It was sophomore year in college when I stumbled upon this realization, this way of life, this awakening really. You see, I lived in an apartment on campus with three other girls. There were four of us and only one bathroom. One shower, one toilet, one bathroom sink. That’s it.
Up until then, I was under the impression that I was living with “neat freaks” and I admittedly, was not. As the year went on, what I began to realize was that my friends may be neat freaks, but they were not clean freaks. The difference is catastrophic.
While I may have left my hair and makeup products (believe me, there was a lot) on the bathroom counter, I had a tipping point the minute things started looking unsanitary. You’re probably thinking, “That’s normal. Doesn’t everyone?” Let me assure you, not everyone shares that same tipping point. You might be wondering, “Did you try a weekly cleaning calendar? Those have been quite successful in my house” to which I would proudly let you know that I did in fact establish a weekly cleaning calendar. And now you’re like, “Wow, what a great roommate! You must have been really popular with such amazing problem solving skills!” You would think.
To my dismay (and defeat), no one took it seriously which quite literally left the dirty work to me. I would mop, wipe, spray, and cover every square inch of the shower with Scrubbing Bubbles until I couldn’t stand to breathe, at which point I would vacate the premises and return later in hopes that the bubbles did their job so I could finish mine.
To this day, my husband would tell you that a neat freak I am not. Our house is usually in close to perfect condition, or a total disaster. There is rarely a middle ground and while my tolerance for a messy house is embarrassingly high, I can’t stand a dirty house. I love to clean and even more than that, I love the look, feel, and smell of my house after it is clean and lately, that affinity has skyrocketed.
Gone are the days of holding my breath so as not to inhale the fumes, or wearing those weird yellow gloves to protect my skin. I’ve started making natural, non-toxic, cleaning products with essential oils and am beyond excited to share them with you!
Maybe you’ve been feeling torn about your cleaning supplies because you want to disinfect, but don’t want to harm your air quality, or the bodies of those cleaning. Maybe you have little ones and are looking for ways to get them involved in household chores, but are limited because of the tasks that require toxic cleaning products.
Rejoice! Here are some of my favorite essential oil cleaning recipes that will make cleaning the house an entire family affair. As a bonus, the kids can even help make them!
You can of course add any essential oil you choose, but certain ones can not only smell lovely but have special cleaning powers:
Thieves: Kills 99.96% of germs which is similar to Lysol but actually helps your immune systems as well.
Lemon: Cuts grease and removes stubborn marks and stains.
Purification: Cleans the air and neutralizes foul odors.
Citrus Fresh: Smells refreshing, helps purify the air, and energizes.
Remember, not all oils are created equal.
All Purpose Cleaner Recipe:
- Glass Spray Bottle
- White vinegar
- 30 drops of essential oil
Fill up the bottle two-thirds with water, top off with vinegar, add essential oils, and shake. You can make this in advance and store in your cupboard — just give it a good shake before spraying.
Bathroom Floor Deodorizer Recipe:
- Bucket of hot water
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- Quick squeeze of dish soap
- 2 drops of Purification Essential Oil
- 2 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
Floor Cleaner Recipe:
- 1 gallon hot water in a bucket
- 3/4 cup white vinegar
- 1 T Castile soap
- 15 drops of essential oil
- Glass Spray Bottle
- Equal parts water and vinegar
- 10-15 drops of essential oil
Add to a glass spray bottle, shake, and spray!
Are you ready to give essential oils a try to clean your home well without chemicals?
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