How to Use Essential Oils for Spring Cleaning
How to Use Essential Oils for Spring Cleaning
The time for spring cleaning is coming upon us rapidly as the weather warms up considerably just outside your front door. We have emerged from winter hibernation with energy abounding and a strong desire to cleanse the area we’ve inhabited for the past few months. Clearing out the clutter and the negative energy within the home is essential to help put you in the proper mindset for spring.
Unfortunately, most people rely on store-bought cleaners and candles to help freshen up their space during spring cleaning. These products have been shown to increase your risk of developing certain diseases and conditions, but we continue to use the familiar products anyway. It’s time for you and your family to break the cycle and to start using natural ways to clean and renew your home this spring.
Essential oils are extremely versatile. Several of the most popular bottles of essential oil also make excellent cleaning products because of their antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Items like lemon essential oil, tea tree essential oil, and lavender essential oil should all be considered staple items in a home that has a large area to disinfect.
Not only will these essential oils kill germs and bacteria right in their tracks, but you can create these healthier cleaners for a fraction of the cost of commercially purchased products. Are you ready to create a safer and cleaner home this spring? Here are a few of our favorite recipes for your spring cleaning extravaganza.
1. Set the tone with a Spring Diffuser Blend
Open up the windows and put a refreshing essential oil blend into the diffuser to set the tone for the rest of your cleaning. You want to deodorize your home and replace that stale air with something fresh and clean. Citrus essential oils are ideal for helping your home to smell better and feel brighter for the warm weather.
You can play around with any combination of essential oils, but we like this blend:
- 3 drops of lemon essential oil
- 2 drops of orange essential oil
- 3 drops of grapefruit essential oil
Some people prefer to mix lavender and lemon in equal parts for a refreshing yet calming blend. This will also work to freshen up your home if the citrus blend is too strong for your delicate senses.
2. Homemade Window and Glass Cleaner
Instead of choosing an ammonia-based glass cleaner, you can get a streak-free finish using all-natural ingredients. It takes just one spray bottle, a little white vinegar and a few drops of essential oil. A batch of this window cleaner should last you roughly one month from the time you mix it together.
- 2 ounces of white vinegar
- 5 to 10 drops of lemon essential oil or lemongrass essential oil
If you have an extensive collection of essential oils, you may find that lemongrass essential oil works better than the lemon. However, most individuals know they have a bottle of lemon floating around the house somewhere. This prevents you from needing to purchase an entire bottle for one simple recipe.
3. Homemade Bathroom Cleaner
Do you ever feel like it’s nearly impossible to get your bathroom completely clean without using harsh chemicals like bleach? There’s good news on the horizon because essential oils can help you to concoct a powerful solution that will cut right through grime and mildew. All you need on hand is:
- One cup of water
- One cup of castile soap or white vinegar
- 15 to 20 drops of lemon essential oil
This will make a pleasant liquid scrub that you can use almost anywhere. The shower, the sink, and even the toilet can benefit. If you prefer a grittier texture, you can add ¼ cup of baking soda to the mixture and stir. Continue adding baking soda in this increment until you’re pleased with the finished texture and are ready to clean.
4. Homemade Surface Spray
Everyone needs a good quality surface spray for their tables, chairs, and miscellaneous messes around the home. This is a great time for you to experiment with the scents that you prefer. In a medium-sized spray bottle, add one cup of water and one cup of white vinegar. You can customize the scent of your surface spray using a combination of these antibacterial essential oils. Be sure to add roughly twenty drops into the bottle and mix well.
- Orange essential oil: great for cutting through grease and oil
- Lemon essential oil: very clean and refreshing scent, can potentially brighten surfaces that have been stained
- Tea tree essential oil: clean scent that works great to combat mold, mildew, or soap scum
- Peppermint essential oil: fresh and clean scent, great for bathrooms and kitchens
- Lavender essential oil: calming aroma, great general cleaner
- Grapefruit essential oil: clean and refreshing scent
5. Homemade Air Freshener
Do you ever need to freshen up the smell inside your home, but you don’t have time to run the diffuser? A do-it-yourself air freshener is an ideal way to help improve the scent in your home without the harsh chemicals found in many aerosol spray bottles. With water and some essential oils, you can avoid the health risks associated with the store-bought variety without sacrificing quality.
In a small spray bottle, fill it with water and approximately ten drops of a refreshing essential oil scent. Much like in the diffuser, citrus scents will help to make the space feel cleaner and also kill any bacteria that might be in the air. However, you can use any of the oils you used for the homemade spray cleaner as well.
Experiment with which scents appeal to you the most. Customizing your cleaners is one of the top aspects of making them on your own.
The best part of making your homemade cleaners is that you can rest assured they are healthy for your family. Compared to other varieties that have been linked to known carcinogens, these all-natural solutions should help you to embrace a new way of natural living. Mix up a few bottles of these cleaners before you start tackling the spring cleaning this season.
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