Happy Friday, all you wonderful Moppers! We hope you had an amazing week, and enjoyed the first day of spring…as snowy as it was in some parts. Regardless, the warm weather is coming, and that is definitely something to look forward to, right?
Speaking of spring, it’s one of our favorite times of the year. Not just because of the weather, but because of SPRING CLEANING! There’s nothing we love more than getting down to the nitty gritty, tossing things in the trash, and giving our whole home a complete makeover. It’s just so refreshing, and after a long, cold winter, we need all the freshening up we can get.
You know what else we need when it comes to spring cleaning? Essential oils. Lots and lots of essential oils. Not only do they make your home smell fantastic, but the cleaning properties of essential oils work wonders.
For example: these SEVEN essential oils all have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, which make them the perfect tools to add to your spring cleaning checklist.
- Grapefruit essential oil
- Lemon essential oil
- Tea tree essential oil
- Peppermint essential oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Eucalyptus essential oil
- Ravintsara essential oil
So what do you do with these essential oils once you have them? We’re glad you asked, because here are just a few recipes you can employ to aid you in your spring cleaning travels!
Eucalyptus and Tea Tree Shower Scrub
Mix 1 teaspoon of Castile soap with 1 cup of baking soda, and mix with a little white vinegar to get a nice, smooth paste. Then, add 15 drops of eucalyptus oil, and 15 drops of tea tree oil. Place some on a sponge, and go to work cleaning your shower tiles, your tub, and your toilet!
Lemon Window and Glass Cleaner
Simple mix 1 ounce of white vinegar with 4 drops of lemon essential oil, and place the mixture in a spray bottle. Spray it all over your windows, and use some old newspapers to wipe it away for a streak-free shine.
Peppermint and Lavender Upholstery and Closet Spray
Mix 1 ounce of water along with 8 drops of peppermint essential oil, and 7 drops of lavender essential oil in a spray bottle. Shake it up real good, and spray it all over your closets and in your clothes drawers to help prevent moths and other pests from taking root. You can also use it as an upholstery spray on your curtain, and on your carpets after you’ve vacuumed.
Grapefruit and Peppermint Surface Spray
Mix 1 ounce of water with just a splash of vinegar in a spray bottle, then add 8 drops of grapefruit essential oil, and 8 drops of peppermint essential oil. Shake it all up, and use this spray on your kitchen countertops, in your sinks, and various other household surfaces. It’s a fantastic combination that works especially well in the kitchen.
Ravintsara and Eucalyptus Bathroom Diffusing Blend
Once you’ve spring cleaned your bathroom from top to bottom, add 6 drops of ravintsara, and 6 drops of eucalyptus to a diffuser, and place it in the bathroom. Not only will it work to keep nasty odors at bay, but the eucalyptus will work to help keep mold and mildew at bay.
There you have it, folks. The power of essential oils added to your spring cleaning arsenal. Now you know why we love them so much, because there’s nothing they can’t do. They smell wonderful, clean even better, and the best part is they’re all natural, so you won’t be exposed to any nasty chemicals found in store-bought cleaners.
That’s it for this week, Moppers. We hope you enjoy your weekend, and we’ll chat with you again soon. In the meantime, stay safe…and stay clean!