by Annalisa Fredrickson
It’s that time of year! Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and temperatures are rising. This is a perfect time for spring-cleaning your home. Clear away dust and clutter, donate things you don’t need, and start the warm months off with a clean slate. But, before leaving your computer or phone to clean, think for a minute, what kind of cleaners are you using? Cleaning with chemicals exposes you and your family to toxins that can be harmful to you and your family’s health.
This year, maybe it’s time to try something new? Making your own cleaning supplies with essential oils and common household items is an inexpensive, sustainable way to keep your home clean and fresh smelling. Essential oils are naturally anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and are all-around super cleaners! You might be thinking that making your own cleaning supplies will be time consuming or expensive, but it is quite the opposite. These recipes don’t require a lot of ingredients, just some essential oils, spray bottles, and a few common household ingredients. Wear gloves so the oils don’t cause irritations.
Tile Floor Cleaner:
Use this to mop tile floors. Don’t use on a wood floor.
Tub and Tile:
Mix together. Sprinkle on tub and tile and scrub.
First add the baking soda and essential oils to the toilet bowl. Then pour in the vinegar. Scrub as the mixture fizzles.
10 drops lemongrass essential oil
3 T white vinegar
2 cups water
Add to a spray bottle, shake and spray on glass. Use newspaper for a streak free clean.
All Purpose Disinfectant:
Pour into a spray bottle and use as a disinfectant to wipe hard surfaces such as in the kitchen and bathroom.
Wooden Cutting Board:
Add 5 drops of lemon essential oil to ¼ cup of salt and scrub the board.
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