Thursday, July 2, 2009

Green Cleaning with Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon) is a natural cleanser and has many household uses and health benefits. dōTERRA's lemon essential oil is the highest quality available on the market--it is cold pressed from the rinds of lemons grown in Italy. Italian lemons are much larger and sweeter than domestic lemons, and higher in limonene as well.

Lemon essential oil boosts the effectiveness of cleaning with natural products and leaves a fresh, clean scent around your home. Why switch from off-the shelf products with ingredients like bleach and ammonia? Because those cleaners can irritate your eyes, airways, skin, and nervous system, and they also pollute and contaminate your indoor air and the streams they wash into.

Lemon essential oil will give you all the deep cleaning power you want, plus it is ALL-NATURAL, SAFE, AFFORDABLE, and leaves an UPLIFTING aroma in your home. Below are some recipes to deodorize, disinfect, degrease, polish, and brighten your home with lemon essential oil.

Furniture Polish:
  • Add 4-5 drops lemon essential oil to a small amount of olive oil. (Olive oil is a natural oil that helps to nourish and polish wood.
  • Mix, apply lightly to furniture, and buff for a nice shine.

Basic Household Disinfectant:
  • Fill a spray bottle with water and a squirt of plant-based liquid soap
  • Add 5-10 drops each of lemon, lavender, and white fir essential oils
  • Shake well and apply to all surfaces
Floor Cleaner:
  • Pour 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar to a bucket of water (1 gallon)
  • Add 10-20 drops lemon essential oil
  • Add 3 drops oregano essential oil
Mold & Mildew Spray
  • Pour 2 cups distilled white vinegar into a spray bottle
  • Add 2 drops lemon essential oil and 2 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • Shake well and spray on infected area
Window Cleaner
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 10-15 drops lemon essential oil
  • water
  • Mix well in a spray bottle, apply to windows, and wipe

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