Are you tired of using commercial cleaning products that are full of dangerous and toxic chemicals?
If so, essential oils are a must – have for every green cleaning starter kit. As many studies have shown, they have powerful antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties, which makes them great natural household cleaners.
But with so many to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start.
So, here are three essential oils that are great for keeping your home looking clean and smelling fresh, the natural way!
Lemon essential oil is often a favourite choice because of its fresh, clean scent and versatility. It can be used to cut through grease, clean flooring and even polish cutlery!
Lemon essential oil can also be great for deodorizing your fridge. Simply add a few drops of the oil to some baking powder (it is recommended you use 2-3 drops for every 30g of baking soda). Place the mixture into an old spice jar or other small glass container and cover with a small piece of fabric, rather than a solid lid. Place the jar at the back of your fridge and you’re done!
Lavender has great antimicrobial properties and a relaxing scent that is perfect for cleaning your home.
Try adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to your laundry detergent. This will help keep your clothes smelling fresh and add an extra kick to your laundry powder. It will also prevent any odours from building up in your washing machine drum.
Lavender oil is also great alongside white vinegar. The next time you are using vinegar to clean, add 3-4 drops of lavender oil. This will enhance the vinegar’s cleaning properties and make the smell much more bearable!
Tea tree oil is commonly found in beauty products and can be great for home cleaning too. It is also one of the most economical essential oils.
Tea tree oil is great for keeping mould and mildew at bay in the bathroom and cleaning the shower or kitchen sinks.
Spiders, ants and other insects are repelled by strong scents, such as tea tree oil. So, even if you pass on the regular housekeeping chores and book a cleaner instead, why not use tea tree oil to keep the pests away? Simply add 15- 20 drops of oil to a spray bottle of water and spray around doors, windows and any dark, hidden corners that spiders may be lurking in!
Top Safety Tips:
- If you plan on making your own natural cleaning products, try to buy organic essential oils, or check the label to ensure the product is 100% pure.
- Essential oils are bottled in a very concentrated form, so be sure to always dilute the oils with water or other cleaning products. A few drops can go a long way!
- If you are planning to use essential oils in a home with pets, be sure to invest in pet-friendly oils, as many can be toxic to our furry companions.
- Avoid using around children under 2 and be sure to keep the bottles out of reach.
Happy green cleaning!