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Cleaning With Essential Oils

January 25, 2011

Did you know that some essential oils can kill bacteria and mold? Essential oils are extracted from plants and are very strong, so don’t go overboard.  One drop of peppermint oil is as potent as 30 cups of peppermint tea!

Here are some ways to clean using essential oils:

Combs and brushes. Fill a container with 1½ cups water, ½ cup distilled white vinegar, and 20 drops tea-tree, lavender, or eucalyptus oil. Soak combs and brushes for 20 minutes. Rinse and air-dry.
 
Scuffed floors. Apply two to four drops of tea-tree oil to the spots. Wipe excess oil with a cloth and rub in distilled white vinegar.
 
Gum-encrusted items. Orange oil is great at removing this sticky offender from various materials. It should not stain fabrics, but do launder immediately. Apply with a cotton ball.
 
Shower doors. Wipe scum-covered glass doors with a few drops of lemon oil twice a month. It will protect them from grime buildup.
 
Toilets. Add 2 teaspoons tea-tree oil and 2 cups water to a spray bottle. Shake, then spritz along the toilet’s inside rim. Let sit for 30 minutes, then scrub. You can also place a few drops of your favorite oil on the inside of the toilet-paper tube. Every time the paper is used, the scent will be released.
 
Windows. Mix 2 ounces water and 10 drops lavender or lemongrass oil to wipe grime off windows. These oils can also repel flies.

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