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Essential Oils for Green Cleaning.

August 22nd, 2019

Remember when I called essential oils powerhouses?

When it comes to the power of essential oils we can use it to not only look after ourselves and our dogs but also in our home. They can be very powerful helpers when it comes to keeping your home clean and smelling fresh.

Just as we try to avoid harsh chemical’s in our cosmetic products and pet care products, we should do the same with our cleaning products.

Synthetic fragrances in cleaning products can irritate both ours and our pets respiratory tracts. If you want to go eco-friendly but you don’t want your house smelling of vinegar while also missing the different fragrances of commercial cleaning products, then essential oils can come to the rescue. They not only smell nice but they also have antiseptic properties, are very good de-greasers and have other beneficial properties.

When using essential oils for cleaning we use larger amounts of oils than for therapeutic purposes which is why you can use a cheaper range of essential oils. Summer naturals is a very good supplier. Click here to view their range online. 

So where can you use what?

Dishes 🍽

Lemon essential oil is a very good choice when it comes to washing dishes. Freshly smelling lemon can be used for handwashing as well as for dishwashers. If your dish sponge or cloth isn’t particularly fresh and feels a bit soggy, put three drops of lemon essential oil on the sponge. This can also be done if you want to increase the disinfecting properties. Why not add tree tea oil for a BOOST!

Did you know that you can even make a ‘regenerative bath’ for your sponge:

You’ll need…

🍋 A bowl of boiled water
🍋 1 teaspoon of bicarb soda
🍋 A few drops of lemon or tea tree oil

Soak the sponge for 30 min then rinse under warm running water. Your sponge will feel and smell like new and will thank you for the spa treatment 😊.

Bathroom 🛁

You can keep a mixture of tea tree, pine and eucalyptus essential oils (1:1:1) in a dark, glass amber bottle and add the blend to a gel made of soap nuts.

Another benefit of this blend is if you use it in the early stages of a cold, blocked nose. The aroma of these oils will clear your nasal cavities and helps you to breath easier.

Soap nut concentrate:
 
🧼 Grab a full handful of soap nuts (buy here) and add 4 cups of water to a pot.
🧼 Bring to the boil and simmer for around 20 minutes.
🧼 Let the concentrate cool.
🧼 Drain the nuts and add them to your compost bin.
🧼 Store the liquid concentrate in the fridge for when you need to use it.

Floor cleaning 🧽

When it comes to floor cleaning pretty much any essential oil is suitable… pine, lavender, lemon, eucalyptus or even sweet orange. Whichever one tickles your fancy 😄. For a bucket of water add max 30 drops of essential oils and the fresh aroma will make the cleaning more enjoyable. A great blend is eucalyptus, orange and lavender which has degreasing and antiseptic properties. The plus is that it’s also a repellent so is an ideal combination for spring and summer.

Eucalyptus, lemon and sweet orange also have strong degreasing and antiseptic properties. It’s recommended that you use a blend of 6 drops of eucalyptus, 12 drops of sweet orange and 12 drops of lemon.
  Let me know how it goes!
 
Jitka xx

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