On our most recent Mamavation TV, we were joined by Noelle Katai of Vim Essentials, Inc., who chatted with us about ways to clean our house with very practical and easy recipes that include essential oils.
Be sure to watch the video (linked above) for the full show, but here are a few of the highlights of our discussion on natural cleaning with essential oils:
- You can buy most of the ingredients for the essential oil cleaning recipes by looking at the bottom shelf at the grocery store: Epsom salts, sugar, distilled water, apple cider vinegar, and vinegar. The point? Ingredients for these natural cleaning recipes are pretty cheap!
- When you use vinegar in a cleaning solution, you will definitely notice the vinegar smell. Don’t worry! This smell will dissipate quickly, and you’re left with a clean surface!
- Some of the best oils for cleaning our counter tops include lemon, pine, eucalyptus, and tea tree. Oregano is also great for cleaning, but it smells like pizza. If you’re okay with that, use it!
- Scrubbing your sink won’t necessarily require the use of an essential oil. Baking soda and vinegar can do the job. Feel like you really want to have a scent? Use lemon!
- If you’re dealing with seasonal allergies that include problems with histamines, look for wood oils like cedarwood, lavender, or sandalwood to help alleviate some of your symptoms.
- Remember the importance of swapping out your filters in your air return. You can spray oils (like tea tree and lavender) on the new filter which will help to remove the allergens in the air. It will also help your house smell nice.
- Instead of using a chemical-laden rinse agent in the dishwasher, use white vinegar! You can also run the dishwasher with a cup or two of white vinegar along to clean off buildup.
- Dealing with bugs as the summer approaches? Use sweet orange to combat ants and other creepy crawlies. Use peppermint to combat flies.
- If you have a bug bite or rash, remember the healing properties of lavender. As one of the gentlest and most broad-spectrum oils, lavender can help as an antiseptic, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory agent.
If you’re just starting to experiment with essential oils and natural cleaning, Noelle wants you to keep doing it! Figure out the combinations that work for you. If you’ve never tried to do anything with oils, now is the time. You’ll be surprised, she says, by these cost-effective, healthy, and non-toxic resources.