Spring Into….Cleaning!

April 23, 2018 | By More

Are you ready for spring? If you live in Ottawa, the answer is undoubtably yes! Need some help with spring cleaning? You don’t have to use products with bleach, ammonia and other toxic chemicals to maintain a clean living space. Ingredients found in your kitchen can help do the trick, boosted by the power of, yes, essential oils!

This month I decided to share recipes that are easy to make and effective in the home. Enjoy!

You can use the following recipe almost anywhere-kitchen bathroom, floors….


Soap-based Cleanser

2 TB liquid soap

15 drops essential oil (citrus oils are great for antibacterial action, paired with tea tree, manuka, thyme, lemon tea tree or oregano)

2 cups distilled water

Put soap and oils in container, shake well, then top up with water. The soap will emulsify the essential oils, blending them into the entire mixture better.

You can add baking soda to give a slightly abrasive quality to your cleanser for enamel surfaces and so on.


Homemade Poopourri

In reading some articles about this product, I discovered that what makes it so useful is that it is added to the toilet bowl beforehand (if you know what I mean).

All you need is:


rubbing alcohol

dish soap

essential oils

spray bottle

In your spray bottle, blend 2 teaspoons rubbing alcohol with 2 tablespoons dish soap. Add 40-50 drops essential oil and top up with distilled water. Use….as required

Bath fizzers are not just for the tub anymore! Their bubbling action can also help clean toilet bowls.

You’ll need baking soda, citric acid, a wetting agent and essential oils for this recipe.

Blend 1 cup baking soda with half a cup citric acid (citric acid can make any cuts on your hands sting, so wear gloves if necessary. You may also need a mask if your lungs are sensitive, the citric acid can trigger a reaction).

For a wetting agent you can use almost anything. I prefer witch hazel or apple cider vinegar. The latter has the advantage of being antibacterial!

Essential oils will really make this recipe shine. Use any I described above, or your choice.

Blend all ingredients until you get a mixture that clumps together. Too little moisture and they will fall apart (but are still usable), too much moisture and they will continue to react.

©2018 Heather Garrod is a Certified Aromatherapist and owner of Planet Botanix at 301 Bank St near Somerset. She gives workshops on creating natural bodycare and has been creating natural bodycare for over eighteen years. The shop offers natural alternatives to commercial products and features a holistic therapy clinic.


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