I am the first to admit that I am OCD when it comes to cleaning. Anyone that visit’s my house will tell you that I ALWAYS appologise for the house being a mess as they enter, even if I’ve spent the morning cleaning *insert crazy wide eyed emoji here. I am house proud….big full stop. I love our home, I love the safe space I have created for my children to grow and I clean almost every day, kinda crazy like.
let me share a story… As a new mum, I felt the need to learn first aid. Yep at 33 I knew what CPR looked like but had never actually learnt how to do it and to be honest broken bones, blood noses and bumps on the head were something I had never come across. At this particular class the instructor singled me out in his introduction, I was the only mother in the room and the words he spoke to me left me little wide eyed and gob smacked, he said (in a rather sterm way and with a pointed finger) “When you leave here today, I want you to go to your cleaning cupboards and throw everything away!” then silence.. “You don’t even want to know the consiquences if your child gets a hold of your cleaning chemicals and swallows it” and he dramtically left it at that. Stunned, I finished the class without vomiting or fainting and two weeks later when I attended my first ever essential oil class I knew the universe was trying to tell me something BIG!
Before children I used industrial style cleaners and bleaches, riddled with chemicals and toxins, now let me tell you that my baby boy will literally lick the floor! Both of my children touch the toilet seat it’s just the right height and my toddler has had bouts of licking the window *mama’s I know you hear my eyes rolls. So using chemicals like this was deffinitley not something I wanted to continue, especially after that strict talking to from the first aid dude.
Here are some of the ways we like to use natural solutions to keep our home clean, safe and smelling incredible.
Oh my carpets, they have had a rough trot since Maxwell joined the team. When we brought our house our daughter was past the reflux and vomiting stage, but Max hit us like a storm in December. He was a spewer, not really an ideal way to describe my insanely adorable baby boy, but he was. I declared to my husband many times *back of hand on forehead “I give up, we need new carpets”. Everytime I looked I would see the latest disaster zone. Until I discoverd the easiest way to remove to milk, mark and odour.
+Mix 2 cups of Baking Soda with 10 drops of doTERRA Purify blend
+Spray a small amount of white vinegar on the area of carpet (I use an amber glass bottle) then sprinkle the Baking soda mix on top and leave it to bubble and soak up the vinegar. Wipe it up with a damp cloth and leave to dry…
+Then vacuum it up.
Maxwell lives on the floor. At 14 months my little blue eyed babe is yet to walk and he spends majority of the day crawling around the floor, eating of the floor, licking the floor…you get the picture… And whilst right now we celebrate every small step or solo stand, he still gets places faster on hands and knees, therefor his biggest fan and older sister spends a lot of time “worming” as she likes to call it, after him. So for us it’s super important for us to maintain a clean and hygeneic home and floor.
I choose to steam mop my floors once a week, we have a combo of tiles in the bathrooms and laminate wooden floor in the living area.
+In a glass spray bottle combine 1 cup White Vinegar, 10 drops Lemon Essential Oil (disinfectant, surface cleanser and all round epic cleaner) 10 drops On Guard (Kills everything in sight) and 5 drops Tea Tree (Antibacterial and also kills shit). I also keep this spray bottle handy for spot cleaning in between mops.
+Lightly wet the pad of your steam mop add 5 drops of lemon to the water of your steam mop (I know they say not to, but I’m a rebel and I do because lemon EO is also a powerful stainless cleaner and as I mop it diffusers through the house making everybody happy and the house smells delish)
+As you go along lightly spray the area you are about to mop with a light mist and follow along with your mopping.
No more germs on the streak free floors, sparkling clean and lickable!
*I aslo add purify to the steam mop when I steam the carpets once every few months.
I have alot of mirrors and glass in my house and the windows are a bit ‘In ya face’ therefor when my little loves put there hands all over them, all day long, I need an epic glass cleaner to help rid me of this problem. I’m crazy insane when it comes to streaks on the windows and mirrors, like if my husband spends the day cleaning the windows and I inspect and there are streaks, it’s an instant fail. BUT I also found the most amazing streak free cleaning cloth from Norwex to accompany my all natural glass cleaner making it a killer streak free combo.
+1/2 cup White Vinegar
+1/2 cup Water
+20 drops of lemon essential oil
I know, I know rocket science right there! BUT the lemon acts as a natural degreaser removing grease and marks from all of those little hand prints. Also here is Australia we have a hurendous fly problem and they shit all over the windows (It’s tiny, you can’t see it, but it drives me crazy). So I’ve also found Tea Tree and a little elbow grease is awesome for removing all of the fly poo first.
My kids are fascinated by toilets. Those cleaning brushes are literally the most exciting thing we have in out home *insert wide eyed glare emoji here. Toilet paper trails are a regular occurrence (and I’m sorry I have no DIY advice for this except closing the door) But I think we are in for quite a few years of toilet play yet. My kids hands are always on the seat too. So we use this method daily
+In a glass Amber bottle place 20 drops each purify, and Melaleuca and 1tbs of On Guard concentrate cleaner then fill with water, shake, spray over the entire toilet and clean!
ALL PURPOSE CLEANER
This spray is perfect for cleaning hard surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, table tops. Simple!
Mix in a glass Spray bottle ¼ cup white vinegar, 1 ¾ cups water and 30 drops doTERRA essential oils
Some combo’s we like are….
15 drops each of Lavender and Lemon
10 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Wild Orange..ZING!!
30 drops doTERRA On Guard
And cause i’m feeling extra fancy here are some other quicks tips that I LOVE to share
+ Remove grease stains from clothing with lemon essential oil – Put a few drops of lemon essential oil on the grease stain, gently rub the essential oil in to start to break up the grease and toss it into the wash.
+ Freshen as you vacuum – Put a few drops of your favorite essential oil (or EO combination) on a small piece of a napkin or tissue and then vacuum it up. As you vacuum, your whole house will smell AMAZING!
+ Freshen stinky shoes and boots – Add a few drops of essential oil to a cotton ball and place one cotton ball deep inside of each shoe. Leave it overnight and odours should be all gone in the morning! Good odour-eating essential oils to try are melaleuca (tea tree), lemon, lemongrass, eucalyptus, pine, cypress, lavender, and orange.
+ Cleanse your dishwasher and your dishes – Add 10 drops sparatically on the inside of your dishwasher door before a wash, your dishes will smell insanely good and sparkle like never before.
+ Clean your microwave – Simply microwave a bowl with about a cup of water and 5 drops of lemon essential oil for about 3 minutes. Wipe down the inside and it will be sparkling clean and your kitchen will smell AMAZING!
+ No more stinky bin – Add 2 drops of melaleuca (tea tree) and lemon essential oil to a cotton ball and put the cotton ball at the bottom of a bin. Lemon and tea tree will disinfect and deodorize, keeping your bin smelling fresh and clean!
+ Lemon EO on anything stainless…BOOM!!
These are the ways we love to use essential oils to clean our home they may be different for everybody, trialling different ways until you find what you like is the best way to go.
Best place I’ve found to get Amber bottles Aromatools, Australia.
Best place to get awesome labels Wild Essence Co.
By using Essential oils and natural products to clean, I’m lowering our household plastic load *Which I absolutley hate. Big cooporations use un-natural fillers and toxins throughout the products they produce to keep their costs down, rarely do they care about the safety of the consumer. Often these products and chemicals are packaged in non biodegradable plastics which inevitably end up in our oceans *tear. We are doing everything we can.