Get Prepared for Spring Cleaning

by Maria on March 10, 2010

Spring Cleaning with Essential OilsSpring is starting to bloom, little by little. It’s almost time to open the windows and clear away the clutter, grime and general feeling of the long winter.

If you’re like us, you’ll be using handmade products and essential oils into your spring cleaning efforts.

Here are some tools to stock up on before you get started:

Cleaning Rags and Sponges
Try using old tee shirts and worn out towels for cleaning. When buying sponges, look for all-natural materials. Many name brand sponges are full of harsh chemicals. To keep your organic sponge fresh, just toss it in the cutlery rack in your dishwasher.

Empty Spray Bottles
Buy two or three industrial-sized spray bottles at your local hardware store or big box store. You should be able to find them in the cleaning aisle. Use these to put together your heavy duty surface cleaner recipes.

Castile Soap
Buy organic castile soap in bulk. You can use it in everything from liquid hand soap to abrasive sink cleaners. Save money and raw materials by getting a big bottle and pouring it into smaller containers as needed.

Hard-working Essential Oils
When using essential oils to clean, you need a few hard-working oils as your foundation. After that, use your stash of essential oils to tweak recipes and create your own favorites. Here’s the bare minimum to stock up on when it comes to cleaning:

  • Lemon essential oil
  • Tea Tree essential oil
  • White Pine essential oil (or pick your favorite piney oil!)
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Peppermint essential oil

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Maria

Maria Mora has worked on and off with Andrea Butje and Cindy Black since the inception of Aromatics International in 2006. With a background in writing and marketing, she enjoys assisting the talented Aromahead team with spreading their amazing wealth of knowledge. She looks forward to attending the Aromahead Institute's Aromatherapy Certification Program in the fall of 2008, and hopes that her next son waits to arrive until she's done with the last segment of the class.

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Olivia Lane April 13, 2013 at 6:08 pm

I love to use essential oils but I have yet to try white pine for cleaning. I did use cedar oil when I had a flea infestation and it was mah-velous. i must try making a surface spray with white pine. great tips! short and sweet!

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Andrea Butje April 13, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Thanks for your comment Olivia. I bet you like white pine! I love your website: http://www.oliviacleansgreen.com/ :)

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Kourtney February 14, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Are plastic bottles safe to use? I thought that with lemon and citrus oils to use glass spray bottles? Is that true?

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Andrea Butje February 14, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Hi Kourtney,

I always prefer glass hut sometimes glass is not the best, like in the bathroom or kitchen where you take the risk of breaking it. So when I want to use plastic I use ET plastic, which is considered non reactive. I never worry about it for cleaning blends.

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Penny Brueggemann January 25, 2015 at 11:52 pm

During the winter months it’s so difficult to get fresh air into the house because it’s been so cold out and my electric bill goes crazy playing catch up if I leave the doors and windows open very long. So, instead, I use tangerine or orange essential oils to clean with, because they remind me of summertime, and warm sunny days. It’s a great way to keep a positive attitude as well as these oils are uplifting, at least to me. And everyone who comes in remarks how good my house smells – what they don’t know is they are getting the same uplifting experience as I am, too!

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Andrea Butje January 26, 2015 at 11:42 am

Penny,
Brilliant, I love it! Such a smart idea to use the citruses during the winter and get the additional benefit of their antimicrobial effect, to get rid of airborne germs!

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