Healthy Beginnings

Spring Cleaning, Naturally

What a winter… With rain, snow, wind and floods, Northern Nevada and California have been inundated by Mother Nature’s wrath this year. With the winter months behind us, it’s now time to get past all the darkness, open up the windows, soak in some sunshine and start our annual spring cleaning.

There’s nothing better than eco-friendly cleaning with aroma therapy oils and natural cleaners, as these will not pollute our environment with deadly gases and vapors. When we use essential oils, we can disinfect and clean the air at the same time.

Lemon oil or pine oil mixed with baking soda act as an amazing cleaner for scrubbing and disinfecting any surface, while adding a fresh scent to the air.

Some other great disinfectants include bergamot, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, lavender, lime, lemongrass, patchouli, rosemary, sage, tea tree, thyme and one of my favorites, ylang ylang – so good they named it twice.

Along with the emergence of spring comes the inevitable march of the insects. Great and effective oils to use for insect repellents include cedarwood, cinnamon, bay leaves, clove, dill, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemongrass, patchouli, peppermint, rosemary and thyme. Place drops of these oils around your door and windows to repel spiders and ants from entering your home. A quick tip: place bay leaves in your jars of dry goods to help repel bugs in your kitchen cabinets and foodstuffs.

A mixture of cedarwood, eucalyptus, and cinnamon or citronella act as a great combination for ridding areas of mice or rodents, just sprinkle the mixture around areas that the rodents like to gather (I even got rid of some pack rats trying to take up living quarters in my garage).

If the air in your home is stale from being closed up all winter, freshen the air with these combinations: lime, grapefruit, orange and patchouli; orange, lemongrass, grapefruit and cedarwood; or, bergamot, mandarin and clove.

For our dear friends and neighbors that have had water damage, try this helpful mold-busting recipe:

Liquid plant enzymes, 8 oz.

Cinnamon, 9 drops

Oregano, 9 drops

Patchouli, 8 drops

Thyme, 10 drops

Eucalyptus, 9 drops

Tea Tree, 10 drops

Mix, shake well and spray at least once a day (2-3 times a day for more acute situations).

So, this spring, let’s move past this long, cold winter and clean and freshen our homes naturally.

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