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It’s that dreaded time of year–flu season–and this one seems to be particularly nasty. So below, I’ve included a recipe for a diy surface cleaner to use around the house and nip those germs in the butt.
If you’d like to also make wipes to have on-the-go for grocery carts, mall strollers, and other out-and-about germ playgrounds, you can leave out the distilled vinegar, use 2 cups of water, and put the mixture onto paper towels. Super easy! And, of course, it’s all natural for all my organic and eco-friendly mommas out there.
Warning: If you want to use the wipes on little hands, skip the oregano oil. It can cause skin burns when not heavily diluted with a carrier oil.
Natural DIY Surface Cleaner Recipe
What you’ll need:
- 7 drops of grapefruit
- 7 drops of lavender
- 9 drops of lemon
- 4 drops of melaleuca (tea tree)
- 3 drops of oregano
- 1/4 cup distilled vinegar
- 1 3/4 cups water
Combine all of the above in a spray bottle (preferably glass–there are even amber spray bottles with labels on Amazon), and go to town on your house! Simple as that. Of course, you can eliminate any of the oils on the list that you’re allergic to (or just don’t like). Just try to keep right around 30 drops of essential oils in the mixture. For other recommendations, you can visit doTERRA’s web page on All-Purpose Spray. And if you’re a doTERRA lover, you could also use their OnGuard blend in place of my essential oil cocktail.
Benefits of Each Oil
Like most citrus oils, grapefruit is a disinfectant known for its cleaning benefits. It also gives off a great smell that makes me feel invigorated and motivated for the day. Grapefruit’s purifying properties also are great for skin care. If you choose to try it in your skin regimen, though, just remember that it’s photosensitive. Going out into sunlight after applying it could cause some pretty gnarly skin irritation.
Of course, lavender oil in this cleaner is going to make your home smell great and can even give your guests a release from anxiety. But it’s also a natural disinfectant, making it perfect for our surface-cleaning spray. This is an oil that I use A LOT. My kids ask for drops of it on their pillows at night, I’ve also used it in the laundry, and I LOVE diffusing it in the house, especially when we have guests.
I don’t know about you, but when I smell lemon, my brain automatically associates it with things being clean. Like its cousin, the grapefruit, lemon is an awesome disinfectant. When diffused, it even helps to purify the air you’re breathing, and like grapefruit, it’s a mood uplifter. I’ve also used lemon oil in recipes (like lemon bars and lemon snowball cookies) and am always happy with the outcome.
Tea tree oil is known for its powerful disinfecting properties. It has a pretty earthy scent, so it’s best (for the purpose of a cleaner) to pair it with scents that overpower it like citrus and lavender. This is another one that’s great to use for our skin! It also purifies the air when diffused (though I’ve never done it because I’m not in love with the smell).
Oregano essential oil has some truly amazing antiviral & antimicrobial properties. Of course, it smells like someone’s making some lasagna or something Italian when inhaled. For that reason, I limited the amount of oregano in the cleaning solution. It’s also a very strong oil (when used on the skin, it always needs to be diluted with a carrier oil), so I knew that even with using a smaller amount, it would still have a powerful disinfecting effect.
Do you use essential oils? What are some surface cleaning solutions you love to use?
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