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Make household cleaning greener with essential oils

Home cleaning products cause just as much air pollution as cars, according to new research – which suggests there’s never been a better time to revolutionise your home cleaning regime to make it greener, cleaner, safer and more affordable for your family.

With this in mind, we caught up with independent doTerra consultant Danielle Dryburgh of  Détente Therapies at one of her workshops to find out how cleaning with essential oils can help us achieve all these things.

Here are our top 5 take-aways from her brilliantly-informal Green Cleaning Using Essential Oils workshop:

1) It’s surprisingly easy to make your own home cleaning products – all you need are a few basic products, including a basic liquid soap, such as Dr Bronner’s Organic Pure Castile Soap; tap water, and a few choice essential oils. To make an all-purpose cleaner ideal for a small spray bottle, just add a few drops of essential oil, a teaspoon of liquid soap and top up with water for a foamy, aromatic household grime-buster.

2) Oil doesn’t mix well with water so essential oils can be combined with liquid soap or coconut oil, bicarbonate of soda, vinegar and even vodka to help the binding process before topping up with tap water to make a range of everyday household cleaning products, from room fresheners and hand sanitiser to anti-odour sprays for sweaty trainers.

3) A little goes a long way. Often a few drops of essential oil are all you need for top notch cleaning power unless you are making a large litre bottle, which would need about 16 drops. Even then, once the mixture is prepared, it should last a while – making it more economical overall.

4) Use with caution. Essential oils are extremely potent and just because they are natural doesn’t mean they can’t cause harm. Always buy quality essential oils, such as doTerra, if you can. Some cheaper versions can contain carrier oils and even fillers such as turpentine.

5) Essential oils with antiseptic properties, such as Tea Tree and Lavender, which can prevent the growth of bacteria, are great for disinfecting bathrooms, while citrus oils such as lemon, lime, grapefruit and orange are great for cutting through kitchen grease and leaving a fresh household aroma.

To find out more about Danielle’s workshops, which range from green cleaning to how to tap into nature’s own medicine cabinet and run every week at Amy Gibb’s Therapy Centre in Kirkcaldy, visit the Facebook page.

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