These days it’s more important than ever to avoid as many germs as possible, keep surfaces clean. Now only that many of us have more time on our hands than we know what to do with.
So lately I have been playing around with different essential oils to create my own cleaners in an effort to eliminate more products in our home that contain synthetic substances, preservatives, and other harmful ingredients,.
I have learned that different essential oils will have different effects on your home kara(?!).
For example,.. grapefruit an peppermint. will be uplifting, while eucalyptus and geranium will be calming.
But here are which essential oils many people claim to be the absolute best essential oils to use for cleaning…(and in the next post, we will be looking at different recipes using these essential oils to make your own cleaning proeducts.)
Cinnamon is great to use around the home because it is naturally antibacterial and antiseptic…meaning that it helps fight mold, viruses, bacteria, mildew, and fungi.
Cinnamon acts as a natural pest control agent, air freshener, and home deodorizer.
Not only that using cinnamon essential oil can help with many you out emotionally and physically…helping you with such problems as…
No wonder cinnamon has been considered one of the world’s oldest and most valuable spices throughout history….in fact ever since the time of Ancient Egyptians. Cinnamon has been revered as a spice bringing protection and prosperity, good fortune and wealth.
Eucalyptus is a great all-purpose cleaner with a clean smell and anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties….especially powerful for fighting mold, mildew, and bacterial—particularly those bacteria that cause influenza, pneumonia, staph, and strep.
Eucalyptus has been used as a traditional and natural medicine for centuries…not only for the above reasons, but also because eucalyptus has a fresh, crisp, clean, sweet fragrance that can lift your spirits….especially by the Aboriginal people of Australia.
These days eucalyptus ;oil is a popular ingredient in vapor rubs, rash creams, inhalers, ointments, and dental hygiene products…as well as a supplemental treatment for respiratory problems, stress, nervous tension, mental exhaustion, sinus congestion, fatigue, headaches, colds, muscle aches and pains, and asthma.
This oil has many purposes around the home…such as being a natural germicide, fabric softener, and pest control agent, degreasing cleaner that is great in the kitchen, laundry detergent ingredient…as well as being great to add to your DIY “green cleaning” agents for washing toilet bowls, floors, countertops, and windows.
e all know that lavender is the one essential oil to grab if you’re having trouble sleeping or feeling totally stressed out, but lavender essential oil also has great properties that make it a great addition to your cleaning arsenal.
Lavender essential oil has been the most popular essential oil in the world for over 2500 years for both medicinal and religious purposes…medicinally, to clean cuts and soothe bruises and other skin irritations…religiously, to scent the air for spiritual practices and mummification for the Egyptians.
Because lavender oil is naturally anti-septic, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, antibacterial, and anti-odor,…it is perfect for using around your home in many ways…such as a linen spray, ingredient in dish soap and laundry soap, mildew and mold killer.
One of the best-smelling essential oils…a calming, warm, and floral fragrance scent…lavender essential oil is especially great at fighting odors around the home.
Lemon essential oil, which is made from the peels of fresh lemons, can be great around the house—as an APC (all-purpose cleaner) in your kitchen and bathroom, polish for wood floors and furniture, stain remover, disinfectant, air freshener, and refrigerator deodorizer.
Because of its antiseptic, antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties, lemon essential oil is great for cleaning the kitchen sink, adding to your laundry, and cleaning leather.
This essential oil can boost your energy level and improve your mood if diffused throughout the house,. Many businesses use this invigorating, cleansing, and purifying essential oil in diffusers to help employee to focus, improve their efficiency and reduce the number of errors in their work.
Peppermint essential oil is perhaps the most powerful and aggressive esserntial oil available…which makes it great for cleaning purposes.
Peppermint essential oil has a cool, refreshing and invigorating scent that promotes feelings of freshness and clarity and helps get rid of unpleasant odors around your home.
Its antibacterial and antifungal properties make it a great addition to spray cleaners and homemade air fresheners. Another use for peppermint essential oil is for cleaning glass and mirrors, giving them a streak-free shine.
But perhaps the most important reason to add peppermint essential oil to your cleaning caddie or closet is because it is well known as a great way to get rid of ant, cockroaches, spiders and rodents.
When I was growing up, our house almost always smelled like Pine-Sol….so whenever I want to bring back childhood memories of home, I simply could open up a bottle of Pine-Sol…or enjoy using pine essential oil.
Pine essential oil is derived from the needles of the pine tree.
Because of its naturally fresh and clean scent, pine essential oil is great for helping to relieve stress, give you more energy, enhancing concentration, and putting you in a better mood.
But right now, let’s see how pine essential oil can be used around the house…for killing germs, getting rid of mold and mildew, cleaning hardwood floors, eliminating of stale odors and harmful airborne bacteria,
Rosemary essential oil is derived from the flowering tops and leaves of the aromatic herb rosemary…(go figure)… a member of the mint family—and its siblings include basil, lavender, myrtle, mint, oregano, and sage. This perennial herb commonly grows on the sea cliffs of Spain Greece, Italy, and France.
Although most of us picture rosemary as a cute little addition to an indoor herb garden or a windowsill, the rosemary pl;ant can actually grow to be five feet high our in the wild.
Rosemary was considered sacred by ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Hebrews, and Romans,.
These ancient civilizations used the oil for many different purposes….including wearing rosemary garlands around their heads while studying in order to improve memory,, using the herb in almost all festivals and religious ceremonies, cooking, burning as incense to ward off evil spirits and prevent the onset of the bubonic plague, strewing rosemary branches across the floor and doorways to keep the disease at bay….(maybe we should all try this now, right?!)…and tossing into graves as a symbol of remembrance, to promise to the deceased they they would not be forgotten.
Tea tree essential oil is distilled from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree, commonly known as the tea tree, a plant that is native to the swampy regions of the eastern Australian coast and to Southeast Queensland…but believe it or not, this is not the same source of the tea that we drink.
Instead the reason that this particular tree is called a “tea tree” is because during the 1700s, sailors began making tea from the leaves of the tree that smelled like the nutmeg commonly used in tea at this time. These sailors had learned that you could make an aromatic and spicy tea from the leaves of the tea tree from the Aborigines living in Australia and believed that drinking this tea could help prevent scurvy.
Tea tree has a strong medicinal smell, similar to that of eucalyptus, and is great for helping to remove musty or mildew odors, bacteria, viruses, and fungi…as well as for eliminating odors from shoes or sports gear and cleaning your washing machine.
Tea tree oil is great for fighting germs, bacteria and viruses and can be used in many ways around the home—homemade wipes, hand soap, shower spray, all-purpose cleaner, laundry soap, furniture polish, air freshener, insect repellents.