Spring has sprung for some, but for others, like me, Spring seems to be playing a game of ‘Hide n’ Seek’. Many thoughts are turning to ‘Spring Cleaning’, and although I haven’t experienced Spring yet, I’ve got company coming and have to clean anyway.
You don’t have to go out and buy a lot of harsh chemical cleaning supplies. You can thoroughly clean and disinfect your home using natural ingredients.
Let’s start with a list of items you will need or may already have on hand.
You will need: Baking soda, Borax, Liquid Castile Soap, Distilled white Vinegar, and rubber gloves.
Essential Oils you will need, or may already have on hand, include: Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Tea Tree, and White Thyme. If you do not have a store near you that sells Essential Oils, I highly recommend http://www.mountainroseherbs.com I have purchased from them for years and find their products to be of high quality.
We may have already discussed some of these Essential Oils in previous blogs, but now we are going to focus on their antifungal and antibacterial properties, as well as cleaning recipes and uses.
Grapefruit (Citris paradisi)
Grapefruit Essential Oil acts as an antiseptic and contains anti-infectious properties. It disinfects and leaves a fresh, warm citrus aroma that will uplift everyone in the home.
Try it in your dishwasher for shiny, clean, and disinfected glassware and silverware:
2 cups Baking Soda
2 cups Borax
25 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
Put on your gloves, add ingredients together in a bowl, stir with your hands to mix, making sure there are no clumps. Place this mixture in a plastic container. Use 2 Tablespoons mixture per wash.
Try it in your dryer. Simply place 2-4 drops, (depending on load size), Grapefruit Essential Oil to a clean cloth and add the cloth to your laundry in the dryer. Your clothes will carry an uplifting aroma throughout your day.
Another way to incorporate Grapefruit Essential Oil into your ‘Spring Cleaning’ is to place 4-6 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil onto a cotton ball and strategically place the cotton balls throughout your home; closets, drawers, cabinets, etc…
Happy Spring Cleaning!
Debra Mauldin (Certified Aromatherapist)
Read more about Essential Oils and their uses at:
The Fragrant Heavens by Valerie Ann Worwood
The Essential Oils Book by Colleen K. Dodt
Spring-Cleaning in All You Issue 3 2012