As people look for additional ways to ‘go green’, using essential oils around the house makes more and more sense! Moving away from chemical cleaners makes sense and when you consider how many essential oils have antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral, germicidal and insecticidal properties, adding them to your natural recipes makes sense! They have the added benefit of making you home smell wonderful as well!
7 Essential Oils to consider :
- Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) has antibacterial, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, aromatic, bactericidal and insecticidal properties. The name lavender comes from the Latin ‘lavare‘ meaning to wash, and it has been used in soaps and for cleaning for a very long time.
- Lemon (Citrus limonum) has antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and disinfectant properties. Cleanliness is often associated with a ‘lemon-fresh’ aroma.
- Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) has antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, deodorant, fungicidal, germicidal and insecticidal properties. One of the strongest anti-fungal essential oils around and it is great for getting rid of mold and mildew.
- Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) has antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and antiviral properties. Often used to help fight colds and flu and great to keep surfaces clean when there is sickness in the house.
- Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii) has strong anti-fungal and antiseptic properties. Its anti-fungal properties are thought to be even stronger than Tea Tree.
- Pine (Pinus sylvestris) has antibacterial, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, deodorant, disinfectant and insecticidal properties. Pine’s fresh scent can be uplifting.
- Sweet Orange (Citrus sinesis) has antiseptic and insecticidal properties. It is good for cleaning and conditioning wood and is a great degreaser.
Diffusing Lemon and Orange can be a wonderful way to rid your house of cooking smells!
My favourite Germ Busting Synergy is: 8 parts Lavender; 10 parts Lemon; 5 parts Eucalyptus globulus; 3 parts Geranium; 3 parts Palmarosa which I usein a number of different ways. For instance, in a spritzer bottle at a 3% dilution in water, it makes a great kitchen or bathroom surface cleaner.