Spring Cleaning? Replace chemical laden cleaning agents with simple essential oils for an effective and fresh cleaning solution that leaves your home spic and span this season. Essential oils are highly concentrated plant essences. Look for pure, undiluted and organic essential oils. While high quality essential oils can be a bit of an upfront investment, they will save you money in the long run since a little goes a long way and the number of way to use them are endless!
Our 3 favorite essential oils
We love tea tree oil because in addition to being a surface sanitizer, it is a remarkable air sanitizer! Mold, mildew and must are all effectively treated with tea tree oil. Additionally, if there are any lingering germs in your home from winter colds, tea tree oil can kill those germs and restore freshness to your air. Try this homemade All-Purpose Cleaner essential oil recipe from the Detoxinista to spruce up your home
Lavender is commonly used in hand soaps for its pleasant scent and strong antibacterial properties. Spray it around your home for a light, fresh aroma that comes with a potent dose of germ killing. To make your own, simply bottle up 1 tablespoon of witch hazel, 6 cups of water and 30 drops of Lavendar for a refreshing, natural air deodorizer. Since lavender is a natural insect deterrent, make special use of lavender oil in your bedroom drawers, closets and linen closets for moth-free living.
With powerful disinfectant and deodorizing properties, pine is a great choice for use on floors/carpets, in hampers, bathrooms and laundry rooms. Put the antimicrobial potential of pine to work by spraying it on damp towels before placing them in your laundry basket or spraying in the air before leaving the restroom.