When looking out my window at the Daffodils in my garden, the 1st thing I think of is “Oh, so pretty!” And the 2nd thing that I think is, “Boy are my windows dirty!!!!!”
Due to my sensitivities, I like to clean my house with natural products. Some, I will admit are store bought, & some are homemade using Baking Soda, Sea Salt, White Vinegar, Castile Soap, Olive Oil, & of course, Essential Oils.
I’ve been using some form of natural cleaners since the 1970’s… I know, I’m dating myself. Our neighbor, Mr. R, was a gentleman hippie, & a passionate environmentalist. He really inspired my mother, and she had us shopping at the health food store, composting, recycling bottles, washing & flattening pet food cans long before it was an everyday thing to do. I also grew up using Baking Soda, Borax & White Vinegar as cleaning products, so what I am doing now has kind of evolved from that.
Being an aromatherapist, my 1st thought is always what blend to use for the chore at hand. For most cleaning, especially kitchen & bathroom counters, floors & fixtures, I like to make an all-purpose spray cleaner.
Some essential oils to consider are:
Bactericidal or Antibacterial Oils: Coriander, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Niaouli, Palmarosa, Pine, Tea Tree. Thyme
Antiseptic Oils: Cajeput, Cinnamon, Clove Bud, Fir, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Litsea Cubeba, Orange, Palmarosa, Peppermint, Pine, Tea Tree & Thyme.
( you can choose 3 or 4 of these oils or you can use an appropriate diffuser blend. I Like to use Purify Diffuser Blend at a 2% dilution. Shake well before use.(If you have natural stone counters or floors, depending on the finish, do a spot test first. Not recommended for marble or granite)
Other ways to use essential oils:
Washing Windows: Add 10 – 15 drops of Lemon essential oil, 2 tbsp of white vinegar in a 28 oz or 828 ml spray bottle, and fill with water. (If your windows are really dirty & you need a bit more cleaning power, add up to 2 more Tbsp of White Vinegar to the spray bottle) Shake well before use.
Washing Floors: Mix 5-10 drops of Essential oil (Try Lemon, Pine, Palmarosa, or Tea Tree, or a combination of oils) with 1 Tbsp of Castile soap and add to your bucket of wash water & mop away.
*If you have young a baby who is crawling you may want to use 1 or 2 tsp of Lavender Hydrosol added to your floor wash water instead of using the essential oils. For children age 2 – 5 years old, you will want to choose oils & lower dilutions that are more appropriate for their age. Essential oils to consider using are Lavender, Lemon, Grapefruit, & Palmarosa. I will admit, I tend to err on the side of caution where children are concerned.
Cleaning wood furniture: Add 3 drops of Lemon or Orange essential oil to 60 ml of Olive or Jojoba oil. Buff with a soft cloth. Be sure to open some windows for ventilation. If you have concerns do a patch test on your furniture before using the essential oil. (Avoid getting essential oils on fabrics).
Clean your Microwave: Place a glass bowl, filled with 1 cups of water, & 5 drops of Lemon or Orange essential oil inside your microwave, run for 3 min on High. Let it sit for 5 more minutes. The steam will loosen any spilled or dried food. Carefully remove the bowl, & wipe down your machine. Makes clean-up really easy.
Natural Sticker “Goo” Remover: Lemon essential oil works really well to remove the sticky residue from price tags & labels. Just a drop or two on a cotton ball, & voila! (The essential oil breaks down the glue, & it wipes off of glass & most plastics.) Do a spot test first & be sure to wipe/wash off any residual essential oil.
Toilet Bombs: are made from Baking Soda, Citric Acid (A low strength acid that comes from Lemons and/or oranges), Antibacterial essential oils, & a spray or two of water. Really simple to make & use. And they smell amazing! (SAFETY TIP: Use gloves & a mask when making this product)
And don’t forget to clean your air with your ultrasonic diffuser or a room spray made from antibacterial essential oils; like comforting Lavender, a crisp Citrus or fresh Spearmint. And the side benefit is how good these scents will make you feel…
Happy Cleaning & Happy Spring!!! And when you are done cleaning, you can get on with the fun stuff like gardening…
- When using essential oils for cleaning be sure to wear gloves, especially if you have sensitive skin.
- do a spot test first before using on your hard surfaces. Granite and marble countertops can get etched, pitted or stained by essential oils. Use at your own risk.
- Ventilation is always a good thing…
- When making essential oil products, like Toilet Bombs, wear a mask & Gloves
- Keep all of your essential oils & cleaning products away from children & pets.
My Blog is for information only. Essential oils are for external use.
Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd ed. International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, 2003. Print.
Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. San Rafael, CA: New World Library, 1991. Print.