Many of us have made changes over recent years to ‘go green’ and leave a minimal footprint and live a more natural and healthy life. Or, maybe you have chosen to simply live a more organic lifestyle. Perhaps you don’t want harsh chemicals around your house. Household cleaners can contain chemicals that can have side effects on your skin and respiratory system, and are a danger to children and pets. Whatever the reason, we’re here to tell you about some safe, healthy, and natural alternatives: essential oils.
Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts from various parts of plants, like the roots, leaves, and petals. Most essential oils are multi-purpose and have been used medicinally for centuries to treat both mental and physical ailments. So, while you are cleaning, you may also be getting the perks of aromatherapy. Let’s get started:
How many cleaning products do you have that are lemon scented? A lot, and for a good reason. The smell of lemon is synonymous with descriptive words like bright, clean, and fresh. TIn face, lemon oil has natural properties that make it effective against bacteria and viruses. It also works well for breaking up grease and freshening the air. It can also deodorize your fridge, help to remove stains from your floors, and even polish wood and leather when combined with olive oil.
Tea Tree oil is always good to keep around the home. Like lemon oil helps to wipe away bacteria, viruses, and germs as well as works as a repellent against bugs and lice. Tea tree oil can also be used to make soaps and body washes as well as fight breakouts.
Rosemary has natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties, which makes it an excellent ingredient for dish soaps and laundry detergent. Also, rosemary combined with peppermint is great to help you draw focus.
Orange oil, like lemon, is a bright citrus scent and works great to cut grease on stovetops, counters, and dishes. Not to mention it’s a great floor cleaner, counter cleaner, and fabric softener to boot.
Lavender is one of the most widely used essential oils. Lavender is soothing and gentle on the skin, making it useful for hand soaps and linen spray.
Eucalyptus has natural germicidal properties that make it great for combating dust mites and other pests. It has a clean scent that can making stinky jobs in the kitchen and bathroom more tolerable. Eucalyptus oil is also suitable for cleaning your mattress and bedding.
Peppermint oil is also great for disinfecting surfaces around the home. In addition to being useful as a spray on deodorant, it also can be added to household cleaners and deters some insects like ants and spiders. Not to mention it’s a great hack to relieving headaches as well as supports focus.
Guess what? Cinnamon is naturally antibacterial and antiseptic too! It is a powerful agent against mold and mildew as well as unwanted pests.
We all know about Pine-Sol, named after its key ingredient: pine! Pine is effective at fighting E.coli, yeast spores, and many other germs along with mold and mildew. And we all know it best for cleaning and polishing wood floors as it leaves that fresh pine scent.
Thyme is its own little gem. It is a strong deterrent against bacteria and germs like salmonella. It’s perfect for cleaning cutting boards and countertops that may have come into contact with raw meat.
Now’s the time to ditch the cabinet full of synthetic chemicals and make the switch to a natural alternative. Essential oils come in small bottles, but they are highly concentrated, so just a few drops are all you need to wipe down most surfaces. To properly disinfect trouble areas of the home, add a few more drops to warm water and let the oils sit on the surface before coming back with a clean rag to wipe away the mess.