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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:
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.
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.
Also see kitchen and bathroom cleaning blends and essential oil air fresheners.
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