When it comes to keeping your home clean and fresh many of the household cleaners are not only extremely toxic but also take a toll on the environment. Well, I'm here to tell you that you could be utilizing your arsenal of essential oils to diffuse your home with fresh scents, to deodorize and clean, take a more green approach, or to create your own air freshener or scented fabric refresher...think less chemical ridden Febreeze in any essential oil scent you already know and love! The uses of essential oils reach far and wide when it comes to health and even beyond and that's what I wanted to share, may personal favorites when it comes to cleaning your home and keeping it smelling fresh!
This is where some of my favorite scents come in to play. When cleaning the house, a number of oils can be used to deodorize, disinfect, refresh, and just about anything in between. A good rule of thumb for creating your own DIY cleaners is to use about 3-10 drops of essential oil per 16 ounces of liquid. I usually dilute with water and/or white vinegar.
When it comes to greasy dishes, let orange oil do the dirty work. Orange works as a great degreaser and will also take off any sticky residue left behind on counters or cupboards. You can't beat the scent of walking in to a home freshly cleaned with orange! It's one of my favorites.
Not only is orange effective but really all citrus oil is great for cleaning because of their incredible scents and their anti-bacterial and anti-viral qualities. Not to mention, they aren't very expensive and a little bit will go a long way. They work great for general home cleaning and like I said, will also leave your home smelling fresh. You can dilute lemon with an oil for furniture polishing, or with water for surface cleaning bathroom or kitchens. My personal favorite is to add a few drops of orange/lemon in the toilet bowl and use that to clean the toilet.
Another household cleaner that I love to use is a basic counter cleaning spray of tea tree oil, where I mix a few drops of tea tree oil diluted with half vinegar and half water, and a ½ teaspoon baking soda. This is another fresh scent that just leaves you feeling with a scent that says CLEAN!
Adding a few drops to straight vinegar and using as a window cleaner will leave you seeing everything crystal clear out your newly streak-free windows. It works wonders.
I've talked before how lavender is a must have oil because it is so versatile. If you don't have anything else in your oil collection yet then start with this! With it's calming aroma it is perfect for anything around the house. I love using it to mop the floors, mixed with vinegar and water, and it will leave a fresh, clean aroma in the air. This is only one of many, may uses for lavender oil around the home. Don't be afraid to mix oils. Combining lavender to any of the citrus is wonderful for a household cleaner that can be used in bathrooms and ktichens.
With school back in session, comes the dreaded influx of unwanted germs. A great way to take care of sickness in the house is to wipe down surfaces that get touched often with Happy Immunity. With it's powerful blend of oils to combat illness, it will keep germs from spreading. You can find it here.
As I mentioned, lavender oil has a very calming effect so adding it to a diffuser or making a room spray with it is a perfect way to leave a room smelling inviting and leaving you feeling calm and collected. Lavender removes stale air and leaves it smelling like a warm breeze blowing fresh linens that are out drying on the line.
Now that you know you can be cleaning everything including the kitchen sink with your oils, let's talk about tackling those pesky odors in the house. You can use this little trick in the bathroom of adding a few drops of lavender, eucalyptus or lemongrass essential oil to the inside of a toilet paper roll for an instant bathroom freshener. Or if you want to take care of that pesky garbage smell, add a few drops of your preferred oil to the bottom of trash cans.
Just a few drops of essential oil can defeat many unpleasant household odors. Try a few drops on a cotton ball placed in a closets, drawers, or anywhere else that needs freshening and then enjoy the fresh smelling scents for days! If it's stinky shoes then a quick mix of peppermint (6 drops), tea tree (4 drops), eucalyptus (2 drops) mixed with equal parts unscented witch hazel and water will knock that smell right out! Lastly, my personal favorite is to add lavender and any citrus to my laundry in lieu of any additional fragrant (and chemical ridden) products.
I have quite a few oil diffusers that I love (you can find them here). With the ability to diffuse scents for full-room coverage, diffusers work wonderfully when it comes to aromatheraphy. Aromatherapy is a powerful tool for increasing your psychological and physical well-being. I think we can all use an increase when it comes to both of those! We talked about the calming effects of lavender but another oil I love to diffuse is peppermint. With it's invigorating scent, peppermint oil is known to help you wake up and focus. I have created oil blends that are perfect for diffusing to create an atmosphere conducive for anything from sleep, focus, relief, to breathing. I also have specially packaged diffuser packs, with my latest being a summer citrus "happy pack." It's been favorite. It leaves my home smelling bright, clean, and fresh.
I hope the essential oil tips I've shared will leave you with a clean and fresh home. If you every have additional questions, don't hesitate to reach out or give me a call.