Day in and day out, we are bombarded toxic chemicals in the workplace and our homes. More than 125 different chemicals found common household cleaning products, have not been thoroughly tested for safety. Artificial chemicals contained in cleaning products are associated with psychological problems, allergies, skin irritations, breathing issues, gastrointestinal disorders, and cancer.
While it is impossible to control our family’s exposure to artificial chemicals outside the home, we can limit our exposure within the home to create an environment that is safe for people and pets.
Eliminating Toxins From The Home
Household cleaning products substantially contribute to the noxious chemical load in our homes. Many leading brands of cleaning solutions contain known toxins such as bleach, ammonia, solvents, formaldehyde, ethanolamine, and phthalates.
While we all want to live in a sparkling clean home, the health dangers posed by these chemical laden products is a risk not worth taking when viable natural cleaning solutions get the job done without putting our health in jeopardy.
A Simple Solution
Many essential oils eliminate mold and mildew, kill bacteria, remove stains, and dissolve grease just as well as chemically fortified cleaners, but without the scary health hazards.
Essential oils offer an eco-friendly alternative that is a natural, non-toxic, chemical-free solution when it comes to keeping your home clean and fresh.
Essential Oils That Disinfect
Thyme, Tea Tree, Pine, Bay Laurel, Spruce, Wintergreen, and Eucalyptus essential oils have potent disinfectant properties that destroy germs and bacteria. A mixture of two of cups of hot water, several drops of any or all of the mentioned essential oils and a third of a cup of baking soda combined in a spray bottle will keep hard surfaces such as bathroom fixtures, tiles, and countertop clean while refreshing the air in stale spaces. Spray on surfaces, wiping away with a dry cloth.
To remove stains from tile grout, add a few drops of lemon essential oil to your disinfectant cleaning solution. Lemon brightens and whitens. When cleaning with essential oils on a new surface, always test in an inconspicuous spot for suitability. A product of Mother Nature, essential oils are potent.
Remove Mold And Mildew
Cinnamon and clove essential oils kill and remove mold spores and mold that tends to appear in damp areas such as bathroom shower stalls, around toilets and tubs, and in the laundry room and kitchen. Tea Tree, Pine, Spruce, and Wintergreen kill yeast spores. In a spray bottle, combine a total of three tablespoons of your preferred essential oils with one cup of organic vinegar and two cups of warm water. Spray on moldy surfaces and wait 15 minutes. Wipe surfaces clean with a damp cloth.
Cuts Through Grease
Citrus essential oils such as lime, lemon and mainly orange as well as Tea Tree oil have powerful grease cutting properties. To quickly cut through thick grease and grime mix a quarter cup of sweet orange essential oil with one cup of organic vinegar, one cup of warm water, and one tablespoon of castile soap.