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How to use essential oils in your home
Introduction to essential oils in the home
Have you ever thought maybe that the smell of some of the cleaners you use in your house could be bad for your family or your animals? Have you ever worried about cleaners touching your children's skin or has anyone in your home ever had an allergic reaction to some sort of harmful cleaner?If the answer is yes then your in the boat with a lot of other people. Some people are turning completely away from harmful chemicals and have just began making their own cleaners. That can be a little on the difficult side to begin (though totally worth it) though that is not what I'm going to be talking about today. Right now I'm going to go over essential oil blends that can be used in place of harmful sprays, or cleaners. Though if you try this and totally enjoy it (like me!) then turning completely to natural cleaning methods would most likely be a great jump for you and your family!
Essential oils for your kitchen
Now the kitchen is one of the places in the home where the most harmful chemicals are used (except the bathroom.) This is one of the first places I personally began in my adventures in turning my cleaners more natural because the fumes made me very uncomfortable.
For a simple kitchen counter cleaner all you need is some lemon essential oil! Yes that is really it. Just add some lemon oil to a bit of water then scrub up with a sponge. The disinfectant properties of the lemon oil clean the counter wonderfully and leave it smelling clean and uplifting!
For a good grease cleaner there's only a couple oils you need, and that's every kind of orange you can think of. Wild orange, sweet orange etc. Mix them all together and scrub with a good bristle brush. Orange has amazing de-greasing properties.
To clean out your kitchen sink all you need to do is mix half bergamot oil and half lime oil. Mix into a small bowl of 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/3 cup hydrogen peroxide. Stir this all together then scrub your sink with it. It works great, smells wonderful, and eaves your sink shiny and clean!
Now one of the hardest things for me to clean has always been my fridge. I was always so scared of using any kind of cleaner in it due to the fact that people eat out of there. For this all you need is a small bowl of water then 5 drops of each, lime, grapefruit, and lemongrass essential oils. Dip a sponge or washcloth in it and clean your fridge! The smell is great and it disinfects your fridge!
Essential oils for the bathroom
The bathroom fumes absolutely disgust me and the cleaners are made of is even worse. Plus I mean everyone has to admit it they stink up the bathroom from time to time and some of these are great for making your bathroom smell refreshing and beautiful no matter what!
This blend of essential oils is applied to the inside of your toilet roll so that every time you turn it the smell is released. Honestly that's the main instruction you just apply a couple drops of your favorite essential oils to the inside of a toilet paper roll and that's it!
For a good handmade air freshener you're going to want a citrusy sort of smell (citrus covers smells the best) Your going to want about 40 drops of orange, 25 drops of lemon, 15 drops of grapefruit, and 10 drops of cedarwood. Mix this with 4 oz of distilled water in a small water bottle. Spray like you would a normal air freshener.
This is basically a simple disinfectant and can be used to wipe out the inside of your shower and your bathroom sinks. combine 25 drops lemon, eucalyptus, pine, and lemongrass (though lemongrass is optional) to a spray bottle with 1-3 oz vinegar, though you may want to increase amount of drops to 30 is you use over 1.5 oz.
Essential oils for the living room
This one is the worst on my family because many of them are allergic to the harmful chemicals in most cleaners and they have to be kept off the couches, and our animals have to be kept in a certain room. But these blends are great for the house, smell great and my family can stand to be around these without having a reaction to them.
The first on this list is going to be about carpet cleaning. Vacuuming doesn't always get any stink out of the carpet or any musty orders (or pet smells for those of us with pets) but this blend most certainly does that! All you need to do is combine 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oils into an oz of baking soda. Then all you do is sprinkle on the floor let sit for 10 minutes to a half hour then vacuum it up. It leaves your house smelling fresh and clean and gets rid of any unpleasant smells.
The next is for those of you that smoke in your house but want to get rid of the smell (or if you moved in after someone who smoked). For this all you need to is combine 5 drops rosemary, 5 drops tea tree, 5 drops eucalyptus, 3 drops lavender, and 10 drops lemon. Fill a spray bottle with water and add this blend to it. If its a larger spray bottle double this recipe. Spray generously on the area this can be stored and shake well before each use!
Essential oils and laundry
Everyone in my house I mean everyone is extremely allergic to every single commercial laundry detergent, fabric softener everything. It's terrible but lucky for me essential oils came to the rescue!
The first item on this list is really very simple. All you need to do is combine 10 drops lavender, grapefruit, and bergamot to a damp washcloth and stick it in your dryer while you dry your clothes. This will leave your laundry smelling wonderful, the clothes will be good on your skin, and it is a great alternative to the commercial dryer sheets out there.
For an organic cleaner that doesn't have super plain smell just take about 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil and it to unscented organic laundry detergent mix it well and use it how you normally would. Mae sure it's organic though. This kind of cleaner my family could stand but I hated the plain smell this is what I had been using before I began making my own laundry detergent.
What else can essential oils be used for?
Anything! I mean it, basically anything can be replaced with essential oils or things with essential oils into them. I personally make my own soap (bar, liquid, shampoo, laundry detergent) using essential oils. I also make my own lotions, lotion bars, body butters, massage oils etc. as well. Essential oils can be extremely beneficial but anything in excess can be harmful. You do not want to ingest essential oils without talking to your doctor and before you use essential oils in anything that will touch you or your families skin you should swab some essential oils onto a cotton swab and put a very small amount on the back of everyone's hands. This tests for allergies, and it can always be safe to talk to your doctor about anything concerns if there is any redness of the skin or rash that breaks out you should stop with the essential oils immediately until you can talk to your doctor.
Essential oils great for the house
Does not include all essential oils listed in all of these recipes but it has many of them and is a good price for a nice amount of essential oils.