Learning how to green clean is a great way to rid your home of dangerous toxins which can not only harm to Earth but can harm your family. Using essential oils is not only good for aromatherapy but did you know you can use it as a safer way to clean your home. There are a numerous oils that can revitalise, make your home smell great and also clean it well as well. Now you can ditch the dangerous chemicals used in common cleaning and disinfecting products, here is a list of common cleaning herbs that’s fantastic for green cleaning.
Cinnamon works well as an antiseptic as well as a stimulant for your body and mind.
Use clove as an antiseptic also rub clove essential oil to surfaces which attract ants, as clove oil is good for repelling ants.
Geranium is fantastic as an antiseptic, disinfectant, and cleaner. You can also use geranium as a natural insect repellent, especially for fleas and ticks. You can dilute a couple of drops of geranium oil with a carrier oil and use it as a tick repellent for dogs and humans. To use it as a flea repellent on carpet, add 5 drops of geranium essential oil to 10 drops of carpet shampoo
Lavender Oil:Credit: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/270242 by wizard
Lavender essential oil not only smells great and relaxes your mind but it can be used as an antiseptic antifugal solution and an airfreshener. You can use it instead of dryer sheets, by spraying vinegar with a few drops of lavender oil to an old wash cloth. You can also use it to repel moths by adding it to carpet shampoo.
Lemon oil is an excellent essential oil for green cleaning as an antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal and deodorizing agent. It has a wide variety of uses not only as a regular cleaner but also as a furniture polish, floor cleaner, and a carpet shampoo.
Lemongrass is a good cleaning agent, use it as an antiseptic cleaner or use it to repel insects.
Orange / Sweet Orange Oil:
Orange oil is a good cleaner which can already be found in commercial cleaning products. However take caution when using orange oil as it contains d-limonene which has been linked to cancer.
Oregano is a common cooking herb but is an oil you can use it an antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, antifectious and antiparasitic agent.
Not only is pine oil great as an antibacterial cleaner. You can use pine oil as a deodorizer, disinfectant, and antiseptic.
Use rosemary as an antiseptic agent and a deodorizer. It also makes a great all purpose cleaner and wood cleaner. Use it in place of dishwashing liquid.
Tea tree Oil:
Try using tea tree essential oil as a disinfectant, antiseptic agent and cleaner. It smells great, so also use it as a deodorizer, and airfreshener.
Always wear gloves when using essential oils as they are very concentrated and can irritate you skin. Never swallow oils and always use with care. Always take special care and read precaution statements before using oils.
How to Use Essential Oils for Green Cleaning
Start off by using one or two oils as they can be expensive, and you want to be able to decide whether you like working with oils. Also most of the oils listed have multiple purposes so choose an oil best suited to your cleaning needs. When using essential oils you only need a few drops. To make your own cleaning agent add it to vinegar.
Also do not forget only buy essential oils from certified organically grown suppliers as some non-certified oils can contain pesticides. Pesticides can be highly toxic.
To make essential oils last longer store it them in dark coloured bottles in a refrigerator. Make sure you place them inside airtight containers so it does not spoil or affect your food. Or try storing them inside a cool, dry, dark place. Any exposure to light, oxygen, or heat over time can cause chemical changes to the oil.