Thrifty Tip: Cleaning With Essential Oils

Posted on July 13th, 2012 by Discount Debbie

I have always hated cleaning with the over the counter products most people use. I tended to get sick almost immediately after a day of lots of cleaning. The chemicals seemed to go right to my throat while I was cleaning. I started using non-toxic, homemade cleaners and feel so much better about the products I use to clean the house. I also feel better about my children being around essential oils in the air than the chemicals in the other products.

Here are just a few recipes you can use around the house.

Multi-Purpose Cleaner:

Fill a bottle with water and a small squirt of dishwashing soap. Add 3-5 drops of lavender, lemon and pine essential oils. Shake well.

Floor Cleaner

Add 1/4 cup white vinegar to a bucket of water. Add 5-10 drops of lemon, pine, spruce, melaleuca, lavender or tea tree essential oil.

Dust Mite Deterrent

  • Add 25 drops of eucalyptus oil to a load of laundry
  • Also, add 15-20 drops of lavender or eucalyptus oil to 1 cup of baking soda. Mix well and place in a glass jar overnight. Sprinkle on mattress and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Vacuum.

Glass Cleaner

  • Mix in 1 quart spray bottle: 1 cup White Vinegar, 10-15 drops of Lemon or Tea Tree oil, water. Mix vinegar and water in spray bottle. Add essential oil. Shake and use.

Do you use essential oils around the house too? Isn’t it a great way to clean?! What do you use?


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