It’s the year of the eco warrior and yet so many are still using harsh chemicals to clean with. So why not learn how to clean your home using essential oils. Not only with you help the environment but by making your own cleaning products, you can save money too.
For the last few months, I’ve rid my home of cleaning products to make way for my homemade ones. It’s so cheap and easy to make and it feels great too, knowing I’m doing my bit for the planet. Plus essential oils smell so better than the chemical cleaning products smells, yuck!
Before I begin to share with you my tips, make sure you are cleaning with pure essential oils. Anything with synthetics won’t work as well and you’ll be left disappointed with the results.
Why clean with essential oils?
There are many reasons why you should:
- Kills any bacteria, fungus and viruses.
- The citrus (lemon) family of essential oils will help to break down grease and grime.
- Experience the natural fragrance of oils as as opposed to the strong chemical smells of detergents which can cause cause allergies and headaches.
So here are the main areas you can clean in your home using essential oils.
Mirrors and glass
You don’t need expensive chemicals to clean your glass and mirrors. Just a few drops of lemon essential oil, white vinegar, water and a microfibre cloth. The vinegar avoids streaks while the lemon cuts through grime and greasy marks.
Pour a few drops of tea tree oil, peppermint oil and vinegar to clean your floors.
People don’t often think essential oils will do a decent job in the bathroom because they aren’t powerful enough. But that’s wrong. Some essential oils like tea tree, oregano, and eucalyptus have been proven to work against viruses. Clove is excellent for mould.
Add two parts hot water and one part white vinegar to a glass spray bottle, then add the lemon oil. Spray mixture inside the fridge, let sit for a minute or two, and wipe with a damp cloth. The hot water and vinegar will not only loosen stuck on food, but will also help to eliminate yucky odours too.
I use essential oils to make my own fizzy toilet bombs that keep my toilet smelling fresh! Learn how to make them here.
Polish your wooden furniture up with a few drops of lemon oil, 1 cup water and 1 cup white vinegar in spray bottle and add in 1 tablespoon olive oil. Lemon oil is great for deep cleaning and disinfecting your wood furniture and surfaces. Plus it will get rid of any grime and sticky spots off your surface.
Stainless steel appliances and sinks
Simply spray fractionated coconut oil onto a paper towel to bring back the shine to your stainless steel. Works a treat on stainless steel sinks and microwave ovens.