EOs for Household Cleaners

by | Jun 6, 2011

A friend recently sent me something that I read with interest…then I got to the last word. Then I smiled. Here it is.

Dear Audre: I read something in Reader’s Digest you might want to share in your essence emails.

“Get rid of dirt and add a seasonal scent. Ashley English of www.designspongeonline.com suggests this recipe for floor cleaner:
1 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup baking soda
6 or 7 drops of essential oil (cinnamon, pine, lavender, etc.)
Mix in a pail with hot water.
Swish. Mop. Inhale.”

I just LOVE the inhale part! 🙂 Thank you, Jan Vette, for sharing that practical (and a tad whimsical) tip!

It is a good reminder that MANY pure essential oils are fabulous household cleaners, including lemon, tangerine, orange and grapefruit (hugely antibacterial), cinnamon bark or leaf (good for floors, as cited above, not to mention cleaning counter tops…keeps away those pesky, tiny red ants…and toilet bowls), and rosewood, for polishing antique furniture or wooden instruments like Native American flutes.

I was struggling to remove the adhesive residue on the new stainless steel vessel sink in our little casita…and remembered that Sweet Birch is wonderful for that. Sure enough…a couple of drops, and the residue virtually “slid” off. Guess her tag line could be “elbow grease in a bottle”!

Sure beats going to the grocery store and getting a headache in the “detergent” aisle because of all of the toxic and synthetic chemicals in commercially-produced cleaners.

Warm regards,

Audre Gutierrez
Master Medicinal Aromatherapist

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