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Since they were first introduced essential oils have been all the rage, but did you know that they can make your home a happier and healthier place?

Regular household cleaners and air fresheners are full of harmful toxins that can introduce loved ones to harsh chemicals. Thankfully there is a safer way to make our homes smell just as good and even relieve stress and fight illness along the way. Essential oils!! Essential oils can be used on your skin (research required), in a diffuser, and all sorts of ways. While researching their uses I came across some excellent household cleaners made with essential oils.

Here are 3 of my personal favorite oils and recipes to use around the house.


Top 3 Essential Oils to Replace Toxic Cleaning Products:

1.  Lavender

As one of the 7 polyvalents (effective against many toxins), lavender makes a great air freshener as well as cleaner around your home. Research has shown also that lavender has an ability to relax the body making it great right before bed or in your living room.

SWEET LAVENDER AIR FRESHENER:

  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 tablespoon rubbing alcohol or real vanilla extract
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops of chamomile essential oil

2.  Lemon

Citrus has a long history of being used as a cleaner around the house, because it leaves a lasting clean and fresh smell. Along with smelling great lemon also has antibacterial properties and has been known to improve mood.

LEMON CARPET REFRESHER:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 30 drops lemon essential oil

 

 

Combine in a small container, and cover tightly with a lid. Shake well and allow to sit for 6-8 hours. Sprinkle on stale or smelly carpet and allow to sit on it overnight. Vacuum up the next morning.

3.  Mint

Both peppermint and spearmint are very popular and used for many different things most often in our food. However, many people don’t know that it also can help with mental clarity, alertness and work performance making it a great essential oil around home offices and other work spaces.

FRESH MINT WINDOW & MIRROR CLEANER

  • 3 cups distilled water
  • ¼ cup rubbing alcohol
  • ¼ vinegar
  • 20 drops peppermint or spearmint essential oil

 

For more recipes visit: http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/04/essential-oil-cleaning-recipes.html

Written by: Shelby Lile

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