I was given a starter kit of dōTERRA® essential oils to assist my cleaning post. ALL expressed opinions and before and after shots are my own.
It’s finally looking like Spring is around the corner here in New England, which means cleaning up this house! During both of my pregnancies, I made peace with the much-proven fact that a clean smelling house does not mean chemically-induced scents, but natural scents. For us that meant vinegar and water, and while I have been happy with the cleanliness, I do catch a lingering vinegar scent every now and again, and was looking for a better solution. As the Winter comes to a close, I have looked to essential oils for their ability to clean and disinfect, and their safety for my children and animals, to get my home clean, fresh and ready for the warm months ahead!
I started watching this video class series:
While I love the message and the guiding of all the facets of essential oil use, I am not comfortable ingesting them. For us a good, clean home will promote all the wellness we need (plus a few teaspoons of raw honey each week).
I started with getting good sleep! We bed-share with Millie, so making sure all oils are safe for infants is key. Lavender happens to be an oil commonly used around children (PLEASE USE A CARRIER OIL IF USING DIRECTLY ON YOUR CHILD), so I felt safe taking 2 drops into my hands and rubbing them on my pillow in the evening as we prepare for bed on days when I am having a hard time unwinding. I then breathe into my cupped hands for an extra calming effect.
When I have some extra time (don’t laugh, once I had free time!) I like to slip into a hot tub and relax before bed with this recipe for de-stressing:
1 cup Epsom Salts
10 drops Lavender or other oil
Mix and add to your bath
Getting good rest is the first way this home stays sane… after sleep comes cleanliness. I love our little home, but it is old and we have a dog, a toddler and a baby. Combined with 2 adults and the winter weather, there are lots of things to get clean. If you’re like me, you want easy solutions… and that’s just what I’ve got! Check out these ideas below:
Dirt on all surfaces… this is the bottle I always have handy to wipe down spots that creep up:
In a standard spray bottle, add 15 drops of Lemon essential oil to 20 oz of water.
Keep handy for any use!
For the backs of my car seats, where Addie put her feet all winter (full of ice, snow and mud), this recipe worked wonders! This is the ideal way to clean the seats of the car, as well as food and pet stains on carpets!
Carpet and Upholstery Stain Remover:
1 cup white vinegar
2 cups baking soda
2-6 drops of Lemon or Wild Orange essential oil
Work paste into stain with a brush. Allow paste to dry and vacuum.
1/2 cup white vinegar
20 drops lemon
8 ounce glass spray bottle
Combine, spray on stain and wash.
11/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup water
8 drops Lemon
16 ounce glass spray bottle
Mix ingredients in bottle and shake thoroughly. Shake and spray on glass then wipe with a paper towel or clean cloth.
1/8 cup olive oil
1/4 cup vinegar
1 cup water
10 drops Wild Orange
16 ounce glass spray bottle Add ingredients to bottle and shake. Apply to cloth and wipe surfaces.
So… my house is clean, my car is clean, and everything has a faint smell of lemon and lavender! I LOVE it and I think you will, too! The price to make all of these items is less than ¼ for each of these items from the store, full of chemicals and allergens, and they don’t irritate my nose or chest. Take a WEBINAR or GET YOUR OILS and start making the change today! Sign up for a class, and you can win your own free intro kit through the raffle on the webinar/class registration page!
In my kit:
* While peppermint oil came in my kit I have not used it, as it can affect milk production in breastfeeding women. I will be trying it out in a diffuser for alertness whenever Millie weans herself!