Cleaning is one of those jobs that’s a bit like marmite. You either love it or hate it. If there is any way to make this thankless task a bit easier I’m up for it. So when I stumbled across a way to combine my love of essential oils with it I was all in. Natural cleaning using essential oils is my way of making an otherwise mundane job into a pleasure.
There are so many articles these days warning about the chemicals we put into our environment and on our bodies and the effects they are having now and in the future that I have been looking into what we could do as a family to reduce this.
Making your own cleaning products is one way of reducing this impact. There are many different sites out there with amazing recipes for all types of problems in your home. Some of my favourites are:
Natural Cleaning with Essential Oils
The list of blogs above includes some of my favourite essential oils and herbal remedies sites and all of these have great products you can make. Yet, if you want to start out small to test the waters, here are some of my favourite tips to getting into natural cleaning with essential oils.
Make a spray of Tea Tree, Lemongrass and Citronella to spray around the top and base of your bin to keep insects at bay and freshen your bin.
Wipe out your fridge or freezer with 1 drop of Grapefruit oil diluted with water on a cloth.
Before you start vacuuming, place a few drops essential oil (I use Citronella as it is a clean fresh smell) either onto the filter pad or on some cotton wool in the hoover bag, to leave a clean fresh smell after hoovering.
Pure Essential oils are a fantastic way of fragrancing your home, especially as a little problem solver. Some cotton wool balls placed in inconspicuous places will gently fragrance your house. Try this in shoes to banish nasty niffs, cupboards draws and waster paper bins to keep the content smelling nice. Also, add a few drops to the inside of your toilet roll to keep your bathroom smelling nice.
Essential oils could damage plastic, polished or painted surfaces and delicate materials.
Always test a small area first with the proposed diluted blend and use neat oils with extreme caution.
Read more on How to Use Essential Oils Safely.