Last week touched on how cleaning can feel like meditation, mindful and a form of self-care. Having a clean space to come home to is calming since our surroundings can influence our mood and affect our stress levels and anxiety. Essential oils can help the calming atmosphere with the scents of lavender, lemon, peppermint, orange, and tea tree oils. Imagine coming home from a long day at work to clean home that as soon as you open the door greets you with this delightful calming scent.
Not only do essential oils smell amazing, but they are also environmentally friendly and have no harsh chemicals. The oils are extracted through steam distillation or cold pressing directly from the plant or flower its self. The purity of the oils is substantial and can destroy bacteria making them great for cleaning. Like anything, research the oils before buying them, you want to get 100% pure essential oils for the cleaning potency.
When making cleaning products add the essential oil last and make sure to shake before each use, when storing the product, do not store in the sun. Because the oils can degrade plastic use glass spray bottles and jars.
Here are a few homemade cleaning supply recipes that use essential oils:
1 cup of baking soda
30 drops of lemon essential oil
In a mason jar add the two ingredients and mix them. The lid of the jar and drill a few small holes so that you can sprinkle it over the carpet. Leave for 5 hours or if possible, leave overnight — vacuum up the carpet refresher.
Microwave and Oven Cleaner:
1 cup white vinegar
2 cups hot water
15-20 drops of lemon essential oil
Mix ingredients in glass spray bottle. Spray and wipe up using a cloth.
Yoga Mat Spray:
¾ cup of water
¼ cup of vinegar
5 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops tea tree essential oil
Mix in a glass bottle and wipe mat down.
All Purpose Cleaner:
¾ cups of water
2 tablespoons of vinegar
15 drops of lavender essential oil
15 drops of orange essential oil
5 drops of lemon essential oil
Put all ingredients in a glass spray bottle and shake to mix it. Spray on surface and wipe clean.
Enjoy the calming cleaning smells as you take some time and clean your space.
Until next time,