Cleaning your Home with Essential Oils- Student Article

Cleaning your Home with Essential Oils
Rachad Atat, January 2014 ©

Eating organic whole foods, healing with medicinal herbs and essential oils, exercising, meditating, etc. are all thought to be healthy ways of living. To keep with this natural healthy lifestyle, the natural way should also be sought of when it comes to cleaning our home.
Many of us are used to using expensive commercial cleaning products because we see them everywhere in the newspapers, magazines, on TV, etc. Not only they are costly, but they also contain harsh chemicals that cause us irritable skin and allergic reactions. Even some are thought to cause diseases such as cancer. This, in addition, we need to buy a cleaning product for every matter: for the bathroom, for the kitchen, for the carpet, for the windows, etc., which in turn increases the cost of cleaning products.
In this article, we discuss a cheaper and safer alternative to commercial cleaning products using basic ingredients and essential oils.

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Essential oils are extraction of plant materials through distinct processes such as distillation, expression and solvent [1]. They have been used therapeutically for healing and promoting a sense of relaxation and calmness. Not only essential oils smell great, but also are antiseptic and are able to kill bacteria and dust mites quickly and safely. Several essential oils can be used for the purpose of cleaning, such as tea tree, lavender, peppermint, clove, eucalyptus, lemon, Sandalwood, rosemary, clary sage, cinnamon, etc. [2].

OnGuard essential oil is a proprietary essential oil blend made by döTERRA, a company that produces essential oils, which contains wild orange, clove bud, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils. This blend is proven effective in killing bacteria, boosting immune system and cleaning the home [3].
To clean dishes, fruits and vegetables, we can fill a spray bottle with water and 30 drops of a combination of wild orange, clove bud, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils, or using onGuard essential oil. To clean the carpet and give it a nice scent, we can sprinkle with baking soda mixed with essential oils of peppermint, lavender, lemon, eucalyptus, and rosemary, let it sit for a while before vacuuming. To remove dust from furniture and polish them, one can mix 10 drops of citrus essential oil, 30 drops lemon essential oil with 1/3 cup coconut oil and 1/2 cup filtered water in a spray bottle [2, 4].
For the countertop, in a spray bottle, mix 1 cup distilled white vinegar with 1 cup filtered water. Then, add peppermint, tea tree, lemon, eucalyptus, rosemary essential oils. One can also add a different combination of essential oils [4].
To clean the mirrors and windows, mix in a spray bottle 1 cup distilled white vinegar, 1 cup filtered water and 15 drops of lemon essential oil.
As to cleaning the bed and removing away bed bugs and parasites, one can spray the bed sheets and pillows with 1 cup filtered water and 20 drops Citrus essential oil [2, 4].
Spraying the room with essential oils or using a diffuser, can bring a relaxant, pure and anti-bacterial atmosphere that will keep us and our loved ones healthy.

In conclusion, using basic ingredients such as baking soda, white vinegar and water along with essential oils can save us lots of money and kill bacteria and dust mites effectively. Essential oils are a smart way of not only healing but also cleaning.
References

[1] Esoteric Oils (2013). “Extraction of Essential Oils”. Retrieved from http://www.essentialoils.co.za/extraction-methods.htm
[2]  Mind, Body, Soul Essentials (2013). “Natural Cleaning with Essential Oils”. Retrieved from http://www.mindbodysoulessentials.com/natural-cleaning-with-essential-oils.html
[3] Andrus, B. (January 16th, 2012). “OnGuard Essential Oil Blend”. Retrieved from http://modernessentialoils.com/onguard-essential-oil-blend-one-of-my-favorites
[4] Keeling, D. (April 21, 2013). “Cleaning with doTERRA”. Retrieved from http://www.doterraeveryday.com/events/cleaning-with-doterra-3/

 

About the Author

Rachad Atat received his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. Although his major degree has nothing to do with herbalism, he got interested in the field of natural medicine after undergoing an intense chiropractic treatment for his spine at the Ideal Spine Health Center in Eagle, Idaho in the United States that has changed his life. He is an Herbalist student at Heart of Herbs School pursuing his other dream of becoming a natural health consultant. His interests are in herbalism, aromatherapy, flower essences and nutrition areas, with passion for life extension research. Along with his passion to alternative medicine, he is currently a doctoral student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Kansas in the United States.

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