Dump the toxins. Clean Your Home with Essential Oils

September 5, 2017

You won't be surprised to learn that the average American home is filled with thousands of artificial chemicals.

In fact, only a small percentage of these chemicals have been thoroughly tested for safety!

 

This is alarming considering how often we’re exposed to these chemicals, and how little we know about their effects on our health and the environment.


What is sad is that many of these have not been properly tested but of the ones that have, at least 150 of these common household chemicals have been associated with cancer, psychological disturbances, allergies, gastrointestinal disorders and various health issues.

 

A substantial amount of the toxic load in our homes is due to the use of these cleaning agents. Many top brand cleaners are filled with known toxins such as solvents, ammonia, formaldehyde, phthalates and ethanolamine.

 

With so many viable natural cleaning solutions now available, we have to wonder, could the potential (and known) risks of these toxins ever be worth a bleached-clean home?

 

But there is hope! Many essential oils mimic the results of chemical cleaners. These amazing oils can dissolve grease, brighten stains, kill mold spores and fight bacteria… But without all the scary health dangers!

 

Check out these eco-friendly cleaning solutions that are natural, non-toxic, simple and actually work!

 

But please note, when working with essential oils on a new surface, always patch test first to check for suitability. Even though they come from Mother Nature, these oils are potent!

 

CLEANING PURPOSE: Toxin-free Kitchen Wipes 
Recommended Essential Oils:
Lavender
Eucalyptus
Orange
Lime
Tea Tree
Peppermint

 

Suggested Use:
Ditch the paper towel and toxic antibacterial wipes! Simply cut up some old white colored rags into hand-sized squares. Fill a large jar with 1 cup of water, 1 ounce castile soap, 1 ounce vinegar and 10 drops of any of the above oils. Soak the cloth squares inside and remove as needed to wipe away spills or wipe down bench tops. Simply wash and reuse the square cloths time and time again!

 

CLEANING PURPOSE: Stove & Cooktops
Recommended Essential Oils:
Orange

 

Suggested Uses: 
Mix 10 drops of orange oil with ¼ cup castile soap to wipe down stove tops and counters. Wash clean with a little warm water.

 

CLEANING PURPOSE: Antibacterial Solution
Recommended Essential Oils:
Lemon (also antiviral)
Tea tree (also antiviral, anti fungal and antimicrobial)
Rosemary (also antiseptic)
Lavender
Cinnamon (also antibacterial) 

 

Suggested Uses:
Soak dirty Tupperware in vinegar and a few drops of the above oils before rinsing through a hot cycle of the dishwasher.

 

CLEANING PURPOSE: Shower Scum & Grime Build Up
Recommended Essential Oils:
Lemon
Tea tree

Suggested Uses:
Wipe or spray your shower surfaces with a little water containing several drops of lemon oil. Done once or twice a month, this will help to prevent grime build up!


Buy an empty spray bottle and fill with vinegar and a couple of spoon of tea tree oil. Use as a daily antibacterial cleaning spray for your shower and bath.

 

CLEANING PURPOSE: Floor Wash (not suitable for timber flooring) 
Recommended Essential Oils:
Tea Tree
Eucalyptus
Lemon (brightens and removes stains, eg white tiles)
Pine

 

Suggested Uses:
Use a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and hot water and add 15 drops of any above oils. Mop and enjoy the bright, streak-free and fresh finish!

 

CLEANING PURPOSE: Disinfectant
Recommended Essential Oils:
Tea Tree
Eucalyptus
Thyme oil

 

Suggested Uses:
Combine 2 cups hot water, ¼ cup washing soda and 10 drops of your choice of the above essential oils. Spray as needed and wipe away with a microfiber cloth.

 

CLEANING PURPOSE: Mold & Mildew 
Recommended Essential Oils: 
Clove (removes mold & mold spores)
Cinnamon 
Pine (also kills yeast spores)
Tea tree

 

Suggested uses: 
Mix 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil with 2 cups of warm water. Spray and leave on shower surfaces to detract mold. 

 

Mix 1 teaspoon of clove oil with 1 cup of vinegar and 1 tablespoon glycerin. Spray over moldy areas and leave for 15 minutes before wiping away with a damp cloth.

 

CLEANING PURPOSE: Degreaser 
Recommended Essential Oils: 
Lemon 
Orange

 

Suggested Uses:
Combine ½ cup water, ½ cup vinegar, 1 tbsp castile and 10 drops of either above oils. Soak a sponge in this mixture and use light pressure to lift grease. Wipe away soapy residue with a warm damp cloth.

 

CLEANING PURPOSE: Combs and Makeup Brushes
Recommended Essential Oils
Tea tree
Lavender
Eucalyptus

 

Suggested Uses:
Combine ½ cup warm water, 1 tablespoon vinegar and 5 drops of any above oils in a jar. Soak brushes for 15 minutes then rinse thoroughly. Leave in the sun to dry out thoroughly.

 

CLEANING PURPOSE: Windows
Recommended Essential Oils
Lavender
Lemongrass

 

Suggested Uses:
Combine 1:1 hot water and vinegar and add 10 drops of either oils listed above. Wipe over windows and use a ‘squeegee’ to remove the liquid. Use old newspaper to polish glass to a streak-free shine afterwards!

 

CLEANING PURPOSE: Linen & Bedding 
Recommended Essential Oils:
Lavender
Eucalyptus (also fights dust mites)

 

Suggested uses: 
Add a few drops of eucalyptus or lavender oil when washing quilts, mattress covers and pillows.

 

Add a few drops of lavender oil to your linen spray for a beautiful, natural fresh scent on your clothing.

 

CLEANING PURPOSE: Dishwasher Liquid
Recommended Essential Oils:
Lime
Orange
Rosemary

 

Suggested Uses:
Combine 1 cup of liquid castile soap, 10 drops lime oil, 10 drops orange oil. (Optional: Add a few drops of glycerin to emulsify the oils into the mixture, otherwise simply shake before use.) 

 

Got some REALLY greasy pots and pans to take care of? Try adding ½ cup vinegar and lemon juice to the above mixture.

 

CLEANING PURPOSE: Sink Scrubber
Recommended Essential Oils:
Rosemary 
Eucalyptus
Tea Tree
Lemon (particularly if greasy)
Orange (particularly if greasy)

 

Suggested Uses:
Combine ¼ cup of washing soda, ¼ cup baking soda and 10 drops of any of the above essential oils. Smear over sink surface and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing away with 1 cup vinegar and hot water. 

Combine 1 cup baking soda, ½ cup pure castile soap and 5 drops of the above oils in a small bowl. Mix well and scoop the mixture onto a sponge to give your sink a good scrub over. Wash well with warm water.

 

CLEANING PURPOSE: Toilet Gel
Recommended Essential Oils:
Tea Tree
Eucalyptus
Peppermint

 

Suggested Uses:
Make your own bottle of non-toxic toilet cleaner by combining 2 cups water, ¼ cup castile soap, 40 drops tea tree oil and 10 drops of eucalyptus or peppermint oil. Spread mixture over surface of inner toilet bowl and soak for 20 minutes. Lightly scrub with a toilet brush before flushing away the muck and leaving sparkly clean results! 

 

Pour 1 cup baking soda and a few drops of the above essential oils into the toilet. Pour over 2 cups of vinegar. After the fizzing settles down, scrub the toilet bowl over with a toilet brush and flush several times

 

Ready to make your own DIY home cleaners? Stock up on the essential oils listed above, PLUS these simple ingredients:
Bicarb soda
Salt (scrub)
Vinegar
Washing soda (also called sodium bicarbonate or soda ash) 
Liquid castille soap 
Glycerin (emulsifier)

 

The potential uses for essential oils in natural cleaning is only limited by our imagination. 

 

Have questions about Essential Oils or what brands you can trust? Use the Contact page to let us know of your question or fire us an email @ info@EssentiallyHome.net, we will be happy to help!

 

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