These words “Essential Oils” are thrown around a lot these days, especially around mum circles and those moving towards a more natural and healthier lifestyle. Loving it! So the question you are probably asking yourself is do they work and what is their purpose when it comes to natural cleaning.
3 years ago these powerful, potent and pure drops of oils landed in my hands, I learnt quite fast how beneficial they would be when it came to cleaning my home and funnily enough we have now incorporated them into our short-term accommodation management business all the cleaning is natural.
Why did I make the switch?
After watching this program that was aired on ABC Catalyst, Chemicals in our Lives, it was a no brainer that our family was going to use natural solutions as much as possible. You can’t control the outside environment but you can definitely control the environment that we live in and as a family of 5 natural solutions not only are safe and easy to make but they also are super affordable. Let’s face it as busy mums we don’t want to worry about what is sitting under our sink, we don’t have time to read labels let alone find the ingredients that are not clearly marked on cleaning bottles it was time to get my DIY hat on and seriously I haven’t turned back. 100% they work, you might need a bit of elbow grease but they get the job done and once you start you will never switch back to chemical laden products again.
Ready to dive under your sink and take your natural cleaning to the next level?
Basic ingredients that you will need:
- Vinegar – Natural acid to remove dirt, grease, clean surfaces and bacteria
- Bicarbonate Soda (Baking soda) – Versatile eco-friendly ingredient. It will naturally soften your water and is a great natural whitener and bleach. It also has degreaser properties which is great for your bathroom and oven/stove top.
- Borax – Yes it is safe to use, not when you are pregnant though. Great water softener, amazing disinfectant and bleach.
- Olive oil – Naturally cleans, repairs and maintains wooden furniture put the shine back in there
- Bastille Soap/Castile Soap – Concentrated liquid soap made from olive oil and other vegetable oils. Super practical and you make a lot of things from this.
- Essential Oils – Doterra is my preferred brand as they are safe, potent and I love that you can see where they are sourced from.
My good friend Analisa from Under your sink supplies me with all my base ingredients, except for the vinegar and olive oil. Check out her website as she goes more in-depth with the base ingredients to get you started.
Essential oils for cleaning and what their purpose:
🍋 Lemon >>> Antiseptic, Antibacterial, Degreaser
Favourite uses: Bench spray, getting sticky stuff off walls and benches and added it to my homemade furniture polish, window cleaner
🌱Tea Tree >>> Antiseptic, Antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral (the bomb)
Favourite uses: Toilet cleaner, toilet bombs, bathroom spray, washing floors, and not cleaning related but a must for your homemade first aid kit
🍊 Wild Orange/ Grapefruit >>> Citrus oils are loved in cleaning products as they are fresh, give you that sense of cleanliness not to mention the antiseptic properties of citrus oils. They are also energizing when breathed in,just what we need when we are cleaning
Favourite uses: Once you have cleaned the shower add a few drops to a microfiber cloth and dry it off – smells amazing.
😷 On Guard Blend (protective blend) >>> No.1 most popular oil blend why because it contains all the following oils Wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary. All these oils provide antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties plus the clove has anti-fungal properties which is great for fighting mould in the bathroom.
🌲Arborvitae >>> Antiviral, Anti-fungal, Antibacterial
Favourite uses: Furniture Polish make the cottages smell like they are in a spa and your home not to mention that wooden furniture loves arborvitae. I also love to add it to my bench spray in summer as insects do not like arborvitae plus it can kill off any nasties
🌿 Peppermint >>> This is the oil to keep pests away and smells – Cooling, invigorating and Warming
Favourite Uses: Summer bench spray blend see you later ants (they hate peppermint), Bench spray combo with wild orange,
5 Basic cleaning recipes that you can get started today with Essential oils
Vee’s Top Tips when it comes to cleaning
> Use glass bottle when you can they will last longer
> Make sure to shake the bottle before spraying that way the oils are evenly distributed in the bottle
> Be organised, have everything prepared that way you want head off to the shops for the easy option it will only take you 30mins top to make everything
> Get your kids involved in making the cleaning products they will love it and it is cheaper than running off and buying everything you need for slime
> You will need microfiber cloths, scourer and sponges. Plus a hard brush for the showers
If you are ready to get started with essential oils book a free over the phone or in person discovery call today!
Stay Tuned >> Cleaning Ebook and Recipe card coming soon!