October 10, 2010

I Go Green By Using Essential Oils and Vinegar in My Home.

I like a good smelling house

I purchase 100% essential oils from the health food store. My favorite oils are cinnamon, rose, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, lemongrass, clove, lavender, orange and white camphor. I apply a drop here and there, in my vacuum, inside the couches and under the sinks....

I like using an essential oil warmer and adding several drops of orange, lavender, or lemongrass to name a few...

Vinegar may be sprayed on almost anything. It does have an unpleasant smell, but within a few hours it eliminates most unwelcome odors. Vinegar will destroy fungus too. I squirt it in the shower once the kids are done with their baths. When my kids spill milk on the carpet, I use the vinegar and on any bedtime accidents. Just add a few drops of essential oil to your spray bottle.

Use baking soda in the refrigerator to eliminate odor.

To fight off bad odor and fungus, I add a couple drops of tea tree oil to the bottom of my clothes hamper.

I think it is so handy to grow herbs in my kitchen and nothing beats the smell of fresh basil.

When I burn candles, I burn only beeswax and soy-based candles with cotton wicks, rather than petroleum-based paraffin.

I often use my crock pot; it is such an easy way to prepare my family's dinner and the smell is so comforting after a long day at work.

Cut up some oranges, add cloves and cinnamon then put all items in a mini crock pot


Short Leg Lucy said...

I love this!!! I will have to use this! Such great IDEAS!!!

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

This is not the first time that I have heard of using vinegar to eliminate foul smells and fungus. I am definitely going to try using it in the bathroom and the laundry room. I am passing by from Blog Frog and leaving my footprints on your blog. I would love to add you to my followers.


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Karen said...

Love your ideas about using oils to freshen our homes. Using vinegar in the bathroom is definitly something I will start. Just found you on blogfrog. Now I'm going to read the next post about flowers from Robbie. God bless your efforts to raise your family as a single mom!

Michelle said...

GREAT ideas!! I also love a good smelling home and I didn't even know about essential oils!! AWESOME!! Can't wait to try it!!

Anonymous said...

Using essential oils is such a good idea! Most fake scent things end up really bothering me, so it might be interesting to try that instead!

I should also start using vinegar in my bathroom. I know that my parents would use it when their dog had an accident, but I didn't realize that it was so versatile.

Thanks for visiting my blog! :)

maria said...

I love the idea of essential oils.

Will get me some.