Ducks 'n a Row: DIY: Cleaning Recipes with Essential Oils

16 January 2014

DIY: Cleaning Recipes with Essential Oils

Guest Post by July Minor

Everybody is aware of the cleaning properties of items like vinegar and baking soda. Many people ditch commercial cleaning products and use the old-fashioned ways to clean their household as it is safer and less expensive. But a few probably know that they can prepare their own cleaning recipes at home adding essential oils to obtain a more efficient clean.

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Essential oils not only help the other ingredients to work, but they also give the homemade product a soothing aroma. That compared to commercial cleaners whose scent it suffocating and hazardous makes natural products  outweigh chemical-laden ones. Besides, when you think of the lovely aroma of essential oils, the idea of cleaning seems more appealing.

Here we would like to give you a few cleaning recipes with essential oils.

Before you begin...

If you hate the fact that cleaning takes too long, chill out. Preparing your own cleaners with essential oils is easy and fast. If you are wondering how fast, here is an example. Making a window cleaner takes only a couple of minutes to fill a plastic bottle with water, add vinegar and a squirt of essential oil. And that's it! You're ready!

The general ingredients that you are going to need are white vinegar, baking soda, salt, lemon juice and essential oils. You can find essential oils with different aromas like eucalyptus, lemon, thyme, sweet orange, lime, etc.


Citrus Dishwashing Blend
If you are looking for a natural degreaser, we recommend using this recipe.

5 drops extract from citrus seed
10 drops essential oil (sweet orange)
20 drops essential oil (lemon or lime)
Liquid castile soap
22-ounce squirt bottle

Take a clean bottle and add castile soap, citrus seed extract and the essential oils. Then add a couple of tablespoons of dishwashing liquid and shake the bottle. The cleaning solution is ready to use.

Herbal Disinfectant
¼ cup of washing soda
10 drops of essential oil (thyme)
2 cups of water (hot)

In a clean spray bottle, mix together all ingredients and shake well. Apply on surfaces and wipe with a sponge or damp cloth.

Sink Scrubber
8 drops of essential oil (tea tree, eucalyptus or rosemary)
¼ cup of baking soda
¼ cup of washing soda
¾ cup of vinegar

Use an airtight container. Add baking soda, washing soda and essential oil. Be sure to shake well. The solution is ready to use. You need to sprinkle a little into the sink, then scrub and rinse with vinegar. After that, rinse again, this time with water to remove any remaining vinegar.

Dishwasher Powder
1 cup of baking soda
3 cups of washing soda

Pick up a container with a lid. Mix all ingredients together and store in the container. This solution can be used in the future. To clean your dishwasher's soap compartment, use 1½ to 2 tablespoons of the mixture.

Toilet Cleaner
If you need a good natural cleaner that can remove all the grime and germs from the toilet, use this recipe. You can make the toilet and behind and under the seat perfect clean with this mixture.

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10 drops of essential oil (peppermint of eucalyptus)
1 tablespoon of essential oil ( tea tree)
¼ cup of castile soap (liquid)
2 cups of water

In a spray bottle, mix well all ingredients. Shake the bottle. Next, apply on the toilet surface. Use a sponge or a damp cloth to wipe clean.

Author Bio: July Minor loves cleaning and healthy living. She works a part time job for Domestic Clean London and all the readers can be sure that her advice is really good.

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