Make Your Own Natural Cleaning Products Using Essential Oils
Essential oils are a great investment for your home, simply because they are so versatile. In addition to making your own perfume and toiletries, you can use them to create inexpensive and eco-friendly cleaners for your home.
One of my favorite all purpose cleaners is a quick and easy disinfectant that uses tea tree oil, an essential oil that has been shown to fight bacteria as well as fungi and viruses. Mix two teaspoons of tea tree oil and two cups water in an old spray bottle and keep it handy during cold and flu season.
In the kitchen, you can combine two tablespoons white vinegar, two pints water, and four drops of lemon essential oil to make a great cleaner for wiping off tables and countertops. My favorite part of this cleaner is how the lemon oil takes away from that nasty vinegar smell.
To make your carpets smell fresh, add 20 drops of lavender essential oil, 10 drops of lemon essential oil, and 10 drops of tea tree essential oil to a box of baking soda. Mix well, then shake over your carpet. Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes before vacuuming as usual.
Instead of buying expensive room sprays, make your own by combining seven drops of essential oil in four ounces of distilled water. I like to make different combinations depending upon the season.
Orange, cinnamon, and clove is my favorite scent for fall. You can also find some nice oil combination ideas on the AromaWeb website. Alternatively, if you can find an electric oil warmer, you can just add a few drops of oil to the warmer whenever you want a burst of fragrance in your home.
Do you make your own cleaning products with essential oils? If so, what are your favorite recipes?
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