Cleaning with Essential Oils
Essential Oils have gained popularity when it comes to health and beauty treatments. You can also use essential oils in your home to create green cleaning solutions that not only are safe but can boost your mood and have a positive effect on your immune system. Here are some great essential oils to use when cleaning and the added benefits of using them in your home environment.
Lavender has a relaxing effect on the nervous system and can help you get a deeper more restful night’s sleep. This is great news for those who fit in cleaning time after they get home from work right before bed. Lavender has antiseptic, antiviral, fungicidal, and bactericidal properties making it a powerhouse of a cleaner.
- Use lavender carpet refresher to freshen those carpets and keep your home smelling amazing
- Spray some lavender linen spray on sheets and even dog beds to calm and sooth
- Add lavender to a spray bottle of water and use for ironing
Peppermint has antiseptic properties and helps to keep you alert and ready to take on tasks.
- Mice and spiders do not like the smell of peppermint making it a good pest repellant. You can add some peppermint to a spray bottle of water and spray where pest enter your home or you can stick some cotton balls with peppermint oil on them in spots they like to hang out.
Sweet Orange (Wild Orange)
Orange essential oil is a great degreaser making it a wonderful kitchen cleaner. It also has antiseptic, and has antifungal and antibacterial properties. Studies have shown orange oil to inhibit the growth of E.coli and Salmonella in refrigerated beef showing that it is good for cleaning cutting boards and other surfaces that have come in contact with raw meat.
In aromatherapy orange oil is used to help with anxiety, depression, nervousness, and insomnia. It is something that picks a person up and lightens the mood making it a great pair with lavender oil.
-in addition to wiping down kitchen surfaces you can use orange oil on hard surface floors such as to clean your tile floor. Simply add 15 drops essential oil to 1 cup of vinegar and a tablespoon of castile soap in a bucket of hot water. For a really tough messy floor ad ¼ baking soda to the bucket and rinse floors with hot water when finished.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca)
Tea tree oil is for those jobs you want to get super clean. This oil is packed with antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, bactericidal, and insecticidal properties. The smell is strong and many who use it like to mix it with orange or lavender oils. Tea tree is known to stimulate the immune system so if you have cold and flu running through your home get out the tea tree!
Lemon oil not only cleans but improves moods. Feeling blue? Clean with some lemon oil to brighten your day. Lemon has antiseptic, antimicrobial, and bactericidal properties. Similar to orange lemon is great for degreasing.
-You can make a great carpet spot cleaner with lemon oil: mix lemon essential with baking soda and apply to stain, the lemon will deodorize stinky stains like pet mistakes, allow this to sit on the stain from an hour to eight hours, mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray the baking soda to get it fizzing, lay a clean white towel over the spot and absorb the liquid, repeat as necessary.
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