How To Use Essential Oils To Keep Your Kitchen Clean?

Essential oils are powerful. They?re diverse in their usage making them handy in almost any application around the house. Take my kitchen for instance, the most frequented room in my home and being a mother of 3, also the dirtiest. Fortunately there hasn?t been a single spill or smear essential oils haven?t been able to handle . Here are some of my favorite recipes.

Stainless Steel Appliance Cleaner

Toddlers. Touch. Everything. So it?s no wonder decorative fingerprints regularly make an appearance on my refrigerator door. I keep this quick to blend recipe on hand all the time and use it multiple times throughout the day.

What You Need

  • Stainless Steel Spray Bottle
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil (1 cup)
  • Lavender Essential Oil (10 drops)
  • Lemon Essential Oil (10 drops)
  • Mineral Oil (2 tablespoons)
  • White Vinegar (1/2 cup)

What You Do

Mix all the ingredients into your spray bottle and shake well. Spray liberally all over your stainless steel appliances and use a soft, non-abrasive cloth to clean and polish. The lemon oil in this recipe is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal ? ideal for preventing the spread of germs. The vinegar also helps to disinfect. And the mineral oil will leave a beautiful shine.

Clean A Burnt Pot Or Pan And Restore Its Natural Finish

Have you ever finished preparing a meal only to find dark, charred residue on the bottom of your pot or pan? And then you spend the next 20 minutes with a piece of steel wool scrubbing for what feels like an eternity? Try this instead.

What You Need

  • Citrus Essential Oil (I find lemon works best as a dissolvent)
  • Baking Soda (1 tablespoon)
  • White Vinegar (1 cup)

What You Do

Pour the white vinegar onto the bottom of the pot or pan. Add 8-12 drops of citrus essential oil. Let it sit for the next 15 minutes. When add the baking soda. It will fizz and react. Let it sit for another 15 minutes and then you should be able to use a damp sponge and easily wipe away the burnt area.

Non-toxic Pine Cleaner For Floors

This is one of my absolute favorites. Nothing bugs me more than a dirty kitchen floor. Not only do the essential oils break apart sticky messes, they leave such a refreshing scent afterwards. You can use this recipe all throughout your house too ? from all types of hardwoods, linoleum or tile.

What You Need

  • Warm or Hot Water (4-5 liters or 1 gallon)
  • Liquid Castile Soap (2 tablespoons)
  • Douglas Fir Essential Oil (2 drops)
  • Cypress Essential Oil (2 drops)
  • White Fir Essential Oil (2 drops)
  • Lime Essential Oil (2 drops)
  • Lemon Essential Oil (5 drops)

What You Do

  1. Fill a mop bucket with the warm and hot water.
  2. Add all of the essential oils to the water.
  3. Add castile soap.
  4. Use a mop to thoroughly mix.
  5. Clean your floors.

I will also fill a spray bottle with some of this mixture and use it with a cloth on harder to reach areas such as crevices, corners and underneath cabinetry.

Snack Time Hand Sanitizer

If you?re a parent then you know just how hard it can be at times to get your children to wash their hands before engulfing a quick snack. And personally I don?t like using store bought hand sanitizer. Instead, I use this quick essential oil sanitizer gel to disinfect their hands before snack time. Kids enjoy the smell and enjoy the cooling sensation on their hands.

What You Need

  • A small glass container (I usually use mini mason jars)
  • A bowl for mixing
  • Melaleuca oil (15 drops)
  • Lavender Oil (3 drops)
  • Clove Oil (3 drops)
  • Lime Oil (2 drops)
  • Aloe Vera Gel (1 cup)

What You Do

Start by taking your bowl and adding all the essential oils. Stir. Then add the aloe vera gel. Mix everything together well and place into your small jar. I usually make my children rub 1/2 a tablespoon of the solution into their hands for each use. It will moisture and disinfect their hands at the same time. Way better than store bought, alcohol sanitizers. It should keep for a couple of weeks. If you haven?t used it by then, throw the rest out and make a new batch.

Kitchen Counter Cleaner

Counters in most kitchens are absolutely disgusting. The amount of germs that they come in contact with on a daily basis are plentiful and breeding grounds for sickness, especially if you cut raw meat. Use this homemade spray to disinfect and eliminate most bacterial growth.

What You Need

  • Stainless Steel Spray Bottle
  • White Vinegar (1 cup)
  • Melaleuca Oil (10 drops)
  • Lemon Oil (5 drops)
  • Lavender Oil (3 drops)
  • Hydrogen Peroxide (2 tablespoons)

What You Do

Mix the vinegar, oils and peroxide into the spray bottle. Shake vigorously and spray all over your counter tops. I would give the oils a few minutes (10 or so) to sit and disinfect before wiping up with a damp cloth.

In Conclusion

Keeping your kitchen clean and disinfected naturally doesn?t have to be difficult. These recipes take less than 5 minutes to make and are wonderful additions to a natural lifestyle.

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