Maybe we are the revival of a post grunge, uber sophisticated uninhibited culture. But then, there are some things for which mother nature has got the best solutions. Most people don’t enjoy cleaning their home. For some of us, even if we do enjoy it, the cleaning agents tend to irritate our skin due to their caustic nature. But, borrowing a page from eco-sensitivity, we can now clean our home in a safe, efficient and user friendly manner.
In this post, we have laid out a few oils you can use in your aim to clean your place. All of the suggested oils are easily and readily available online. In fact, major sites like Target.com can deliver these oils in a couple of days to you and always have stock. You can also ensure quality in the oils with the precise description given on the site.
Here is our list of oils that are used by many for various aspects of cleaning:
For the Garden: Neem Oil
Neem is a super power all by itself. Every part of the tree is usable and has multiple uses. In ancient Indian texts, it is believed that the neem is the one tree that absorbs a high amount of sunlight. Thereby, using it in our daily life, we can include the goodness of the sun transformed by the tree for better living. Neem oil is a sticky, viscous and smelly oil. It can be used for household chores but most people find the smell overpoweringly bitter.
The best place to use neem oil is for the garden. It acts as a natural pesticide. Mix a couple of drops of the oil in water and use it on your plants. Ensure that you wash the leaves of a plant with the oil and water mixture as this proves to be very supportive of the growth of a plant, especially young plants. Note of caution while using neem oil: it is extremely powerful. Don’t overdo its usage with plants. You can use the oil in the water for plants once a week and twice initially.
For the Toilet: Any Essential Oil you Like
This one is an oldie but goodie. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil into the toilet tank. This acts as a natural fragrance bar. Add a few drops in to the side which is relatively free of equipment. Some of these essential oils can also be used to remove stains, kill germs and keep the toilet bowl looking clean. One such essential oil is that of lemon. With consistent use, lemon essential oil will brighten your toilet thus taking down one more chore off your list. Also, it is one of the most powerful essential oils fragrance wise. You will find the scent of this oil lasts a very long time and helps mask unpleasant smells. Not to mention, it’s terribly cost effective.
For the Floor: Eucalyptus Oil
This oil has tremendous abilities. Because of its natural properties, it is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It is also used to clear respiratory problems by inhaling the essence in boiling water or by just rubbing it into the chest. (note: while there are concentrated versions of this oil, most kinds can be used directly upon the skin. Please consider doing a patch test before actually using the oil topically).
It helps massively in repelling insects, especially mosquitoes. Moreover, it deodorizes and can help make your house very fragrant. It protects tiles and woods flooring alike by preventing the formation of mildew. It dries quickly on the floor and leaves a smooth, shiny finish to it.
All you need to do is add a half cap of oil (this may vary with the potency of the oil. Please consider your floors and act accordingly) in 1 gallon of water. It helps if you use warm water to clean. Use this water to swab your place and see it glow with health. If you can’t handle the fragrance of this oil, you can add citronella oil to the mix and enjoy a warm lemongrass-y fragrance at your place.
These are just a few suggestions to get you started. Soon, you will be able to discover and harness the awesome potential of essential oils to not only bring down the toxicity we face on a daily basis but also to promote a healthy life.