We’ve already spoken about how you could replace toxic household cleaners with natural homemade cleaning agents made from Baking Soda, Vodka, and Vinegar. Though these cleaning agents are great and highly effective, they lack the fragrance you get from synthetic cleaners. In some cases, they may also have a strong smell – like in the case of Vinegar, making it difficult for some of us to use them (though the smell does evaporate shortly after use). This is where the goodness of Essential oils come in. Not only does it add a great fragrance, Essential oils are great at killing bacteria, removing stains, and even cleaning.
Here’s how you can use some of them effectively:
- Lemon Essential Oil: Lemon is known for its antibacterial, antiviral, and bleaching properties. Add a few drops of this oil to your homemade cleaning agent for cleaning and mopping your floor, disinfect it and for ridding it of stains. Add it to your regular clothes washing cycle to brighten white clothes. To make your own laundry detergent read here.
- Tea Tree Oil: This one’s known for its extra disinfectant and antifungal property. Use it to wash heavily soiled baby clothes, like diapers, for complete cleaning. Additionally, you can use it to get rid of mold/mildew from tiles in bathrooms/ kitchen area etc. Just add a few drops of it to a small spray bottle with Vinegar in it, and spray onto the mold and wipe with a clean damp cloth.
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil: This one’s an all rounder due to its antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and deodorizing properties. It is also a great grease cutter – add a few drops of it to your kitchen-cleaning agent and spray onto greasy gas tops and wipe off with a clean cloth. It also works well in warding off silverfish and moths. All you need to do is spray some of it on the insides of your cupboard or wipe the insides with a damp cloth drizzled with a few drops of Eucalyptus oil. Additionally, use it to for disinfecting toilets or floors or as an air freshener.
- Peppermint Essential Oil: This natural deodorant, antibacterial oil spreads a cooling fragrance in the air. It’s also great at keeping spiders and ants at bay. All you need to do is add a few drops of this to a bottle of water and spray it into crevices where you see ants. Or put a few drops of it in the crevice that ants are using to enter your home.
In addition to household cleaning, these oils are also great when used for personal well being and personal care. You can read our post on the same here. If you use Essential oils at home in any other ways than mentioned above, please do share them with us ☺. We’d love to hear.