November 3, 2011

Essential Oils as a Cleaning Alternative

Essential oils are not just useful for aromatherapy or for their fragrance properties; they can also be used as a natural, non-toxic alternative to harsh, chemical cleaners.

Not only will this give you piece of mind that this method is not harmful to you, your family and your pets, it is also the environmentally friendly way.

You can either buy essential oils from natural shops or online and a small bottle will last you for ages as you only need a few drops!

Here is our list of five essential oils that are most commonly used as natural cleaners:

Eucalyptus - To remove germs, simply wipe down solid surfaces with a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil and/or make a spray with a few drops of the oil in water to disinfect the air. You can also add a few drops to your washing machine hot wash cycle to kill any dust mites that may be residing in your clothing.

Grapefruit - Add grapefruit essential oil to a vodka, vinegar and water mixture and spray on glass windows or mirrors and then wipe down with old newspapers to create a sparkling result with a smudge and streak-free shine.

Lavender - If you are having trouble sleeping, forget buying sleeping pills and soothing music CD’s, add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your bath to soothe and relax your mind or spray some diluted oil onto your bed sheets and pillowcases for a good night’s rest.

Lemon - Not only does lemon smell super fresh but also is great when you put a few drops of lemon essential oil on a cloth or sponge, use this to wipe your stove, sink, work surfaces and stainless steel appliances and then rinse it so that the oil can refresh your drain and pipes as well. Lemon breaks down and combats grease whilst sanitising them to result in a clean and shiny kitchen. Adding a few drops to your dishwasher can remove food smells and freshen it up.

Tea Tree Oil - This essential oil is also known as Melaleuca and is great as a mould-inhibiter so a few drops in your home’s damp areas will help to curb mould growth. You can also mix it with baking soda to create an excellent scrub for stubborn issues with sinks, baths, showers and toilets.

Hopefully, this gives you an insight into just a few ways you can use your favourite essential oils to make your own natural, anti-bacterial, fungicidal cleaning products with the added bonus of a lovely fragrant home. Not only will using these oils make you feel invigorated and calm, it may make you want to clean your house more often!

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