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Essential Oil Cleaning

You could say that they’re known as the “essentials” of modern day cleaning.

Essential oils have made a huge impact in the health and wellness of many lives, cleaning included. They are added to natural cleaning ingredients such as baking soda, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and white vinegar to help maintain a fresh, sanitary environment.

Every essential oil is different, and depending on the mix and potency of the oil provide different components and strengths each task.

Here are a few essential oils and how you can benefit from using them in your home, your office, and in everyday life:

Lavender:

Lavender is a cleansing herb, with strong disinfecting components. It’s also known for its soothing properties and really nice smell.

  • On its own, dilute lavender with distilled water and spray on your linens before bed to help you relax, for a better sleep.
  • Add a few drops of lavender to vinegar for an antibacterial mix. Spray on floors, carpets and furniture.
  • Put a few drops in homemade dish soap or to your laundry for a sweet, soothing smell.

Lemon:

  • Mix together a cup of distilled water with a few drops of lemon to make a super effective cleaning combination spray for furniture, carpets and room spray.
  • Harness its fresh scent and antibacterial elements: shake together a cup of baking soda and a few drops of lemon in a glass jar and sprinkle on your carpet before you vacuum.

Peppermint:

It’s cool, it’s invigorating and it’s a natural deodoriser.

  • Create an air freshener that also deters ants and spiders from making their way into your home. Mix 10-15 drops of oil with a cup of distilled water in a spray bottle. Shake and spray along cracks, crannies and anywhere else the little critters are known to squeeze through.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca):

A multi-purpose germ, bacteria and virus deterrent, this essential oil is a mean, clean, germ-fighting machine.

  • Add about 10 drops of tea tree oil to diluted water in a spray bottle. Shake and spray throughout your home (inside and out) to deter lice and other uninvited pests from making an appearance.
  • Combine tea tree oil, vinegar and distilled water to use on kitchen counters, sinks, and floors for a strong anti-bacterial cleaner.

These ideas are just a small example of what essential oils can do for your cleaning routine. Adding oils to your cleaning routine can have many benefits to keeping your home clean!

Posted on: 05 Oct 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
Homemade Toilet Cleaner

The worst cleaning job in the entire house has got to be the toilet. If you live alone, it may not be that bad but if you have roommates or a medium to large family — yikes. Because everybody does their business in their, not just you and of course, you are the cleanest person on the face of the earth and everyone else is a crazed lunatic  when they use the facilities.

Posted on: 07 Sep 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
Baking Soda, Lemon & Vinegar

Cleaning Power

Baking soda, vinegar and lemon. Cleaning with these three key ingredients is like taking the powers of three separate superheroes and combining them into one great big environmentally friendly caped crusader.

It is, literally, the world’s worst kept secret: Basic cleaning 101.

The combination of baking soda, vinegar and lemon is the ultimate team of cleaning green. These three products have so many things going for them: First, the fact that they’re non-toxic is a big positive. They can clean almost anything and everything, and each of these items are wallet friendly; they’re super inexpensive.

By themselves, each item has a strength of its own, but together, the possibilities are immense!

Baking Soda

Baking soda is probably the most diverse product of the three. Also known as bicarbonate, baking soda can be used everywhere; throughout the house and outdoors, to remove and keep away odours, scrub out stains without scratching the surface and even clean-up lawn furniture. It can also be used for cooking or baking, as the name suggests.

Lemon

Lemons are a great-smelling, non-toxic way to clean your home. Dilute fresh lemon juice with water in a spray bottle for an air freshener, or to clean countertops, walls and toilets. Lemon can be used to deodorise and clean the dishwasher, shower doors, and shine chrome faucets.

Vinegar

Vinegar is a natural, powerful and cheap option for cleaning up. Place a bowl of vinegar in a room overnight to get rid of any unpleasant odours. Clean windows with a mixture of vinegar and water, remove persistent stains from clothing, make your brights brighter in the wash.

Three-In-One

People were cleaning with these ingredients long before the fancy, sometimes harsh brand-name cleaning products were invented. With the power of cleaning staples like baking soda, lemon and vinegar, you are able to clean the whole house effectively and safely.

Kitchen/Bathroom Sink Cleaner and Deodoriser

  • Sprinkle ½ cup baking soda in and around the drain
  • Pour ½ cup vinegar down the drain
  • Squeeze juice from ½ lemon into drain
  • Let hot water rinse the ingredients for about one minute

Cleaning with these items could save you money. And your house will smell fresh because of it!

Posted on: 18 May 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
5 DIY Cleaners – Green Spring Cleaning Your Home

Removing toxic cleaning products to spring clean your home is the first step to spring green cleaning. Picking up environmentally friendly cleaning products goes a long way to ensure a fresh home environment. Eliminating toxic chemicals around your house is proven to help you sleep and concentrate better, as well as breathe cleaner air.

Posted on: 14 Apr 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru