It has been warm lately here in Colorado, so much so that my grass is green already. That can only mean one thing – spring is really here! It’s time to put away the snow shovel, pack up the heavy coat, and open the windows to let in the fresh air. But after you let in that crisp spring scent you may realize that the indoor air is stale, which indicates the next step. Spring is the time for a bout of cleaning.
Spring cleaning is often when we do a thorough home cleaning, and we include areas that have been untouched for awhile. It is also a chance to really finish off the germs that have lurked around causing the flu. To accomplish this, Aromatherapists like to include heavy-hitting antimicrobial essential oils along with clean, fresh smelling oils.
For germ-killing during cleaning, I prefer Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) or Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) because they are both antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, and antiviral. The refreshing essential oils I use are Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi), because it is revitalizing and antibacterial, and Lemon (Citrus limon), which is uplifting and antiseptic.
You can mix and match the above essential oils to suit your aromatic preferences. I have chosen two of them for the following recipe:
All-Purpose Spray Cleaner for counters and bathrooms
25 drops Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon)
15 drops Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
2.5 oz distilled water
1.25 oz white vinegar
Combine water and vinegar in a 4-ounce spray bottle. Add essential oils and shake before use.
To make your cleaning easier, Elemental Aromas is having a drawing! To enter to win a bottle of Tea Tree essential oil and a bottle of Lemon essential oil, please comment below with your spring cleaning tip. A random drawing will be held on April 30, 2018 and the winner will be announced in a comment below.