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Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils: A Complete Guide

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There’s nothing quite like the feel of warm spring air. Fresh and clean, it inspires us to open the windows wide, do our own cleaning, sweep away the dirt and dreariness of winter and welcome the wonderful scents of the outdoors.

And for those of us looking to avoid cleaning with the harsh chemicals found in store-bought products, spring cleaning with essential oils is a great alternative. Not only do you get a variety of beneficial oils to choose from, but your home is also left smelling truly amazing.

So ditch those rubber gloves and masks and take a look at some of today’s best DIY cleaning product recipes for the home.

Carpets

Plant Therapy Essential oils for cleaningPlush surfaces like the carpet feel great, especially during harsh winter months. However, they also tend to trap a lot of dirt and odors in their fibers. Fortunately, we have two DIY rug cleaner recipes that will have them looking—and smelling—cleaner than ever in no time.

1. DIY Carpet Cleaning Powder

Here’s a quick and easy DIY carpet cleaning powder recipe that can be used on soft surfaces all over your house:

What you’ll need:

  • Container with shaker lid
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • Essential oils of your choice

What you’ll do:

  1. Put 1 cup of baking soda into a container.
  2. Add 10-15 drops of essential oil. If you have kids, KidSafe Deodorizing Blend is a great choice. Otherwise, try creating your own combinations.  Bergamot and Lemon essential oils, for example, make a scent that’s clean, fresh, and slightly floral.
  3. Add another cup of baking soda and 10-15 more drops of essential oil.
  4. Shake well, sprinkle on carpets and allow to sit for 30-60 minutes before vacuuming.

2. DIY Carpet Cleaning Spray

If you prefer a spray cleaner, especially for tough stains, this DIY spray carpet cleaner recipe utilizes the natural stain-removing abilities of Lemon Essential Oil to help lift away grime and leave your carpet smelling fresh and clean.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup hot water (tap water is okay)
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 20 drops Lemon
  • Gloves

What you’ll do:

  1. Using gloves, test a small spot for discoloration.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well, fully dissolving the baking soda.
  3. Spray on the carpet and work in with a scrub brush or towel.
  4. Soak up excess moisture with a towel.

*Repeat as necessary.

Kitchens

Plant Therapy Essential oils for cleaningIn the heart of the home, the kitchen can be a tough place to keep clean, especially after a long winter of cooking and entertaining.  But these tried and true DIY kitchen cleaners are up to the task–no matter how dirty, greasy, or smelly.