Be sure to check out my guest post on Natural Cleaning Recipes – Essential Oils at The Greenbacks Gal! I wrote about using lemon essential oil and orange essential oil. I always use natural products to clean my home and I’m glad I do! I started doing that when I was pregnant with my first son.
I would have to say my favorite thing about “going green” with my cleaners is using my essential oils. I started small and worked up to a collection of around 20 different oils. I use them for everything now, not just cleaning. I do love them for cleaning (especially Tea Tree Oil, lemon oil, orange oil, Eucalyptus oil, and Cedar Oil), but I also love them for natural care products.
If I have a migraine a combination of pepperment oil and lavender oil dropped on an eye mask is just what I need (it works even quicker if I cool the mask first). If I am having allergy issues then a little bit of Eucalyptus oil (or sometimes peppermint if I am in a Christmas mood) clears them right up.
One year for Christmas I put together a basket of 12 different oils along with some recipe cards for my sister in law, mother in law, and mom. It was so much fun to pick out what oils they could start with!
You do not have to start with 12 oils though. You can start as small as you want. Tea Tree Oil is a good starting oil for cleaners. Lavender Oil is also a great oil for beginners because there is so much you can do with it. The third oil I recommend for beginners is Orange Oil. Sweet orange essential oil is one of the cheapest (if not the cheapest) oil that you can buy. It has a strong fragrance that we associate with “clean”. It can be used to unstick stickers, tape, gum in hair, etc. It can also be added to almost anything.
What essential oils have you tried (or would you like to try)?
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