How to Make Environmentally Friendly Air Fresheners & Other Household Cleaners
With the sagging economy, industrial pollution, wastefulness and uncaring going on in the world; life can really get you down sometimes.But, we can decide to make it better, even if only a little at-a-time. With everyone trying, even a little bit can make a big difference.
When we do our best to live “green” or “eco-friendly” by taking care of our surroundings we are making a difference, and who wouldn’t want to do that without breaking the bank?
Making your own natural cleaners and organic home products is not only fun, but really easy. There’s nothing like the satisfaction of knowing you’ve done something good for yourself, your family and future generations. Who knew cleaning naturally could be so rewarding and at the same time so much fun?
It’s so simple to make your eco-friendly air-freshener , but first you must first choose which essential oils you’d like to use. This will be the biggest expense of your homemade products. Any /all of the essential oils listed below are excellent for purifying and cleaning the air; freshening it naturally.
You may choose a combination of your favorites, or use only one of them. It won’t really matter, they all work brilliantly.
To make your choices easier, I’ve listed the essential oils most used for air freshening in descending order of their antiseptic/anti-bacterial qualities;
Thyme, Tea Tree, Clove, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Cinnamon.
(as for the order of which is most antibacterial, etc… this list is only typical and approximate as many times depending on the specific essential oil’s originating plant material, chemotype, growing conditions and other factors; for instance; Eucalyptus, Cinnamon, and Rosemary may actually be higher on their antiseptic / anti-bacterial list of attributes at any given time.)
Dissolve 30-40 drops of your chosen essential oils into 10 ml of grain alcohol (not isopropyl); or instead of the grain alcohol you could use 10ml of mentholated spirits.
Add that mixture to
approx. 500 ml (16 ounces) of distilled water (or a little less so as to fit into a 16 ounce spray bottle).
Shake well to mix (and be sure to shake before each use) and spray wherever you want a fresh scent while cleaning the air.
I always write on the bottle “Shake & Spray Air Freshener” and the ‘scent’ I’ve used with a Sharpie so I won’t forget to shake the contents each time and with a glance can see what the ingredients are. It helps to add the date as well so you know when to make a fresh bottle. It’s best to discard unused portions after a month or so and start fresh.
Natural Floor Cleaner
When we had our new Pergo floors installed, the salesman gave me this great recipe for homemade floor cleaner. He told me how great it had worked on his own wood flooring. And since then, I’ve used nothing else.
This fantastic floor cleaner can be used on everything from ceramic tile to Pergo; on natural wood and even on linoleum it works brilliantly.
Just get a 16 oz. spray bottle, ( I like to recylcle them or get them at the dollar store)
Fill the 16 oz. spray bottle with:
- 1/3 distilled water,
- 1/3 distilled white vinegar,
- 1/3 alcohol (I use rubbing alcohol and it works fine, but better still would be grain alcohol for a less strong smell),
- Add about 3 drops of liquid dish soap and
- about 25 drops of Lavender, Lemon or Orange essential oil.
Shake well before each use. Spray small sections of floor from about 18 in. away, and clean as you go (works best if you spray and let sit for about 30 sec. to a minute). For tougher spots, spray and let sit for 1 minute and re-spray right before cleaning. Smells great! Cleans great! And best of all it doesn’t hurt you, your family or your environment! This bottle usually lasts me about a month or so and is so cost effective; you’ll never have to purchase one of those expensive brands ever again.
Natural All Purpose Cleaner
I use this all purpose cleaner on almost everything. It works just as good as more expensive natural brands.
- 2 teaspoons borax
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap
- 2 cups hot water
- Optional essential oil blend (lavender, orange, lemon or whatever scent you like) approx. 5-25 drops
Combine the washing soda, borax, and soap in a spray bottle.
Pour in the hot water (it will dissolve the minerals), screw on the lid, and shake to completely blend and dissolve.
Just spray and wipe away. For touch to clean surfaces, leave the cleanser on for a few minutes before wiping it off.
Shake well before each use.
Storage: Leave in a labeled spray bottle
Soft Scrub Cleaner
This great cleaner is so simple to make and you probably have these everyday items in your kitchen handy enough to make this whenever needed.
This scrub can be used on the bathtub, sinks, shower, even delicate marble or Formica counter tops.
Just use ½ cup baking soda with enough liquid soap (organic castile soap is the best) to make a frosting like consistency.
You can add 5 to 10 drops of an antibacterial essential oil, such as lavender, lemon, or orange (optional).
Scoop your soft scrub mixture onto the surface that is to be cleaned with a sponge, then scrub, wash, and rinse. Make only as much as you will use at the time as this recipe will dry out in a short time.
Mold Cleaner / Inhibitor: Tea Tree Treasure;
This mixture can last for months and is super easy to make.
Just add 2 tsp. of Tea Tree Oil (5ml = 1 tsp) to
2 cups water (16 ounces = 480ml);
Shake well before use and spray on problem areas. Do not Rinse. The strong odor will dissipate in a day or so. Store in a cool dry place with an appropriate label.
I hope you find many wonderful uses for these natural recipes in your ‘green’ home. Try them once, and see how much you save…you’ll go back to these recipes again and again after you realize they work just as good if not better than their more expensive counterparts. Plus, isn’t it great knowing you’re doing something good for future generations by helping to keep our world beautiful instead of adding more pollutants and toxins?
A great place to find organic oils, herbs and such is Mountain Rose Herbs as they are world renown for their fresh ingredients. Also, Young Living Oils is a wonderful company for the best therapeutic grade essential oils in the world.