Friday, February 27, 2009
Common Scents For Safe Cleaning: Part 2
Essential oils are ideal cleaning supplies. They remove toxic mold, stale air, unpleasant odors, and kill viruses, bacteria, and dust mites. When blended, the synergistic effect of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, Eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary essential oils are highly effective against airborne and surface bacteria.
This EO combination is called “ Thieves” because it was created based on the historical account of four thieves in France who protected themselves from the Black Plague with cloves , rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing victims of the killer disease. When captured, they were offered a lighter sentence in exchange for their secret recipe. I use this blend for cleaning pretty much everything from toys to toilets!
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Imagine your fresh kitchen with the smell of lemon and grapefruit or your clean living room scented with pine or cedarwood.
For a calming atmosphere in the bedroom choose lavender and bergamot for relaxation or ylang ylang and jasmine for a romantic mood.
Brain boosters like rosemary and basil are perfect for the office to enhance concentration and aid stress relief.
Don’t forget to spray the pet pillow with flea deterring lavender and peppermint!
Basic All Purpose Disinfectant: In a 16 oz heavy duty plastic spray bottle add water, a squirt of natural dish soap, and 5 drops each of lavender, lemon, and lemongrass or a capful of Thieves Household Cleaner. You will need to triple or quadruple EOs or Thieves Cleaner amounts for toilet bowls, grease, mold and mildew cleaning. Be sure to test surfaces before using heavy solutions. Do not use on varnished surfaces. Shake well before each use.
Basic Room Deodorizing or Insect Repelling Spray: In a 4oz glass or heavy duty plastic misting bottle, fill with distilled water and 20 drops of your choice of essential oils depending on the purpose. Vodka works well for a misting spray since the alcohol evaporates and doesn't leave surfaces damp, but make sure it is stored out of reach of children and pets! Shake well before each use.
Carpet Freshening Powder: Add 15-20 drops of essential oils to a cup of baking soda. Mix well and place in a covered container overnight. Sprinkle some over your carpet and then vacuum it up immediately. Will keep vacuum cleaner bag deodorized as well.
Carpet Cleaning : Instead of those toxic soaps used by many carpet cleaning services or shampooing machine rentals, use one capful of Thieves Household Cleaner to 6 cups+ of water in the machine.
Hard Floor Cleaner: Add 1/4 cup white vinegar to a bucket of water, then add 5-10 drops of lemon, pine, etc. Or just toss in a capful of Thieves Household cleaning into a bucket of hot water.
Basic Glass/Window Washing: Add 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner to 5 quarts of water.
Fly Repelling Window Cleaner: In a 2oz spray bottle add water and 10 drops of lavender or lemongrass. Shake well, spray, then wipe windows down with a damp cloth.
Dishwasher: Put a teaspoon of Thieves Household Cleaner in the detergent cups like you would use soap or add to natural detergent as a germ fighting booster. DO NOT MIX EOs WITH CHEMICAL/BLEACH DISHWASHING SOAPS OR SPOT REMOVING AIDS! A couple drops of lemon, orange, grapefruit, or Purification Blend tossed into in the rinse water(open the door and drop in the water at the bottom of the dishwasher) helps combat smells of dishes from fish dinners, etc and freshens the drain.
Laundry Deodorizing: Great for pet beds, crib sheets, mattress pads, barn clothes, soiled baby stuff, etc. When washer is full of water and laundry add a capful of Thieves Household Cleaner to wash and then 10 drops of lemon or Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) to the rinse cycle. Soak for several hours or overnight then spin out. Lavender is nice in the rinse cycle for cloth diapers.
Happy Safe Cleaning!