Tips & Treats For an Abundant Life
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You won’t be surprised to learn that the average American home is filled with thousands of artificial chemicals. In fact, only a small percentage of these chemicals have been thoroughly tested for safety!

This is alarming considering how often we’re exposed to these chemicals, and how little we know about their effects on our health and the environment.

What is sad is that many of these have not been properly tested but of the ones that have, at least 150 of these common household chemicals have been associated with cancer, psychological disturbances, allergies, gastrointestinal disorders and various health issues.

A substancial amount of the toxic load in our homes is due to the use of these cleaning agents. Many top brand cleaners are filled with known toxins such as solvents, ammonia, formaldehyde, phthalates and ethanolamine.

With so many viable natural cleaning solutions now available, we have to wonder, could the potential (and known) risks of these toxins ever be worth a bleached-clean home?

But there is hope! Many essential oils mimic the results of chemical cleaners. these amazing oils can dissolve grease, brighten stains, kill mold spores and fight bacteria… But without all the scary health dangers!

Check out these eco-friendly cleaning solutions that are natural, non-toxic, simple and actually work!

But please note, when working with essential oils on a new surface, always patch test first to check for suitability. Even though they come from Mother Nature, these oils are potent!

  • CLEANING PURPOSE: Toxin-free Kitchen Wipes
    Recommended Essential Oils:
    Lavender
    Eucalyptus
    Organge
    Lime
    Tea Tree
    Peppermint
    Suggested Use:
    Ditch the paper towel and toxic antibacterial wipes! Simply cut up some old white colored rags into hand-sized squares. Fill a large jar with 1 cup of water, 1 ounce castile soap, 1 ounce vinegar and 10 drops of any of the above oils. Soak the cloth squares inside and remove as needed to wipe away spills or wipe down bench tops. Simply wash and reuse the square cloths time and time again!
  • CLEANING PURPOSE: Stove & Cooktops
    Recommended Essential Oils:
    Orange
    Suggested Uses:
    Mix 10 drops of orange oil with ¼ cup castile soap to wipe down stove tops and counters. Wash clean with a little warm water.
  • CLEANING PURPOSE: Antibacterial Solution
    Recommended Essential Oils:
    Lemon (also antiviral)
    Tea tree (also antiviral, antifungal and antimicrobial)
    Rosemary (also antiseptic)
    Lavender
    Cinnamon (also antibacterial)
    Suggested Uses:
    Soak dirty tupperware in vinegar and a few drops of the above oils before rinsing through a hot cycle of the dishwasher.
  • CLEANING PURPOSE: Shower Scum & Grime Build Up
    Recommended Essential Oils:
    Lemon
    Tea tree
    Suggested Uses:
    Wipe or spray your shower surfaces with a little water containing several drops of lemon oil. Done once or twice a month, this will help to prevent grime build up!
    Buy an empty spray bottle and fill with vinegar and a couple of spoon of tea tree oil. Use as a daily antibacterial cleaning spray for your shower and bath.
  • CLEANING PURPOSE: Floor Wash (not suitable for timber flooring)
    Recommended Essential Oils:
    Tea Tree
    Eucalyptus
    Lemon (brightens and removes stains, eg white tiles)
    Pine
    Suggested Uses:
    Use a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and hot water and add 15 drops of any above oils. Mop and enjoy the bright, streak-free and fresh finish!
  • CLEANING PURPOSE: Disinfectant
    Recommended Essential Oils:
    Tea Tree
    Eucalyptus
    Thyme oil
    Suggested Uses:
    Combine 2 cups hot water, ¼ cup washing soda and 10 drops of your choice of the above essential oils. Spray as needed and wipe away with a microfibre cloth.
  • CLEANING PURPOSE: Mold & Mildew
    Recommended Essential Oils:
    Clove (removes mold & mold spores)
    Cinnamon
    Pine (also kills yeast spores)
    Tea tree
    Suggested uses:
    Mix 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil with 2 cups of warm water. Spray and leave on shower surfaces to detract mold.
    Mix 1 teaspoon of clove oil with 1 cup of vinegar and 1 tablespoon glycerine. Spray over moldy areas and leave for 15 minutes before wiping away with a damp cloth.
  • CLEANING PURPOSE: Degreaser
    Recommended Essential Oils:
    Lemon
    Orange
    Suggested Uses:
    Combine ½ cup water, ½ cup vinegar, 1 tbsp castile and 10 drops of either above oils. Soak a sponge in this mixture and use light pressure to lift grease. Wipe away soapy residue with a warm damp cloth.
  • CLEANING PURPOSE: Combs and Makeup Brushes
    Recommended Essential Oils
    Tea tree
    Lavender
    Eucalyptus
    Suggested Uses:
    Combine ½ cup warm water, 1 tablespoon vinegar and 5 drops of any above oils in a jar. Soak brushes for 15 minutes then rinse thoroughly. Leave in the sun to dry out thoroughly.
  • CLEANING PURPOSE: Windows
    Recommended Essential Oils
    Lavender
    Lemongrass
    Suggested Uses:
    Combine 1:1 hot water and vinegar and add 10 drops of either oils listed above. Wipe over windows and use a ‘squeegee’ to remove the liquid. Use old newspaper to polish glass to a streak-free shine afterwards!
  • CLEANING PURPOSE: Linen & Bedding
    Recommended Essential Oils:
    Lavender
    Eucalyptus (also fights dust mites)
    Suggested uses:
    Add a few drops of eucalyptus or lavender oil when washing quilts, mattress covers and pillows.
    Add a few drops of lavender oil to your linen spray for a beautiful, natural fresh scent on your clothing.
  • CLEANING PURPOSE: Dishwash Liquid
    Recommended Essential Oils:
    Lime
    Orange
    Rosemary
    Suggested Uses:
    Combine 1 cup of liquid castile soap, 10 drops lime oil, 10 drops orange oil. (Optional: Add a few drops of glycerine to emulsify the oils into the mixture, otherwise simply shake before use.)
    Got some REALLY greasy pots and pans to take care of? Try adding ½ cup vinegar and lemon juice to the above mixture.
  • CLEANING PURPOSE: Sink Scrubber
    Recommended Essential Oils:
    Rosemary
    Eucalyptus
    Tea Tree
    Lemon (particularly if greasy)
    Orange (particularly if greasy)
    Suggested Uses:
    Combine ¼ cup of washing soda, ¼ cup baking soda and 10 drops of any of the above essential oils. Smear over sink surface and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing away with 1 cup vinegar and hot water.
    Combine 1 cup baking soda, ½ cup pure castile soap and 5 drops of the above oils in a small bowl. Mix well and scoop the mixture onto a sponge to give your sink a good scrub over. Wash well with warm water.
  • CLEANING PURPOSE: Toilet Gel
    Recommended Essential Oils:
    Tea Tree
    Eucalyptus
    Peppermint
    Suggested Uses:
    Make your own bottle of non-toxic toilet cleaner by combining 2 cups water, ¼ cup castile soap, 1 tablespoon tea tree oil and 10 drops of eucalyptus or peppermint oil. Spread mixture over surface of inner toilet bowl and soak for 20 minutes. Lightly scrub with a toilet brush before flushing away the muck and leaving sparkly clean results!
    Pour 1 cup baking soda and a few drops of the above essential oils into the toilet. Pour over 2 cups of vinegar. After the fizzing settles down, scrub the toilet bowl over with a toilet brush and flush several times

Ready to make your own DIY home cleaners? Stock up on the essential oils listed above, PLUS these simple ingredients:

Bicarb soda
Salt (scrub)
Vinegar
Washing soda (also called sodium bicarbonate or soda ash)
Liquid castille soap
Glycerine (emulsifier)

The potential uses for essential oils in natural cleaning is only limited by our imagination. 

Have questions about Essential Oils or what brands you can trust? Go to http://craigandalicia.com/contact/ to let us know of your question or fire us an email @ info@CraigandAlicia.com, we will be happy to help!

Enjoy!

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