Did you ever think to use essential oils for your own homemade cleaning products?
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Cleaning with essential oils
I’ve got to be honest, I hated cleaning my house before I used essential oils. The smell of bleach products would set a migraine off in no time. This post, How I started with essential oils, is why I use essential oils and other natural products for a lot of things around the house and barn.
As everyone knows a lot of cleaning products have harmful ingredients. I use this website to find what ingredients are safe and what is not.
Storing your homemade products
When making your own cleaning products with essential oils, it is best to use them in a glass container or glass spray bottle. Store them in a dry, dark, cool area.
Basic cleaning ingredients
Lets start with a couple basic ingredients that some people may already have around the house.
- Baking soda can be used as a gentle scrub ingredient, eliminates odors.
- White vinegar has 5% acetic acid and is great for disinfecting, deodorizer , and degreaser. Be careful when purchasing your vinegar. Some have a higher acetic acid content which could be damaging to surfaces.
- Castile soap helps lift dirt and grease. It eliminates tough stains.
- Salt is a natural scouring agent, deodorizer, eliminates grease buildup.
- Coconut oil or Olive oil can be used as a natural cleaner and polisher.
Essential oils for cleaning
Each essential oil has a different effect when using them. Here is a list of essential oils and what they are used for.
- Arborvitae – antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral
- Eucalyptus – antibacterial, disinfectant
- Grapefruit – astringent, purifier
- Lemon – antibacterial, disinfectant, helps remove grease
- Lime – antibacterial, disinfectant
- Melaluaca – antibacterial, antifungal
- Orange – helps remove grease
- Peppermint – disinfectant
When cleaning with essential oils it is best to use them with natural products. I also love using essential oils in homemade recipes. If you want to buy a natural product already made, go to this website, type Onguard in the word search. This will bring up a few products. Laundry soap and the cleaner will be included. If you’re a DIYer, keep reading.
I love the smell of lemon in my bathroom and a clean bathroom is a must. Melaleuca is a great essential oil to use in the bathroom because it is known for its antibacterial properties.
If you want a pleasant smell in the bathroom, add 1 – 2 drops of your favorite essential oil and place on the cardboard of the toilet paper roll.
Everyone has dirty laundry and adding essentials oils to your laundry routine leaves you with a fresh smell on your clothing. You may add any of the following essential oils to your laundry soap. Adding essential oils to laundry wool balls, washcloth, or a piece of small fabric, will leave you with refreshing smell.
My favorite blend is 4 drops of calming blend (Serenity) and 2 drops of cleansing blend (Purify) on my wool dryer balls. I apply once every 4 – 5 times of use.
Essential oils for laundry
Invigorating blend (Citrus Bliss) – helps reduce germs and odors.
Lavender – antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic.
Lemon – antibacterial, disinfectant, helps remove grease.
Melaleuca – antibacterial, antifungal.
Cleansing blend (Purify) – helps reduce odors and germs.
Wild orange – helps remove grease.
You may add citrus essential oil to baking soda with a little water to make a gentle scrub for tubs or sinks.
4 drops of your choice of essential oil to 1 cup baking soda, sprinkle on carpet, sweep after 10 minutes.
Check out my Cooking with essential oils post if you want to use essential oils in a totally different way…