If you don't want potentially toxic products in your home, cleaning with essential oils is an option.
Follow these guidelines when making aromatherapy cleaning products:
While there is no one best essential oil for cleaning, commonly used essential oils good for cleaning include:
To make an all-purpose cleaning spray, blend 10 to 20 drops of any one (or combination) of those oils with 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1 cup water in a spray bottle. Shake vigorously before each use.
For a stronger essential oil cleaning solution:
In general, avoid using essential oils on delicate surfaces. If in doubt, spot test a small area first.
An easy way to clean and sanitize surfaces is to combine 2 to 3 drops of tea tree, eucalyptus, or lemon essential oil with 1/2 cup hot water.
Another surface cleaner:
Combine all ingredients with just a little water to make a paste. Apply to surface with a cloth using circular motions. Then rinse with hot water and a clean cloth.
All-Purpose Surface Cleaner
Combine the water and vinegar in the bottle. Add the essential oils. Close bottle and shake well.
To use: Shake well and spray on surfaces. Source: Aromahead
The simple option to clean floors is to add 5 to 10 drops pine essential oil and 1/2 cup vinegar to a gallon of hot water. You could also use lemon oil or a combination of rosemary and balsam fir.
Another floor cleaner:
Remember to spot test carpets before using these blends on large areas.
Mix one of the following essential oil blends with 1/2 cup baking soda in a wide-mouth jar that has a cap:
Source: 500 Formulas For Aromatherapy
Carpet Cleaning Solution
If you have a carpet steam cleaner, you can replace the commercial cleaning solution with this DIY formula:
Blend all ingredients. Using either a container with a pour sprout or a funnel, add the solution to the appropriate compartment of your steam cleaner. Clean carpets as usual.
Source: The Naturally Clean Home
Put ingredients into a squeeze bottle. Shake well. Use as needed.
Mix 10 to 15 drops of lemon essential oil, 2 cups white vinegar, and 2 cups water in a spray bottle.
To make wood furniture polish, add a few drops of lemon essential oil to 1/4 cup of jojoba or olive oil.
In the following recipe, the olive oil conditions and the vinegar cleans. You can also use this blend on your dust mop for hardwood floors.
Adapted from the Grade A Notes newsletter.
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