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Safely Clean Your House With Essential Oils (A Pregnant Woman’s Rant and Discovery)

“Warning: Not safe for pregnant or nursing mothers.”

Have you ever considered buying a new car? And afterwards you see that car everywhere you go? Everywhere you look you see it. That’s how I feel about the above warning label. Pre-pregnancy I never saw it. Or maybe just I ignored it. I’m not sure.

The point is, I see it on EVERYTHING now.

The other day, I scavenged through my cabinet in an attempt to clean my bathroom, having lined the floor with 11 different products.

Every. Single. One – had that written warning. What in the hell? All I wanted was to clean my bathroom!

So what was an exasperated mother-to-be to do?

Cry. For the next 30 minutes. Can any of you preggos relate?

I wanted a clean bathroom. I wanted to keep my baby safe. And an in-my-face warning label was standing between me and my mission. I was an emotional basket case for sure.

After I got all that frustration out, I wiped those final tears away, got to my feet and thought to myself, “I need to relax. Where’s my lavender?”

Now for those of you that don’t know, lavender has a calming and relaxing effect when applied topically or inhaled.

So I breathed in the wonderful aroma and BAM, the idea hit me.

Of course!

There had to be some way to make all-natural, non-toxic, yet powerful essential oil cleaning products.

I reached out to my circle of mama friends for some quick advice.

Tracy, a good friend of mine, gave some excellent advice and a few recipes for cleaning my bathroom. A bathroom that had brought me tears an hour earlier.

So… In an effort to help keep all you other mom-to-be’s free from the bathroom-pregnancy-woes, I would like to share Tracy’s amazing cleaning recipes with you now.

Before you jump in, you should have a few basic items on hand for making and using these recipes.

  • glass or stainless steel spray bottle
  • glass container (for storing a grout removal scrub recipe)
  • baking soda
  • white vinegar
  • borax
  • old toothbrush (for scrubbing grout)
  • washcloths (I personally recommend silver lined clothes as it adds more anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties)

Essential Oil Toilet Disinfectant Recipes

The toilet is a massive cesspool of germs and arguably the nastiest area in our home. So I only use the best and most effective oils on it. Here are three recipes that I’ve had good luck with.

Recipe 1: Pour It and Forget Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • ¾ cup of borax
  • 10-15 drops of lavender oil
  • 5 drops of lemon oil

What You Do

Swish all the ingredients around in a plastic or glass cup, jar or other container and dump the whole lot into the toilet. Let the concoction sit there overnight and in the morning flush your toilet. Presto, clean!

Recipe 2: Super-strength ‘Round the RIM Blaster Formula

Ingredients (don’t mix)

  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 10 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops of lime essential oil
  • 10 drops of melaleuca essential oil
  • 10 drops of pine needle oil
  • 10 drops of cilantro oil

What You Do

Take your cup of baking soda and use a spoon or spatula (I recommend wooden or metal) to mix it together with the essential oils. Keep mixing it up until it’s a smooth consistency (no globules left). When you’re done, put the mixture into a glass jar or bowl (with lift) for storage. To use, just roughly 1-2 tablespoons and use your toilet brush to scrub thoroughly around the bowl and up underneath the rim. The roughage of the baking soda will help break apart grim and debris while the oils will kill any bacterial growth.

Recipe 3: Outside Toilet and Bath Tub Cleaner (porcelain areas)

This a simple formula that will disinfect the outside of your toilet and your bath tub. There will be a nice smell left afterwards too.

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups of distilled water
  • 10 drops of pine needle oil
  • 10 drops of bergamot oil
  • 10 drops lemon oil
  • 10 drops melaleuca oil

What You Do

Just mix all the oils and water together and put in a spray bottle. I use it liberally all over the outside of my toilet. Melaleuca oil is anti-viral and anti-fungal, important for this area of your bathroom. I highly suggest you use a silver-lined cleaning cloth too. It works wonderfully with essential oils when cleaning – especially the toilet.

Essential Oils For Bath Tub and Sink Cleaning

Recipe: Toxic Free Scrubbing Powder

Keep the grout, slim, sludge and other buildup to a minimum with just a couple of ingredients and essential oils. I love a deep clean and this works marvelously for the tiles in the tub and sink.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup of baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons of coarse salt
  • ½ cup borax
  • 10 drops of melaleuca oil
  • 10 drops of pine oil
  • 10 drops of bergamot oil

What You Do

Simple. Mix all the ingredients together in a glass jar with a lid. I like to use it by applying some to a damp sponge and scrubbing away. The buildup comes right off. For tougher areas I use an old toothbrush.

Essential Oil Counter and Mirror Cleaning Blends

We can’t forget our mirror and counter. I have a recipe for each area. And just like the others, they’re simple to make and use.

Recipe 1: Mirror Cleaner

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup of distilled water
  • 10 drops lemon oil (lime grapefruit or orange works too)

What You Do

Put it all in a spray bottle and shake it up. Spray on your mirror and wipe away. Easy. Fast. Done.

Recipe 2: Counter Cleaner

Ingredients

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 5 drops melaleuca oil
  • 5 drops grapefruit oil

What You Do

Mix it in a spray bottle and clean away, that’s it!

Wrapping Up

I really hope these recipes will help another mama-to-be as much as they’ve helped me. They smell great, they’re effective and they’re super easy to make. And best of all, they’re safe for your little one!

About the author

Sally Wong

Sally Wong is a manual therapist for about 15 years now and also a massage specialist. She is actively taking care of her body to stay healthy and in shape by doing Yoga and Tai Chi. She has a lot of knowledge and interest in Essential Oils because of her Oriental background. She learnt many things from her Grandmother. Originally from a small village in South China, now she lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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