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As much as we have evolved as a society, we now look back to the days of our grandmothers. Our evolution took us to a place where we buy cleaning products that are mixed and ready to use. They smell clean and they clean well. The problem is, with every spray of your cleaners you are subjecting yourself, your families, and even your pets to hazardous chemicals.
This comprehensive post by the peppermint essentials oils experts at Made With Oils will open your mind to the many wonderful uses for essential oils. The combination of essential oils and safe household items will clean your home and leave the scent in the air that will actually make you feel good.
Before you begin
You will need spray bottles with a spray top. Note: It is best to use glass bottles, but they are hard to find. Mix your cleaners in small batches so the essential oils will not lose strength.
You will need water, vinegar, and a variety of essential oils. If the scent of vinegar bothers you, use apple cider vinegar. Also, you can mix in the oils that you like. The solution is diluted so there are no worries of overpowering scents. Do not be fooled by vendors who sell essential oils that are not pure. They make you believe you are using quality oils but you soon realize that the benefits that essential oils bring are not being experienced.
With all the following mixtures use a 1-quart glass bottle with one exception. For the soft scrub toilet cleaner, use a squeeze bottle.
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1. All-Purpose Cleaner With Lemon
1 teaspoon all-natural dish soap
30 drops Lemon Essential Oil
20 drops Tea Tree Oil
Shake well before each use
Use this spray for countertops, windows, showers, toilets, and anything else that can carry germs. This mixture is anti-viral and anti-bacterial.
2. Peppermint Glass Cleaner
Peppermint oil is a favorite and with good reason. The scent of pure peppermint oil enters your bloodstream when you breathe it in. It gives you energy, takes care of nausea, and makes a great glass cleaner.
3-cups Distilled Water
¼ -cup Vodka
20 drops Peppermint Essential oil
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3. Soft Scrub Toilet Cleaner
Mix the following items into a squeeze bottle. Plastic is okay because you will use it quickly before the oils can breakdown.
This mixture infuses the air with eucalyptus oil which is good for sinus problems and healing.
½ cup baking soda
⅓ cup all-natural dish soap
¼ cup hydrogen peroxide
30 drops of Eucalyptus oil
¾ cups of water
Shake and squeeze into the toilet for cleaning and a fresh scent.
4. Sleepy Linen Spray
¼ cup distilled water
3 Tablespoons Witch Hazel (or Vodka)
20 drops Lavender Oil
15 Drops Frankincense
Mix liquids in a spray bottle and shake. Spray on anything made of cloth. Freshens linens and carpets. This mix smells great with 10 drop of Frankincense and 5 drops of Peppermint OIl.
5. DIY carpet freshener
In a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid combine:
1 cup fresh baking soda
30 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
Place the lid on securely and shake vigorously. Sprinkle it on the carpet and let it sit for 10 minutes. Vacuum.
6. DIY – Essential Oil Furniture Polish
1-Tablespoon Olive Oil
¼ cup Apple Cider Vinegar (for light wood)
OR ¼ cup white vinegar (For dark wood)
30 drops of your favorite scents.
There are many wonderful things you can do with essential oils, start using them now for a healthy life.