I am always looking for ways to eliminate all toxic chemicals from my home by replacing with more natural cleaners like essential oils, vinegar, baking soda and even fruits like lemons and oranges. Not only is it better for your families health but it is better for our environment. Check out these awesome Spring Cleaning With Essential Oils ideas from Shannon Wallis with HireHouseCleaner! Shannon has got some great ideas that I am excited to try!
Cleaning Your Kitchen
Oven. To magically do away with burned-on food and carbon deposits, make sure to heat up your oven first and spray it with white vinegar second. Add a tablespoon of tea tree essential oil. Once you do this, add some salt to the treatment. Unplug the oven and let it sit until it’s cool. Next, scrub the affected areas using a wet towel. If that doesn’t work, go for baking soda. Repeat all the steps from above, just be sure to replace the salt with some good old baking soda.
Cutting boards. No matter if your cutting board is made of plastic or wood, there is one wondrous cleaning solution for it: it’s called a lemon. All you want to do is cut a lemon in half, rub it on the surface and leave it for a few minutes. To double the power of lemon, consider sprinkling the board with coarse salt. Let sit, rub again and rinse off. This will not only do away with germs and grime, but also with bad smells. Needless to say, you can also add lemon essential oil to both disinfect and deodorize your cutting board. Add 15-30 drops of lemon essential oil to a spray bottle filled with water and spray the board. Leave it to work for a few minutes, scrub off and rinse.
Garbage bin. Empty your garbage bin and sprinkle baking soda all over the inside of the item. Let it sit for half an hour. Scrub any marks or stains. Rinse off and let dry. Sprinkle a few drops of essential oil to keep germs at bay and to deodorize it.
Countertops. Countertops are a very specific issue to deal with. According to Professional Hire Cleaners Battersea the cleaning product you need to use largely depends on the type of material they are. But if you want to skimp over expensive store-bought versions for your deep cleaning routine, here is what you can use. The simplest recipe combines 50% white vinegar and 50% water in a small spray bottle. Add lavender and lemon essential oil for super, duper cleaning powers. This cleaning solution is great for a variety of countertop materials. However, do not use it on stone, granite and marble as it may have the opposite effect. For these surfaces you want to use cheap vodka or rubbing alcohol. Again, mix with water and add an essential oil of your choosing. Apply on the surface and wipe off. Be sure to dry well.
Cleaning Your Bathroom
Tub and shower cleaner. Combine a few dabs of liquid castile soap, 10-15 drops of rosemary, thyme or tea tree essential oil and some baking soda. Apply the paste onto the tub and rub with a sponge. You might want to scrub the toughest grime using a toothbrush. If there is mold and mildew, try pouring white vinegar directly onto the surface and let sit.
Toilet. Start by sprinkling baking soda into the bowl. You need a generous amount of the white powder. Follow up with a few drops of tea tea essential oil. It has antibacterial powers and it will deal with germs and bacteria that your toilet bowl harbors. Last but not least, pour about ¼ cup of white vinegar into the bowl. It will make a reaction with the baking soda. Scrub and flush.
Sink. Apply a paste of baking soda and plain water to the sink. Let it work for about half an hour and scrub away the grime. If that doesn’t do the trick, leave the paste to work overnight.
Cleaning Everything Else
Glass. Fill a spray bottle with 4 parts water and 1 part vinegar or lemon juice. Add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and shake well. Lastly, add lemon essential oil. A few drops will make do. Spray on mirrors and windows. Wipe down with a cloth working from the top to the bottom.
Floors. Again, go with white vinegar. Add a few cups of white vinegar to a bucket filled with water. To make your solution smell better and for those wondrous antibacterial properties, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Option 2 is to use a few dabs of regular dish soap in place of vinegar. Stir well.
And this is how you can spring clean your home using essential oils. Not only will your items be germ-free, but they will smell great.