House Cleaning with Essential Oils

House Cleaning does not have to be hazardous. Throw away - better yet, bring those chemicals to the hazardous waste collection in your city. Then start healthy cleaning with Essential Oils! Refresh your house and your senses! Here are essential house cleaning tips for you. Give your home that personal, familiar scent that is uniquely yours.

Imagine your kitchen pleasing with the smell of lemon, grapefruit, cinnamon, or rosemary. Your living room inviting with fragrant cushions of peppermint - a natural insect repellent. Pine, cedarwood, sandalwood, frankincense, juniper and clary sage are relaxing companions in your sitting room.

For a calming and romantic environment in the bedroom, choose rose, ylang ylang, jasmine, geranium, and lavender. Scent your office with basil, rosemary, and lavender for concentration. And don't forget to scent the pet pillow with flea deterring lavender and peppermint.

Basic Disinfectent:
In a spray bottle, put water and a squirt of natural soap such as bath gel base (#3751). Add your favorite antiseptic, anti-bacterial essential oils (e.g., 5 drops each of lavender, lemon, and lemongrass essential oils). Shake well before each use.

  • Water
  • Squire natural soap
  • 5 drops each of lavender, lemon, and lemongrass

Or simply add a drop or two of eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, pine, juniper, thyme, or rosemary to a damp cloth. Wipe down the surfaces and notice how a chore turns into pleasure. Note: Use natural cleaning tools (natural sponge, mop) because essential oils can react with plastic.

Dishwashing Soap:
To add fragrance or to improve the antiseptic action of your liquid soap , add several drops of essential oils such as lavender, Melaleuca alternifolia, fir, spruce, pine, lemon, bergamot, and orange.

A few drops of oil may be added to the dishwasher to help disinfect and purify. Some popular oils are pine, orange, tangerine, lemon, and peppermint.

Non-toxic Floor and Carpet Cleaners:
By combining essential oils with common household products, you can create your own non-toxic aromatic floor and carpet cleaners.

Hard Floor:
To clean hard floors, add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to a bucket of water. Then add 5-10 drops of lemon, pine, spruce, melaleuca, Purification, or any other suitable oil. If the floor is especially dirty, add several drops of dishwashing soap. This will clean even the dirtiest floor.

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar to a bucket of water
  • 5-10 drops lemon, pine, spruce, melaleuca, Purification, or other oil
  • Dishwashing soap if needed

Floor Cleaner:
Add 1/4 cup white vinegar to a bucket of water. Add 10 drops of lemon oil and 4 drops of oregano essential oil. Oregano oil has powerful antiseptic properties!

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar to a bucket of water
  • 10 drops lemon oil
  • 4 drops oregano oil

Carpet Freshener:
To make a carpet freshener, add 16-20 drops of essential oils to a cup of baking soda. Mix well and place in a covered container overnight so that the oil can be absorbed. Sprinkle over your carpet the next day and then vacuum the powder up. Try Joy (#3372) for a comforting, loving scent! Or Peace & Calming (#3393) in the children's room.

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 16-20 drops essential oils

Vacuum Cleaner:
You may also saturate a disposable cloth or tissue with several drops of essential oil and place it into the collecting bag of your vacuum. This will diffuse a pleasant odor as you clean.

If your vacuum collects dirt into water, simply add a few drops into the water reservoir before cleaning. This refreshes both, the carpet and the room.

Window Cleaner:
Vinegar leaves windows shining. But nobody said your house needs to smell sour like vinegar. Instead ...

In a spray bottle mix:

  • 1 cup White Vinegar
  • 10-15 drops of Lemon oil
  • Water

Mix vinegar and water and essential oil in a spray bottle. Shake well before each use.

Fly Repelling Window Cleaner:
In summertime, wipe down with a damp cloth impregnated with fly-repelling essential oils such as lavender or lemongrass.

  • 2 fl.oz. (50 ml) water
  • 10 drops of lavender or lemongrass

Insecticide and Repellent:
Dust Mites, Fleas, Ticks, Ants, Spiders, etc.
Essential oils and oil blends such as lavender, lemon, peppermint, lemongrass, cypress, eucalyptus globulus, cinnamon, thyme, basil, Thieves, and Purification effectively repel many types of insects, including mites, lice, and fleas. peppermint placed on entryways prevents ants from entering.

Moth Repellents:
If you need moth repellents for your linens and woolens, avoid toxic commercial mothballs made of naphthalene. Natural essential oils such as lavender, lemongrass, Canadian red cedar, or rosemary can just as effectively repel moths and other insects.

You can make a sachet by placing several drops of essential oil on a cotton ball. Wrap and tie this in a small handkerchief or square of cotton. Hang this cloth in storage areas or add it to your chest of linens. Refresh as often as necessary.

You can put this sachet in your bureau drawers to keep your clothes freshly scented. Lavender and rose are classic scents. For children's sleepwear, Roman chamomile is especially fragrant and relaxing.

Scented Stationary:
To scent stationary, stretch out a scented cotton ball and place in an envelope.

Essential oils may be used to enhance the cleanliness and fragrance of your laundry. As unpleasant as it seems, dust mites live in your bedding, feeding from the dead skin cells you constantly shed. Recent research has shown that eucalyptus oil kills dust mites. To achieve effective dust mite control, add 25 drops of eucalyptus to each load, or approximately 1/2 oz to a bottle of liquid detergent.

You may also add several drops of essential oils to the rinse cycle, such as fir, spruce, juniper, lavender, cedarwood, wintergreen/birch, or rosewood.

In the Dryer:
Instead of using toxic and irritating softening sheets in your dryer, place a washcloth dampened with 10 drops of lavender, lemon, melaleuca, bergamot, or another essential oils. While the oils will not reduce static cling, they will impart a distinctive fragrance to your clothes.

Natural Fabrics:
Because clothing, like everything else, has a frequency, consider moving toward natural fabrics instead of synthetics. Cotton, linen, silk, and wool possess energy frequencies harmonious to the human body.

Hot Tubs and Saunas:
Hot tubs, jacuzzis, and saunas act as reservoirs for germs, especially if used frequently. Lavender, cinnamon, clove, Eucalyptus globulus, thyme, or grapefruit can be used to disinfect and fragrance the water. Use 3 drops per person. For saunas, add several drops of rosemary, thyme, pine, or lavender in a spray bottle with water and then spray down the surfaces. Scented water can also be used to splash on hot sauna stones.

When painting, add a 5 ml bottle of your favorite essential oil such as White Angelica, Abundance, or Sacred Mountain, to 1 gallon of paint. Mix well. The oil will counteract the unpleasant smell of paint. Because essential oils are not fatty oils, they will not leave oil spots on the wall.

Deodorizing: Kitchen and Bathrooms, etc.
The kitchen and bathroom are often a source of odors and bacteria. use the following mixtures to freshen, deodorize, and disinfect the air, work areas, cupboards, bathroom fixtures, sinks, tiles, woodwork, carpets, etc. These blends are safe for the family and for the environment.

Since the oils separate easily from water, always shake well and keep on shaking the bottle as you use these mixtures. They will deodorize and clean the air instead of covering the odors.

Single oils: Rosemary with lemon, Eucalyptus globulus, and lavender.
Blends: Lavender with Purification

  • 2 drops rosemary
  • 4 drops lemon
  • 3 drops Eucalyptus globulus
  • 4 drops lavender with 1 quart water
    Shake well and put in a spray bottle.
  • 3-4 drops lavender
  • 5-6 drops Purification with 1 quart of water
    Shake well and put in a spray bottle.
  • Pine with chamomile, melaleuca alternifolia, lemongrass, or clove

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