Essential oils are not only used for their aromatic qualities but also for various other uses, like cleaning your house!
I usually get migraines and I love putting some drops of eucalyptus or lavender oil in my humidifier and it magically lulls me to sleep. But aside from being my migraine reliever, eucalyptus and lavender oils have a lot of different uses and that’s why I love them so much.
Here are some essential oils you can use to clean the house:
Aside from being a good ingredient for soups, casseroles and sauteed vegetables, thyme is a good herb for keeping away pests like beetles. Also thyme is believed to be effective against salmonella, so you can add some drops of thyme oil into your utensils that have had contact with raw meat.
Pine oil is a pretty famous ingredient for commercial cleansers (hello Pine-O-Cleen), for soaps, detergents and for various pharmaceutical preparations. Pine is also found in nasal decongestants, ointments, pain relievers and in cough and cold medicines.
Pine oil is known to be effective at killing yeast spores, E.coli and other household germs. Pine is perfect for cleaning grimy tiles and floors. It is also a great insect repellent. To keep away bugs from your closet, pour 10 drops of pine oil on tiny pieces of untreated wood and place it on drawers and closets. Putting four drops of pine oil into a cup of water and spraying it into a room can eliminate the smell of stale air and cigarettes.
Peppermint oil has a lot of uses around the home. Because of its fresh, cool scent and antibacterial properties, it is usually added to cleaning sprays and deodorizers. It can also repel ants and spiders – all you need do is mix 10-15 drops with a cup of water and spray along nooks and crannies where ants are roaming.
Essential oils could also be combined together for custom aromatic scents. Peppermint mixes especially well with other essential oils popular for cleaning, including lavender, eucalyptus, lemon and rosemary.
When paired with vinegar, lavender is one of the best oils to use for cleaning. It has a nice aroma and a natural antibacterial property. Add 4-5 drops of lavender oil to a part vinegar and part water mixture and use it for spraying on stuff you want to clean or disinfect. Lavender is also a good addition to a homemade dish soap and as a linen or room spray.