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:

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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.

Pumpkin Spice Room Spray

The delicious smell of pumpkin spice in your home is a wonderful way to celebrate the season. This festive spray is chemical free and easy to make!

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Pumpkin Spice Room Spray

  • Servings: Yield=1/2 cup (120 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) distilled water
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) witch hazel
  • 10 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 8 drops ginger essential oil
  • 6 drops nutmeg essential oil (or use orange essential oil)
  • 6 drops clove essential oil
  • 3 drops cardamom essential oil
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 ml) Homemade Vanilla Extract

Instructions:

  1. Mix ingredients in a 4 oz. glass spray bottle.
  2. Spray around the house as desired!

This all-natural autumn favorite makes a great gift, too! Here’s a cute label you can print on these label sheets. Just cut around the design before applying it to the bottle.

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
  • 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.

Cleaning the Dishwasher with Lemon Essential Oil

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We often forget to clean the appliances that clean other things. Such is often the case with a dishwasher. But one of the best things about cleaning a dishwasher is that with a little help, it can clean itself! Give your dishwasher some love with this Dishwasher Cleaner!

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Dishwasher Cleaner

  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • A washcloth
  • A bowl of warm, soapy water
  • An old toothbrush
  • A dishwasher-safe dish or container
  • 2 cups white distilled vinegar
  • 7–10 drops lemon essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Remove the lower rack from your dishwasher.
  2. Use a washcloth to wipe out any loose food or scum from the bottom of the dishwasher.
  3. Use an old toothbrush and warm, soapy water to clean around the seal and the edges of the dishwasher and the dishwasher door (anywhere the door covers when it is closed). Give the bottom of the dishwasher a quick scrub as well to loosen the scum up a bit.
  4. Use the washcloth to wipe out any additional dirt you loosened up.
  5. Pour 2 cups of white distilled vinegar into the dishwasher-safe container.
  6. Add 7–10 drops of lemon essential oil to the vinegar.
  7. Place the container in the top rack of your dishwasher.
  8. Close the dishwasher door, and select the hottest dishwasher cycle. Run the dishwasher for a full cycle with only the container inside.
  9. Open your dishwasher, and be amazed at how much cleaner it looks and how wonderful it smells!

Toothbrush Cleaner with Essential Oils

Toothbrushes often get neglected when it comes to cleaning. Since we put them in our mouths everyday, we may want to make sure they get cleaned regularly. Here is an easy and all-natural way to clean your toothbrush with just a few simple ingredients.
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Toothbrush Cleaner

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • Shot Glass or small glass bowl
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 drop antibacterial essential oil (some good oils to use include Protective Blend, melaleuca, or lemon)

Instructions:

  1. Fill the shot glass 3/4 full with hydrogen peroxide (enough to cover the toothbrush head). Add 1 drop of essential oil or blend.
  2. Stir the mixture with your toothbrush, and allow to sit for 8 hours (overnight works great!).
  3. After 8 hours, rinse your toothbrush off with running water, and enjoy the feeling of a clean toothbrush!

Produce Cleaning Spray

Are you concerned about the chemicals and wax found on produce that you purchase from the grocery store? Many people just quickly rinse their produce with water, but that doesn’t necessarily clean the fruit or vegetable. This produce cleaning spray can not only help you get your produce clean, but may also help extend the life of your fruits and vegetables. As an additional bonus, your fruits and vegetables will already be washed when you need to grab a snack quickly, so it will be more convenient to eat something healthy!

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Produce Cleaning Spray

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz.
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & supplies:

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 5–8 drops lemon or lime essential oil
  • 8 oz. spray bottle

Instructions:

  1. Pour all ingredients into the 8 oz. spray bottle. You can use a funnel if needed to avoid spills. Screw the lid on and shake to combine.
  2. To use, shake the bottle, then thoroughly spray your fruits and vegetables. Allow to sit 5–10 minutes before rinsing, drying, and eating.

Note: If you want to bulk wash your produce, you can do so by mixing the solution in a bowl. Make sure you have 1 part vinegar, 3 parts water, and at least 10 drops of oil for every 2 cups of wash. Once your solution is ready in a bowl, dip your produce in and rub a little with your fingers. Continue dipping until all produce has been cleaned. Allow to sit 5–10 minutes before rinsing, drying, and putting away.

Moisturizing Citrus Hand and Body Wash

This moisturizing hand and body wash smells delightful and will leave you feeling refreshed each time you use it!

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Moisturizing Citrus Hand and Body Wash

  • Servings: Yield=3/4 cup of soap concentrate
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a glass bowl, and whisk gently to combine.
  2. Pour roughly 1/4 cup of soap solution in the 8 oz. foamer bottle; fill the rest of the bottle with water.
  3. To use, shake to combine as needed and pump a little out to wash your hands or body as you normally would.

Notes:

  1. Because foamer bottles need water added, this recipe will fill three 8 oz. foamer bottles. If you only have one bottle to fill, you can store the solution in a glass container until you need to refill your soap bottle.
  2. We liked the foaming action of the 8 oz. foamer bottle, but if you would rather use the soap solution undiluted, you can also use an 8 oz. plastic bottle with pump top, an 8 oz. glass bottle with a pump top, or two 4 oz. glass bottles with pump tops.