Spring has sprung, all you lovely people. And if you’re a big spring cleaner, or even a hot mess like me;-), this is the topic for you! Today, I have a guest post written by Victoria Naylor, owner of the London-based cleaning agency, Top Domestic Cleaners! She’s here to explain how we can benefit by including essential oils into our boring ole spring cleaning routines.
Oh, and make sure you read to the end. Victoria shares a few natural cleaning product recipes!
If you think essential oils are only used for aromatherapy, well you are in for a big surprise. There seems to be countless ways essential oils can be used. One of which is a safe alternative to the harsh household cleaners most of us have lurking in our home.
Essential oils are a fantastic thing to add to you spring cleaning routine, not only because of their non-toxic status, but their natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties are quite impressive as well. And when most essential oils are combined with vinegar, they create efficient cleaning solutions!
Here are the main essential oils that can help you with your eco-spring cleaning.
It is used in many commercial cleaners because of its fresh and energising smell. Lemon oil has its own cleaning, antibacterial and antiseptic agents, making it perfect for removing stubborn laundry stains along with brightening floor tiles and vinyl flooring.
Add a couple of drops of lemon essential oil to a gallon of water and use the solution to mop white floors. Domestic Cleaner Kensal Town says the oil is also suitable to be used on laminate as well as wood flooring, leaving them clean and fresh.
Peppermint oil has a refreshing scent which makes it appropriate for purifying the air and repelling pests. Additionally, it has a powerful antibacterial action. Add peppermint oil to vinegar and/or Castile soap to disinfect your bathroom, toilet and kitchen surfaces. It can be mixed with lemon, eucalyptus, lavender or rosemary to create more refreshing combinations.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is famous for its antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties. It is great for removing mould, mildew and musty smells. Use it to clean your showers, baths and add it to musty laundry like towels, gym clothes or sheets.
Orange oil is perfect for degreasing stoves, which is why it’s widely used in commercial stove cleaners. Soak your greasy stove with the essential oil, then wipe it down. It leaves a very pleasant citrus smell.
Lavender and Grapefruit Oil
Lavender has an antibacterial effect and keeps pests such as moths away. Add lavender or grapefruit oils to your homemade cleaning mixtures for a boost in your mood.
Make Your Own Natural Cleaning Products: simple, effective recipes using essential oils!
Make your own carpet cleaner by adding 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil to 1 cup of baking soda. Mix them well and let the paste sit overnight so the baking soda fully absorbs the oil. Use the mixture to sprinkle on your carpet before vacuuming it.
Create a glass and multi-purpose cleaner by taking a spray bottle (or bottle of your choice) and adding 12 drops of lemon oil, 4 tablespoons of white vinegar, and 20 oz. water. Shake the mixture and apply on glass and other surfaces.
Make this toilet bowl cleaner and bathroom disinfectant by mixing 10 drops of both peppermint and tea tree oils, 1/8 cup Castile soap and 1 cup of water. Pour the mixture in a spray bottle. Use it to not only disinfect toilets, but the entire bathroom!
To make an easy and effective mop cleaner for your spring cleaning, fill a bucket with hot water, then add 10 drops tea tree oil and 1/8 cup of Castile soap. Apply to floors.
As you’re spring cleaning, keep in mind that essential oils can be used alone, in combination with different essential oils or various other ingredients. Give the ideas and recipes presented here a try! By involving them in your household work, you’re making safer and healthier choices for you and your family!