Essential Oil Tips for Cleaning Your House

Window CleaningSome more tips for using essential oils to clean your house! I have tried most of the suggestions but not all, so have fun.

Add a drop or two of essential oil to your washing machine.  It has been suggested that adding Eucalyptus globulus to a wash cycle may kill dust mites in bedding.

You could add a couple of drops of essential oil to cotton cloth or pad and placed in the drying during the cool down or wrinkle release cycle.  Remember that the oils are volatile and so you don’t want them in the dryer during the hot cycle.  Lavender gives bedding and towels a clean, fresh scent, while lemon or sweet orange can remove greasy and oily smells from the laundry.

Bath Mats
Keep these smelling fresh by sprinkling a carpet freshener (add 8 – 10 drops essential oil or essential oil synergy to 1/2 cup baking soda shake well) on the mat, leave for about an hour and then shake out.

Instead of mothballs pop a drop or two of essential oil on a cotton ball and place in closets and drawers.  Lavender, Geranium, Palmarosa, Patchouli and Cerdarwood are some suggestions.

Floor Cleaner
Add 5 drops of lemon or pine to 1/4 cup of white vinegar which is then added to a bucket of water.

Window cleaner
To a 1 quart spray bottle add 1 cup white vinegar, 10 – 15 drops of essential oil (Lemon is great) and fill with water.  Shake well and spray windows.

Adding essential oil to pain can counteract any unpleasant smell.  You will need quite a bit of essential oil though 5 ml to 1 gallon (3.78 litres) of paint.  Mix well.

Greasy dishes
Lemon oil is great for cutting grease and a drop or two in the sink can make a difference.

A drop or two of peppermint on a cotton ball placed anywhere mice could enter the house is a great deterrent.