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 same boat as 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 in the 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 stove cleaner all you need is any kind of orange oil you can get your hands on. Sweet orange is my personal favorite though I just love the smell of it, but there are other options out there. To clean your stove all you need to do is mix about 15 drops of orange oil to a cup of water and scrub with a scrub brush. It will lift all the grease, leave your stove sparkling, and your kitchen smelling like citrus!
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 leaves your sink shiny and clean!
One of the worst places for me to clean has always been the fridge, I'm so scared to use chemicals in it because that's directly near my food. For the fridge all you need to do is mix five drops of each; lime, grapefruit, and lemongrass essential oils. Mix that with about a cup of water dip a rag in and scrub your fridge. It leaves a wonderful smell behind, and a super clean fridge without me worrying about chemicals!
Essential Oils in the Bathroom
My favorite place to use essential oils is in my bathroom. Everyone has to admit that the bathroom never smells great, but after I use these cleaners my bathroom smells lovely.
This tip isn't for cleaning this tip is simply for keeping the bathroom odor down. When you get out a new toilet paper roll take your favorite essential oil and drip it on the inside of the roll. Every time you turn it to get toilet paper the smell of the essential oil will be released. My favorite smell to use is either a strong citrus smell like lemon or orange, though lavender, or rose oil work wonderfully as well.
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 recipe is a disinfectant that will work wonderfully for cleaning out the inside of your shower, sink, or toilet. For this recipe you want to use 30 drops of each of the following oils; lemon, eucalyptus, pine, and lemongrass. Add these oils to 2 oz of vinegar and spray it on the areas you want to clean. These oils are great for cleaning and disinfecting, while vinegar is great for wiping away build up.
Essential Oils in the Living Room
The living room is one of the worst places in my house for chemicals to be because most of my family is allergic to them. Many people agree that the living room is one of the main places they don't want harmful chemicals because that's where their pets or kids usually stay, though after you read this section you can say bye bye to worrying about what effects these chemicals will have.
The first item on this list is a carpet cleaner because we all know vacuuming just sometimes doesn't get pet odors out of the carpet. All you need to do for this is combine about 20 drops lavender and 20 drops grapefruit and mix it with about an ounce of baking soda. The two oils listed are optional you can use any two you want that's just my favorite because the lavender leaves a nice soothing smell and citrus is one of the best scents for covering and eliminating odors.
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 for Laundry
There's a lot of people out there who are allergic to most commercial cleaners, and the ones that don't bother them break the bank. Essential oils are a wonderful thing to add to your laundry to help keep your skin safe from the soaps.
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. When doing this you want to make sure you use an organic brand that won't hurt your skin, or make some handmade laundry detergent to add it to. I use lavender in this recipe because lavender is very healing to your skin and it's such a relaxing smell to have on your clothing.
Other Uses for Essential Oils
Essential oils can be used for just about anything in your everyday life. I personally make my own soaps and lotions with essential oils that are just wonderful for my skin. I do have a few articles for soap making full of different recipes for different skill levels of soap making.
Another thing essential oil is good for is gardening. Animals hate the smell of mint, but you can't plant mint near your garden because it takes everything over and kills your other produce. However you can take 30 drops of peppermint, or spearmint oil and spray it on all of your plants. The animals won't eat it anymore because of the smell, you can also spray it along the outside of your garden!