Are you ready for spring? Trees are beginning to show signs of green, flowers are blooming and you’re in the mood for spring cleaning. The good news is that essential oils can be used for most, if not all, of your spring cleaning tasks so you do not need to go out and buy chemical-laden cleaners. Many oils have the most desired characteristics cleaners do but without the health hazards or harsh chemicals that can cause damage to skin and sinuses.
Essential oils have varied properties that include anti-bacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal benefits. It’s easy to get these great advantages by making your own cleaners. It only takes a couple minutes to mix up a cleaner that is good for you, chemical free, works well and smells good too! Here are some of the top EOs to use for your spring cleaning and the benefits each provide.
Making Your Own Cleaning Solution
There are two preferred recipes for cleaning solutions and both are easy to make. Here is the first recipe that can be used as a spray cleaner or for mopping floors. Oils work well on floorings including tile, ceramic, hardwood, vinyl and laminate. Also, remember you can use an oil blend to get the unique properties and fragrance you prefer.
Cleaning Solution for Mopping
- 1 Cup white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon castile soap
- 15 drops of your choice of essential oils or oil blend
- A bucket of hot water
- Add ¼ cup of baking soda to make an extra heavy- duty floor cleaner
Mix all together in a bucket and use to mop floors, then go over it with fresh hot water to make sure any residue is rinsed away.
All Purpose Cleaner
- 2 cups of hot water
- ½ cup white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon washing soda (or borax, or baking soda)
- 10 drops of essential oil or oil blend
The spray cleaner is good to use on a variety of hard surfaces, such as countertops and bathtubs. It also works well as a spot cleaner on tile floors.
Best Oils for Spring Cleaning
Here are some spring cleaning favorite oils and blends to use
Lemon Essential Oil
Just the fragrance of lemon makes it a great choice for making your own cleaners, but there are lots of other benefits too. Lemon can produce a shine that other essential oils don’t provide. Lemon has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties as well as being a disinfectant. One of the side benefits of using lemon oil to clean with is its aroma which is energizing.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Besides the wonderful, invigorating aroma, peppermint oil has antibacterial properties. It can naturally fend off germs. It is also ant-septic and anti-fungal in nature which makes it great for cleaning any room of the house. Peppermint is also a deterrent to many bugs, so you can use it inside and out.
Melaleuca or Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree essential oil is a great choice for cleaning the bathroom. It has a little bit of everything, it helps fight mold which is beneficial in showers in tubs. But it is also an antiseptic, disinfectant, bactericide, and a fungicide. Use it in the kitchen too, or areas where there tends to be a lot of moisture.
Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Orange essential oil has antiseptic and disinfectant properties. But one of the unique things about orange oil is it can cut through grease. You may have noticed it used in more household cleaners on store shelves lately. That’s because it works!
Favorite Oil Blends for Cleaning
These oils are all antibacterial in nature plus they can help handle allergy symptoms that come along with spring.
This blend might be better named, “citrus germ blaster.” It keeps toilets from stinking and can blast germs while offering a refreshingly citrusy scent.
If your primary concern is disinfecting your home, here are a few blends that work great together:
- Peppermint with tea tree oil
- Lavender and rosemary
- Grapefruit, lavender and lemon
- Tea tree oil and orange
- Tea tree, orange and peppermint
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