One of the most appealing things about using essential oils for cleaning is that they come from natural sources and can be safely used around the entire family. Essential oils are extracted from plant parts so when you use essential oils for cleaning, you are relying on the natural chemical components found in the oil to provide cleansing and purifying power. Whether you prefer to use natural cleaning products, worry about keeping your family safe, or just want peace of mind, essential oils are a wonderful natural cleaning solution to use around the home.
Some slightly scary stats about the harmful, toxic chemicals in traditional household cleaning products. This information isn’t meant to shame you by any means, just to help you be a more informed consumer as you look at cleaning your home.
- Over 100,000 children under the age of 6 are sickened by household cleaners each year
- Fragrances cause respiratory irritation, headache, sneezing, water eyes, ⅓ of substances used by the fragrance industry are toxic, scary that so much fits in that umbrella
- Phenols: in disinfectant and toilet bowl cleaners, are toxic to respiratory and circulatory system
- Diethylene glycol: in window cleaners, negatively affects hormone processes and fetal development
- Formaldehyde: in spray and wick deodorizers, is a respiratory irritant and suspected carcinogen
- Petroleum: solvents in floor cleaners damage mucous membranes,
- Many cleaners are pollutants that contribute to smog, reduce the quality of drinking water and are toxic to animals
Yikes, what a list. Toxin free cleaning is actually one of the reasons I got into essential oils. We had a few dogs at the time, I got headaches and couldn’t breathe from the cleaners and I knew that wasn’t good for any of us. Essential oils are non toxic, and powerfully concentrated, a little bit goes a long way and saves you money.
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Essential Oils to Add to Your DIY Cleaners
- Lemon, Wild Orange: powerful degreaser, dissolve sticky residue, polish chrome, crayon from walls
- Tea Tree: freshen bathrooms and hard surfaces
- Oregano: mildew
- Thyme: cleaning boost for bathrooms
- Peppermint: spiders, ants, rid home of pests
- Rosemary, Purify: degreaser, refreshes musty smelling laundry and washing machines
- Lavender: clean linens, add to laundry or linen spray
- Eucalyptus: add to washing machine to freshen bedding, clean scent, helps with bed bugs & dust mites
- On Guard, Cinnamon, Clove, Oregano, Tea Tree: for when a sickness has hit your house
- Siberian Fir, Laurel Leaf, Cypress: cleaning and polishing wood
My #1 most used cleaner – On Guard Cleaner Concentrate. View all of my favorite recipes using the On Guard Cleaner Concentrate here! We use this for our countertops, floors, carpet, bathroom, shower walls, shower, tub, toilet. So many possibilities!
My #2 most used cleaner – Window/Mirror Cleaner. Find the recipe here! The corn starch makes it streak free! I’ve tried quite a few different recipes and this is the best one out there.
View more of my DIY cleaning recipes on the blog here.
Here is the Green Cleaning with Essential Oils eBook as promised!
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