It’s easy to keep your home vibrant, fresh and clean without all the nasties in mainstream cleaning products.
In the kitchen: Antibacterial essential oils such as eucalyptus and tea treeare excellent for use in the kitchen. Simply add a few drops of oil to a damp wash cloth and wipe down benches before and after use. If there are tough stains that won’t budge, try sprinkling a small amount of sodium bicarbonate onto the stain and then rub with white vinegar. If the kitchen sink is lacking a bit of shine, try mixing sodium bicarbonate with water and a few drops of either lemon or sweet orange essential oil. Apply the mixture to the sink and use a scourer to polish the bowl before rinsing with water.
In the bathroom: It’s hard to avoid the build up of soap scum on glass, but it is easy to remove with a few simple ingredients. Mix one cup of white vinegar, a quarter of a cup of salt and 5 drops of lemonessential oil. Simply use a soft brush to work the mixture into the glass and rinse to finish.
In the laundry: If you’re whites are needed a freshen up try mixing water, lemon juice and lemon essential oil and soaking the garments overnight. For tough oil based stains, apply eucalyptus essential oildirectly to the stain and allow to evaporate before washing as normal.
In the living areas: To deodorise the carpet, try sprinkling sodium bicarbonate mixed with lavenderor geranium essential oil. Allow the powder to draw out any odours from the carpet for an hour before giving the carpet a thorough vacuum. For tiled areas, try mixing white vinegar with hot water and lime essential oil to cut through dirt and grime.
We all enjoy spending extra time outside during the warmer months. But the warmer weather also brings along mosquitoes. Most insect repellant contain toxic chemicals which can be damaging to the skin and the environment. Essential oils are a great way to naturally prevent bug bites as most insect are repelled by the scent. Here is an easy recipe for an all-natural homemade and effective insect repellent.