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.
  • Time: 3 minutes
  • 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:

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Foaming Face Wash

Are you looking for a good face wash for troublesome skin? The essential oils used in this face wash were picked to help with acne-prone skin, but the face wash can be used on any skin type.

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Foaming Face Wash

  • Servings: Yield=About 3 Tbsp. (50 ml)
  • Time: 2 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) Castile Soap
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) witch hazel
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 ml) Sweet Almond Oil
  • 10 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops juniper berry or lemongrass essential oil (optional)
  • 1–2 Tbsp. (15–30 ml) distilled water
  • 50 ml Foamer Bottle

Instructions:

  1. Place castile soap, witch hazel, sweet almond oil, and essential oils in a small foamer bottle. Screw the lid on, and shake to combine.
  2. Unscrew the lid, and fill the rest of the bottle up with distilled water. Make sure to leave room at the top for the foamer top. Screw the lid on, and shake again.
  3. To use, pump 1–2 times into the palm of your hand, and wash face as normal.

Homemade Carpet Freshening Powder

Your carpets will smell so fresh after sprinkling this on them before vacuuming!

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Homemade Carpet Freshening Powder

  • Servings: 1–2
  • Time: 2 minutes active; 8 hours, 25 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Mix baking soda and essential oil in a shaker bottle such as this Plastic Spice Jar with Sifting Lid.
  2. Close jar, shake together, and let stand overnight.
  3. Sprinkle lightly over carpets, and let sit for 25 minutes before vacuuming.

This recipe is from Modern Essentials™, 7th Edition, p. 85.

The Perfect Solution for Detangling Unruly Hair!

Would you like a more natural hair detangler than you can find commercially? Look no further—we have the perfect solution for detangling unruly hair that is easy to make and contains all-natural ingredients! Spraying this on your hair will help the comb separate the hair strands easily and without pain. Not only do these oils smell nice together, but lavender and rosemary essential oils are often used to help stimulate hair growth; repair dry, fragile hair; and, with melaleuca, may help dandruff.

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All-Natural Essential Oil Hair Detangler

  • Servings: Yield=4 oz. (120 ml)
  • Time: 3 minutes active; 12 hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Pour the glycerin and essential oils in the 4 oz. spray bottle. Screw the spray top on, and shake to combine.
  2. Remove spray top, and fill the rest of the bottle up with water. Screw the spray top on again, and give it another few good shakes.
  3. Allow it to sit overnight, then shake again before using.
  4. To use, shake a little, then spray lightly over hair; brush hair until smooth.

Diffuser Blends on a Budget

We know essential oils are often expensive, and diffusing them may use up more oil than you would like. So we have come up with a list of diffuser blends using 5 of the least expensive essential oils, as well as 4 of the most common essential oils that most people have on hand and that are still fairly inexpensive.

These oils include the following (from lowest to highest in price):

  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Lime
  • Eucalyptus
  • Rosemary
  • Grapefruit
  • Melaleuca
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender

Diffuser Blends

Say Good Morning!:
3 drops orange
3 drops peppermint
It’s a Great Day!:
2 drops lavender
2 drops lemon
2 drops rosemary
Be Energized:
2 drops rosemary
2 drops peppermint
2 drops lemon
Fresh Air:
2 drops melaleuca
2 drops lemon
2 drops lime
Breathe Easy:
3 drops eucalyptus
3 drops peppermint
Sparkling Clean:
2 drops lemon
2 drops lime
1 drop lavender
1 drop rosemary
Be Happy:
2 drops peppermint
2 drops orange
2 drops lime
Relaxation:
3 drops lavender
3 drops lemon
Lift Me Up:
4 drops lavender
2 drops rosemary
Relieve Your Sinuses:
3 drops peppermint
1 drop lavender
1 drop eucalyptus
1 drop orange
Citrus Bomb:
2 drops orange
1 drop lemon
1 drop lime
1 drop grapefruit
Summertime
2 drops grapefruit
2 drops lavender
1 drop lemon
1 drop peppermint

Essential Oil Spotlight: Melaleuca

MelaleucaNEWMelaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of myrtle trees and shrubs. Aromatically, melaleuca’s earthy scent is known to promote cleansing and purity.

Historically, the leaves of the melaleuca tree were used to heal cuts, wounds, and skin infections.

In French medicine, melaleuca is commonly used to help support the body when dealing with athlete’s foot, bronchitis, colds, coughs, diarrhea, flu, rash, sore throats, and sunburn.

Today, melaleuca is primarily used to help with acne, allergies, bacterial infections, boils, canker sores, cavities, dermatitis/eczema, ear infections, gum disease, hepatitis, hives, inflammation, lice, pink eye, staph infection, viral infection, warts, and more.

Melaleuca is known to be analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiparasitic, a strong antiseptic, antiviral, decongestant, digestive, expectorant, immune stimulant, insecticidal, neurotonic, stimulant, and tissue regenerative.

To learn more about melaleuca essential oil, see the book Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils.

Source: Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 7th Edition, pp. 140–141

Homemade Gentle Scouring Scrub

Clean your house using this gentle cleanser made with all-natural ingredients. You can feel good about keeping your home chemical free when using this to clean your kitchen and bathroom.

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Homemade Gentle Scouring Scrub

  • Servings: 1 cup
  • Time: 5 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup Castile Soap
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 10–15 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 1 Tbsp. vinegar

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the baking soda, Castile Soap, and water.
  2. Mix in the melaleuca essential oil.
  3. Slowly add the vinegar to the paste.
  4. Stir until you achieve a paste-like consistency.
  5. Start cleaning!