Learn some easy recipes for wonderful smelling homemade cleaners that you can use in your home, made with simple ingredients and essential oils.
I don't know if it's because I have allergies or just a sensitive nose, but sometimes I just cannot stand commercial cleaners. Still, I do want to make sure that my home is clean and safe from bacterial problems, especially in the kitchen.
So, I've researched and tested some homemade cleaners using essential oils and other simple ingredients to be able to clean well, without dealing with harsh chemicals.
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My two favorite essential oils are lemon and lavender. Lemon because nothing could smell fresher, in my opinion, and lavender because it is the queen of all essential oils and provides a calming effect on the mind and body.
Both are great for cleaning because they are anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral. I have also started using bergamot which is the scent of an orange, native to the Mediterranean, and used to scent Earl Grey tea. I just love the way it smells.
Homemade Cleaners with Essential Oils
This recipe is safe for granite. I use it every day. You probably have heard that vinegar and citrus are bad for your granite countertops, but essential oils are not acidic, making them safe for your granite.
The main cleaning agent is rubbing alcohol. Add about 1/3 c. of rubbing alcohol to a 28 oz. spray bottle. Add a squirt (1/2 t) of dish detergent and about 30-5- drops essential oils.
Then fill your bottle the rest of the way with water. Shake it up and spray.
Citrus Scrub -Baking Soda and lemon essential oil.
Use this as a great gentle scrub for sinks and tubs.
It's also good as a carpet freshener. Just sprinkle lightly on the carpet wait for about 20 minutes and then vacuum.
Find a nice glass jar. I bought this one at dollar general but even a recycled pickle jar works well. Then pour 1/3-1/2 of a box of baking soda in the bottom. Next liberally shake several drops of lemon essential oil, 10-20 drops. Repeat until the jar is full.
Here's where lavender comes in. You are sure to have a good night's sleep with lavender on your pillow.
Use 2 teaspoons of witch-hazel, combined with 15 drops of lavender oil and 4 oz. of distilled water in a small, fine-mist spray bottle. You don't have to use distilled water. It is just a precaution, in case you have any heavy minerals in your tap water that might stain your good linens.
Bonus: Here are the labels I used for my cleaners. Feel free to print them out for your own use.
The natural scent of essential oils is wonderful. Once you try them you will be addicted to them and all the synthetic scents will not compare. And just think of how much money you will save by not buying expensive cleaners.