It’s no secret that we love our essential oils, we love the smell, we love the health benefits, we love the way they make us feel AND we love them for cleaning.
By using essential oils to clean your house you’re not only saving the environment (by not using toxic and harsh chemicals), but you are also going to save yourself quite a bit of money. Plus, did we mention that they actually work, really they do!
Essential oils have been around for thousands of years, they are even referred to in the Bible. They are amazing (as we keep saying) lol!
Some Facts For You To Ponder…
- Most household cleaners contain toxic chemicals. These chemicals can cause an array of medical issues and have been linked to cancer, asthma and more.
- What we tip down our drains goes into our waterways. This kills marine life, pollutes our waterways and in some cases has catastrophic effects on the fish supplies…
- Children are often more susceptible to chemical exposure from cleaning products than adults.
- According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside a typical home is 200–500 percent more polluted than the air outside mainly due to toxic household cleaning products.
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The Best Of The Best
Before buying an essential oil you want to make sure that it is of the highest quality and definitely not synthetic, this is why we have chosen doTERRA.
When you choose doTERRA, you are choosing essential oils that have been gently and carefully distilled from plants harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy.
Each doTERRA essential oil is also carefully and thoroughly tested using the strict Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® (CPTG) quality protocol. Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognise the superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade doTERRA essential oils.
Picking FIVE oils was hard but we’ve done it – only just!
So What Are Our Top Five Oils For Cleaning?
Eucalyptus – Peppermint – Lemon – Wild Orange – Tea Tree
Around The Home
- Ants hate peppermint – drop around your kitchen bench and wipe with a clean, damp cloth. (This is also great to take on picnics – put in a spray bottle with some water and spray around the picnic blanket).
- Tea Tree is fantastic at removing mould. Mix a few drops in a spray bottle with some vinegar and use on
your outdoor furniture. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
- Wipe Peppermint Oil over the window and door frames to keep spiders at bay.
- Use a cloth soaked in Lemon oil to preserve and protect your leather furniture or garments.
- Fill a spray bottle with vodka and add a few drops of Eucalyptus. Lightly spray over your mattress and pillows when changing the sheets. The alcohol will dry quickly and you’ll be left with nicely deodorised mattresses and underlays.
- Add a few drops of Eucalyptus to your vacuum cleaner filter or bag. This will help purify the air and your vacuum cleaner.
- Wipe out draws with Eucalyptus or Lemon to keep them smelling fresh.
- Add a few drops of Tea Tree and Lemon to your water before mopping the floors.
- Purify the air by diffusing 4 drops of lemon in your diffuser.
- Mix together 1/2 cup bicarb soda and a few drops of Wild Orange, then sprinkle around your carpets to naturally deodorise them. Leave for 5 minutes then vacuum.
- Disinfect the chopping boards – Mix 1 tablespoon each of salt and bicarb and 5 drops of Lemon oil and scrub your chopping boards clean. Rinse well.
- Lemon oil is also a great remedy for the early stages of tarnish on silver and other metals.
- Add a few drops of Lemon or Wild Orange to some bicarb and sit in the fridge, for a fresh, clean smell.
- Deodorise your dishwasher – apply a few drops of either Lemon, Wild Orange or Peppermint to a clean cloth and wipe out the dishwasher.
- Place a small bowl of water with 4 drops of Lemon in your microwave and cook on high for 3 minutes. You’ll be able to wipe your microwave beautifully clean with ease.
- Sprinkle bicarb soda all over your sink, along with a few drops of Lemon and/or Wild Orange. Tip over some white vinegar and scrub your sink clean.
- Freshen up your dish cloths – we like using the cloths that you can reuse over and over again. But after a while, even these get smelly. Freshen them up by placing them in a sink of warm water with 5 drops each of Tea Tree, Lemon and Peppermint. Rinse well and allow to dry.
- Clean out the sink drains – pour half a cup bicarb down the drain. Add 15 drops Eucalyptus Oil and allow to rest for a few minutes. Then pour down 1 cup white vinegar and rinse with boiling hot water (boil a full kettle and pour this down the drain).
- Add 10 drops of lemon and 2 tblsp citric acid into your kettle. Fill with water and boil. Discard contents and rinse with water. You’ll have a lovely clean kettle.
- Place a few drops of Wild Orange in warm soapy water and clean the grease off your rangehood.
- Add 15 drops each of Wild Orange and Lemon to your homemade laundry powder for an extra fresh, clean smell.
- Use Tea Tree to deodorise the pet blankets. Add 10 drops to the washing machine rinse cycle.
- Add a few drops of Eucalyptus to your linen wash. The smell is divine and eucalyptus has a calming effect, to assist in a good nights sleep.
- Add a few drops of Lemon to your towel wash. The smell of Lemon is uplifting and will make your towels smell lovely and fresh.
- Remove stubborn sweat smells by soaking effected clothes in a bucket of warm water, 1 cup white vinegar and 10 drops of Wild Orange. Leave to soak overnight, then wash as per normal.
- Add 20 drops of Lemon with 2 cups white vinegar and 1 cup bicarb soda to your empty washing machine. Let it go through a normal wash cycle to clean out your washing machine.
- Freshen up the linen cupboard by mixing up 2 tablespoons vodka, 2 cups distilled water and 10 drops each of Lemon, Wild Orange and Peppermint. Spray as needed over your linen.
- Make your own fabric softener – Use 1 cup vinegar and 10 drops Wild Orange (or oil of choice) and add in the final rinse cycle.
- Stain Remover – Sprinkle the stain with some bicarb soda, add a few drops of Eucalyptus and pour over some white vinegar. Allow to bubble up, then wash as per normal.
- Make your own dryer sheets. Into an airtight glass jar mix 1/2 cup vinegar, 10 drops Tea Tree. Add as many thin cotton cloths as will fit (chux clothes, old face washers or even cut up old t-shirts work perfectly for this). Wring well before using and add to the dryer. Then place back into the jar to use again and again. The vinegar stops the clothe from getting too static.
Bathroom/Toilets and more
- Make your own Multi Purpose Cleaning Spray – add 15 drops of Peppermint, Lemon and Wild Orange oils to a spray bottle filled with white vinegar.
- Leave your toilet smelling clean and fresh by wiping all over with a few drops of Wild Orange. Then add a few extra drops into the cistern. Flush as necessary.
- Make your own mould and mildew spray by mixing 2 cups white vinegar, 20 drops Tea Tree oil and 10 drops Wild Orange. Shake well before use. Spray over effected area and wipe clean with a damp cloth.
- Clean your bathroom tiles and grout – mix of 1 cup white vinegar, 1 cup distilled water, 1 tablespoon dish washing liquid and 5 drops Tea Tree oil. Spray and wipe clean (or scrub with a brush if necessary). Then wipe away any dirty residue with a clean damp cloth.
- Toilet bowl cleaner – sprinkle inside the toilet bowl with some bicarb soda and 5 drops Wild Orange. Add 1/2 cup vinegar and scrub clean. Flush to rinse.
- Give your mirrors the best clean ever by mixing 2 cups distilled water, 3 tablespoons vinegar and 10 drops lemon. Shake well before use, spray over mirrors and dry with a lint free cloth.
- Clean your spa bath by filling with enough water to cover the spouts. Add 500ml white vinegar, 1 cup bicarb soda and 20 drops Eucalyptus Oil. Turn on the spa and allow to run for 5 minutes, giving it a good clean out. Empty water and wipe away and dirty residue with a clean cloth.
- Give your makeup brushes a good clean by mixing 10 drops Eucalyptus oil and one teaspoon liquid castile soap (or any pure soap) in a sink filled with warm water. Clean the brushes, rinse well and place in the sun to dry.
- Keep those nits at bay by mixing in a spray bottle 10 drops Tea Tree oil and fill with distilled water. Use to dampen the hair each morning. Then style as normal.
- Clean and steralise the hairbrushes – remove any excess hair and place in a bowl filled with hot water and 10 drops Tea Tree oil. Leave to soak till the water goes cold. Rinse and allow to dry before using.
To learn more about the amazing benefits of doTERRA essential oils and to find out how to save 25% of the retail price, please have read of our Essential Oils tab on our website or click here.
Happy Cleaning! Tracey & Jo x