Have you ever noticed that ALL your commercial cleaning products list “warning” or “caution” labels on the bottles? Obviously, those labels are put there for a very good reason. The bottles DO contain poison and can cause adverse symptoms if inhaled or touched. Yikes!
Here’s where we can shift to a new concept of cleaning, without worry of chemicals, fumes, or synthetics harming our bodies. Essential oils are the best kept secret for cleaning and purifying your environment.
Amazingly, essential oils are just as powerful as conventional cleaners.
It’s very simple and a lot less expensive when you use essential oils instead of store-bought regular cleaners. The essential oils in this article anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-microbial. And the best part is they are 100% safe and even good for you! Conventional cleaners can’t say that.
Using the highest quality therapeutic grade essential oils (such as young Living’s) is of utmost importance. Poor quality oils are not effective in killing germs, nor are they safe to use in the ways I describe in this article.
Here are a few ways to achieve a healthy, clean home using essential oils.
If you mop your floors
(tile, wood, laminate, marble) – replace your floor cleaner and use a bucket of water with 10-20 drops of Lemon and/or Lavender essential oils. Research has shown that lemon and lavender essential oils kill many strains of bacteria. And it’s completely safe to inhale and walk upon!
If you steam or Roomba your floors
(tile, wood, laminate, marble) – walk through the house and drop a few drops of Lemon and/or Lavender essential oils in various places. Especially by the front door, garbage can area, bathrooms and kitchen. As you steam the floor, the essential oils will be dispersed by the steamer or roomba, killing bacteria, mold and viruses in the process.
If you vacuum your floors
– put 5 drops of Lemon and/or Lavender essential oil on a tissue and vacuum it up. This will kill the germs that get sucked up in your vacuum and also diffuse the oils into your home leaving it smelling wonderful!
To have a clean air environment, get rid of that air freshener that’s plugged into your wall! Its fragrance is definitely not of therapeutic value. Use a few drops of Thieves or Purification essential oil blends on a cotton ball and place it in your AC vent. Both of these blends were formulated to kill airborne bacteria, viruses, mold and fungus. They also neutralize smoke and pet odors.
Or better yet, get yourself a cold air diffuser and diffuse either of these essential oils every day.
To make a chemical free, germ-killing hand wash, use up the remainder of your foaming hand wash and save the bottle. Now, fill it 1/8th full with Dr. Bronners liquid castile soap (or organic dish washing soap.) Fill the rest with spring water. Add 10 drops of Thieves essential oil. Shake well and use at the kitchen and bathroom sinks.
Loose your Purell and get a bottle of Lemon essential oil. Rub 1 drop of Lemon essential oil into hands after using public restrooms. Lemon essential oil kills germs while uplifting your mood as well. What a bonus!
See how just a few changes in your cleaning routine can easily replace a bunch of chemical cleaning products in your home? I suggest starting slow by eliminating one cleaning product per week and incorporating an essential oil in its place. Soon you will be truly “greener” than anyone else you know and probably a bit healthier, too!
© Christa McCourt