Happy Friday, all you amazing Moppers out there. Congrats on making it through another week. Just think, in a few short hours you can kiss work goodbye and welcome in the weekend. Hopefully you’ve got lots of good stuff planned over the next couple of days, and if not, that’s okay too. As long as you enjoy the break, that’s all that matters.
As for us, we’ll be stocking up on some essential oils this weekend, and while that may not sound like fun to you…it’s heaven to us. We love essential oils, in case you couldn’t tell, and there’s nothing more calming than walking into a store and smelling all those wonderful scents.
Of course we’ve talked a lot about essential oils here on the blog, and today we’re at it again with some more tips. Some of these might be old hat to you, while others might be eye opening. Either way, here are a few ways to use essential oils around the house, just in case you forgot.
Tea Tree Oil
It might not have the most inviting scent, but tea tree oil is one essential oil you don’t want to be without, especially when it comes to eliminating soap scum and mildew in the shower. All you need to do is fill a spray bottle with 2 cups of distilled white vinegar, 2 teaspoons of liquid dish soap , and 20 drops of tea tree oil. Mix it all around, and use it to spray down your shower after every use. The tea tree oil will work to get rid of all that soap scum, and with its anti-fungal properties it will help keep mold and mildew at bay.
You know all those hair brushes you have lying around? When was the last time you cleaned them? If you can’t remember, the time has come to do it, because chances are there’s a layer of gunk on there caused by hair products and hair oil. To properly clean them, fill a container with 1 1/2 cups of water, 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar, and 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Drop those brushes in there and let them soak for about 20 minutes. When finished, thoroughly rinse them off and allow them to air dry. Just like that you’ll have clean and refreshed brushes.
Lavender essential oil might be known for its calming properties, but did you also know that it works great as a disinfectant? It’s true! It has natural antibacterial properties that work wonders to get the job done around the home. Just grab a spray bottle and fill it most of the way with water, and then add 10-15 drops of lavender oil. Give it a good shake, and spritz it all around your kitchen, bathroom, and anyplace else that needs disinfected. You don’t even have to wipe it. Just leave it to dry, and enjoy the smell.
One of the worst things you can find in your home is cockroaches. Those little buggers give us the willies just thinking about them. Thankfully with the power of peppermint essential oil, you can combat them without the harsh chemicals included in a bug spray. Mix 1 part white vinegar, 2 parts water, and 15 drops of peppermint oil in a spray bottle. Give it a shake, and spritz it anywhere you’ve seen roaches in your home. This will also work on other nasties you find, such as spiders. Keep in mind this won’t kill them, it will just help keep them away, so if you have a serious infestation in your home, call in the experts to permanently remove them.
You know what we hate? We hate when we get chewing gum on our clothes. Completely by accident, of course, because no one puts gum on their clothes on purpose. That’s just silly. As much as we hate it, though, we love that it gives us a chance to break out some orange essential oil, because not only does it smell amazing, it’s perfect for removing gum. Just dab it on the area with a cotton ball to loosen all that gum up, and stick those clothes in the wash and launder them the way you normally do. When finished, you’ll notice that all that gum is completely gone! Thanks you, orange oil. Thank you.
Like we said before, some of these you might have already known about, but others…not so much. Lavender for disinfecting things? Who knew? Well, now you do, and with knowledge comes power. The power to use essential oils to clean, repel, and soothe, without all those chemicals from commercial cleaning products you buy at the store.
How great is that?
We hope you all have an awesome weekend, Moppers. Until next week, stay safe, and stay clean!