Green Clean Your Home With Essential Oils

We have four boys in our house. This means we have an abundance of filth being generated at a very rapid pace, at all times! This also means it would be a cold day in “you-know-what” before I could even dream of being able to handle cleaning it up all by myself. Thankfully the little “filth generators” are old enough to be helping me maintain some level of clean in our humble abode. Even better is the fact that they can do so without inhaling dangerous chemicals used in so many of the products used to rid our home of said filth. Therefore, eliminating all excuses for not helping mom out. Ha! Love it!

“Green Cleaning” your home with essentials oils has more benefits than just preventing the inhalation of dangerous chemicals. You will be boosting your immune system, or your kiddos immune systems. Let’s not forget how amazing your home is going to smell! Or how about the fact that essential oils have an effect on our emotions. Feeling a little down? Use citrus oils, which are amazingly uplifting, to clean your home. Feeling a little tired? Citrus oils, fir oils, pine oils, and peppermint are uber energizing! You can make cleaning products that will even help ease your headache while you clean! There are so many essential oils that have disinfectant and antibacterial properties. Here are just a few, in no particular order (I am far too tired to alphabetize right now!): Peppermint, Tea Tree, Lemon, Black Spruce, Lime, Mandarin, Eucalyptus (globulus), Grapefruit, Cinnamon Leaf, Lemongrass, Thyme, Orange, Lavender, Scotch Pine, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Roman Chamomile, German Chamomile, Clove Bud, Cypress, Geranium, Spearmint, Ylang Ylang

*Just a little note: The aromatherapist in me suggests that you don’t have your kiddos, under the age of 5, use any cleaning products by themselves. While safe, the little ones are still very susceptible to skin irritation. Please email me if you have any questions about a blend you would like to try. info@ragoods.com

All-Purpose Cleaning Spray
4oz spray bottle
3oz water or hydrosol
2tsp castile soap
dash of vinegar
25 drops of essential oils such as:
10 drops Peppermint
8 drops Black Spruce
7 drops Lemon
*Be sure to shake well with every use.

Fabulous Smelling Toilet
½ cup baking soda
½ cup vinegar
10 drops of essential oils such as:
5 drops Mandarin
5 drops Lemon
*Pour baking soda and vinegar into toilet, then add essential oils. Let sit for 15mns (or longer), scrub, and flush.

Grapefruit Peel and Salt Bathtub Cleaner
1 grapefruit
¼ cup pink Himalayan Salt (or any natural salt you prefer)
1 drop of essential oil you love.
*Cut grapefruit in half and save it for later as a snack. Sprinkle grapefruit peel with some salt and your essential oil. Wet your tub or shower, and sprinkle the remaining salt around the tub or shower floor. Rub the peel and salt all around the tub or shower. Rinse and enjoy the amazing smell and sparkling tub!