How to Make Sanitizing Natural Household Cleaner Using Essential Oils
Have you noticed that many of our household cleaners and home deodorizers have lemon and pine smells? well, it is not an accident that we associate lemon and pine smells with cleanliness. Essential oils have the potential to kill germs, destroy bacteria and eliminate bad odor due to their antiseptic qualities.
The problem is that almost all of our house cleaners and home deodorizers are of synthetic origin. But don’t despair, as this article will cover the essential oils that are particularly powerful in sanitizing your home, and will teach you how to make your own natural household cleaner.
There have been many studies about the effectiveness of essential oils in disinfecting room air. According to these studies, essential oils are rich in components that have germ killing properties. The most well known of the tested microorganisms that were dramatically inhibited by the diffusion of essential oils was E. coli that can cause serious food poisoning in humans, and is occasionally responsible for product returns due to food contamination. Some essential oils work directly on neutralizing these harmful organisms.
Dr. Jean Valnet, who was a medical doctor in Paris and was also an army physician and surgeon, experimented with essential oils in the post World War II years, and established amazing results. One of them was to demonstrate the anti-bacterial properties of eucalyptus essential oil. He found out that a 2% dilution in spray form killed 70% of the airborne staphylococcal bacteria, which can cause various infections in our body.
So what you can do at home to utilize these fantastic properties of essential oils? you can make an all natural easy and effective household cleaner, that will be gentler and safer alternative to what you may be currently using and will have great deodorizing and effective germ killing properties. These are important not only at home, but in places that often have large number of people, such as gyms, schools and workplaces.
But before that, let’s discover the essential oils that have shown to have high antiseptic and antibacterial properties: bergamot, orange, lemongrass, tea tree, juniper, pine, citronella, peppermint, lemon, sandalwood, eucalyptus, lavender and rosemary.
Natural Household Cleaner Recipe
Add 1/2 (half) a cup of borax to 1 gallon (4 liters) of tepid warm water.
Then add 20 drops antibacterial essential oil from the list above, such as lavender, tea tree, or rosemary.
It can be used in place of your household cleaners and is just as effective as industrial strength brands without the potential harm to your health.
And finally another tip – You can put a few drops of the above essential oils on the vacuum cleaner bag or filter for extra cleaning power and for additional great scent.
If you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information, as well as other useful recipes, in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy. This e-book will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them: