Have you been hearing a lot about essential oils lately? Well, all the chatter is for a good reason. These strong, plant -based oils can be used in countless ways to solve many daily problems. This post will teach you how to use essential oils for a few basic cleaning projects in your home.
These oils are extracted from plants, and when used in cleaning can kill bacteria and mold. Remember, these are very potent, so don’t over do it. One drop of peppermint oil, for example, is equivalent to 30 cups of peppermint tea. You can use oils to clean countertops, freshen linens, remove stains, keep away pests, and much more.
While making your home smell amazing, these also disinfect without any toxins, as they are naturally antimicrobial and antibacterial.
Our favorite tips on how to use essential oils for cleaning:
Scuffed floors: Between routine floor cleanings, apply two to four drops of tea-tree oil to scuffed areas. Then wipe oil with a cloth and rub in distilled white vinegar.
Showers: Do you have that nasty shower scum that makes you feel dirtier after you get out of the shower? Wipe your glass doors with a few drops of lemon oil every two weeks. This will prevent that grimy buildup.
Windows: Mix 2 ounces of water and 10 drops of lavender oil to wipe grime off windows.
Pests: Keeping your home clean means keeping pests out. The same concoction for your windows will repel flies. (How do you use it for flies?)To keep mice away, put a little peppermint oil on a cotton swab and line your pantry, floors, and attic. (Line it? By rubbing it on the surface or leaving swab there?)
Toilets: Commercial toilet cleaners have nothing on this concoction. Using a spray bottle, spritz aong the toilet rim with a mixture of water and two teaspoons tea-tree oil. You can use this same mix to spray anywhere there is mildew or a musty smell.
The air: Pick your favorite scent and use a diffuser to make your home smell fresh and wonderful, without the toxins of store-bought plug-ins and fresheners. We love using lavender in bedrooms for relaxation and lemon or orange in the kitchen.
You can easily find oils at health food stores. When shopping, make sure to look for pure, undiluted essential oils, so you know you are getting the best for your home.
Do you have a favorite essential oil or way to clean with it? Share with us in the comments!