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There are many uses for essential oils such as well-being and relaxation through aromatherapy and also cleaning. In this post I am going to introduce you to the many ways you can use essential oils for cleaning your home. I received a sampler pack of essential oils from Spark Naturals. Included in the sampler pack were four 5ml bottles of lemon, peppermint, melaleuca (tea tree oil), and lavender essential oils.
I am still a relative newbie when it comes to using essential oils. I have tried them for their aromatherapy properties to try to soothe headaches, getting my toddler to sleep, and for cleaning. I am very pleased with the quality of the essential oils from Spark Naturals. While they are less expensive I find that they work just as well and smell just as good as the bigger name oils in my collection. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking to start or add to their essential oils collection.
Cleaning with essential oils.
There are many uses for essential oils but today I am going to concentrate on cleaning and deodorizing your home with them. Be sure to check out my Pinterest board of homemade cleaning products and other ideas for using essential oils at the end of this post.
Disinfectant – mix melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil with hot water and washing soda in a spray bottle and use it to clean counters and other surfaces.
Homemade dish soap – clean your dishes naturally. Lemon cuts grease and smells great. You could also use lavender, peppermint, or any other citrus oil.
Air freshener/Room deodorizer – use lavender for a calming room spray. Use lemon for a refreshing scent or mix some together for your own unique fragrance.
Homemade fabric softener & dryer sheets – with only four ingredients you can soften and freshen your laundry naturally.
Laundry detergent – boost any homemade laundry detergent with essential oil. Melaleuca works well for this for its antibacterial properties as does lemon but you could use whatever scent you like.
Deodorant discs for your diaper pail or garbage can – do you have water, baking soda, muffin cups and a muffin pan? Then you can make these easy deodorizing discs to put in the bottom of your diaper pail, garbage can, or anything else stinky.
Lavender water – okay, this isn’t really a cleaning product though it could fall in to the air freshener category. Use this to spray on your bed linens to make them smell nice and lull you off to sleep. Using lavender to get my toddler to nap has been my absolute favorite use of essential oils.
Stain remover – use a few drops of lemon essential oil to grease spots, glue, gum, and other sticky messes off surfaces.
Clean sponges and dish cloths – soak your dirty dish cloths overnight in a bowl of water and lemon essential oil.
Dishwasher detergent booster – a few drops of lemon essential oil in the dishwasher will make your dishes sparkle.
Toilet cleaner – mix 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup liquid castile soap, 1 tbsp melaleuca oil, and 10 drops of peppermint oil for a natural, great smelling toilet bowl cleaner.
Re-scent wool dryer balls – I find this to be more effective than using EO in laundry detergent (unless you’re using it for its disinfecting properties). A few drops of EO on our dryer balls will have your clothes smelling fresh.
Laundry crystals – add your favorite essential oil to ice cream salt for a great smelling, natural laundry crystals.
Bug repellant – wipe cabinets, door jambs, and window sills with water and peppermint oil to keep ants and other creepy crawlies from invading your home. With a few more ingredients you can keep mosquitoes away.
These are just a few ideas for cleaning and deodorizing with essential oils. The possibilities are endless. There are ideas and recipes all over Pinterest and Google to keep your home smelling and looking clean the natural way. Ditch the chemicals and add some essential oils to your cleaning arsenal.
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