For all those natural, DIY-loving homemakers out there, I have assembled a summarized list of affordable and easy recipes for creating your own products for cleaning the home - from the kitchen to the bathroom! One of the wonders of essential oil-infused cleaning products is their highly concentrated antibacterial and antiviral properties. Some of the most effective EOs to use for every day cleaning use are Lavender, Clove, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil) and Citrus oils such as Lemon and Lime.
Purification Bathroom Air Freshener
Place 1/8 tsp of epsom salt at bottom of 2 ounce amber/blue glass spray bottle. Put 15 - 18 drops of Purification over the epsom salt and let it soak in. Then, fill the bottle with purified or distilled water to the top. Shake and use.
This air freshener cuts through odors without a perfume-y, synthetic fragrance. It makes your bathroom smell very uplifting after a few sprays.
The Young Living Purification blend contains Citronella, lemongrass, Rosemary, Melaleuca, Lavandin, and Myrtle.
Fill a quart size jar full of leftover citrus peels. Pour white vinegar up to the top. Add 5-8 drops of each essential oil. Let mixture sit in a cool, dark place for a couple weeks. Remove citrus peels and pour vinegar cleaner into a glass spray bottle for cleaning counter-tops in the bathroom and kitchen.
I used Orange and Grapefruit in this blend, but I have also used Young Living's Citrus Fresh blend and Lemon. Their citrus oils are the most affordable, ranging from $10 - $16, which is why they are so *perfect* to use for every day cleaning.
*No Scrub Toilet Bowl Cleaner
1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Vinegar
!0 Drops Lavender EO
5 Drops Lemon or Lime EO
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and pour all at once in the toilet. Allow to sit overnight. In the morning, just flush.
*Easy-Does-It Bowl Cleaner
1/2 Cup Baking Soda
1/4 Cup White Vinegar
10 Drops Tea Tree EO (maleluca alternifolia)
Combine ingredients. Add to the toilet bowl, swipe with brush, and you're done!
*Soap Scum Remover
For buildup on soap dishes and tootbrush holder.
1 TBSP baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 Drops EO of choice
Combine in cup but only add enough vinegar to make a paste. Apply to surface with a damp cloth or sponge. Rinse well.
*Basic Sink Cleanser
Safe for porcelain or stainless steel.
1/4 cup baking soda
1/2 cup vinegar
3 drops Lavender, or Rosemary, or Lemon/Lime EO
Combine Ingredients. Rinse sink with hot water then pour cleanser and wipe with sponge. Rinse.
Cleans mirrors and faucets.
1 1/2 cups vinegar
1/2 cup water
8 drops citrus EO, like Lemon or Lemon
Combine in glass spray bottle. Wipe solution with a dry cloth or towel.
1 1/4 cups white vinegar
3/4 cups water
4 drops Cinnamon EO
6 drops Patchouli EO
2 tsp Tea Tree EO
Combine in glass spray bottle. Spray surfaces well but do not rinse. Allow the spray to rest on mold/mildew surface for a few hours, then wipe and respray and let dry without rinsing.
*Credit for these recipes go to The Naturally Clean Home, by Karyn Siegel-Maier.
To get started, I recommend the Premium Starter Kit, which includes 10 of Young Living's most popular blends and single oils, a Home Diffuser, essential oil samples for sharing, 2 Ningxia Red packets, AND I will personally send you a surprise Young Living essential oil-infused product, as well information on how to use the oils in the Premium Starter Kit.
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