How Do You Use Essential Oils for Cleaning
We all love essential oils for their aromatic properties and healthful benefits. You’re reading this blog, which means you probably incorporate them into your day-to-day. But did you ever think about EOs and cleaning your home? Keep reading to learn how some of your favorite aromas can lend you a hand in getting your home looking as great as it smells.
Lavender has established a reputation for its floral aroma and soothing properties, but did you know it’s tough on bacteria? It’s true. Better yet, it’s easy. Just take a spray bottle, fill it with 1 oz water and add 10 drops of Lavender. Once you’ve screwed the top on, give it a good shake and begin spraying wherever bacteria live.
A Lemon-Fresh Kitchen
The dancing aroma of Lemon is one of the most popular in the EO canon. It’s fresh, lively, and reminiscent of breezy summer days. But its benefits don’t stop there. When your kitchen and dishes need degreasing, it’s Lemon to the rescue. Simply mix 1 oz water, 1 oz vinegar and 20 drops of Lemon EO to create your grease-be-gone solution.
Peppermint Pest Control
Do you know what’s worse than grease? Roaches. They’re a no-go in any respectable kitchen, but no need to call an exterminator right off the bat. Instead, reach for some Peppermint to create your own insecticide. Fill a spray bottle with 1 oz water, 1 oz white vinegar, and 20 drops of Peppermint. That’s all it should take to get those bugs to bug off!
Shower Refresh With Tea Tree
Even while we’re busy getting clean, your shower is getting dirty. Give your shower and bathtub an EO cleanse by combining 2 teaspoons of non-castille-based liquid dish soap and 20 drops of Tea Tree. Then add 1 oz of distilled white vinegar and the soap and oil mixture to a spray bottle. When you’re done showering, simply give your shower a spritz to fend off grime and buildup.
Brush Up With Eucalyptus
There’s a high likelihood that you use a comb or hairbrush every day. But how often do you clean it? Well, with the ease of this Eucalyptus hack, it’ll probably be more often. In an empty container that’s large enough to fit your brush or comb, combine ½ cups of water, ½ cup of distilled white vinegar, and 20 drops of Eucalyptus. Soak your brush or comb for 20 minutes, rinse, and voila!
Orange You Happy For EOs?
Oh, no, there’s gum on your clothes! Before you resort to drastic measures (like tossing it out), give some Orange a try. Add a few drops of this EO to a cotton ball and apply it to the gummed-up area. This should loosen up the gunk and give you a shot at removing it with a wash cycle.
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Note: Do not use these cleaning tips on non-essential oil safe objects and surfaces. Use this recipe within 1 week or dispose of it. Alternatively, add a preservative and solubilizer. Not for topical use.