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 recipes using essential oils and other simple ingredients to be able to clean well, without dealing with harsh chemicals.
Homemade Cleaners with Essential Oils
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 to the mind and body. Both are great for cleaning, because they are anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral. I had also started using bergamot which is the scent of an orange native to the Mediterranean and used to scent Earl Grey tea.
This recipe is safe for granite. I use it everyday. 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 few drops of dish detergent and 1/2 teaspoon, of the essential oil which is about 50 drops. Then top with water, around 3 cups. Shake it up and spray. If the alcohol scent is too strong, just add more essential oil. I’ve been using bergamot because I love the way it smells.
Use in sinks, tubs and as a carpet freshener. Just sprinkle lightly on the carpet, and then vacuum.
Ingredients: Baking Soda and lemon essential oil.
Just 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 I liberally shake several drops of lemon essential oil, 10-20 drops. Then repeat.
Here’s where the lavender comes in. You are sure to have a good night’s sleep with lavender on your pillow. This also makes a nice room or even body spray. 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.
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. Oh, and I almost forgot, think of how much money you will save by not buying expensive cleaners.