Saturday, July 30, 2011

Use This Insstead: Essential Oils

Essentials oils, extracted from plants, can be strong enough to kill bacteria and mold.  They are very potent so don't go overboard.

Clean your combs and brushes with essential oils. Soak combs and brushes in a container filled with 11/2 cups water, 1/2 cup distilled vineger and 20 drops of tea tree oil, lavender or eucalyptus for 20 minutes.  Rinse and air-dry.

To remove spots on floors, apply 2 to 4 drops of tea tree oil, wipe off excess with a cloth and rub in distilled white vinegar.

Use orange oil (apply with a cotton ball) to clean up gum encrusted items.  If using on fabric, launder fabric immediately.

Use lemon oil twice a month to keep the grime off of shower doors.

Mix 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle then spritz inside the rim of your toilet and let sit for 30 minutes and scrub.

Use 10 drops of lavender or lemongrass in 2 ounces of water to wipe grime off of your windows.  Oils may repel those pesky flies than unfortunately show up in the summer months when windows are open.

Get more cleaning ideas from The Naturally Clean Home.

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