It's Spring Cleaning Time!

It's Spring Cleaning Time!

Essential Oils for Home Cleaning

Recipes and photographs by Amber Moss Ek, originally published in our now sold out Issue 11::MEND. But you can find these recipes and more in Special Edition, MAKE.

Look to your pantry to naturally clean your clothes and your home. Adding essential oils contributes antibacterial properties to your homemade cleaning agents and gives that oh-so-fresh-and-clean scent. This basic blend of oils is antibacterial and it smells divine!

Once you’ve made up a batch of the Antibacterial Essential Oil Blend, add it to the other recipes included for cleaners or create your own. Once you start creating your own cleaning products, you’ll discover just how easy it is to make cleaners that are truly clean.  

Essential Oil Blend 

40 drops clove oil 
35 drops lemon oil 
30 drops cinnamon oil 
25 drops eucalyptus oil 
20 drops rosemary oil 
15 drops lavender oil 
10 drops tea tree oil 
10 drops peppermint oil 

Instructions: Combine all oils in a light-proof bottle.

Foaming All-Purpose Paste Cleaner 

baking soda 
liquid castile soap 
antibacterial essential oil blend 

Make a paste of equal parts baking soda and your favorite liquid castile soap. Adjust the ratio to your liking. Add a few drops of the essential oil blend. The baking soda is abrasive, so take care when cleaning delicate surfaces. 

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Foaming All-Purpose Spray Cleaner 

2 cups water 
1 tablespoon borax 
2 tablespoons liquid castile soap 
1 cup vinegar 
20 drops antibacterial essential oil blend 

Heat water and borax, and stir until borax is dissolved. Stir in liquid castile soap, vinegar, and antibacterial essential oil blend. Store in a spray bottle. To use, spray and wipe clean. The vinegar smell will dissipate shortly. 

Happy cleaning!