Health by Essential Oils Pt. 3: Cleaning with EO’s

At first, I didn’t want to use my oils for cleaning. I just wanted to use them on my body. I felt like I was wasting my money. I threw out most of our commercial cleaners a couple years ago, but with the addition of essential oils, now I really feel like our house is clean.

We live in a sterile world. All the time, I hear mothers talking about how they send their kids to school with hand sanitizer. More and more public places are equipped with hand sanitizing stations. We don’t like our kids to get their hands dirty, let alone make mud pies like I used to as a kid.

The Hygiene Hypothesis states that lack of childhood exposure to infectious agents, microorganisms, and parasites may increase allergies later in life. Not all bacteria and microorganisms are bad. When we sterilize everything all the time, we kill both the harmful and helpful bacteria. Whether helpful or harmful, we have lived alongside bacteria for thousands of years. Our natural immunity is compromised when it is not given the chance to encounter and attack bad bacteria on its own.

Even worse, your standard household cleaners contain hundreds of chemicals that are toxic. Ever notice how most of your cleaners don the phrase “Keep out of reach of children”?

We spray our counters and dining room tables with bleach. Dust our furniture with spray that’s supposed to smell like lemons. Wash our dishes with soap that fills half the sink with suds. Everything is clean and ready for us to eat off of and for our kids to play on, right?

I don’t think so. All the chemicals found in our cleaners do not wipe off with a rag. This website will give you an idea of what kind of toxins are in our seemingly harmless cleaning products.

Check out my post on Green Cleaning Products if you’re just beginning to convert your cleaning supplies. Once you see how well everyday things like vinegar, baking soda, and citrus peels can clean you might be ready to start using essential oils.

Antibacterial Oils

The following oils have been found to be beneficial in stopping several bacteria: Cinnamon, Clove, Geranium, Lemon, Orange, Rosemary, and Thyme, Melaleuca (Tea Tree). 

By using essential oils in your cleaning routine, you will inevitably reduce the amount of toxins in your home significantly. With the oil’s anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties, you can clean your home while also uplifting your mood, boosting your immune system, and saving money. Below is the cost per drop for doTERRA’s essential oils.

Cinnamon .26
Clove .06
Geranium .11
Lemon .04
Melaleuca .08
Rosemary .06
Thyme .11
Wild Orange .05
Those numbers up there…Yeah, they are in cents! For pennies you can clean your house. While you will be able to find many essential oil cleaning recipes online, let me share a few tips.
First, for most of your cleaning, dusting wood and non-wood furniture, wiping down bathroom counters and sinks, kitchen counters, dining table, etc simply filling up a spray bottle with water and/or white vinegar with the addition of 8-10 drops of essential oils will do the trick.
What about my toilets? I can ditch most of my cleaning products, but I need that blue gel to coat my porcelain bowl to get it clean right? 
Add a few drops of Melaleuca  to your spray bottle (water and/or vinegar), spray around the rim, let sit for at least 10 minutes, flush and wipe upper rim. Viola! Need something a little more powerful? Dump some baking soda, Melaleuca, and vinegar in your bowl and see what happens! I dare ya.
Order your doTERRA oils from me today.
What essential oils do you use to clean? Have you found that they work well for you?

One response to “Health by Essential Oils Pt. 3: Cleaning with EO’s

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