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Essential Oils: General cleaning

  • To clean wooden floors, add one capful of Eucalyptus oil and 2 drops Lavender essential oil to half a bucket of water.
  • To clean windows, add 5 drops of Lemon essential oil to a cup of water and put into a spray bottle to use.
  • Another way to clean windows using vinegar and newspaper is to add 2 -3 drops of Lemon essential oil to your final wad of newspaper to remove streaks.
  • Rub leather shoes with a couple of drops of Lemon essential oil on a soft cloth to make them shiny.
  • Wipe over furniture with a cloth that has a few drops of Clove Bud essential oil on it. This will help prevent mildew forming and will give the furniture a lovely aromatic sheen.
  • To remove surface mould, dissolve 10 ml Eucalyptus oil in 1 tablespoon methylated spirits and add to 200ml water in a spray bottle. Spray over mould areas and wipe off.
  • To get rid of musty smells from cupboards, place on a shelf a cup of boiling water to which a few drops of essential oil such as Lavender, Rosemary or Thyme have been added. Close the cupboard and leave for a couple of hours.
  • To remove the sticky marks left by removing adhesive labels, wipe the surface with methylated spirits and a few drops of Eucalyptus essential oil.
  • Put 5 drops of Lavender essential oil onto a cotton wool ball and vacuum it up. Vacuum as usual and a lovely gentle fragrance will be released.
  • For an effective carpet freshener, simply add 20 drops of essential oil such as Lavender or Lemon, to ½ cup baking soda. Seal the mixture in a plastic bag or jar for a few hours to allow the oil to infuse. To use, sprinkle the mixture over the carpet. Leave for an hour before vacuuming.

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