Most household cleaners are chock full of harmful chemicals. The best spring cleaning recipes using essential oils I’m going to share are not only easy to make but most of the ingredients are in your homes already.
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Most Household Cleaners are Toxic
The majority of store sold household cleaners are filled with toxic chemicals (if you can’t pronounce it, usually it’s not a good sign). These chemicals can cause all sorts of problems for adults and even more so for children. They’ve been shown to cause short-term and long-term health issues. Children are more vulnerable to issues especially while they are in developmental stages. The chemicals in these cleaners can interfere with the neurological and immune systems of children also.
Ease of Making Your Own Household Cleaning Products
The basic ingredients are: baking soda, white vinegar, distilled water, *castile soap, colorless, unflavored vodka (or 90% rubbing alcohol), essential oils (including Lemon and *Lavender-you can basically use any essential oil you prefer) I’m going to tell you why I use these 2 below.
Benefits of Essential Oils
You can really use any essential oils you prefer (make sure to check to see if the oil you are using is safe for your pets and you, if you have a chronic health condition or are pregnant). The 2 essential oils (which are both generally regarded as safe for all three factors above) I use are:
Lavender essential oil is basically the Swiss army knife of essential oils. It can be used for almost any ailment. Burns, scraps, sore throat, anxiety, sleeplessness, and that’s just to name a few. I use it in my cleaning recipes because it has antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties and it smells amazing.
Lemon essential oil smells delicious and is an amazing degreaser. Lemon also has antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties, making it my number one oil to add to any cleaners I make.
Best Spring Cleaning Recipes
**Please test a small patch before using on specialty counters or surfaces**
I use these *16 oz. glass spray bottles because the oils could break plastic down, I wouldn’t recommend using plastic spray bottles. If you do use plastic, make sure they are PET plastic and watch for signs of the plastic weakening. Add 1 tbsp. of *castile soap, .5 cup of white vinegar, 1.5 cups distilled water, 20 drops of lemon essential oil and 20 drops of lavender essential. This can also double as a window cleaner. I recommend using *microfiber cleaning clothes to not leave lint AND save on paper towels.
I refill an empty container I have-you can really use any type of container for this and just use a spoon or scooper to sprinkle on your carpet. Add 30 drops of Lemon or Lavender (which ever you prefer) to 2 cups of baking soda and shake it up. Sprinkle a thin coat on your carpets and let stand for 10 minutes. Then vacuum as normal.
This one you can also use any container-I use an 8 oz. mason jar for mine or you can reuse any type of glass jar you have thoroughly cleaned out. Fill container 3/4 of the way with baking soda, keep adding distilled water until you get a paste like consistency, add between 10-30 drops of Lemon essential oil (for smaller containers use 10 drops for my 8 oz. jar, I add 30 drops). Using a sponge (with a scrubbing side) apply the paste to sinks, tubs, and showers. Gently work in (use scrubber side for extra yucky areas) with sponge adding water is necessary. Rinse with cold water and buff dry with microfiber cloth.
If Lemony fresh floors are what you’re after, then I’ve got the recipe for you. It’s basically the multipurpose spray but only on a larger scale. Fill bucket with 1 gallon warm water, add 2 tbsp. castile soap and 50 drops of lemon. Use a mop or microfiber cloth to clean floors. This cleaner does not need to be rinsed off.
It’s definitely nice slipping into calming, lavender sheets at bedtime after all that cleaning. In *4 oz. glass spray bottles fill with 1 part distilled water to 1 part cheap, colorless vodka (you could also use rubbing alcohol but it has to be at least 90% rubbing alcohol) and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Then just lightly spritz on your sheets and pillow about 10 minutes before you get into bed for some much needed rest!!!
Did you try any?
Let me know in the comments if you tried any of these recipes and how they worked out for you.
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