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My grandmother would start this article with something like, a clean home is a happy home or where there’s bleach there’s bliss. I have a bit of a different stance although I do agree with her on the first point, that indeed when your house is clean you just feel better right?


But if you’re interested in essential oils, odds are you’re not interested in using bleach and other toxic chemicals to clean your house. It just isn’t worth the health hazards for you, your family and the environment.


I can only speculate that these nasty common household chemicals are adding to the surge in hormonal disorders and straight up low energy that so many people are plagued by.


The good news is there are plenty of alternative cleaners to replace the conventional ones that get the job done just as well. Not to mention, they smell A LOT better.


Introduction to Cleaning with Essential Oils

As always, it’s important to dilute the oils with either water or a carrier oil. When it comes to creating effective cleaners from scratch there are other natural ingredients that pair well with EO’s. White vinegar, baking soda, borax, witch hazel and castille soap just to name a few.

 

 

There are all sorts of things you can make with these simple ingredients including all purpose sprays, wood polish, bathtub scrub, fridge freshener, carpet cleaner and more.


Every essential oil has different uses when it comes to cleaning. I’ll go over a few of the most common ones and their unique benefits.


Tea Tree


Tea tree oil is antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal making it a potent ingredient in cleaners for the bathroom and any areas prone to mold and mildew. Add tea tree to any air freshener or diffuser in rooms where there’s a mold problem.




Lemon


Lemon is a lovely oil for freshening up the kitchen particularly. Because of it’s powerful grease cutting abilities as well as the uplifting scent, lemon is great in all-purpose cleaning formulas or air freshener. It’s also a common ingredient in wood polish.


Orange


Orange is similar to lemon for its grease cutting abilities. Useful in everything from wood polish to a few drops in the dishwasher detergent for extra grease cutting power, orange has a lovely aroma that uplifts and enhances mood.


Thieves


Probably the most popular essential oil blend especially for cleaning and getting rid of bad bacteria.

Thieves gets its name from the days of the black plague when the only people who weren’t getting sick were the thieves who devised a protective formula of cloves, cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus and rosemary.


If it’s effective enough to keep the plague at bay you can bet it’s good enough to clean just about every nook and cranny of your home.


Eucalyptus


Antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties make eucalyptus a powerful cleaning agent. The smell might remind you of Vick’s vapor rub but it will get the job done especially as an air freshener during cold and flu season.


Lavender


Lavender is antibacterial and was used in hospitals throughout all of WWII. It’s a great addition to all-purpose cleaners and air fresheners and works great added to laundry detergent for a pleasant and relaxing scent. I especially like it for cleaning in kids rooms because they can always use an extra dose of calm.



Kitchen


All-Purpose Cleaner


Ingredients


3 C water

½ C white vinegar

1 Tbs castile soap

20 drops Thieves blend

20 drops lemon essential oil



Instructions


  1. Blend all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well
  2. Use for kitchen and bathroom counters.


Burnt Pan Scrub


Ingredients


½ C baking soda

½ C vinegar

20 drops lemon essential oil


Instructions


  1. Combine all ingredients in a suitably sized container and mix well.
  2. Apply to pots and pans that need extra help to get off burnt or baked on food. Let it sit for 10 minutes before scrubbing off the food with ease.


Produce Wash


Ingredients


3 C water

¼ C white vinegar

10 drops lemon essential oil


Instructions


  1. Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well.
  2. Use spray on fruits and veggies and rinse off before eating.


Trashcan Fresheners


Ingredients


Regular cotton ball

Tea tree oil


Instructions


  1. Simply soak the cotton ball in tea tree essential oil and stick it onto the garbage can.



Laundry

 

 

Laundry Detergent


Ingredients


Handful of soap nuts

Muslin bag

20 drops of your favorite essential oil


Instructions


  1. Add four soap nuts to a muslin bag along with your essential oils.
  2. You can use the soap nuts about 4 times before composting them.

Dryer Sheets


Ingredients


Scraps of old cloth

1 C white vinegar

30 drops lavender essential oil (or any other favorite)



Instructions


  1. Combine vinegar and essential oils.
  2. Soak scraps of old cloth in the mixture and store in a suitably sized container.
  3. Use one whenever you throw a load of clothes in the dryer. Save your scrap cloth and make them again when you run out.


Bathroom


Deep Cleaning Sink and Bathtub Scrub


Ingredients


½ C baking soda

½ C vinegar

20 drops thieves essential oil

10 drops tea tree essential oil


Instructions


  1. Combine all ingredients in a suitably sized container and mix well.
  2. Apply to bathtub and sink and let it sit for 10 minutes before scrubbing off mildew.


Mildew Eliminator Spray


Ingredients


3 C water

½ C white vinegar

1 Tbs castile soap

30 drops tea tree oil



Instructions


  1. Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well.
  2. Spritz your shower and tub and wipe down whenever you notice build up.


Homemade Poo Pourri

 

 

Ingredients


2 oz. water

10 drops lavender essential oil

10 drops grapefruit essential oil

2 Tbs witch hazel


Instructions


  1. Add all ingredients to a small spray bottle and shake well.
  2. Spray the toilet 4 times before you go.


Wood


Citrus Wood Polishing Oil


Ingredients


1 Tbs olive oil

¼ C white vinegar

30 drops orange essential oil


Instructions


  1. Add all ingredients to a small spray bottle and shake well.
  2. Spray on all wood before dusting and polishing.

Wood Floor Cleaner


Ingredients


¼ C white vinegar

¼ C castile soap

15 drops lemon essential oil

15 drops orange essential oil

1 Gallon jug

Just enough water to leave room for the other ingredients.


Instructions


  1. Add vinegar, castile soap and essential oils to empty jug.
  2. Add water and shake well.
  3. Use about 1 Cup per one gallon bucket of warm water to every time you want to wash your wooden floors.



Deep Cleaning


Vacuum Refresher


Ingredients


Instructions



Carpet Spot Cleaner


Ingredients


2 Tbs baking soda

2 Tbs white vinegar

10 drops lemon essential oil


Instructions


  1. Mix all ingredients together and apply to any stubborn carpet stains.
  2. Let sit for 20 minutes before taking a scrub brush to it.
  3. Rinse spot with clean water and suck up with a wet vacc or simply keep rinsing area with a cloth until all product is gone.

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I’m not a huge advocate for the miracle cure magic weight loss system that everyone and their dog seems to be selling. Gimmicks and diets might work for a little while, but they aren’t a very sustainable strategy for maintaining a healthy weight. That said, nature has provided us with an abundance of powerful substances that can make losing weight easier and even enjoyable.  


Essential oils are a great addition to your weight loss strategy. The chemical structure of certain oils can help with everything from boosting metabolism to increasing energy and dealing with cravings. You know those days when not being able to have a donut throws you into a deep despair and robs you of all momentum, that’s when essential oils come in handy.


Some people swear by taking certain oils internally to help with weight loss. While this is certainly an option, I would recommend ensuring your gut flora is in tip top shape before adding EO’s to the mix.


The nice thing about using essential oils for weight loss is that you can address not just one aspect of long-term weight loss but several. Digestive health, stress, energy levels, cravings, these are all factors in whether you’ll be successful in attaining your weight loss goals. The more value packed members you have on your team, the better.



Kick your Cravings and Boost Metabolism with Grapefruit


Grapefruit is a potent ingredient in any weight loss program. It’s such a popular weight loss food that it’s often made an emblem in many images and recipe programs that promise great results. 

 


 

Essential oil of grapefruit is jam packed with phytochemicals that can help boost metabolism and reduce cravings. A few drops of grapefruit applied directly to the underside of both feet first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day.


The mere scent of grapefruit is enough to stimulate increased energy, improved focus, and boosted metabolism. When the urge to devour something not-so-healthy comes up, have grapefruit on hand to inhale deeply and you’ll see the craving softly dissipate.


Aid Digestion with Peppermint


Poor digestion is a big old roadblock to weight loss success. Unfortunately, it’s all too common. Digestive ailments affect millions of people each year and that number is growing. Because of the nature of digestive issues they can be extremely debilitating and cause you to easily get off track with your weight loss plan.


Peppermint is perfect for alleviating the pain associated with digestive issues. From cramps to bloating and gas, rubbing a few drops of peppermint mixed with a carrier oil on your abdomen is a great source of relief. 

 

 

Therapeutic grade peppermint oil can also be taken internally in times of dire need. Only one drop in some water makes a huge difference in taking care of those annoying gas bubbles and belly pains.


If you’re starting a new diet then it’s common to experience changes in your digestion. People who adopt the paleo diet for example, while much healthier for digestion in the long run, often run into major hurdles that might normally hinder them from continuing. Peppermint is a good helper in these cases. Even just taking a few deep inhalations of peppermint can make a big difference in calming nausea, indigestion and stomach aches.


Alkalize and Energize with Lemon


Lemon is the strongest member of the citrus family. It’s naturally occurring compounds fight high levels of acidity, boost the immune system and stimulate energy and focus. Lemon essential oil can be combined with grapefruit for even greater benefits. 

 

 

Diffusing lemon essential oil into the air not only helps to purify but also provide a gentle energy boost. Apply a few dabs to the wrists and temples for a pick-me-up or help with craving suppression.


Nip Stress in the Lavender Bud


Stress is the reason most people put on weight and the reason most can’t get it off. When your body’s in stress mode it’s hard to accomplish much else. Everything suffers, your digestion, your self-control, and motivation, it all feels the effects of chronic stress.


Getting rid of stress is an important element of a holistic weight loss strategy. Using lavender as part of a stress reduction strategy is so helpful. Lavender helps to calm and relax the nervous system in a gentle way. Any time that you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious as few huffs and lavender will help you to rebalance.

 


 

Stimulate and Motivate with Lemongrass


Ah lemongrass, it contains the same name as lemon while providing a completely different experience. Lemongrass is refreshing and invigorating. It's uses for weight loss are more so for its ability to help increase energy and provide a resource for refreshing the mind.


The mind is likely the biggest obstacle when it comes to achieving your weight loss goals. Keeping a high vibration and a high level of motivation is of paramount importance. The best way to do this is to keep tools like lemongrass and the other essential oils handy to offer a refresh in times of need. 

 


 

Cravings factor into the mental aspect too. There’s nothing worse than feeling hungry and deprived on a diet. Which is why hardcore diets are rarely sustainable. A better long-term strategy is to just eat real food. Ditch the processed sugar and junk. This stuff is addicting so it won’t happen overnight but the oils can help. Every time you get a craving bust out the grapefruit or lemongrass and take some deep inhalations of those aromas. The compounds in both of these substances will help to invigorate and strengthen your resolve to only nourish your body with the best foods possible.

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