Essential oils are a wonderful thing. They offer a multitude of health benefits (as I addressed in a previous post regarding diffusers and their positive impact on the body and home) and furthermore smell lovely. They also, however, act as powerful cleaning agents that can be used in a variety of ways around the house, and DrAxe.com explains several different combinations of essential oils that offer tremendous cleaning abilities.
- Disinfectant: Combine equal drops of lemon and tea tree essential oils to five ounces of warm water in a spray bottle and use solution to disinfect various surfaces
- Deodorizer: Using the same mixture as the disinfecting spray, add four tablespoons of baking soda and spritz onto smelly sports gear to freshen it up. Furthermore, add your preferred essential oil to the toilet bowl, dishwasher, garbage can or washing machine prior to use to achieve a fresh scent
- Air Freshener: Cinnamon essential oil acts as an anti-microbial agent and when used in a diffuser can purify air
- Baking Sods Replacer: Combine a few drops of essential oil with two ounces of water in a bowl and let sit in fridge to provide freshness
- Cooking Fix: Combine several drops of lemon oil with boiling water to remove scum from burnt pans
- Soap Scum Remover: Combine four drops of eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils with sixteen ounces of warm water in a spray bottle and use as a soap scum remover in the tub and shower
- Pest Repellent: Spray orange essential oil or clove oil onto pests and insects to kill on contact
Aside from these natural and homemade cleaning products, essential oils can be used to create insect repellant, sunscreen, body wash, shampoo/conditioner, even deodorant. Do some research to explore the countless ways you can make use of essential oils in your own own and everyday life – it’s a great way to reduce chemical contact and save money!