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Essential Oils are all the rage right now because of their vast uses and effectiveness. Most people know the health benefits of using these oils for everything from heart to hair, but did you know that you can clean with it?

While we all worry about what we put into our bodies we sometimes overlook what we put ON our bodies. While cleaning, you come in contact with the product on your hands and arms and even breath in those chemicals. Many people have replaced medications, shampoos, and moisturizers, but often overlook cleaning products.  Not sure what oils to clean with? This is your beginners guide to essential oils for cleaning.

Lemon- Lemon fresh, you’ve probably heard this before because it is a wildly popular scent for cleaning products. Besides the fresh scent, it is great as an antibacterial and antiviral cleaner that can be used on counter tops. Add ¼ cup white vinegar, 1 ½ cups of distilled water with 25 drops of Lemon essential oil in a glass spray bottle and you have an all-purpose cleaner.  Lemon can be used as a wood floor cleaner too. Add 10 drops of lemon oil with 2 cups of distilled water and 2 Tbsp of white vinegar into a glass spray bottle.

Wild Orange has a great scent that purifies the air. Wild Orange is also used as a multi-purpose cleaner which can be used on counters in the bathroom and kitchen, tables, and kitchen and bathroom sinks. Wild Orange is great for fighting grease.

Citrus Blend is another great option for surface cleaner.  For dishes add 6 drops of Citrus Bliss, 2 cups of unscented Castile soap, 20 drops of Lime, and 8 drops of Lemon and you have an effective liquid dish soap.

Peppermint is an antibacterial which makes it a great addition to many general use cleaners.  This can be used as a natural deodorant that also deters pests. Mix 1 cup of water with 10-15 drops of peppermint oil to deter ants and spiders.

While cleaning we often introduce harsh chemicals that are unsafe for people and pets, especially during the winter months. Instead, we need antiviral and antibacterial solutions that don’t involve grabbing the nearest bottle of bleach. Many oils give just those cleaning properties. Regular cleaning products also leave a “chemical” odor left behind. Cleaning with Essential Oils will not only leave a fresh, pleasant scent, but they are actually air purifiers.

Cleaning with Essential Oils is a must!