If you have committed to living green, you've probably gotten rid of all of those household cleaning products containing toxic chemicals by now and switched to baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, and citrus-based cleaners. There is however, another natural cleaning alternative to consider: essential oils.
Essential oils are the basis of aromatherapy, which involves the use of essential oils to promote health and well-being. In addition to making your whole house smell wonderful, when you use essential oils to make non-toxic homemade household cleaning products you can also take advantage of the therapeutic benefits of essential oils while you clean.
Essential oils are the distilled extracts of flowers, herbs, trees, and other plants. Each type of essential oil has its own attributes and healing properties. When used therapeutically, essential oils are diluted with a carrier oil such as almond oil or jojoba oil. The same is true when using essential oils to clean the home in that essential oils are typically diluted in water or vinegar. When making homemade furniture polish however, and orange or lemon essential oil is combined with jojoba or olive oil.
Some essential oils such as tea tree oil are natural fungicides and can be added to water or vinegar to clean bathrooms and remove mold and mildew that often thrive in damp locations. Other essential oils such as grapefruit, lavender, or eucalyptus can be used to make an anti-bacterial spray, while rosemary and orange essential oils make wonderful all-purpose cleaners when mixed with distilled water in a spray bottle.
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