Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Spring Cleaning With Essential Oils

It’s time to put the green in your clean! Common household cleaners contain toxic chemicals that can be harmful to your health. You can create safe, eco-friendly cleaning products using essential oils and other natural and inexpensive ingredients you can find at any natural grocery store.

Learn how to get your natural clean on!

Learn how essential oils and other natural ingredients can do most of the work for you! Learn some super easy DIY recipes that make cleaning very easy! They’re made from things you probably already have in your kitchen.

Are you looking to deep clean your house, but the thought of using conventional cleaners with sketchy ingredients makes you less than thrilled? You may be interested to learn that many essential oils offer you the same caliber of clean, with nothing gross left behind.  Gone are the days where you have to worry about donning a mask and rubber gloves to clean your countertops. Chemical residue is an afterthought with these quick and easy DIY cleaning recipes! Let’s start learning about the power of cleaning with essential oils!

You probably have most (if not all) of this already in your kitchen:

Baking Soda - Instead of your typical cleaning spray, use baking soda. This is a well-known deodorizer, but it will also whiten surfaces and cut grease.

Unscented Liquid Castile Soap - Combine with baking soda for an amazing tub scrub or add a few tablespoons to your mop water with a citrus essential oil. You can find this in your local health-food store and online. Unscented is usually best for most purposes.

White Vinegar - Vinegar also cuts grease, deodorizes, and dissolves mineral deposits. To cut the smell, add in a few drops of Lemon essential oil.

Borax - Gives more cleansing power. Borax disinfects, whitens, cuts grease, and deodorizes. **Although it is natural, borax is toxic when ingested, and can cause skin irritation. Keep away from children, pets, and food preparation areas.

Glass Spray Bottle
Olive Oil
Rubbing Alcohol
Microfiber Cloth
Glass Jar
AND, of course…..
Essential Oils!

What Oils Can You Use?
You can use a variety of essential oils to cleanse, deodorize, and protect your home. Some popular oils are:

Antibacterial Essential Oils: Thyme, Melaleuca, Geranium, Oregano, Cinnamon, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Lime, Lemongrass

Antibacterial & Antiviral Essential Oils: Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Marjoram, Melaleuca, Oregano, Thyme, Orange

On Guard Protective Blend includes Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary, which makes for a perfect oil for cleaning!

Homemade Orange Degreaser
Just mix the following ingredients together and add them to a clean glass spray bottle:
1 1/2 cups of warm water
1 1/2 tsp. of dish liquid
20 drops of orange essential oils 

Laundry Helping
LAUNDRY!! We all like our clothes to be stain free and smell good...but, at what cost? How many chemicals are you willing to wear against your skin?!?

Some tips:
Replace Dryer Sheets: Add a few drops of Lavender to a wool dryer balls and toss into the dryer.

Great Smelling Clothes: For an even extra burst of essential oils in your clothing, place a wash cloth with a few drops of essential oil into your dryer. It was come out smelling beautiful! No fake lavender smells here! 

Fight Grease Stains: Add a few drops of Lemon essential oil to your wash cycle to help remove grease and oil from fabrics.

Super Soft Clothing: Add 1/2 cup vinegar (a natural fabric softener) to your washer with each load. Don’t worry, your clothes will not smell like vinegar once dry. Give it a try! 

Bathroom Shower & Tub 
Is your bathroom the dirtiest room in the house? Let’s talk about some ways to keep the germ infestation to a minimum! 

Daily Shower Spray
Add 2 cups distilled water, 2 Tbsp. unscented liquid Castile soap, and 10 drops lemon essential oil and 15 drops melaleuca essential oil to a glass spray bottle. Shake to combine, spray it on shower doors and tile every day after you shower and you should have to clean a whole lot less often. 

Tub & Tile Scrub
Utilize the cleaning and disinfecting benefits of essential oils and enjoy a pure aromatherapy experience.
2 tablespoons baking soda 
2 tablespoons sea salt (table grind) 
15 drops Grapefruit essential oil 
3 drops Peppermint essential oil 
3 drops Melaeuca essential oil 
Mix dry ingredients and sprinkle mix with essential oils. Sprinkle on tub & tile surfaces and gently scrub then rinse. 

The “Loo” Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Add 10 drops peppermint oil, 10 drops melaleuca, 1/8 cup castile soap and 1 cup water. Combine ingredients and spray the inside and surrounding area of toilets. This can be used to scrub and disinfect any bathroom surface.
***Bonus – put a couple drops of essential oil on the inside of the toilet paper tube so every time the paper is used the scent will be released. 

Try 4 drops Lavender, 5 drops Melaleuca and 5 drops Lemon instead of Peppermint & Melaleuca. 

Another idea - 
What you will need:
1/2 cup of baking soda
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup of castile soap
1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide
15 – 20 drops of tea tree essential oil
Squirt bottle
How to:
Mix up all of the ingredients in a squirt bottle (i.e., empty red ketchup bottle). Squirt it to the inner rim of the inside of your toilet bowl. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Scrub it with toilet brush. Flush. For those nasty harder stains use a pumice stone. 

Bathroom Floor Cleaner
Add ¼ cup liquid Castile soap, ¼ cup baking soda, 10 drops of Melaleuca essential oil to 2 gallons warm water. If the floors are greasy, add ¼ cup distilled white vinegar to the bucket. 

Bathroom Cleansing Wipes
Cleansing wipes are extremely convenient and are great to have on hand when wiping down surfaces. Making your own wipes is easy, fun, effective, and affordable. You probably already have everything you need in your home, so get going! 
What you need: 
1 roll premium paper towels 
2 cups warm water 
2 tablespoons Fractionated coconut oil 
3 drops Protective Blend 
3 drops Lemon essential oil 
1-2 tablespoons Protective Blend Foaming Hand Wash 
An airtight storage container 
1. Cut paper towel in half width-wise with a serrated or electric knife. Use half the roll now, and half later.
2. Combine water, Fractionated Coconut Oil, essential oils, and Protective Blend Foaming Hand Wash in a small bowl.
3. Pour the mixture over the paper towels and then cover with the airtight lid letting the mixture absorb for 10 minutes.
4. Turn the container over and let sit for another 10 minutes.
5. Remove and discard the cardboard middle. Just pull the wipes from the center when you are ready to use.

Bathroom Mold & Mildew Cleaner
Add 1 cup white vinegar, 15 drops lemon essential oil, and 15 drops melaleuca essential oil to a glass spray bottle. Shake to combine, spray on surface to be cleaned, wipe with microfiber cloth, spray again with cleaner and allow to air dry. 

Moving on to the next room of your house! The living room! Many forget about the carpet!  Don’t! 

Carpet Cleaner Recipe
Make your own carpet cleaning product by mixing 15- 20 drops of any essential oil into a cup of baking soda. Let the mixture sit overnight (so the oil can be absorbed into the baking soda), then sprinkle on the carpet before you vacuum. 

Leather Furniture Cleaner
Add 2 drops liquid Castile soap, 2 drops of lemon essential oils to 1 quart warm water. Apply to the leather with a barely moist sponge. 

Dusting Spray
Add 1 cup distilled water, ¼ cup white vinegar, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, and 15 drops lemon essential oil to a glass spray bottle. Shake to combine, spray on surface to be cleaned, wipe clean with microfiber cloth. 

Wood Furniture Polish
Is your wood furniture or flooring starting to look dull and lifeless? 

Wood furniture is an investment and it is important to take care of it. Although polishing wood furniture should only be done every couple months, it is important to continually keep it clean by dusting it or wiping it with a damp wet microfiber cloth. 

Commercial wood polishes may look great 1-2 days after polishing, but initial impressive results can quickly fade and ultimately damage the wood. Not only are they harsh on wood furniture, they also contain chemicals and artificial fragrances that can cause irritation, or worse, health problems when proper safety precautions are not taken while using them. 

Bring back the shine to your favorite tables, counter tops, floors, and more with this simple recipe for homemade wood polish with essential oils. 

What You Need:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup vinegar
10 drops essential oils (try Wild Orange or Lemon)
8 ounce glass spray bottle (you can purchase one here)
1. Add 10 drops of essential oil into the glass spray bottle.
2. Add olive oil and vinegar.
3. Shake well before each use. Apply to a microfiber cloth and wipe wood surfaces clean. Repeat every 2-3 months or as often as needed. 

Or Try This:  
Add ¼ cup white vinegar, ¼ cup olive oil, and 10 drops lemon essential oil to a glass spray bottle. Shake to combine, apply to a microfiber cloth, and wipe wood surface clean. Repeat every 2-3 months or as often as needed.

Mirror & Window Cleaner
Take the risk out of household cleansers by making your own cleaners at home. They are affordable, easy, eco-friendly, and just as effective (if not more) than store bought cleaners.
What You Need:
16-ounce spray bottle
1 1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup distilled water
8 drops of any citrus oil of your choice (could use Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Wild Orange, or a combination)
Add vinegar, water, and essential oil(s) to spray bottle and shake. You are ready to clean!

Air Purification 
Of course diffusing is a great way to clean the air in your home.
Cleansing Blend can be also used many ways:
20 drops in a spray bottle for all surface cleaning
Add a few drops to the furnace filter to help clean the air
Add a few drops to your laundry rinse for sweaty, smelly clothes

Kitchen: All-Purpose Cleaner (great for counters)
I use Protective Blend in mine. I love that I can clean the whole house with it, the scent is wonderful! No toxic fumes or residue! 
Add ¼ cup white vinegar, 1 ¾  cups distilled water, 1 teaspoon borax and 30 drops essential oil (see suggestions below) to a glass spray bottle. Shake to combine, spray on surface, and wipe clean. 
Recommended Essential Oils: 
15 drops each of Lavender and Lemon
10 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Wild Orange
30 drops Protective Blend blend
15 drops each of Grapefruit and Protective Blend
*Note: Although it is natural, borax is toxic when ingested, and can cause skin irritation. Keep away from children, pets, and food preparation areas. If you are concerned about using borax in this all-purpose spray, you can omit it. 

Oven Cleaner
This cleaner replaces the harsh fumes of conventional oven cleaners with the fresh scent of lemon essential oil.
1/2 cup unscented liquid soap
1 1/2 cups baking soda
1/4 cup vinegar
20 drops Lemon Essential Oil
1. In a bowl, mix all ingredients until a wet paste forms.
2. Using a brush, paint the interior surfaces of your oven, avoiding the heating elements.
3. Close oven door and wait 8 to 12 hours. Note: DO NOT turn oven on.
4. Using a damp sponge and warm water, wipe oven clean.

Stove Top Cleaner
Mix ¼ cup baking soda, ¼ cup table salt, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons water and 5 drops Cleansing Blend together in a glass bowl until they form a paste. Spread it all over the stove top and burners. Leave it on for 15 minutes or longer for hard-to-remove stains. Using a sponge, scrub the mixture into the grime. Remove excess cleaner and wipe surface clean.

Refrigerator & Microwave Cleaner
Add 1 cup white vinegar, 2 cups hot water & 15 drops of Lemon essential oil to a glass spray bottle. Spray mixture inside fridge or microwave, then scrub and wipe using damp cloth. 

All-Purpose Grease Cutter
Saturate any sticky surface with Wild Orange essential oil and wipe away.

Wood Floor Cleaner
Add 2 cups distilled water, 2 Tbsp. white vinegar, and 10 drops lemon essential oil to a glass spray bottle. Shake to combine, squirt a little on the floor, and mop up with a damp mop. 

Protective Blend Cleaner Concentrate
Easiest of all the DIYs we talked about tonight! This magic in a bottle! Protective Blend Cleaner Concentrate is designed to be the ideal natural cleaner.   This powerful essential oil blend (Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary ) is combined with plant-based derivatives that provide a non-toxic and biodegradable way to clean and eliminate odors, so it is safe for loved ones as well as the environment.  The multi-purpose capabilities of Protective Blend Cleaner
Concentrate make it perfect to expertly clean hard surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, or any room, leaving behind a clean and invigorating scent.

Another easy way to make a spray bottle is to use the Protective Blend Cleaner Concentrate in water. Great for household cleaning and cleaning baby toys and such.

1 comment:

  1. I only use eco-friendly cleaners in my home, but I am still learning the ropes of using essential oils. I definitely use baking soda and vinegar when cleaning different areas of my home. I want to try the eucalyptus, peppermint, orange or lemon oils with my natural cleaning products. I do want to thank you for the tips because I am going to try the daily shower spray with the lemon and melaleuca oils.