By Ashley Doyle
I love essential oils. Not for the obvious reasons like scented bathes, homemade soaps, natural perfumes, and air fresheners. They don’t have just aromatic purposes. They also have cleansing abilities!
My exploration of the world of essential oils has led me into the science of aromatherapy and its healing abilities. I’ve always believed that if you didn’t need to turn to drugs then it was always better to use natural means of healing, and that includes essential oils. Sooo – essential oils are wondrous to me.
Now that I’ve discovered that I can clean with them, they have gone from been wondrous to magical. I mean, seriously!
And why not! These little bottles can be spread so far and be used for some many different purposes, it wasn’t a hard decision to go out and expand my collection of essential oils. Originally, I only had Lavender and Spearmint because I enjoyed putting a few drops in my bath after a long day. Now my collection includes Vanilla, Lavender, Spearmint, Tea Tree, and Lemon. However, I only use Tea Tree, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint for cleaning. Mostly because I relate those scents to cleanliness.
Using these natural cleaners instead of chemicals is fun and healthy. You don’t have to spend all that money on extra cleaning supplies. All you need is an empty spray bottle, a bucket, a couple of old rags, and a few things you’ll find in every kitchen. Instead of having to air out by opening a few windows to get rid of the fumes, your house is left smelling wonderful :)
Another plus, its eco-friendly!
When I fist decided to switch to essential oils. I decided that I would find ways of incorporating essential oil cleaning as my cleaning supplies ran out. Luck would have it that the first thing that ran out was my all-purpose cleaner. So I tried using essential oils on my kitchen floors.
Now I have two recipes for the floor. I liked this first one because I feel it’s more of an all-purpose cleaner. It’s also perfect for hardwood floors. I actually liked it so much that I decided to make my own paper towelettes for easy cleaning.I was pretty excited about this especially when I realized that by making these I was only spending about .75 cents per batch of cleaning wipes. It only takes a couple minuets. So, it’s worth the time :)
This is how I did it.
You’ll need Floor Cleaning mixture, a paper towel, a canister with a plastic lid for holding the finished product, a sharp knife, and a needle.
Floor Cleaner (works on hardwood too)
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 gallon of warm water
2-3 drops essential oils
I started first by cutting a paper towel roll in half and then fit the halved roll into the container. Leave cardboard in, this will make it easier to find the paper towel in the meddle of the roll so that you can pull it out.
Next, pour your Floor Cleaning mixture in the container and wait until the towels have soaked up the mixture. Carefully remove the cardboard middle of the paper towels. You’re almost done!
Now pull the inner towelette pull and put it through the container, by puncturing a hole through the top and inserting the towelette through that hole.
And you’re done!
Here are a few suggestions for essential oil mixtures that you can use in your towelettes.
Lavender + Lemon
Citrus Blend: Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, and Lime
Spicy Blend: Orange, Clove or Cinnamon
Sanitizing Blend: Tea Tree + Eucalyptus
Minty Refresher: Peppermint + Wild Orange
This next cleaner I love is explicitly to be as a floor cleaner. The essential oil mixture calls for is very nice and relaxing. I found myself enjoying the cleaning process. The suds were an added bonus…because I like bubbles...
Floor Cleaner (not hardwood friendly)
2 tablespoons unscented liquid soap
8 drops lemon essential oil
4 drops tea tree essential oil
1 gallon of warm water
I live in an older building. The change I saw in my floors with both recipes was a wonderful success.
Which…Is why I brought up the building I live in. This past month it had its 100th birthday! Which makes it one of the oldest buildings in the cit, which also means it has the most problems including …. spiders, and … mice. So I decided to test a theory I saw somewhere on the web.
According to “Essential Oils in Insect Control: Low-Risk Products in a High-Stakes World” by Catherine Regnault-Roger, Peppermint is one of the scents that insects and mice hate. They loathe it and, therefore, avoid it. Yayyy!!
So I switched out the lemon for peppermint oil.
The mice have retreated and I have seen no spiders. Granted, it’s only been a week, but I’m still calling it a success.
I’m still in the process of trying to replace my regular cleaning supplies with essential oil cleaning. So far I love it. It makes your house smell heavenly. The lack of chemicals isn’t as damaging to your skin and you don’t have all the left over fumes. Another reason I like it is that it is healthier for you to clean with essential oils. Natural and eco-friendly methods have always been better for the body and the earth.
Other Cleaning recipes I liked…
Laundry Soap Powder
2 cups washing soda (sodium carbonate)
2 cups Borax (sodium borate)
1 bar unscented Bear Berry Essential Castile Soap
3 teaspoons lavender tea tree essential oil
1 teaspoon lemon essential oil
1. Using a box grater, grate the soap.
2. In a bowl, thoroughly mix all ingredients until a damp powder forms.
3. Use up to 1/4 cup per normal sized load of laundry.
4. Store in a plastic container.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
18 ounces water
1/4 cup liquid soap
4 drops lavender essential oil
4 drops tea tree essential oil
4 drops lemon essential oil
Combine ingredients in a 22-ounce spray bottle
Spray and scrub toilet bowl
Spotlight on Essential Oils -- Specifically Lemon
Lemon is known for its natural cleaning and disinfecting properties. The brain relates that scent with cleanliness. That the reason why when you breathe in a cleaner with lemon scent and the main way to describe it is clean. Simply put, this sweet scented lemon oil is a purifying oil perfect for cleaning.
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