Easy Aromatherapy Recipes for Cleaning
What's not to like about homemade aromatherapy recipes for cleaning? You don't have to use those caustic cleaners of today to get thing really clean. There are many other options.
Let's face it, some of today's cleaners on the market make you want to hold your breath for the entire time you are cleaning with that particular chemical product. Or at the very least, use a face mask. I can remember cleaning the bathroom and running out the second I was done to get a few deep breathes of good air.
These natural cleaners are easy to make, save you money, and they don't contribute to any health problems. So scan down through and find recipes you think are doable and give some a try. You'll love the results!
Vinegar Floor Cleaner
1/4 Cup white vinegar to a bucket of water
10 drops Lemon oil
4 drops Oregano oil
Add 1/4 cup white vinegar to a bucket of water. Add essential oils and mop! Oregano oil has incredibly powerful antiseptic properties!
My Favorite Floor Cleaner
1 gallon warm water
2 tablespoons Miracle II Soap (liquid castile would work too)
10 drops of one of the following essential oils: Lemon, Orange, Four Thieves Blend, Red Thyme (for heavy duty disinfecting), Lavender, or Peaceful Blend
Just mix, mop and enjoy the wonderful aroma. No vinegar smell, yet a wonderfully clean floor and a fresh smell in the room.
1 cup baking soda
16 - 20 drops essential oils
To make a carpet freshener, add 16-20 drops of your favorite smelling essential oils (it can be one or many different oils) to a cup of baking soda. My personal favorite is Four Thieves essential oil blend. Mix well and place in a covered container overnight so that the oil can be absorbed. Sprinkle over your carpet the next day and vacuum the power up. (This freshens you vacuum too.)
Basic Wood Cleaner
This particular aromatherapy recipe is for well-used furniture. The vinegar works to pull dirt out of the wood. It doesn't leave an oily residue because the little bit of oil keeps the wood from drying out. It will store almost indefinitely in a jar with a good lid.
1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon Miracle II green soap (a liquid castile soap will work too)
5 drops jojoba or olive carrier oil
Combine the 4 ingredients in a bowl. Saturate a sponge or cotton cloth and squeeze out the excess. Wash surfaces of tired and dirty wood. The vinegar smell will dissipate soon. Buff with a dry, soft cloth.
My Favorite Wood Cleaner/Polisher
1 part white vinegar
1 part olive oil or jojoba carrier oil
Mix like a salad dressing, pour just a bit on an old cut up t-shirt rag, and wipe down your wood work. The vinegar cleans, the oil polishes. Then buff off. Oh yeah, don't forget to shake it up again before putting more on!
Mold and Mildew Attack Recipes
Tea Tree Spray for Mold
2 teaspoons Tea Tree oil
2 cups water
Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse. Let it dry on. The extended drying time is important to kill all the mold.
This is an aromatherapy recipe treasure. You may not need it often, but when need it, you really need it! Nothing natural works for mold and mildew as well as this spray. Tea Tree oil is rather inexpensive and a little goes a long way. When using this aromatherapy recipe, the smell of tea tree oil is very strong, but it will dissipate in a few days, the aroma is not harmful or repulsive, and most importantly, it does the job.
Vinegar Spray for Mold
Straight vinegar reportedly kills 82% of mold. Pour some white distilled vinegar straight into a spray bottle, spray on the moldy area, and let set without rinsing (do not use the cider vinegar). The smell will evaporate in a few hours.
This is my favorite find. And it works as long as your automatic dishwasher works well. (A dishwasher on its last leg might not get those dishes as clean with this cleaner. I've tested it in both circumstances so I know this to be true!)
1/2 cup Miracle II Concentrated Soap (liquid castile soap would work too)
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
3 drops Tea Tree oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
sprinkles of baking soda (read instructions below carefully about this)
Mix together all ingredients except the Baking Soda. Store in a squeeze bottle. Use 1 tablespoon (never more) in the first cycle compartment and 1 tablespoon (or a bit less, never more) in the automatic soap dispenser for standard size dishwasher. Sprinkle a handful of baking soda over dirty dishes and in the bottom of your dishwasher to absorb odors and boost cleaning power at the start.
This is one aromatherapy recipe that gets rid of a lot of "bad air" in homes!
These are tried and true aromatherapy recipes for cleaning. I will continue to add to these as we test and approve them.
Go ahead and give them a try. They are all natural, healthy and will save you a bundle in the long run. Happy cleaning!
Here is the link to The Oil Shoppe, my favorite store for essential oils and other cleaning products.
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