Essential oils are usually associated with aromatherapy because of how great they smell. However, did you know that you can also use essential oils for cleaning purposes? Whether you need to degrease your stove or de-germ the stuffed toys your children play with, here are some ways to clean your home using essential oils. Are you ready to be surprised?
Use Lavender Oil To Disinfect Surfaces
There is more to lavender oil than smelling and looking lovely – the purple plant also has natural antibacterial properties. Whether you want to use it in the kitchen or bathroom, a lavender essential oil can be used to disinfect any surfaces in your house that need a good cleaning.
The best part is that they will leave your home smelling fresh, almost like you left a bouquet of flowers there overnight. All you have to do is fill a spray bottle with water and add 10 drops of lavender oil to it. Proceed to shake the bottle vigorously and then use it to disinfect your home. The oil and water will separate, so always make sure to shake it before using it.
Use Lemon Oil To Degrease The Kitchen
Since lavender oil is naturally a super-effective degreaser, you can use it to clean any kind of greasy leftovers in the kitchen. This includes oily dishes and the disgusting film that develops on the stovetop after some time.
To degrease your kitchen, mix one cup of water with one cup of vinegar and put the mixture in a spray bottle. Then, add 10 drops of lemon oil to make an effective, green cleaning spray. Use this mixture on stubborn food bits that refuse to leave the stovetop. You can also sprinkle some baking soda and then spray the area with the lemon oil mixture for a deep clean. This mixture will leave your home smelling fresh and lemony, all without any toxic chemicals!
Use Peppermint Oil To Keep Cockroaches Away
Did you just find a couple of roaches scurrying away in your apartment and have no idea how to deal with an infestation? Don’t worry; peppermint oil is your savior. This essential oil helps keep cockroaches at bay.
You can use peppermint oil as a natural insecticide by spraying it directly on the roach. You can also use it around the house to prevent it from coming back into your home. To make this mixture, you need to mix two parts of water, one part of white vinegar, and 10 drops of peppermint oil in a spray bottle. You can also mix some of the peppermint oil from soap and use the mixture around the exterior of your home to deter them from entering your safe space.
Use Tea Tree Oil To Clean Your Shower Area
Tea tree oil is an important essential oil to have around your home, especially for cleaning purposes. It is especially great to get rid of any shower soap and mildew that may build up from time to time.
To make a mixture with tea tree oil, all you have to do is mix two cups of distilled white vinegar with two teaspoons of liquid dish soap. Remember, the soap needs to be non-castile based. Then, add 20 drops of tea tree oil to a spray bottle and liberally use this mixture in your shower area every day, especially after you use it.
Use Eucalyptus Oil To Clean Brushes
When was the last time you disinfected the hair tools lying around your home? We understand that cleaning the hair out of hairbrushes and combs can feel annoying, but not with eucalyptus oil.
All you have to do is mix one and a half a cup of water with half a cup of white vinegar and 20 drops of eucalyptus oil. Use this mixture on your brushes and combs and allow it to soak for 20 minutes. Once enough time has passed, rinse the brushes and allow them to air dry.
Use Orange Oil To Remove Gum
Have you ever gotten chewing gum stuck on your carpet or other surfaces in your home? If you have, you know very well how hard it is to get rid of.
In this case, orange oil is the best thing to use. It can effectively break out any stickiness, so all you have to do is apply it to the infected area with the help of a cotton ball. This will loosen the stickiness up and save the fabric. Don’t worry; you won’t have to throw your entire carpet out!
Use An Oil Mixture To Clean Stuffed Toys
Kids love their stuffed toys and animals. They will drag them around everywhere, put them in their mouth, sweep them on the floor, and leave them in odd spots. However, cleaning their toys is essential; otherwise, your kids could get sick and may even contract some serious diseases. The best way to do this is when they are not around.
All you have to do is mix two or more tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl along with one drop of tea tree, lavender, and eucalyptus oils. Mix it all up and then put the mixture in a zip lock bag, along with the stuffed toy, and shake it up vigorously. Then, store the ziplock in the freezer for 30 minutes so that it freshens up. After 30 minutes, leave it out to dry. Get ready to give your child a brand-new-looking, clean stuffed toy!
Now that you know which essential oils to use for cleaning, you should be able to get everything in your house cleaned to perfection!