Well, spring is right around the corner. Time to think about Spring Cleaning! One of our favorite things to do! Right!! Well, I have always loved spring and the weather it brings; and as much as I dread it I do love the smell and look my house has with a good old fashioned spring cleaning. One of the many things I love about using doTERRA essential oils is the ability to use natural products to clean my home. I am going to share a few tips and DIY items for your consideration over the next several days. Happy Cleaning!
Did you know that Americans spend over 5 billion dollars a year on cleaning products, with the average household spending close to $700 dollars a year on just cleaning supplies alone. According to this Web MD article http://www.webmd.com/health-ehome-9/green-cleaning “These products [antibacterials and harsh cleansers] don’t work any better than their natural or non-toxic counterparts, and they damage the environment and potentially place our long-term health at risk.”
To make your household safer, get rid of the risk of household cleansers by making your own at home. They are affordable, easy to make , eco-friendly, and just as effective (if not more) than store bought cleaners. Make sure to check back over the next few days for more ways to make your own cleaning supplies at home and get some tips for cleaning with oils.
ALL PURPOSE SPRAY
- 6 oz. glass spray bottle
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1 3/4 cups distilled water
- 30 drops dōTERRA essential oil (see suggestions below)
- 1 teaspoon borax
Essential oils to try:
A combination of any of the above essential oils would work great. Experiment and find what works best for you.
Some recommended combinations include:
- 15 drops each of Lavender and Lemon
- 10 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Wild Orange
- 30 drops On Guard blend
- 15 drops each of Grapefruit and On Guard
Add all ingredients to spray bottle. Shake thoroughly.
What You Need:
- 16 oz. Spray Bottle
- 1 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 cup distilled water
- 8 drops of any citrus oil of your choice (could use Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Wild Orange, or a combination)
Add vinegar, water, and essential oil(s) to spray bottle and shake. You are ready to clean!
The next time you clean your bathroom, I recommend mixing up an effective cleaner with many ingredients you already have at home. I won’t promise that it will become your favorite household chore, but you will at least have a clean bathroom, clear lungs, and non-toxic cleaning products to make this job a little easier to handle
Soft Scrub for Bath, Tile, and Toilet
Make this in small batches and store in an airtight container. This recipe is enough for two to four applications. This soft scrub is excellent for getting rid of soap scum, removing stains, and brightening your tile and toilet. To use, just apply and let it sit for 5-10 minutes and then scrub. Once done scrubbing, take a wet cloth and wipe clean.
What you Need:
- 3/4 rounded cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup liquid castile soap ***
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 5-10 drops dōTERRA Lemon essential oil
***Liquid castile soap is a vegetable-based soap commonly found in health food stores and I get mine at Target. Dr. Bronner’s is a popular one. Look for unscented. This scrub is also great to use to help clean your kitchen sink, refrigerator, or tile floor .
- In a bowl, combine the baking soda and castile soap.
- Add the water and stir.
- Add the vinegar and essential oil. The consistency should be a soft paste.
- Store in an airtight container.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
What You Need:
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 10 drops dōTERRA Melaleuca essential oil
- 1/4 cup vinegar
Add ingredients directly to a partially drained bowl. As it reacts, scrub the toilet. This combination is intended for one use at a time.
I am going to end this day one of Spring Cleaning with a microwave cleaning tip. This will be your AFTER picture.
STEAM CLEANING YOUR MICROWAVE
This microwave trick is noting short of amazing. You are not going to believe how well it works! Basically, it simply steams up the microwave, loosens up the yuckiness and makes it extremely easy to wipe down. TRY IT!! You will be amazed. I simply can not stand a dirty microwave, so I do this often! I just like the smell it gives the kitchen too. So, here ya go.
- Fill a microwave safe bowl with water.
- Add 4 to 5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil (Or Citrus Bliss)
- Microwave for 5 or so minutes.
- Wipe your microwave down with a clean cloth
Not only is your microwave steam cleaned, it smells GREAT too.
Happy Oiling and let me know how these work for you.