It’s no secret that I love using essential oils. We’ve used them to soothe aches and pains, calm stressed nerves, and help keep our home a healthy haven. Speaking of a healthy haven, I have a few favorite essential oils for cleaning a home, too.
From my school texts, I learned that the average American uses 40 pounds of unsafe chemicals a year and that nearly 90% of these products haven’t been studied to prove their safety regarding the potential long-term effects on pregnant women and their babies within the womb. That’s a scary statistic. After reading that it only takes 26 seconds of exposure to find these chemicals within every organ of the person using them, I decided to “clean up” our act!
Here are three of my 3 favorite oils for cleaning a home.
Bergamot is a mainstay in our home. I first purchased it because I was prone to infections and found it beneficial. But then I learned that it’s considered a natural mood elevator, which intrigued me more.
An antiviral, bergamot is ideal for diffusing during the cold and flu season months, especially by those who are prone to the “winter blues.”
When company comes to visit, I diffuse it to help create a welcoming atmosphere for guests. As a bonus, they may even leave my home a bit healthier, too! Bergamot is considered photo-toxic, so if you use it topically, be sure to dilute it well, and if you’re especially sensitive, it’s advised to avoid sun or UV exposure for at least 2 hours after applying.
I also apply 20 to 30 drops of bergamot essential oil directly to new air filters.
Lemon is refreshing. While I had morning sickness, it was a must-have in my arsenal. It not only kept the air smelling fresh, eliminating those pesky odors, but I also loved knowing that it helped clean and purified the air. Lemon is known as an antiseptic, antiviral, digestive aid, and used by some to help calm nerves.
We diffuse lemon essential oil to clean the air and to help promote a positive, relaxing mood. You can also take advantage of its ability to clear pathogens by using it as a household cleaner.
Mix 4 ounces of water with 4 ounces of white vinegar, and add 10-20 drops of lemon essential oil.
Lavender is a wonderful, all-purpose oil for keeping your home naturally healthy. It can be used to treat minor wounds, help with restlessness, calm nerves, and is also an antifungal and antiseptic.
We apply small amounts of lavender directly to minor scrapes, mix it with a carrier oil and massage it onto achy muscles or when a child is fighting off an illness and wants some extra comfort.
A Bonus Recipe for Fabric Softener
Combine Lemon and Lavender for this fabric softener that works! Your clothes will be naturally soft with the additional benefits of the antiseptic and anti-fungal benefits that you won’t find from conventional fabric softener.
- 1 cup of vinegar
- 15 drops of Lavender Oil
- 25 drops of Lemon Oil.
- Use 2 tablespoons of solution per load.
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What about you? Do you use essential oils to make your household cleaners? If so, how do you use them? Share your favorite recipe below!
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