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Natural Cleaning Tips

by Andrea Butje on December 12, 2011

natural cleaning tips from Essential LivingHere are a few fun natural cleaning tips from my eBook, Essential Living: Aromatherapy Recipes for Health and Home.

Cutting Boards
To keep wooden and plastic cutting boards free of bacteria, use a few drops of Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon). First, wash the board with hot water and castile soap. Then put about five drops of Lemon essential oil on a clean sponge and wipe the board vigorously, front and back. A nice side effect is that the sponge is now also clean and bacteria free!

Use hydrosols and hot water on the floors. Any mop will do, but we suggest mops with a removable terry cloth cleaning surface. They’re great for cleaning hardwood floors, ceramic tile, marble, and vinyl. They also work well on ceilings, walls, and windows. The terry cloth cover is removable and machine washable.

When cleaning floors, soak the terry cloth cover (or regular mop) in hot water. Squeeze the water out, then pour a cap full (a few tablespoons) of Lavender hydrosol or Sweet Grass hydrosol directly onto the mop.

Deodorizing Spray for Trash
Makes: One 16 oz (480 ml) spray bottle


15 oz (450 ml) water
1 oz (30 ml) white vinegar
20 drops Peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita)
30 drops Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
30 drops Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon)


16 oz (480 ml) plastic spray bottle


1. Simply add the drops of essential oil directly into the spray bottle full of water.
2. Close well, shake, and you’re ready to spray.


I like to spray the trash can in my bathroom and kitchen each time I empty the trash bag. I simply take out the bag, spray the can three or four times, and add the new bag. I recommend making this product fresh every few weeks.

Did you like these tips? Purchase the entire eBook now for $12.95! Just click this link and as soon as you pay you will receive a link in your email. To buy the book as a gift, simply email me: andrea@aromahead.com.

Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

Topics: hydrosols, Recipes and Blends, Green Cleaning, lemon essential oil, Natural cleaning, natural cleaning products, orange essential oil, peppermint

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