What do you expect the cleaning products you buy to do for you? Mainly, clean! However, commercial cleaning products, relying on harsh and sometimes dangerous chemicals that can pollute the air in your home, are poisonous if ingested, and can be harmful if inhaled or touched! According to the US Poison Control Centers, cleaning products accounted for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures reported in 2000. More than half of those reports involved children under six.
Did you know that you can use common essential oils to replace many (if not all!) of the cleaning products you use? Imagine the satisfaction of a clean, fresh-smelling bathroom that is also safe for your toddlers! And, imagine the satisfaction of knowing that you used cleaning products you made yourself, leaving you in control and saving your household money!
Here are some easy, safe, and effective cleaning products you can make yourself.
For the Bathroom.
Do you think that essential oils might not be powerful enough to tackle the tough germs found in the bathroom? If so, you would be wrong! Some essential oils, such as tea tree, oregano, and eucalyptus, have been proven to work against many viruses! For more information, visit http://www.wisewifesoaps.com/2015/01/antiviral-essential-oils-do-they-work/ (retrieved May 27, 2018). You can review the scientific evidence about these essential oils, and feel safe replacing your harsh chemicals with them.
When you’re ready, try this: add 10 drops tea tree essential oil and 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil to 1 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide. Store in a colored spray bottle (helps keep your essential oils from deteriorating). Shake well to combine and shake before each use.
To use, shake well, then spray. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes while your essential oils work their magic! Wipe with a clean, damp cloth.
For the Kitchen.
Would you love to have a kitchen that was cleaned using safe products you’d made yourself?
Try 10 drops of black pepper essential oil in 1 cup 1 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide. (Black pepper oil has been shown to be effective against staphylococcus aureus, bacillus, cereus, and streptococcus faecalis bacteria as well as e. coli and salmonella!) Add 5 drops each of your favorite citrus oils such as bergamot, lemon, orange, or grapefruit. Shake well before each use. To use, shake first, then spray kitchen counters or sink, let the solution rest, and wipe or rinse clean.
In a future blog, we’ll learn how to use essential oils in other ways to keep a safe and clean home! If you need some fresh, high quality, essential oils, head on over to https://herbscancleanse.com/product-category/skin-body-care/plantlife/essential-oils-plantlife/ and see what we have!