Homemade Aromatherapy Cleaning Sprays
Try these natural, safe homemade aromatherapy cleaning sprays. Just spray them on and wipe them off. For more stubborn dirt you may need to let it sit for a bit. You can use any kind of essential oil that is pleasing to you. I normally use lavender because I love the scent and it is a great disinfectant. Other essential oils I have used are peppermint. tea tree, orange, sage, lemon, and clove. I sometimes make a combination of these or use just one. I usually add lavender and a drop or two tea tree because of the anti bacterial, anti mold, and anti viral properties. In the summer I like lavender and peppermint because bugs don't like them. In the winter orange and clove smells more like Christmas. Pine would be a good one for winter too, but I'm allergic to pine. Never use a essential oil you are allergic to or don't like the smell of.
Here are a few basic recipes for general spray cleaner. Experiment and have fun with it.
Homemade aromatherapy Cleaning Sprays # 1
In a spray combine
1 teaspoon borax
Shake well to dissolve above items then add
1/2 teaspoon of liquid soap or detergent
Homemade aromatherapy Cleaning Sprays # 2
In a 16 ounce spray bottle place
2 tablespoons of vinegar
Fill bottle about 2/3rd full with hot water
mix well to dissolve.
Hint For extra cleaning power you can sprinkle the area you are cleaning with a small amount of baking soda, spray with one of the above sprays and scrub. This works well on sinks and tubs.
Homemade aromatherapy Cleaning Sprays # 3
1 teaspoon sodium lauryl sulfate
Homemade aromatherapy Cleaning Sprays# 4
1 teaspoon borax
Homemade aromatherapy Cleaning Sprays# 5
1 teaspoon vegetable based soap or detergent
Hint Washing soda can be added to the cleaners for extra cleaning, but washing soda will scratch fiberglass.
Hint Hard water has a high mineral content and will leave a residue. Use more soap in your recipe or use distilled water or filtered water. Adding more lemon juice or vinegar will also help cleaning the mineral buildup. If you have soft water you may want to decrease the soap.
As you can see, it's not an exact science, Use what you have on hand and you feel like. These are so much safer and won't make you sick. Be well :)