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.
If you are already using essential oils at home and as part of your daily routine, you will probably love the idea of taking them with you on your next holiday. There are so many ways in which essential oils can support and enhance your travel experience. From easing symptoms of jetlag, indigestion or headaches to healing cuts, scratches and bug bites, as well as boosting energy and immunity, essential oils are a must when traveling.
Life is busy! Everyday there's hustle and bustle and the consequence of living in such a fast-paced world can often be increased stress and pressure, and unhealthy coping habits going along with this. It's likely we've all been guilty of using some not so healthy methods to give us that much needed boost of energy (too much caffeine and high sugar energy drinks). Luckily there are natural alternatives out there to uplift the mood and bring increased energy.