Essential oils make wonderful alternatives to chemical household cleaners. I typically keep a spray bottle full of water and 10 drops of my favorite antibacterial oil on hand for cleaning counter tops and doorknobs. My laundry detergent has long been replaced with castile soap and the aroma of my choosing, perhaps something warming in the winter and something refreshing in the summer. I enjoy the versatility in using essential oils in my cleaning routine. If I feel down I might use an essential oil of citrus and if I am attempting to calm my nerves or my toddler’s tantrums I might look to a floral scent. It is very important to understand that certain essential oils when exposed to high temperatures can become quite dangerous. While it can be fun to cook and launder with essential oils it is also important to add the product before placing food on the grill and clothes in a high heat dryer. Always be sure and store your oils in a dark and cool spot so they don’t go rancid. If you’ve spilled an essential oil do not try and wipe it down the drain, instead mop it up with a cloth and toss into a garbage can so that the oil doesn’t end up in the water supply. When working with oils be sure that the room is well ventilated. Remember to dilute essential oils when applying to the skin in order to guard against skin sensitivity. Moreover, just focus on the idea that a little bit does indeed go a long way when it comes to essential oils. These concentrated liquids contain seriously potent components that have the ability to do harm if not used with caution. Have fun when exploring the world of essential oils but maintain a watchful eye at the same time. Be well!
By: Kristen and Bethany