Dishwasher: Add a few drops of essential oils to your dishwasher and clean more than just your dishes! Suggested oils for your dishwasher: lavender, melaleuca, lemon, or wild orange.
Bin: Add a few drops of either Lemon, Melaleuca, OnGuard, Purify, Eucalyptus or Orange inside the lid of the bin to help over some of the not so nice smells.
Laundry: Add a few drops of essential oils to your laundry and enjoy a fresh smell as well as a very effective disinfectant! Eucalyptus kills dust mites (dust mites feed on our dead skin cells and leave 10x their body weight in fecal matter behind every day, and we are lucky enough to be allergic to their waste!) add 5 or more drops to each load of laundry. Add your favorite smelling essential oil to a dryer sheet and make the whole load smell fantastic!
You can also add a few drops of your favorite oil to a bottle of vinegar and use as a fabric softener.
Surface cleaners: Use a spray bottle filled with water and a few drops of any citrus essential oil or a defense blend to disinfect your kitchen and bathroom surfaces. You can also add a few drops of your hand dish soap to the mixture for a more soapy cleaner. Suggested oils: (for a medium to large spray bottle) 3 or more of any of the following – lavender, lemon, grapefruit, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, thyme, onguard, citrus bliss, or melaleuca. Be sure to shake the bottle at the beginning of and throughout cleaning since the oils will separate from the water.
Floors and carpets: *For non-carpeted floors, add a 1/4 cup of white vinegar to a bucket of water. Add 5 drops of lemon or melaleuca. For a really dirty floor add several drops of dish soap to the mixture- this will clean even the dirtiest floors!
*Carpet freshener- 10 or more drops of essential oil in a cup of baking soda or borax powder. Seal in a container over night to allow the oils to absorb into the powder. Sprinkle over carpet and vacuum up. In a system with a bag or canister, add essential oils to a rag and place in the bag or canister.
Deodorize Kitchens and Bathrooms: Add any of the following oils to a spray bottle (shake throughout use): a few drops of each, rosemary, lemon, eucalyptus, and lavender or the blend Purify.
General cleaning and disinfecting: Add any or all of the following oils to cleaning water: on guard, purify, orange, lemon or peppermint.
Take Away the Paint Smell
Paint can make any room look brighter, but the smell lasts quite awhile and the process of painting is not very uplifting to the spirit or mind with all those fumes.
Add one (1) 5ml bottle of your favorite essential oil to any five gallon bucket of paint. Stir vigorously and viola! You've got your own personal paint odor to help you get the job done with a more energetic or brighter outlook!
1/4 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon vinegar
6 drops lemon essential oil
Instructions: Mix ingredients to make a paste. Apply to interior of microwave with a sponge. Rinse and leave door open to dry for 15 minutes.
Wash the glass turntable by hand. This recipe will get rid of food odors...great for getting rid of that popcorn smell.
After cleaning the toilet open the top lid n add a drop of your favorite oil. So each time it is opened it has a nice clean smell.