Spring cleaning with essential oils
The sun is beginning to shine and we feel invigorated again! Here are a few tips and ideas for putting the green into your spring clean.
There is a growing realisation that many household cleaners contain toxic chemicals that can be harmful. However, it is quite simple to make safe and eco-friendly cleaning products using natural ingredients and beautifully fragrant essential oils.
Certain essential oils have antimicrobial properties that can help you clean your house in a natural way that’s free of chemicals. My suggestions are lemon, grapefruit, orange, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree and lavender
What would be nicer than a hint of lemon in the air?
Lemon oil is an extremely powerful oil with antiseptic, antibacterial, and antibiotic properties. Here’s how to use it:
Add a few drops to a bucket of water for mopping floors.
Soak some cotton balls with 5 to 10 drops of lemon oil and place them inside the canister of your vacuum cleaner. Doing this will remove the dusty, musty smells.
Add a couple of drops to your dishwasher to freshen, clean and disinfect.
Use white vinegar and a few drops of lemon oil to clean windows after winter.
You can also use other citrus oils, like orange and grapefruit too.
Need to get rid of insects?
Then peppermint is your friend! It will help to ward off mice, ants and other insects.
Wash floors with a cup of vinegar and 15 to 20 drops of peppermint in a bucket of water.
Keep a peppermint plant by the back door or wipe a few drops of peppermint around doors and windows.
Struggling with mold or mildew around the shower, bath or windows.
Why not make a useful all-purpose spray with tea tree; it’s anti-fungal and effective, and you can add a few drops of your favourite oil for a lovely fragrance. Here’s the recipe:
- Half a cup or a small mug of white vinegar, 3 cups or a small mug of water, 10 drops of tea tree oil and 5 drops of an oil of your own choice (lavender is great but even better is eucalyptus). Mix it in a bottle with a spray nozzle, give it a good shake and it’s ready to use.
And finally… do you really want to smell of moth balls?There is a whole myriad of oils for getting rid of moths from draws and wardrobes, but whatever you use the very truth is that real dried lavender buds are the most effective: moths hate lavender!
And a free pack of English lavender buds to keep away those moths!
Enjoy the lovely Spring days
Your pack will also come with an essential oils safety data sheet and information about the top ten oils. Wash your hands after using the oils in case of any reaction and remember to store oils away from children and pets.
- Angela Deavall