Cleaning with Lemon Essential Oil
If you’ve been feeling the itch to get some spring cleaning done, you may notice some areas of your home have been neglected for far too long. Luckily, doTERRA Lemon oil can help make cleaning those long-forgotten nooks and crannies easier. Here are 10 ways you can use Lemon to clean your home.
1. Microwave—Microwaves are notorious for being tough to clean, especially after mishaps involving spaghetti sauce or tomato soup. To ease the pain of cleaning, simply microwave a cup filled with water and a few drops of Lemon, then wipe clean!
2. Dishwasher—Pour distilled vinegar into a dish and add 5–10 drops of Lemon oil. Place this dish in your empty dishwasher and run on high.
3. Stove Top—Lemon oil makes cleaning one of the dirtiest areas of the kitchen easy. Add vinegar and Lemon to a spray bottle, and watch the grime disappear!
4. Appliances—From dust to greasy food spills, appliances collect more dirt than you might think. A simple solution of Lemon oil, water, and vinegar will help you clean toasters, refrigerators, mixers, and more.
6. Ceiling Fan—Fan blades collect dust at turbo speeds and cling to them for as long as you let them. To avoid choking on dust bunnies while cleaning your ceiling fans, spray the inside of an old pillow case with a Lemon/water mixture and loop the fabric around each blade.
7. Washing Machine—Run a mixture of Lemon oil, baking soda, vinegar, and water through your empty machine on the hottest setting to break up dirt build-up and mildew. Scrub any excess with a sponge, then run the machine again with fresh water.
8. Trash Cans—Regularly cleaning out trash cans can eliminate odor. For indoor trash cans, spray the inside and outside of each can with a mixture of water, Lemon oil, and vinegar, then scrub with a sponge.
9. Windows and Windowsills—The same mixture of Lemon oil, water, and vinegar in a spray bottle that you’ve been using all around the house will do wonders for your windows and windowsills. Simply spray glass and wipe with a clean cloth or paper towel, then move onto ledges and sills with a toothbrush or damp sponge.
10. Air Vents—One of the most overlooked areas to keep clean in your home is the air you breathe! Clean vents with a sponge dipped in warm water, vinegar and Lemon oil to help eliminate allergens and dust from filling the air around you.
Lemon Powder Cleanser DIY
Deep cleaning doesn't have to mean hours of scrubbing on your hands and knees. This powdered cleanser makes it easy to clean even the grimiest of surfaces with little to no work. Just sprinkle on the surface, walk away for 15–30 minutes, and then wipe clean.
2 cups borax
1 cup baking soda
½ cup citric acid
½ cup kosher salt
20 drops Lemon oil
Note: Although borax is natural, it can be toxic when ingested and should be kept away from children and pets. If you are concerned about using borax, you can omit it.
- Combine all ingredients into a large bowl and stir until combined.
- Store in a large shaker bottle.
- To use, dampen surface and sprinkle powder over area you want to clean.Let sit for 15–30 minutes. For an extra cleansing boost, spray distilled vinegar on powder and wipe clean.
Tip: Use an old spice or Parmesan cheese shaker as your shaker bottle.
Natural Oven Cleaner DIY
Cleaning out the oven is one of those dreaded chores that we tend to put off for as long as possible. Burnt-on food, stains, and unpleasant smells can make cleaning the oven a dreaded event. For a simple and natural solution, try this Oven Cleaner DIY with Lemon essential oil.
½ cup baking soda
1 tablespoon coarse salt
¼ cup liquid dish soap
5 drops Lemon essential oil
- Combine ingredients to make a thick paste
- Apply a generous layer to the inside of the oven and allow to sit for several hours.
- Clean out with a sponge.
DIY Reusable Dust Wipes
The amount of dust that accumulates around your home is sometimes a mystery. Vacuuming your carpets and changing your sheets on a weekly basis can help cut down on those dust bunnies, but what about your hard surfaces? Dust wipes (as compared to feather dusters that simply move the dust from one place to another) are a significant help because they trap the dust in the cloth. There are disposable versions available in supermarkets, however, making reusable ones is simple and environmentally friendly.
2 cups distilled water
25 drops Lemon oil
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
- Cut 3–5 flour cloth towels into fourths or quarters.
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and add all cloths.
- Soak in liquid mixture until there are no dry spots on the cloth.
- Ring out each cloth until it is damp and no more moisture comes out.
- Tightly roll up the cloths and store them together in an air-tight container.
- If cloths happen to dry out before you use them, dampen with water before use.
Tip: To reuse simply wash used cloths and re-apply ingredients.
Lemon oil acts as a powerful cleaning agent and the possibilities are truly endless!
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