Spring Cleaning – Part 1
Spring has sprung and many thoughts are turning to ‘Spring Cleaning’. Remember, 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.
For the purpose of this article, we are going to focus on the antifungal and antibacterial properties of essential oils, 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)
Please support my work by purchasing all your aromatherapy needs at:
The Fragrant Heavens by Valerie Ann Worwood
The Essential Oils Book by Colleen K. Dodt
Spring-Cleaning in All You Issue 3 2012