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Natural Cleaning Tips

by Andrea Butje on December 12, 2011

Here 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!

Floors
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

Ingredients:

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)

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I Love Citrus Essential Oils

by Andrea Butje on October 23, 2011

It's true, I'm having a love affair with my citrus essential oils.

And why not? They're uplifting and supportive . . . of our immune systems! We can use them for cleaning and diffusing into the air. Their aromas are familiar and bright. Citrus essential oils are inexpensive, and great for cleaning bathrooms and kitchens. And how about keeping your cutting board clean?

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