Essential Oil Cleaning Recipes
Written by Karen, Guest Writer
If you’re like me, you like the end result of cleaning but don’t like the process itself. To make matters worse, you’re probably damaging your health when you clean if you use conventional cleaners. According to GIAMLife.com, “The air in our homes is filled with fumes from petrochemical solvents added to cleaners to dissolve dirt. The average household contains anywhere from three to 25 gallons of toxic materials, most of which are in cleaners.” (http://life.gaiam.com/article/8-household-cleaning-agents-avoid)
According to GIAMLife.com, here are some of the worst culprits –
Many glass cleaners contain one substance which depresses the nervous system and a second substance (butyl cellosolve) which damages bone marrow, your nervous system, your kidneys, and your liver.
Many disinfectants contain phenols which cause problems for your respiratory and circulatory systems.
Some spray deodorizers contain formaldehyde which many groups believe to cause cancer.
So what is a girl (or a guy) to do? Ditch the cleaners! How, you may ask, do you ditch the cleaners and still maintain a cleanly home? Make your own simple cleaners with essential oils. It takes almost no time, and very little money. You probably have most of the items that you need to make these cleaners already in your house.
Homemade Soft Scrub
By: Karen Morris
This is my go-to sink and tub cleaning recipe.
- 1C baking soda
- 1/3C Salt
- 20 drops lavender, lemon, lemongrass, or melaleuca alternafolia
Mix the baking soda and salt. Drop 5 or so drops of your chosen oil, mix well and repeat until you’ve incorporated all your essential oil. Store in an airtight container.
Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner
By: Karen Morris
- ½ C Baking Soda
- ½ C vinegar
- 5 drops Thieves, lemongrass, or melaleuca alternafolia
Mix the baking soda and essential oils in a mixing bowl. Over the toilet, add the vinegar and pour the whole thing into the toilet. It will foam and clean the sides of your toilet bowl very well.
Homemade Glass Cleaner
By: Karen Morris
- 1 C Vinegar
- 1 C Water
- 20 drops lemon essential oil
Pour your liquids into a spray bottle – Glass is best, but since you aren’t drinking this concoction, you can use plastic. Drop in your essential Oils and shake before each use.
- Drop lemon essential oil onto a stain, rub it together and launder. Most stains will come right out.
Room Spray / Pillow Spray
By: Stacy McDonald
- 1 oz. vodka
- vegetable glycerine (a few drops)
- 25 drops essential oil – Lavender or Lemon work well
- 3 oz. purified water
- 4 oz. dark colored glass bottle
Pour vodka into 4 oz spray bottle and add essential oil of your choice. Shake vigorously for 45 seconds. Add water and shake again. Shake well before each use.
To turn this into a “pillow spray” to freshen sheets and towels, make all 4 oz. with alcohol instead of water. This way the mist will dry quickly and leave behind the intoxicating scent of pure essential oils!
What cleaners do you currently have in your house that after reading this article you are going to get rid of? Which recipe listed above do you want to try first?
The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself on essential oils and their uses. Address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician Please seek professional help when needed.
Karen Morris is a Christian, a wife of seventeen years to Steve, and homeschooling mom of five beautiful children. She has just launched a business called eSCENTial Remedies (Facebook) which will educate people on essential oils and other holistic remedies and prepare people to care for their own health during their everyday illnesses as well as during any unforeseen circumstances.