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Clean Your Home Naturally: Essential Oils for Cleaning and Purifying

 

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates definitely knows what’s up. Maybe you are like me. You have made some dietary changes in the recent years and educated yourself on organic foods and supplements. You have worked hard to add more farm fresh foods into your diet. You’ve read books and articles, trying new ways to keep your family healthy. You are on the wonderful path of wellness.

Then, each time you go shopping for cleaning products for your home you feel a tiny twinge of guilt. It’s probably not healthy to be breathing in ammonia. That bleach you use on your toilet makes your breathing difficult. You are trying to save a penny or two and honestly, you can’t afford to get the flu. If you are like me, you had convinced yourself that only a hearty dose of bleach and chemicals would be effective enough to kill those pesky petri dish germs that find their way into your world.

Now it’s officially Spring! As you stroll through the aisles jumping on the spring cleaning bandwagon (admit it, we all ride that same train) we think about how we can frugally, yet effectively give our homes the best spring clean of its life. Maybe you have your child in tow or your pet. You glance at the hefty ingredient lists on the back of the bottle of cleaner. A skull and crossbones? You have your smartphone handy to Google the big words. But wait...what are those big words in your cleaning products? And do you want them in your home? 

The Dirty Truth About Your Cleaning Supplies

If you have vowed not to put anything into your body that you can’t pronounce, why are you cleaning with unpronounceable ingredients? In fact, according to organicconsumers.org, household cleaners can be some of the most toxic products found at home. Many of the chemicals in cleaning products are considered unknown and the government actually only requires companies to list chemicals that they know are of concern on their labels. This means that you may not know some of what’s in your store-bought cleaning products since they are not yet a known concern. Worse...if you do see them listed they may not have been tested or known to cause any health concerns...yet. Do you really want to be the guinea pig?

What if I told you that you no longer need to Google big words to find out what is in your cleaning products? What if I told you that you can actually save money, time, and potentially deadly chemicals by cleaning your home naturally? And what if I told you that you definitely don’t need to be a chemist or scientist to put together the staples you need to effectively clean your home?

The Clean Truth About Cleaning Your Home With Essential Oils

The best news you will hear today is this:

Cleaning with essential oils is not only safe and non-toxic, but it is also extremely effective! Oh wait...there’s more. Essential oils are less expensive than the giant pile of cleaning chemicals currently under your sink at this very moment. Many essential oils not only inhibit the growth of unwanted bacteria, but they also are agents that resist or destroy pathogenic microorganisms. 

Essential oils are all-natural cleaning solutions, plant-based, with natural ingredients. You can make everything from all-purpose sprays, hand sanitizing spray, and glass cleaner to a handy yoga mat spray or furniture polish. The best part is that many of these all-natural essential oil cleaners have some of the same ingredients. Once you have your core supply of ingredients, you will have a full arsenal of all-natural cleaners for your entire home.

How to Make Your Own Cleaners

Depending upon what you are looking to clean, you now have a wide variety of options. Remember to try and use glass or stainless-steel containers to keep your cleaners fresh and additive-free. Here are some quick and easy recipes to start your natural cleaner collection. Combine all the ingredients in each recipe into a spray bottle. You can also experiment with different combinations by using the ingredient list below along with the essential oils that best meet your cleaning needs.

 

Double-Duty Disinfecting Spray

½ cup white vinegar

½ cup purified water

15 drops of essential oil (or combination)

Uses: Wipe down any hard surfaces in home including kitchen, bathroom, living room, cutting boards, microwaves, etc.

 

Glare-free Glass Cleaner

1 ½ cup white vinegar

½ cup distilled water

8-10 drops of essential oil

Uses: Wipe down glass surfaces including mirrors, glass decor, windows, and eyeglasses

 

Fabulous Furniture Polish

¼ cup of olive oil

¼ cup of vinegar

10 drops of essential oil

Uses: Wipe down wood surfaces with a microfiber cloth and polish

Handy Shopping List of Natural Cleaning Essentials

★    Essential oil

★    Fractionated Coconut Oil

★    Distilled or Purified Water

★    Olive Oil

★    White Vinegar

★    Hydrogen peroxide

★    Castile Soap

★    Vegetable Glycerin

★    Rubbing Alcohol

★    Baking Soda

★    Glass or stainless steel containers

If you are interested in purchasing therapeutic grade essential oils, you can visit the Herbal Cabinet! If you would like additional information on how to keep your home germ-free, clean, and safe, check out the Herbal Cabinet Facebook Page for more information!

 

Sources:

Modern Essentials Handbook 9th Edition (2017) by AromaTools

https://www.doterra.com

https://www.facebook.com/TheHerbalCabinet/

 

Featured Writer, Lynne DeAmelio-Rafferty M.S., M.Ed.

CEO The Savvy Sentence

 

 

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