keep them away and allow you to keep you home clean.
Mice – take a cotton ball and put peppermint essential oil on it and place it in your home where you think you have mice. They will stay away and as they do not like the smell.
Ant/Roaches – if you use lemongrass or lemon essential oils, they will keep these critters away from your home. You can even spray your counters down at night and leave it to dry and that will certainly keep these annoying creatures away.