Green cleaning products are all the rage...and for good reason. People are becoming more informed about the harms that commercial cleaners pose to one’s health. Still, cleaning is an absolute necessity, especially in today’s climate. So how do you ditch commercial products for natural, non-toxic cleaners?
You could shop for natural cleaning products, but even this can be risky as cleaners are not regulated and don’t always reveal all of the ingredients that they contain.
Instead, create your own DIY cleaners and try cleaning with essential oils for a sparkling home, free of toxic chemicals. Here’s how to get started.
Essential Oils That Protect
First and foremost, you want to clean to protect yourself and those in your home from harmful environmental factors. Luckily, there are many essential oils for cleaning that can help.
In a study that monitored the antimicrobial activity of six different essential oils, Oregano was found to have the greatest antibacterial activity against several types of bacteria.
A study performed in Algeria evaluated the antifungal activity of Lemongrass in vitro. It was concluded that Lemongrass essential oil is a promising antifungal agent.
The antiviral activity of Tea Tree essential oil was proven effective against select viruses in a 2009 study. This was attributed to terpinen-4-ol, a natural component also found in Sweet Marjoram essential oil.
How can you use these benefits of essential oils on cleaning day? Try making this DIY cleaner to protect your home. You’ll need:
3 oz distilled water
1 oz 190-proof alcohol
20 drops Oregano essential oil
20 drops Lemongrass essential oil
20 drops Tea Tree essential oil
Glass or PET plastic spray bottle
Combine your essential oils and 190-proof alcohol in your spray bottle and let sit for a few hours. Then, add your distilled water and shake to combine.
Spray around high traffic areas, such as kitchen counters, door knobs, tables and bathroom sinks. Let the solution sit for about two minutes before wiping away.
Essential Oils for Grease and Gunk
Grease that won’t come off your pots and pans? Sticky, mystery gunk on your countertops? These small mishaps are no match for essential oils.
One natural essential oil component that’s so good at disintegrating gunk, that it’s known as a green biosolvent, is d-limonene. This component is found in abundance in citrus essential oils, including:
Grapefruit essential oil
Nova Mandarin essential oil
Lemon essential oil
Bitter Orange essential oil
Green Mandarin essential oil
To use these oils to remove gunk or grease, combine 12 drops of any of the above essential oils with 1 tbsp of dish soap. Put the mixture on a scrubber and scrub away. Use a clean, wet towel to wipe away suds. For extra de-gunking power, apply a few drops of the essential oil directly to the mess and wait a few minutes before using a scrubber to clean it away.
These essential oils can also clean tough grout and grime. To do so, make your own DIY grout cleaner using this easy recipe:
4 tbsp baking soda
1 tbsp white vinegar
20 drops Bitter Orange essential oil
Combine the above ingredients in a small bowl, then dip a scrubber in the mixture and scrub dirt and grime away. This recipe can also be used as a DIY drain cleaner. Simply pour the mixture in your drain and wait 10 minutes before rinsing your drain by turning on the water.
Deodorizing Essential Oils
Whether you just cooked a fishy meal or pet odors have infiltrated your space, there are many essential oils for cleaning the air that can help to deodorize your home.
Some of the best essential oils for deodorizing are also the strongest and most aromatic. These include, but are not limited to:
Cassia essential oil
Eucalyptus essential oil
Key Lime essential oil
Peppermint essential oil
Xiang Mao essential oil
Ylang Ylang essential oil
Part of the fun of aromatherapy is creating wonderfully aromatic blends, so feel free to blend these or other essential oils to your liking. You can also create these deodorizing diffuser blends:
Citrus & Spice
7 drops Key Lime
3 drops Cassia
2 drops Nutmeg
5 drops Peppermint
3 drops Eucalyptus
2 drops Vanilla
4 drops Lavender
3 drops Xiang Mao
3 drops Ylang Ylang
On top of using these blends in the diffuser, you can also make your own essential oil potpourri, or add these blends to a hanging ceramic stone diffuser which can be hung anywhere, like doorknobs and even your car’s rear view mirror.
Essential Oil Blends for Cleaning
If you like your life simplified, you’ll love our pre-blended essential oils for cleaning. Some of our favorites include:
Fighting Five, Guardian and Immunity: for protecting your home, especially during cold and flu season. Use any one of these blends to replace the essential oils in our DIY cleaner recipe.
Aroma Fresh and Cleaning: for all-purpose home cleaning. We love using these blends in this DIY carpet cleaner and DIY glass cleaner. For the DIY carpet cleaner, you’ll need:
1 cup baking soda
60 drops Aroma Fresh blend
Combine both ingredients in a bowl, then transfer to your container and shake well. To use, shake the mixture onto your carpets or rugs and let sit. After an hour, vacuum the mixture away.
Just as simple and fun to make is our DIY glass cleaner. To make it, you’ll require:
2 oz white vinegar
1 oz distilled water
1 oz 190-proof alcohol
60 drops Cleaning blend
Glass or PET spray bottle
Combine 190-proof alcohol and Cleaning blend in your spray bottle. Let sit for a few hours, then add water and vinegar. Shake well to combine. Spray on glass and wipe away with a clean towel.
Purify, Citrus Cream and Exhale: for deodorizing stale, stinky air. Simply diffuse these blends using an essential oil diffuser, or simmer water on your stovetop and add a few drops of any of these essential oil blends.
We understand that switching from commercial cleaners to green cleaners can seem daunting. It’s okay to take it slow or replace just one of your regular cleaners with a non-toxic cleaner, as this still helps to reduce the number of harmful chemicals in your home.
And when crafting your own cleaners, be sure to consider other household members such as young children and pets. If you’re unsure if an essential oil is safe for children, check the label on the bottle. A safe oil will have an “OK For Kids 2+” symbol on it. You can also find out which Edens Gardensynergy blends are safe for kids here. Safe guidelines for furry familymembers can be found here.
At Edens Garden, we have plenty of options for keeping your home clean the natural and green way. From deodorizing, non-toxic room sprays to natural bar soaps, EG is a one-stop-shop for sustainable, natural solutions for you and your home.
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