Cleaning with essential oils has many advantages. The most extraordinary one being the anti-bacterial properties that most essential oils have against common household contaminants such as e. coli, staphylococcus, and salmonella. There are literally hundreds of in vitro studies published on the internet that prove the effectiveness of essential oils against bacteria.
The great thing about these germ-fighters is that they kill bacteria without killing everyone else. Common household cleaners are made from toxic chemicals that threaten our eco-systems and bioaccumulate in our bodies causing a range of health issues. Essential oils are actually good for our bodies and our minds. When you inhale the oils, you will feel your mood adjust. You can have a happy aromachemically-induced cleaning experience!
Here are some essential oils I recommend based on their germ-killing abilities, scent, availability and price:
- tea tree
You can get some nice quality oils at health food stores or departments. Use them on their own or make a combination based on your preferences – your chance to be a perfumer. You only need a few drops of essential oils in each batch of cleaner because they are extremely concentrated (they come with a dropper for a reason). For instance, a mop bucket of vinegar and water would only need about 5 drops.
Here are a few recipes:
All-purpose kitchen cleaner – 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water, a few drops of orange, lavender and rosemary.
Window cleaner – 1 part vinegar, 2 parts water, few drops of lemon.
Bathroom scour – 1 cup of baking soda, enough water to make a paste, 5 drops of tea tree oil, 5 drops of peppermint.
Toilet bowl cleaner – 1/4 cup of baking soda, 1 cup of water, 10 drops of tea tree, 10 drops cinnamon
Another thing to keep in mind is the use of a good quality microfiber and good old elbow grease goes a long way.