Until recently, I kept whatever company owns Windex in business. The father in My Big Fat Greek Wedding had nothing on me. I used it to clean almost everything. So a couple years ago when my friend told me she cleaned her windows, mirrors, floors, counters, etc. with water and vinegar I thought she was CRAZY! Until I tried it, that is. Ever since then I have studied and learned more and more about how harmful some commercial cleaners are. Through experimenting with different natural cleaners, I have come to LOVE these 3 recipes and I know you will as well! They have no chemicals, no artificial anything, you can feel totally good about having your kids use them, in fact it just may improve their attitudes in the process from the ingredient’s aromatherapy benefits!
These recipes were given to me from my friend Jennifer, who just happens to be a registered Aromatherapist and has a Master’s Diploma in Aromatherapy from the American College of Healthcare Sciences (the only one in Idaho, I might add). She knows her stuff! I love asking questions and learning from her – she is amazing. I will share more about Jennifer at the end of the post, but let’s get on with the recipes!
This first one is BY FAR my kid’s favorite! When I first introduced this to my kids, they were fighting over who got to clean the toilet! Who wouldn’t with a name like this.
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup white vinegar
5 – 10 drops Melaleuca (Tea Tree) essential oil
Combine all ingredients in at least a quart-size container. Add vinegar to the baking soda to create the explosion your kids are going to love! To make this a no-brainer for the kids, Jennifer uses a canning jar with a sticker at the fill line for the vinegar. She writes the rest of the ingredients on a blank mailing label covered with packing tape. She leaves a ½ cup measure in a big bag (Costco version) of baking soda near the jug of white vinegar and the Melaleuca essential oil in the laundry room. You can also just dump the ingredients right into the toilet and skip the jar, but the reaction isn’t quite as fun.
Sprinkle baking soda, about 1 tablespoon, in a wet sink. Add 1-2 drops of the lemon oil. Scrub the sink with a damp, not wet, sponge or cloth. Rinse thoroughly.
This is easy for the kids to do and you don’t have to worry about them getting it on their hands or breathing it. They love the smell of citrus and it’s antibacterial!
TIP! You can clean adhesive off nearly anything with Lemon oil.
Move over Windex!
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
8 drops citrus oil (Lemon, Wild Orange, Lime, Grapefruit)
Combine all ingredients in a plastic spray bottle and shake well before use.
Spray solution onto mirror and wipe with a dry cloth or towel.
I love cleaning with this, just so I can smell it. mmm. The hardest part is deciding which oil to choose – they all smell SO GOOD!! I went with wild orange this time.
This mixture not only cleans the mirror (and faucets) to a shine, but because of the essential oils, it will help to prevent fogging while the shower is running.
After you clean your bathroom, you won’t have to evacuate for a couple hours while the chemical smells die down, in fact you might want to camp out for a while just to enjoy the fragrance. Seriously. OR you could make up a batch of this last recipe to enjoy anywhere in your house.
8 ounces water
5-7 drops of essential oils**
Great for use in bathrooms, kitchens, etc. Avoid wood surfaces.
**Pre-made essential oil blends you can use from doTERRA are Citrus Bliss*, Serenity, or On Guard*.
*On Guard & Citrus Bliss can be used to disinfect door knobs, switch plates, sick rooms, etc. due to their antibacterial nature, especially On Guard. This is one of my kids’ favorite chores now that it smells so good!
I asked Jennifer to tell us a little about her background and explain a bit about essential oils. It is a whole new world to me that I am learning about and loving the benefits from.
“I have used and studied essential oils for 15 years. In 2010 I became a Registered Aromatherapist through the Aromatherapy Registration Council and in 2011, I finished a Master’s Diploma in Aromatherapy from the American College of Healthcare Sciences.
The use of pure therapeutic grade essential oils is growing rapidly as people learn of their benefits and ability to heal and strengthen in a natural way with no side effects, for most people, when used properly.
Because of their popularity, essential oils can be found in many stores and are proliferating on internet sites. Many people ask, “How do I find good oils?” It’s a good question, because the two most important qualities of an essential oil are it’s purity and potency. It needs to be absolutely pure–no fillers, no extenders, no other essential oils, no pesticides, no impurities. Second, it needs to be potent. Potency is dependent on many factors from what type of plant is grown, where it’s grown, when it’s harvested, when & how the oil is extracted, and how it’s stored thereafter. If an essential oil does not meet either of these standards in any way then it may not be as effective as a pure & potent oil would be, it may not have the action expected, and it could cause harm. If you’re going to pay any money for an essential oil then be willing to pay for quality. Otherwise you are wasting your money, because a cheap oil is just that, cheap–of little value.
After using many brands of essential oils and being trained in organoleptic testing (knowing how to recognize a good oil according to look, touch, smell, and taste- in some cases) it was still daunting to find the best quality oils until I was introduced to doTERRA essential oils which are certified to be pure and therapeutic grade through an independent lab earning them the CPTG seal, Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. In my opinion, they are the most perfect essential oils available on the market AND the best value! Are there other good-quality oils? Of course, but doTERRA’s are the best.”
After testing a LOT of different brands of oils, Jennifer found doTERRA oils and she has completely converted. She loved them so much and was sharing them with everyone anyway, so she signed up to be a consultant. I recently approached her and asked if she would team up with HowDoesShe to help spread the word and educate about these amazing oils. If you think you might want to do the same, I can’t think of a better mentor! You can buy the oils or contact Jennifer for more information on becoming a consultant, if that sounds like something you might be interested in doing, on this website, or email her, email@example.com.
Do you use essential oils? What are your favorite ones?
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