Have you ever worried about the effects of all the cleaning products used in your home? While it may feel good to tidy up, wipe down all of the dirt and grime, and get your home sparkling clean, you may feel as if a chemical film is left on everything when you are finished cleaning. This is because many commercial products are filled with chemicals that blast through dirt, but create a whole new set of issues. Those who use commercial products should be concerned about chemical build-up, air quality, and the toxic effect chemicals can have on health.
Fortunately, there are products you can use that remove household dirt, but leave your home feeling clean and fresh without the dangerous chemicals. A variety of essential oils and essential oil blends can be used for specific cleaning purposes in your home. They will leave surfaces feeling clean and free of chemical residue, and they will leave the air free of the chemical scent of commercial cleaners. Instead, of using commercial cleaners, you can use oils that provide an uplifting, refreshing scent everyone in your home will love.
Many essential oil blends offer the same antibacterial and fungicidal benefits as commercial cleaners. Researchers have found that essential oils can be applied to bacteria-laden surfaces and will kill the bacteria. There is also evidence that burning essential oils will kill the bacteria in the room. Imagine how helpful this will be if you want to clean and disinfect your home when you or someone who lives with you is ill.
Keep in mind, if you are fighting intense household bacteria like mold or counter tops that have been exposed to raw meat, essential oils may not totally do the trick. If you are interested in combating serious household issues with oils, work with an essential oils expert to create a strong, effective blend that will protect you and your family from harm. If you want to rely solely on essential oils for housecleaning, reduce the risk of serious problems by reducing the moisture in your home to avoid mold, and use a cutting board when working with raw meat. Also remember that just like commercial cleaners, essential oils can trigger allergic reactions in certain people. Watch for rashes or skin outbreaks and adjust your cleaning blends accordingly.
To make an all-purpose spray cleaner that smells great, you can mix a few drops of lavender and tea tree oils with 4 tablespoons of vinegar, 2 teaspoons of borax and 4 cups of water. To get fresh smelling, clean carpets, add several drops of lemon or lavender oil to a container of baking soda mixed with Borax, and sprinkle it on the carpet. Vacuum the mix after a few minutes and the scent will diffuse throughout the area and leave the whole room smelling fresh. To clean hard floors, mix a few drops of pine oil with a ¼ cup of vinegar into a bucket of hot water. Adding several drops of eucalyptus oil to the washing machine when you launder linens will help eliminate dust mites and bed bugs, and it will leave your linens smelling fresh and clean. You can also replace commercial dryer sheets with a washcloth sprinkled with 10-12 drops of lavender, eucalyptus, or any other oil with an appealing scent.
If you are ready to cut down on the chemicals you use to keep your home clean, essential oils offer an effective, all-natural solution.