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Cleaning with Essential Oils

What a great summer this has been! Now that school is beginning everyone is getting back into the groove in preparation the upcoming season. As we move into fall, I think or using essential oils in fall cleaning and for preventing minor health challenges such as colds and flu. Essential oils can play a part in every aspect of our lives.

Some ways to use essential oils for fall cleaning are to refresh the atmosphere and deter airborne ‘germs’ that cause colds and flu. Electronic diffusers are ideal for affecting the atmosphere. Another method is to make an essential oil blend in a spray bottle to spritz into the air. For example, citrus essential oils are uplifting to everyone and eucalyptus oils are wonderful to affect the respiratory system. This room spray may also be used in bathrooms and kitchens as a disinfectant.

Aromatic Room Spray
30 ml distilled water
30 ml witch hazel or other emulsifier
30 drops Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
5 drops Eucalyptus globulus
10 drops Juniper (Juniperus communis)
Shake before using.

In order to stay away from the effects of harsh cleaners during fall cleaning, we can use items that are found in the kitchen. Essential oils are complementary for every aspect of cleaning. Make a basic cleaner or use essential oils in water for washing floors, sprays for the bathroom and kitchen, or add a drop or two to each load of laundry.

Basic Cleaner
½ cup liquid castile soap
1 tsp borax
2 tsp baking soda
1 ¾ cups very warm water
4 drops in total of your favorite essential oils
(i.e. Lemon, tea tree, lavender, or pine)
Blend. Store in squeeze bottle. Shelf life is 3 to 4 months.

 

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