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Cleaning With Essential Oils

Posted 9/16/2016

Last week we discussed how to create your own Laundry Scent Boosters and how Essential Oils can help create your personalized scent while also providing additional cleaning benefits. This week, we thought we would elaborate more on Essential Oils and their Green Cleaning benefits!

When shopping for essential oils it is important to realize that they are not the same as perfumes or other synthetic oils. Essential oil is made by steam or cold-pressing raw plant material, so it is natural and very safe for the environment as well as your home's surfaces and a single drop can do wonders. Just be sure to look for pure, undiluted essential oils that don’t have any extra carriers, dilutants, or other additives!

 

There can be a lot to choose from, so how do you choose the right one?   Obviously, scent is a very personal thing so choose an oil that you like.  Cleaning is no fun to begin with – you might as well at least enjoy the smell of your cleaning products!  Secondly, learn a little more about the benefits of the various essential oils and pick one that has the properties that you need.  Here are some of the best essential oils to use for cleaning:

 

Lemon Essential Oil

  • brightens and helps to remove stains
  • antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antibacterial
  • improves mood
  • great for cutting through grease and grime
  • combines nicely with basil or thyme

Peppermint

  • powerful antibiotic and antiseptic  that makes it great for bathrooms and kitchens
  • revitalizing and stimulating {increase alertness and performance}
  • combines nicely with lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, and rosemary
  • kills dust mites

Tea Tree Oil

  • antibacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal
  • good for getting rid of insects
  • works good for mildew
  • combines nicely with lavender or orange
  • great to use in the bathroom

Grapefruit

  • antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties

Eucalyptus

  • kills dust mites
  • try adding a few drops to baking powder and using it to clean your mattress

Lavender

  • antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal actions
  • causes a relaxation effect on the nervous system

Sweet Orange

  • antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial
  • great degreaser
  • good for cleaning countertops and cutting boards where raw meat has been used

Cinnamon Bark

  • antiseptic
  • warm, spicy aroma

 

 

So what about you?  What are your favorite essential oils?  If you haven’t given them a chance, pick a couple up and see what a nice addition they make to your green cleaning routine!