Essential oils for cleaning and around the home
Today’s post is all about using essential oils around the house, and in particular, cleaning. I’m excited to share this with you because this was one of the first reasons I got into essential oils at the very beginning of my journey.
One day I was cleaning my bath with bleach. I’d already made loads of healthy changes to my life and diet, and yet suddenly I realised I was using bleach to clean my bathroom. The smell hit me, and I kind of woke up to what I was doing.
I told a friend who quickly suggested I look into using essential oils for cleaning, and the rest is history… it completely changed my life path.
So let’s start with:
(that’s where it all started after all!)
Combine the following: ½ cup baking soda, ½ cup vinegar, 5 drops of Onguard or lime oil. This scrub will produce fab, non-toxic cleaning on your bathtub or sink.
Lemon oil and tea tree oils are great for naturally disinfecting surfaces without toxins or chemicals, and leave a lovely fresh scent. Simply add 3 drops of each to a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water in a spray bottle and use to clean countertops. You can even add a drop of oregano for its incredible antibacterial properties.
To Clean Fruits and Veggies
2 drops of lemon oil in a large bowl of water is a great way to clean fruits and veggies.
Burnt Cooking Pans
Burnt food on pans? Try using lemon oil, bicarb and boiling water to clean them.
As opposed to toxic, chemical laden air fresheners, diffusing essential oils is a healthy and effective way to create beautiful aromas in your home.
Use cinnamon essential oil for its antimicrobial properties to help clean the air. Hot tip: Wild orange and cinnamon together smell divine!
Vacuuming and Aroma
Another simple tip to create gorgeous aromas around your house: 5-10 drops of your favourite oil can be added in your vacuum cleaner bag, or alternatively onto a piece of cotton wool which you vacuum up, before vacuuming your home. The smell will be released as you go around with your vacuum.
Tuck a sneaky tissue or cotton wool ball with plenty of lime or lemon essential oil on, behind the toilet for a discreet bathroom freshener. Or add a drop to your toilet roll prior to popping on the toilet roll holder and each time you roll off the paper a fresh scent will fill the room.
10-20 drops of your favourite oil to your washing load makes all the difference.
Rubbish Bin Freshener
I don’t know about you but my rubbish bin can can get really stinky! So as well as giving it a really good wash, a few drops of lemon oil and tea tree oil on a cotton wool ball or a tissue at the bottom can be super effective. It smell betters and can help to detoxify it.
Food Smells after Cooking
Smelly kitchen after cooking? Simply add a few drops of cinnamon or citrus essential oil to a pan of simmering water.
Beautifully non-toxic way to freshen your fridge (or freezer): after a thorough cleaning, pop a few drops of grapefruit, bergamot or lime oil in the water you use for the final wipe around.
That’s a very quick round-up of just some of the many ways to use essential oils around the home and for cleaning.
Let me know your favourites in the comments below – we’re all in this together, let’s learn together x
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