Most of the fragrance used in household cleaning products and deodorizers are synthetic. There is nothing natural about them and they are harmful to your health. Essential oils are great for the home since they are non-toxic and they possess many therapeutic properties that will benefit you for a clean healthy home. They are antiseptic, disinfectant, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal – and of course they smell great.
Many household cleaning products that you normally buy off the shelves contains may contains chemicals that are carcinogens which means that they can cause cancer. Bleach and ammonia are highly toxic and, when mixed together, they are a lethal combination. Other chemicals which are hormone and endocrine disruptors are glycol ethers and phthalates so it’s important to be able to identify every ingredient on a label that you are using in your home. (Quote from National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy)
Instead of hunting for naturally safe household cleaner, why not do it yourself with essential oil? As mentioned earlier, those essential oil that are antiseptic, disinfectant, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal would be a better alternative to keep your house clean and your family safe.
General All-purpose Cleaner – Lemon is one of the most popular citrus fruits in the world. It is antiseptic, a disinfectant, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, making it a great all-purpose household cleaner. It was even used during World War I as a disinfectant in hospitals.
Simply add about 3-4 drop of lemon to every 100ml of water, shake well before using as essential oil will not mix well with water. You may substitute lemon with peppermint or tea tree oil.
Clean & Fresh Laundry – Depending on your wash load, add a few drops of Lemon or Tea Tree have a germ-free and truly fresh laundry.
Carpet Deodorizer – Add 5-10 drops of Lemon, Lavender, Geranium, Peppermint or Ylang Ylang to a box of baking soda. Mix well and sprinkle over carpets. Let the mixture sit for an hour or more and then vacuum.
Insects repellent – Keep insects and bugs from your house by mixing Tea Tree, peppermint and or eucalyptus with water and spray on areas where these pest frequent. Alternatively, add these oil to a cotton ball and place in these same areas.
Air Filter – Super-charge your air filter, or Air conditioner filter with few drops of Tea Tree, peppermint or eucalyptus for cleaner air.
Vacuum Cleaner – Put a few drop of your favourite essential oil on a cotton ball and add it to your vacuum cleaner bag. You know how dirty it can be in that vacuum bag, so let the essential oil take care of these germs and bacteria.