Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils
Hello all! I have to tell you, I am SO very happy today. It’s SPRING!! Woo-hoo.
Okay, I know, a bit overboard. But I’m from Pennsylvania and I’m sick of snow. Now, that being said, there are absolutely zero guarantee’s that Spring means the snow is over. But I’m going to hold out hope that it means we are nearing the end of winter and that soon I will start to see green again. Things blooming, color returning to my yard.
For me it also means I can start getting ready to air out the house and think about the “Spring Cleaning” that needs to happen. Not that it’s something I’m looking forward to or anything but after being closed up for the winter months, my windows need to be opened, walls need to be wiped down, carpets need to be scrubbed, and so on and so on. Finally getting some fresh air into my home, I do not want to ruin it with the smell of cleaning chemicals. So let’s try some “green” cleaning this year and make your products using natural ingredients and adding essential oils.
Look, I know that it’s not easy to go all green and healthy all at once. I get it. Hell, I still have good ole fashion cleaning products under my sinks. Not gonna lie to you. I can not lecture on the use of commercial products because they still reside in my home. However, I am working on making small changes over time to make it more sustainable for my family and myself to live with. I love natural, I love essential oils, I love the safety of non-commercial products. However, it’s not always financially sensible or time-sensible (like that word) to give them up. If you don’t have the time or the money to give it all up, start with one thing.
My first product I got rid of was dryer sheets. I went to the dollar store and bought a package of those re-usable dish rags, around here they are the blue and white ones. the are folded into 4 sections and each package usually has about 8. I cut them into 4 pieces. While at the dollar store, grab a container. I have a glass one that I keep my “solution” in and then a plastic one I keep the saturated rags in because my family doesn’t want to have to stick their hand in the solution. Yes, my family is a group of cry-babies. BUT, I love them, so whatever. Okay, so now into your glass jar, lets add a cup of good ole white vinegar. Let’s add a cup of water – straight outta the tap will do ya. To that we will add our oils. Now, this is 100% your preference based on fragrance. I have used Lemon – but my hubs didn’t like smelling like lemons, so I tried lavender. Daughter didn’t like that. Cry-babies, told ya. So now I hav