Clean Your House With Essential Oils
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The “going green” movement gains more momentum every year. When it started in the 1960s and 1970s, it was targeted at a few major offenders. But, now we understand that in order to preserve our planet, we all have to do our part. One way we can do that is to use natural products that will not contaminate the air, soil, and water. This is one reason why more people are looking to essential oils mixed with water to clean and disinfect our homes.
Before we begin talking about making cleaning products with essential oils, you should pause. If you have dogs, cats, or birds as pets, there are some essential oils you must be very careful with. Most essential oils for cleaning are heavily diluted with water so they are not a problem. But, do not leave the pure essential oils where your pets can get to them. Drinking pure oils can cause respiratory problems. Cats do not have the ability to break down the oils as well as a dog or a person. Try using 2 drops in a vapor diffuser. If the cat does not react, you are probably safe. If you have any concerns, please consult your vet.
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Why essential oils?
Essential oils are 100% natural. They are pressed from plants and they are powerful. Most of these oils are natural antibiotics. Some are antibacterial and all of them are chemical free. People used herbs and plants to treat illness, pain, and infection for years. Some of the plants are mood elevators. Others calm anxiety and sleeplessness. When you use these oils for cleaning, your home is not only clean, it has a wonderful smell and surfaces are germ-free.
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There are many essential oils to choose from for cleaning. But Peppermint is the most popular and the most versatile. So, we will start here.
Peppermint is an antibacterial, and it smells great. Peppermint cleaner is a mixture of 1-cup of water and 15 drops of pure peppermint essential from Made With Oils. Peppermint will cut through kitchen grease and bathroom grime effortlessly.
Peppermint is known to relieve headaches and nausea when applied to the wrists or dispersed in a diffuser. The same spray you are using to clean can be sprayed inside drawers to keep mice away. It also keeps spiders and fleas out of your house. Use the spray in drawers, around baseboards and around doors and windows.
Cinnamon Leaf Essential oil is an antibacterial and antiseptic. This is the spray to kill mold and mildew in bathrooms and laundry rooms. If you are having trouble with pests, a couple of drops of pure oil on baseboards will do the trick to get rid of ants, spiders, and other bugs.
We all know the power of lemon. But when you use real lemon oil instead of lemon juice or lemon scents that they put in commercial products, you will see a big difference. Lemon cuts through just about anything. A few drops in your laundry will give clothes a fresh scent and your detergent a boost to get dirty clothes clean.
This is the best cleaner to have in your kitchen, Thyme is such a strong germ fighter, it kills salmonella. Keep your spray handy and put 3-4 drops in your homemade dishwashing soap. Keep counters and cutting boards safe.
These are very simple cleaners. If you need a stronger, all-purpose cleaner that will tackle anything you can throw at it, check out these mixtures featured in the Huffington Post. Essential oils have no chemicals in them that will harm the environment. They are powerful, so you only need a small amount, saving you money. The scents you release into your home will make you feel good, relax easier, and sleep well. Order your oils for Spring Cleaning now. You will have the freshest home on the block.