We’re being brave and calling it. Spring has now officially arrived! It’s time to air out our homes and remove the dust accumulated during the winter, and embark on our spring cleaning ventures.
One of our favourite non-chemical cleaners to use in a good spring clean, is Eucalyptus oil. It’s low-tox, a natural cleaner, freshener, germ-killer, and degreaser.
To create a DIY cleaning spray:
Add the following ingredients into a spray bottle:
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup water
- ½ teaspoon dishwashing liquid
- A capful of Eucalyptus Oil (around 20 drops).
Shake well before using and discard contents after two days.
Where to use it?
The real question is where you can’t use it! However, there are a few places Eucalyptus Oil really performs well at:
- Greasy Spots in the Home
Eucalyptus oil is excellent for greasy, gluey, sticky, or gummy situations. So it’s ideal to remove grease from your rangehood exhaust, on top of your range hoods, on the top of the fridge and your ceiling fans.
To clean any grimy, greasy areas throughout the house, we recommend using a bucket of warm water and a few capfuls of the Eucalyptus Solution you made. It’s ideal for large surfaces such as walls, cabinet exteriors, and the interiors of pantries and drawers.
- Killing germs
Eucalyptus oil is a natural antibacterial that aids in the killing of germs found in the home. Door handles, office surfaces, remote controls, and other places where hands come into contact frequently will benefit from your homemade Eucalyptus Spray. You can even spray your packages as soon as they arrive at your door for added security!
- In the laundry
Although eucalyptus oil is especially beneficial for bed linens, it can also be used in regular laundry. Add 15ml to each load of laundry and enjoy your clean clothes’ fresh scent.
- Stain Removal
Chewing gum stains, lipstick stains, and even grease stains, can be removed with water-soluble Eucalyptus Oil.
Before you wash the area, soak it in some diluted oil. You might also want to use it on high-contact sites like cuffs and collars regularly.
- Bins (and Wheelie bins)
Eucalyptus Oil is a fantastic odour buster in addition to its germ-killing abilities.
It’s a good idea to keep a can of Eucalyptus Spray near your kitchen trash can – and also your wheelie bin?
- Fill the bin halfway with water from a hose and add a few capfuls of eucalyptus oil.
- Scrub surfaces with a brush and rinse thoroughly
- Drain and dry thoroughly.
Eucalyptus Oil is an eco-friendly floor cleaner because of its natural disinfectant properties. It’s also fabulous and my favourite go-to for mopping wooden floors. Drop 20 drops into a bucket of hot water then mop as usual. Your floors will be gleaming, and the eucalyptus fragrance will fill the room.
- Stainless Steel
A small amount of eucalyptus oil will help remove stubborn grime and build-up from stainless steel, whether it’s on a cooktop, tapware, fridge, or cupboards. To avoid streaking, add a few drops to a wet cloth, wipe over the surface and dry with a clean microfibre cloth.
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