Natural Aromatic Cleaning Products for Use at Home
In the current eco-friendly climate, more and more people are rejecting industrial cleaning products in favour of less harmful options. As Aromatherapists, we are perfectly placed to create our own substitutions, thereby helping to protect the environment and ourselves whilst using effective, aromatic and natural ingredients. Have a look at a few possibilities listed below:
Washing soda is the common name for sodium carbonate which is highly alkaline.
As a base cleaning product, this is a versatile cleanser, softener and deodoriser. Washing soda degreases, brightens pots and pans, oven grills and sinks. It’s safe enough to use as a natural drain cleaner - just put a couple of tablespoons of the soda into the plughole, with a few drops of suitably disinfectant essential oil, leave for a few hours and rinse with hot water. For stubborn grease and burnt on marks in the kitchen, make a thick paste of the soda with water and scrub away!
Washing soda is also effective when cleaning tiles and grouting. Simply add 3 tablespoons of soda to 1 tablespoon of water, apply this to the grouting between the tiles and leave for an hour or so. You could also add a few drops of essential oil, such as tea tree and/or lemon to act as a disinfectant and anti-fungal. Use an old toothbrush to scrub off any mould, bringing back the “whiteness” to the tile grout.
Lemons are antibacterial and antiseptic, with a refreshing and uplifting aroma.
Slice lemons in half and use them to clean work surfaces, or put in the bin to deodorise it. Lemons are very acidic and can cut through greasy marks and dirty sinks. For stubborn marks put some soda onto the cut surface of the lemon and use this as an abrasive cleaner. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Mix lemon juice and essential oil with rough salt to scrub up cutting boards and stained mugs or cups.
Lemons make a natural bleach and are often applied to blonde hair to highlight and lighten the hair during the summer months. Saves the hairdressing bills too!
This essential oil is a great product to remove residue and stickiness that remains when labels have been removed from jars or bottles. Put a couple of drops of the oil onto a tissue and rub in a circular motion until the stickiness is removed. Do not use on varnished surfaces though.
White vinegar brings a bright sparkle to cleaning windows and glass cabinets. It cuts through grease and grime and is great to clean and refresh toilets and sinks. A few drops of lemon essential oil can also be added for additional effect.
A tablespoon of white vinegar in water, together with a few drops of a chosen essential oil, in a spray bottle makes a great shower cleaner, removing soap scum and limescale.
A tablespoon of vinegar, steeped with lemon peel, and 5 drops of Tea tree oil mixed into a small bucket of warm water makes a great floor cleaner.
This is another wonderful cleaning agent that is safe to use around the home and family, especially as it does not irritate the lungs. Such a flexible and efficient cleaner, it is anti-microbial and comprises hydrogen and oxygen. Most people will recognise it for its bleaching action on hair in the salons. However, it is safe enough to clean salads, vegetables, toothbrushes and children’s toys. Make up a solution of hydrogen peroxide and water (240mls to a sinkful of water) and soak for about half an hour. Then rinse off with clean cool water before drying.
Mix 100ml into a litre of water in a spray bottle in order to clean work surfaces. It may bubble up a little but once the bubbles have disappeared, wipe the surface clean. An essential oil of choice may also be added for greater effect.
As you can see there are many opportunities to create our own aromatic cleaning products that are natural and safer for the environment. The fun is in creating our own aromas, discovering what these products can do and how to use them to achieve maximum home health.