Yoga Mat Cleaning Spray

Have you ever thought about the bacteria collecting on your yoga mat? Yoga mats tend to be hard to clean; but it needs to be done, so we’ve come up with a simpler way to disinfect your mat while adding the benefits of essential oils to the routine. We’ve put together an antibacterial cleaning spray using essential oils that is sure to leave your mat smelling fresh and clean.

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Natural Disinfecting Wipes

Store-bought disinfecting wipes contain harsh chemicals that may do more harm than good. These all-natural wipes are safe for your skin, so you can use them to clean and disinfect your house without worry! You’ll also save money with an effective, convenient, and easy-to-make product. And your home will smell as clean as it looks.

Natural Disinfecting Wipes

  • Servings: Yield=100–200 wipes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the water, vinegar, witch hazel, castile soap, and essential oils.
  2. Cut the roll of paper towels in half, and place half the roll in the OmniWipe container.
  3. Pour the liquid mixture over the paper towels, making sure to coat evenly.
  4. Place the lid on the container and tip it back and forth, allowing the liquid to soak into the paper towels.
  5. Open the container and carefully pull the cardboard center out of the paper towels. (It should be easy to remove once soaked.) Then pull up the center paper towel. Thread it through the hole in the lid for dispensing the wipes. Replace the lid on the container.
  6. Apply the vinyl label to the side of the wipe container. Click here for instructions.
  7. Carefully remove a wipe to clean your desired surface.

Depending on the thickness of the paper towel roll, you may need to increase or decrease the amount of water and vinegar so that the wipes are not too wet or dry.

All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

Essential oils are great for cleaning and disinfecting. We’ve created this all-purpose cleaning spray that you can use to clean almost anything! Those tough surfaces won’t stand a chance against this powerful spray. This recipe is a super easy way to free your home of harsh chemicals all while keeping your house clean. 

All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (250 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) distilled water
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) white vinegar
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 8 oz. Spray Bottle

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in the spray bottle, and shake to combine.
  2. Spray the mixture on a cloth, and wipe the area down. For persistent surfaces, you can spray the mixture directly on the surface and scrub it in.
  3. Shake before each use and store in a dark place.

Essential Oil Grill Cleaner

With summer in full swing, barbecues are becoming more frequent, which results in a very dirty grill. We try to burn off the leftover residue, but sometimes heat alone doesn’t quite do the job. This grill cleaner utilizes the powerful effects of baking soda and vinegar, with the added benefits of lemon essential oil as a cleaning agent. This cleaner is specifically designed for grills, but it may also prove effective on pots and pans!

Grill Cleaner

  • Servings: Yield=4 oz. (125 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (100 g) baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp. (25 ml) Castile Soap
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • White vinegar

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the baking soda, castile soap, and lemon essential oil.
  2. Add vinegar slowly until the mixture reaches an oil-like consistency and starts bubbling.
  3. Brush the mixture on the grill, and allow it to sit for 15–30 minutes.
  4. Use a damp scouring pad or grill brush to scrub the surface clean.
  5. Rinse the grill with water.

If you have a lot of buildup on your grill, you may have to apply the mixture multiple times.

 

Natural Essential Oil “Bleach”

There’s no need to buy expensive, harsh chemicals to remove stains from your clothes when you can make a more natural alternative at home! Lemon essential oil has powerful cleaning properties, and hydrogen peroxide is a known stain remover.

Natural Essential Oil Bleach

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (250 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) hydrogen peroxide
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 8 oz. Spray Bottle

Instructions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in the spray bottle, and shake to combine.
  2. Shake well before each use.
  3. Spray the solution on stains, and scrub it in to help remove the spots; wash as normal.

Pet Shampoo with Essential Oils

As we work harder to clean up our lives and free ourselves of chemicals, we can’t forget about our pets! We’ve created this pet shampoo so that you can clean your pets naturally. You’ll love the smell and the knowledge that you can keep your pets clean without using any harsh chemicals!

Pet Shampoo

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (250 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in the 8 oz. bottle, and shake thoroughly.
  2. Wash down your pet’s coat with warm water.
  3. Pour some shampoo into your hands, and scrub down your pet, making sure to keep the soap away from the eyes.
  4. Rinse your pet thoroughly to remove all traces of shampoo.

EO Life Hack: Sanitize and Season Wood Kitchenware

Refresh your wood cutting boards and spoons by rubbing a little coconut oil and lemon essential oil on them. The coconut oil helps season the wood, and the antibacterial properties in both the coconut oil and lemon essential oil help sanitize your kitchenware at the same time.

Epsom Salt Scrub for Hard Water Deposits

If you live in a area with hard water, you probably have hard water deposits on everything, including bathtubs, showers and sinks. These deposits make faucets and fixtures an eyesore. We found a solution that works pretty well!

Epsom Salt Scrub uses salt crystals that are just abrasive enough to remove the hard water deposits. Added baking soda, castile soap, and lemon essential oil do the rest of the cleaning.

Epsom Salt Scrub

  • Servings: 1–2
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to the jar in order and stir together until well incorporated.
  2. To use, apply to dry shower walls, bathtubs, fixtures, or faucets with a warm wet cloth. Scrub for a few minutes in a circular motion. Let sit for a few minutes before rubbing again. Rinse off with warm water. Repeat if needed.


Just Add Oils to Spring Cleaning

As the weather gets warmer, many people move into spring cleaning mode. Winter clothing gets stored away, windows are opened to air out the house, and lots of deep cleaning takes place as sunshine energizes the soul. A couple weeks ago, we held a contest and gathered many great cleaning recipes from you, our readers. The winner of our contest was Heather Crabill’s Counter and Appliance Spray. Heather says, “I spray my counters and appliances with the solution, and then I wipe with a warm, wet cloth. Friends and family always comment on how lovely the kitchen smells!”

Counter and Appliance Spray

  • Servings: 8 oz.
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 8 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 3/4 cup distilled water
  • 8 oz. Glass Spray Bottle

Instructions:

  1. Carefully pour the vinegar and essential oils in the spray bottle. Swirl to combine, and then fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water.
  2. Spray on counters and appliances; wipe with a warm, wet cloth.

A lot of great cleaning ideas and recipes were submitted to us. Here are just a few:


NON-CITRUS PRODUCE SPRAY

“I’m allergic to citrus oils. So for cleaning produce, I put tea tree [melaleuca] oil (8–10 drops) and cider vinegar (1/2 cup) in an 8 oz. spray bottle. Then I fill the bottle with distilled water and spray on produce to clean!” — Brenda Rupp


CLEAN SHOWER SPRAY

15 drops Protective Blend
5 drops lavender
1 tsp. white vinegar
8 oz. water
“Combine everything in an 8 oz. spray bottle. Spray down the shower and squeegee the glass doors when finished. Looks and smells great!” — Barbara Dittrich


TUB AND SINK CLEANER

“In a glass measuring cup, pour 6 oz. of white vinegar. Microwave to a slight boil. Use a funnel to pour the hot vinegar into an 8 oz. spray bottle, and then add 1 Tbsp. of Protective Blend Cleaner Concentrate and 3 drops of lemon essential oil. Shake well, and spray all around tub. Wait 2 minutes or so and rinse off. If you have stubborn stains, scrub with a brush. Also, I put baking soda into the drain first, so that when I’m finished cleaning, the drain also gets cleared out. This treatment is nice and easy to do, and if you do it weekly, all you need to do is spray and rinse.” — Nancy Jaykka


ANY ESSENTIAL OIL CLEANER

“I save all the dribbles left in my essential oil vials and use them in my cleaning spray bottle. I purchased a cheap bottle of vodka, and I add 1 oz. of that to the 8 oz. spray bottle. Then I put in my leftover EOs and top off the spray bottle with filtered water. This solution works great on counter tops and appliances. It will even kill gnats that get into the kitchen.” — Mickie


Here are some other great recipes to help you spring clean:

Click here for more essential oil cleaning tips!

10 Tips for Using Essential Oils Around the House

There are lots of benefits you can take advantage of by using essential oils in your home. Essential oils are known for being used for a wide variety of purposes ranging from pleasant aromas to medicinal benefits. Even if you use the oils simply for their scent and use them in a diffuser, you are still benefiting from using them.
AT_AirFresheningSprayEssential oils are great for natural remedies and aromatherapy, but are you aware that they are also effective as deodorizing and disinfecting agents? One good example is the cinnamon essential oil—it is effective against various types of bacteria. Ylang ylang, lemon, peppermint, tea tree, lavender, and frankincense are also known for their antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. The citrus essential oils have stain-removing and de-greasing properties. With these oils, you can create a cleaning product for any situation, protect your home from pesky insects and rodents, and help keep your family healthy. If you are new to using essential oils, the tips below will help you get started in having a more natural lifestyle.

10 Tips For Using Essential Oils Around the House

1. Carpet Deodorizer
To make a carpet and upholstery freshener, mix 1 cup (240 ml) baking soda with 5–6 drops of your chosen essential oil. Sprinkle some all over your home and let it stay or about 20 mins before vacuuming.

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2. Vacuum Freshener
You can freshen the air every time you use your vacuum by placing a few drops of cinnamon essential oil on a cotton ball and place it in your vacuum cleaner bag. The scent of the cinnamon oil will deodorize the entire house, as well as get rid of dust mites and the mildew smell that your vacuum emits.

3. Fabric Freshener
Combine 1 Tbsp. (15ml) of baking soda, 2 cups (475ml) purified water and 10 drops of your desired essential oil in a spray bottle. Shake the mixture and spray it on carpets, upholstery, and other fabrics. Use eucalyptus oil and tea tree oil particularly if you want to get rid of the sweaty gym shoe smell. You can spray the mixture directly on their shoes to stop the bad odor from returning.

4. Air Freshener
Rather than using harmful room sprays to freshen the scent of your rooms, combine 10–20 drops of essential oil with 1/2 tsp. (2.5ml) alcohol and some purified water in a spray bottle with purified water. Some of the recommended essential oils are orange, grapefruit and lemon. These oils will make the room smell airy and light. For a warmer scent, you can use frankincense and cinnamon. To get rid of smell produced by fish, try diffusing citrus oils. For eliminating the smell of cigarettes try peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary.

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5. Bathtub Scrub
Combine 1/2 cup (120ml) of vinegar, 1/2 cup (120 ml) baking soda and 5 drops of bergamot essential oil to produce a powerful soap. This is very effective in getting rid of the scum in the sink and for scrubbing the bathtub.

6. Dishwasher Booster
Simply add 2 drops of grapefruit or lemongrass essential oil to your dishwasher before using it. The oil will help in removing grease and accumulation of soap and your dishes will shine.

7. Mold
Combine 5 drops of lemongrass, 5 drops lemon, and 10 drops of tea tree essential oil in a spray bottle with a little alcohol; fill the remainder of the bottle with water. Spray on the stained and molded areas directly allow it to dry before wiping off. These oils have anti-bacterial properties that can kill and prevent future molding concerns and the lightening properties of lemon can lighten the stains.

8. Prevent Flies from Entering
If you want to get rid of the flying insects, diffuse lemongrass oil in your windows or doors to stop them from entering your house.

9. Rodents and Spiders
Rats, spiders, and mice are allergic to the smell of peppermint. In a spray bottle with 1/2 tsp. alcohol, add 10 drops of peppermint, and fill with water. Spray liberally at baseboards and entryways once every couple weeks.

10. Removing Stain and Grease
For de-greasing and removing the stain, add 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil to gum, crayon, grease spot or oil on fabrics, let it sit for ten minutes and then wash it as usual.

Essential oils are household staple these days and more families are starting to use them over toxic products. The above-mentioned household uses of essential oils are only some of the many ways you can use essential oils in your home!

About the Author


cutmypicHello! My name is Lea Harris. I am a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and run www.essentialoildiffuserusa.com. My goal and the purpose of my site is to help educate about the safe use of various essential oils.