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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cleaning with Essential Oils

I love cleaning with essential oils! Not only do they work & smell great-but they are so much healthier & safer for our families. No chemicals-gotta love that!

Maybe you're trying to decrease the amount of toxic chemicals used inside the home?

Are you trying to decrease allergies?

Or reduce the pathogens in the home?

Trying to find more effective ways of sanitizing, ridding the home of virus and germs or boosting the immune system?

Trying to fight off pesky ants?

Hear are some tips:

Dishwashing Soap:

Greatly improve the antiseptic action of your liquid soap , add several drops of essential oils such as lavender, melaleuca white fir, lemon, wild orange, Citrus Bliss™ or On Guard™.

No dust furniture polish:

*Regular furniture polish often contains phenol - you should stay clear of it. Phenol causes cancer. Of it gets on your skin it can cause your skin to burn and peel. If swallowed it can cause the circulatory system to collapse, coma, seizures, and death. Nitrobenzene is also found in polish. it is a toxic chemical is absorbed by the skin and attacks the central nervous system. It can cause cancer, breathing problems, vomiting, birth defects, heart, liver, and kidney problems.

10 drops wild orange or citrus bliss essential oil, (optional)
30 drops lemon essential oil 1/3 cup Coconut oil (or grapeseed)
1/2 cup distilled water


Fill a glass spray trigger bottle with ingredients and shake to mix well. Spray on furniture and wipe with soft cloth. Shake often.

Countertop Disinfectant:

Ingredients:
1 cup distilled white vinegar 1 cup filtered or distilled water

Option 1: 30 drops melaleuca oil 5 drops peppermint essential oil 5 drops lavender essential oil
Option 2: 30 drops white fir 5 drops melaleuca oil 5 drops grapefruit oil
Option 3: 35 drops On Guard™ 5 drops Purify™

Fill a glass spray trigger bottle with ingredients and shake to mix well. Spray on countertops and wipe with cloth or clean sponge. Shake often.

Bathroom disinfecting cleaner:

Ingredients:
1 Cup distilled white vinegar
1 quart clean hot water
1 tablespoon mild, natural soap
20-30 drops essential oils

Consider the following or a combination of the following; Citrus Bliss, On Guard, Purify, melaleuca, white fir, eucalyptus, oregano, lavender, lemon, rosemary.

Mix in a small bucket or container, use generously. Will effectively clean, kill germs and sanitize.

Dishwasher:

A few drops of oil may be added to the dishwasher to help disinfect and sanitize. Some popular oils are On Guard™, Citrus Bliss™, wild orange, lemon, and peppermint.

Sanitary Toothbrush:

*Terrible germs build up on toothbrushes. It makes average brushing a scary thought. You can be sure that your brush is free from spreading any germs, pathogens or fungi by storing your toothbrush in this mixture.

Appx ¼ - ½ cup of filtered or distilled water 7 drops On Guard
Fill a small glass with the ingredients. Use your toothbrush to mix or agitate the ingredients well. Leave your toothbrush in the mixture over night. Refresh the mixture every few days.

Hard floor cleaner:

*This will clean, disinfect rid the floor or mold, fungi, repel spiders and ants and leave whatever unique aroma you use.

To clean hard floors, add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to a bucket (appx 1 gallon) of warm filtered water. Then add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Many are suitable, choose your favorite(s): Lemon, white fir, melaleuca, cassia, On Guard™ or Purify™. Also consider the powerful antiseptic properties of Oregano essential oil. If the floor is especially dirty, you can add several drops of mild dishwashing soap.

Aromatic carpet freshener:

1 box baking soda
1 empty and cleaned potato chip canister
hand-held hole punch
15-20 drops essential oils

Clean out an empty "Pringles" type potato chip canister. Take a hole punch and punch out five or six holes in the plastic lid. Sift the baking soda into a glass mixing bowl to break up any clumps. Mix essential oils of your choice into bowl, mixing well with fork so that baking soda takes on the scent of the oils. Pour the mixture into canister and replace plastic lid (with the holes on top). Sprinkle onto carpet and let sit, then vacuum for a sweet and clean smelling, fresh carpet.

Carpet sprinkle suggestions:
Option 1-
10 drops lavender essential oil 5 drops lemon
5 drops oregano
Option 2-
20 drops On Guard™
Option 3-
20 drops Elevation™, Whisper™ or Serenity™ to set a mood.
Wendy's favorite-
10 drops Citrus Bliss™
10 drops peppermint

Window and Mirror Cleaner:

*Harsh chemical window cleaners are not necessary for clear windows and mirrors. We all know that vinegar cleans windows well, however, no one likes the sour smell. This will fix that.

1 cup White Vinegar
1 cup filtered water
10-15 drops of Lemon or wild orange oil

Mix vinegar and water and essential oil in a glass spray bottle. Wipe with a paper towel or buff with a newspaper. Shake well before each use.

Laundry:

Essential oils may be used to help clean and sanitize your laundry.

Add 10 drops of eucalyptus to each load to kill dust mites or fleas.
Add 10 drops of lemon to help further deodorize and sanitize.
You may also add several drops of essential oils to the rinse cycle, such as lemon, lavender or Citrus Bliss™ to help further soften and deodorize the load.

In the Dryer:

Instead of using toxic and irritating softening sheets in your dryer, place a washcloth dampened with 10 drops of lavender, lemon, melaleuca, Citrus Bliss™, or another essential oil. While the oils will not reduce static cling, they will impart a distinctive fragrance to your clothes. Over drying is the primary cause of static electricity. Remove your clothes from the dryer when you can sense a little dampness. Then fold or hang immediately if possible.

Bed Spritzer:

Freshen your bed linens as you make beds or prior to bed time as you turn down the sheets. Not only will it kill germs and pathogens, it will repel dust mites, bed bugs, fleas and spiders. It also leaves a clean fresh smell. Dust mites live in your bedding, feeding from the dead skin cells you constantly shed.

In a small glass spray bottle, mix;
½ - 1 Cup distilled or filtered water
10-20 drops Citrus Bliss

Also consider a few drops of eucalyptus occasionally as studies show it is effective killing dust mites.

Spray over turned down sheets and pillows a few minutes prior to bed time. Use Serenity™ to help induce a restful sleep. Consider Spritzing closets where clothes or coats are hanging. Or drawers and freshly folded laundry.

Vacuum Cleaner:

Drip several drops of your favorite essential oils on a tissue and place it in the collection bag of your vacuum. This will diffuse a pleasant odor as you clean as well as kill germs that are often found and disseminated as you vacuum.

Vents and air ducts:

Change your air return filters often, and when you do, drip 10 drops of your favorite sanitizing essential oil to reduce pathogens, lesson allergic responses to duct air and to kill fungi and mold in duct work.
Consider: On Guard™, Citrus Bliss™, Purify™, Oregano, Peppermint, Cassia.

Household and kitchen ants:

For small black kitchen ants.
1. Keep counters completely clear of food, spills, and water. Especially sweets or juice spills. Especially over night.
2. In a spray bottle, combine 20 drops of lemongrass and ¼ - ½ cup of carrier oil such as grapeseed oil (this will keep the essential oil from evaporating quickly). Shake well, and often.
3. Spray areas where ants commonly enter or congregate.
4. After spraying countertops where there are commonly problems, you may wipe the cabinet down to get better coverage. Be sure and get under the edge of counters.

Fruit and Vegetable Wash:

Add a few drops of lemon, wild orange, or Citrus Bliss™ essential oil to a large sink or bowl of water. Place fruits or vegetables in a colander lower into the water and agitate for a few minutes. Can be used with several batches. This will also help the food keep longer because it washes off germs and pathogens that can cause mold or rotting. Use a spinner to get moister off food after washing if available.

Countertops: Lemon, Wild Orange, Citrus Bliss, Cassia, Cinnamon, LemonGrass, or On Guard.

*Any of the doTERRA oils are natually anti-septic, but these smell really great on smelly, germy countertops & sinks.

Either put a few drops of your favorite into a glass spray bottle with purified water, then wipe down or put a few drops on a damp towel & wipe down.

Dusting:

Make a solution of Lemon, or Wild Orange, or Citrus Bliss with coconut oil. Mix one drop essential oil with 10 drops of coconut oil. Then dust with a clean cloth.

Fruit & Veggie Cleaner:

Use Lemon, or any combination of Citrus Oils (5 drops) mixed with water in a glass spray bottle. Spray fruit or veggies & let sit for one minute, then rinse.

Use Lemon oil in water to keep fruit from turning brown.

Linen Changes:

When changing sheets each week, make sure to sprinkle Lavender on the pillow.

Sprinkle Eucalyptus, On Guard or Purify on mattress to help kill any pathogens or mites.

Put a few drops of your favorite oil in a glass bottle of water & spray over mattress & sheets.

Cleaning Solution:

Mix: any Citrus Oil (3 drops)
Peppermint (3 drops)
On Guard (2 drops)

in a glass spray bottle full of water...

Once a week wipe down door knobs & light switches, & interior of car, with this solution. I also like to use this on outside of toilets, countertops, or any surface that needs a good wipe down.

Floors:

Use several drops (10+) of your favorite oil & mix with sink or bucket of warm water.


P.S. ALWAYS use glass bottles because over time the oils with eat away at a plastic bottle. They are that strong!

4 comments:

Emi Sumpman said...

Where do you find glass trigger spray bottles? I have been searching and haven't been able to find any.

Cara said...

Glass bottles and trigger spray top:

Maren & Danny... said...

I get mine from aromatools.com

Heather Yates said...

I clean with water, vinegar, lemon, peppermint, and tea tree. Lemon helps get rid of the nasty dirt, peppermint kills bacteria and smells fresh, and tea tree kills mold. I also sometimes add cinnamon to help kill some types of viruses.