In today's fast-paced world, many of us are seeking natural alternatives for cleaning our homes. Discover the power of essential oils, the natural and aromatic wonders of nature. Not only do they offer delightful scents, but they also possess remarkable cleaning properties. Harnessing the power of essential oils can transform your cleaning routine into a refreshing and invigorating experience. In this blog post, we'll explore a range of practical cleaning hacks using essential oils that will leave your home sparkling clean while promoting a healthier environment.
1. All-Purpose Cleaner:
Create your all-purpose cleaner by combining water (preferably distilled), white vinegar, and a few drops of essential oils. I use Tea tree oil, with its antimicrobial properties combined with Lavender, which works wonders in disinfecting surfaces. Alternatively, you can use Lemon essential oil for a fresh, citrusy scent and an added boost of antibacterial power.
2. Oven and Microwave Cleaner:
Cleaning baked-on grease and grime from ovens and microwaves can be a challenging task. Make it easier by using a mixture of baking soda, water, and a few drops of lemon or orange essential oil. Apply the paste to the surfaces, let it sit for a while, then wipe away the dirt effortlessly.
3. Carpet Deodorizer:
Keep your carpets smelling fresh and inviting by making a natural deodorizer. Combine baking soda and several drops of your favourite essential oil in a jar, mix well, and let it sit overnight. I mix peppermint, as a deodorizer, and tea tree oil as an antibacterial agent. Sprinkle the mixture liberally on your carpets, leave it for at least 30 minutes or overnight, and vacuum thoroughly. Enjoy the delightful aroma and a cleaner carpet.
4. Wood Furniture Polish:
Preserve the beauty of your wooden furniture while avoiding harsh chemicals by using essential oils. Mix olive oil, white vinegar, and a few drops of lemon or lavender essential oil. Apply a small amount to a cloth and gently polish your furniture, restoring its natural shine and leaving behind a pleasant fragrance.
When it comes to wooden furniture, I have a valuable tip that I learned from my Italian mother when I was young, and it's still something I utilize today. In Southern European countries, there is a popular item called Marseille Soap. This traditional hard soap, made from vegetable oils, has been produced in Marseille for over 600 years. Marseille Soap is a versatile product that can be used for a range of purposes, including cleaning floors (I usually dissolve it in hot water for 5 minutes in my mop bucket), delicate furniture, stained fabrics, shoe cleaning, and even as a body wash. It's a very delicate, yet effective cleaning hack I have used for more than 20 years. You can easily purchase this product on Amazon.
5. Mould and Mildew Remover:
Combat mould and mildew in bathrooms or other damp areas using the power of essential oils. Tea tree oil is particularly effective due to its antifungal properties. Mix a teaspoon of tea tree oil with water and white vinegar in a spray bottle, spray the affected areas, and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Scrub away the mould and mildew, and enjoy a cleaner, healthier space.
6. Deodorising Garbage Bins
Have you ever heard of those felt pads used for furniture? Well, I have a neat trick for you. Add 2-3 drops of vanilla or cinnamon essential oils to them and stick them on the inner side of your garbage bin. I guarantee you won't smell any unpleasant odours again! Plus, you can also use them to freshen up your drawers, cupboards, and wardrobes.