Monday, April 4, 2011

A Green Way to Clean

Essential Oils are GREAT for household cleaning:

Microwave Cleaner:
1/4 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon vinegar
6 drops of lemon essential oil
Mix ingredients to make a paste.  Apply to interior of microwave with a sponge.  Rinse and leave the door open to dry for 15 minutes.  Wash the glass turntable by hand.  This recipe will get rid of food odors.

Hard Floor Cleaner:
1/4 cup white vinegar to a bucket of water
5-10 drops of lemon, pine, spruce
Liquid castile soap if needed.
If the floor is especially dirty, add several drops of dishwashing soap.  This will clean even the dirtiest floor.

Carpet Freshener:
1 cup baking soad
16-20 drops essential oils
Mix well and place in a covered container overnight so that the oil can be absorved.  Sprinkle over your carpet the next day and then vacuum the powder up.

Vacuum Cleaner:
You may also saturate a disposable cloth or tissue with several drops of essential oils and place into the collecting bag of your vacuum.  This will diffuse a pleasant odor as you clean.

Homemade Soft Scrubber
1/2 cup baking soda
Liquid Castile Soap
5 drops Lavender essential oil and/or Tea Tree essential oil
Place the baking soda in a bowl.  Slowly pour in liquid soap stirring constantly.  Add the liquid soad until the consistency resembles frosting.  Add the essential oils.  Scoop the creamy mixture onto a sponge, scrub the surgace, and then rinse.

Basic Wood Cleaning Formula:
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon liquid castile soap
5 drops jojoba or olive oil
Combine the ingredients in a bowl.  Saturate a sponge and squeeze the excess out.  Wash the surfaces of dirty wood.  The vinegar smell will disipate soon.  Dry with a soft cloth.  


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  2. I recently started using essential oils for cleaning, I love it!

  3. Thanks girls! I'm so glad you're using them as well. Aren't they great?!?