Earth Day; Non-Toxic Cleaners for Your Home

1. All-Purpose Disinfecting
Wild Oregano Oil can be added to water in a mister and sprayed around the house to remove bacteria, mold, and viruses in the air. Use a drop or two on a sponge or wet cloth for cleaning kitchen counters, sinks, stoves; and refrigerators in order to remove microbes. You may also use Oil of Oregano with soap to wash hands or skin after exposure to public bathrooms, classrooms, work environments, or airplanes.


2. Household Air Freshener
Orange gives the room a sweet and sunny scent. Peppermint makes the room smell fresh and crisp. Mix Spruce Essential Oil with Orange for a very effective bathroom deodorizer. You can use a ceramic aroma diffuser or nebulizer to diffuse the oils.

 

3. Natural Furniture Polish
Add 20 drops of lavender, pine needle, or Siberian fir to 3 parts of oil (walnut or olive oil works well) and 1 part vinegar (or lemon juice).

 

4. Furniture Cleaner 
In a spray bottle, place 10 drops of Patchouli Essential Oil, 15 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil, 1/2 Cup of Liquid Castile Soap and 3/4 Cups of water.

 

5. Floor Cleaner
Add 10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil, 4 drops of Oregano Essential Oil and 1/4 cup white vinegar to a bucket of water. Oregano oil has powerful antiseptic properties!

 

6. Window Cleaner
In a spray bottle mix 1 cup white vinegar, 10-15 drops of Lemon Essential Oil, and water.

 

7. Fly Repellent Window Cleaner
In the summertime, wipe down with a damp cloth impregnated with fly-repelling essential oils such as lavender or lemongrass. 2 fl .oz. (50 ml) water with 10 drops of lavender or lemongrass.


8. Insecticide and Repellent
Essential oils and oil blends such as lavender, lemon, peppermint, lemongrass, cypress, eucalyptus globulus, cinnamon, thyme, and basil effectively repel many types of insects, including mites, lice, and fleas. Peppermint placed on entryways prevents ants from entering. Bug Me Not Repellant Spray contains citronella, mint, rosemary, and thyme essential oils.


9. Moth Repellents
If you need moth repellents for your linens and woolens, avoid toxic commercial mothballs made of naphthalene. You can effectively repel moths and other insects by placing several drops of lavender, lemongrass, cedarwood, or rosemary on a cotton ball. Tie a piece of cloth around the cotton and hang it in your closets or place in your chest of drawers.

 

10. Laundry Freshener
Essential oils may be used to enhance the cleanliness and fragrance of your laundry. As unpleasant as it seems, dust mites live in your bedding, feeding on the dead skin cells you constantly shed. Recent research has shown that eucalyptus oil kills dust mites. To achieve effective dust mite control, add 25 drops of eucalyptus to each washing machine load or approximately 1/2 oz of eucalyptus to a bottle of liquid detergent. Instead of using toxic and irritating softening sheets in your dryer, place a washcloth dampened with 10 drops of lavender, lemon, bergamot, or another essential oil. While the oils will not reduce static cling, they will impart a distinctive fragrance to your clothes.

 

11. Saunas
For saunas, add several drops of Sauna Roma Pure Essential Oil Blend {blend of peppermint, eucalyptus and sage is a delight in the sauna or steam room}, in a spray bottle with water and then spray down the surfaces. Scented water can also be used to splash on hot sauna stones.


12. Peppermint Spray for Mice
Mice hate peppermint. Add 2 teaspoons of Peppermint Essential Oil to 1 cup of water and spray in areas where you think that mice might frequent.

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