Essential Oils are powerful tools that can support your family’s wellness in a world bombarded by quick-fix, synthetic solutions, that often contain harmful ingredients, to mimic the very properties that nature built into botanicals.
Baking Soda is an excellent scouring powder that can be used for cleaning, de-odorizing, removing stains, softening fabrics, and clearing drains. It softens water to increase the sudsing and cleaning power of soap. It is slightly alkaline and neutralizes acid-based colors in water, and absorbs odors from the air (trash or refrigerator). When turned into a paste with water, you can rub it to polish silver. For dog and cat urine, alternate sprinkling baking soda with white distilled vinegar. Let it sit for a few hours before sweeping up.
Distilled White Vinegar - There are many kinds of vinegar. What you want for cleaning is distilled white vinegar, which has been purified, so it leaves no residue and has little taste. It is also inexpensive.
Hydrogen Peroxide or Lemon: use as an alternative to bleach
Lemon essential oil or another YL citrus essential oil: use to take gum, tape, or glue off anything.
Windows: Add 2 cups of distilled white vinegar to 2 cups of water and 20 drops of essential oil to spray bottle. Shake well.
Sprinkle the toilet bowl with baking soda, drizzle with vinegar, let soak for at least 30 minutes or overnight and scrub with a toilet brush; or put 1/4 cup borax in the toilet bowl and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Swish with a toilet brush and then scrub. A few drops of Pine essential oil can be added for added cleansing.
Shower Curtain: Plastic shower curtains can mold quickly. Try soaking your plastic lining in salt water. Do not rinse, and hang curtain - the invisible coat of sodium crystals will seal the gaps in the fibers preventing mildew from clinging to the material.
Ovens: Sprinkle baking soda onto the bottom of the oven. Squirt with enough water that the baking soda is damp. Leave overnight. Rinse with water and a little lemon for a fresh scent. Or spray Thieves full strength and let sit overnight.
Microwave Ovens: You can use any general purpose cleaner. Please be aware that the microwave oven destroys vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fiber, strips the nutrients and omits radioactive rays even after you're done using it.
Cutting Boards: Spray vinegar, Lemon or Thieves Cleaner on the cutting board. Let sit for 1/2 hour.
Dishwasher: 2 capfuls of Thieves Cleaner mixed with 2 cups baking soda. Put 1 tablespoon of mix in both holes.
Drain Cleaner: To clean drains or clear clogs, pour 1/4 cup of baking soda down them followed by 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Cover drain the sink overflow, vent until fizzing stops, then flush with HOT water. Remove hair from drain and/or use a plunger if needed.
Laundry Detergent: Mix equal parts of baking soda and Borax. One cap Thieves Cleaner and 1/2 cup baking soda can also be used.
Fabric Rinse: Add 1/4 cup of vinegar or baking soda to the machine's rinse cycle to remove detergent completely from clothes.
Fabric Softener: Add a few drops of Purification, Lavender, Joy, or other essential oil on a wet rag and place in the dryer or mist from a spray bottle directly into the dryer.
Brass, Copper, Bronze, and Aluminum: To remove tarnish, rub metal with sliced lemons. For tough jobs, sprinkle baking soda on the lemon, then rub. Polish metal, clean copper, bronze and brass with a paste of white vinegar and salt; rub metal, then rinse and dry.
Sterling Silver: Put a sheet of aluminum foil into a plastic or glass bowl. Sprinkle the foil with salt and baking soda, and then fill the bowl with warm water. Just soak your silver in the bowl and the tarnish will migrate to the aluminum foil. Finally, rinse, dry, and buff your silver with a self cloth or make a paste of baking soda and water, put some on a clean, soft rag, and polish. Rinse and polish dry.
Furniture Polish: Use 1 teaspoon olive oil per 1/2 cup vinegar. It will extract dirt and moisturize and protect wood. Tips: To remove scratches, use 1 part lemon juice and 1 part olive oil; rub with a soft cloth.