We put a lot of time, work and money into creating clean, healthy homes for ourselves and our family. For most of us, a healthy home and environment doesn’t include toxic chemicals but many of us use cleaning products with potentially toxic ingredients. The floors our children crawl on, the countertop where we prepare food, even the air we breathe is a potential toxic wasteland when we use noxious chemicals to “clean”.
There is an alternative to synthetic chemicals and it is brought to us courtesy of nature. Plant essential oils not only clean and disinfect but they smell great too! Studies have shown many essential oils are antimicrobial, anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral as well. Cleaning with essential oils also saves a lot of money!
Below are a few recipes you can use for a clean, non-toxic home.
All Purpose Spray: Add 10 drops Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Lavender, Oregano, Parsley, Pine, and Spearmint, Tea Tree or Thyme essential oils to 2 cups of water, ¼ cup white vinegar and 3 drops liquid castile soap. This spray is a great surface disinfectant. It works great on windows, countertops and floors. My personal favorite is a blend of Parsley, Oregano, Tea Tree and Spearmint.
Dishwashing boost: To add fragrance or to improve the antiseptic action of your liquid soap, add 10 drops of essential oils such as lavender, orange, bergamot or lime to 3 ounces of natural liquid dishwashing soap and shake well.
Hot tub cleaner: To disinfect and fragrance the water in a hot tub, add 3 drops of lavender, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, thyme or grapefruit essential oil per person that uses the tub.
Purchasing high quality essential oils are crucial.
BE INFORMED: “Fragrance oil,” “nature-identical oil” or “perfume oil” isn’t the same as 100 percent pure essential oil. They may be combinations of essential oils and chemicals, or just plain chemicals. Always be sure to label your homemade cleaning supplies and putting the recipe on the bottle is a great way to remember exactly what you did next time you run out!