Cleaning with Essential Oils December 20 2015, 0 Comments

 

This blend is a great starting point for making your own multi purpose cleaner. Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake before every use. You can use the recipe as written or as a starting point adding in vinegar and/or castile soap if desired. 

This recipe may be increased  for a larger batch ( I make mine in 32 oz bottles) just be sure to keep the oils to base ratio the same. This recipe has been calculated with the citrus oils at a 4% dilution and the clove at 1%. The clove oil could be substituted with lavender oil if desired.  

Citrus oil is an effective anti-viral agent. It also work well as a degreaser for kitchen cleaning. Citrus oils can be added to the product in a dilution of 3-5% of the total product. You can use a single oil or a blend of citrus oils totaling 3-5% combined

Clove oil is a antimicrobial oil  meaning it has the ability to kill or disarm agents of infection such as bacteria, viruses and fungus. Clove at a 1% dilution is able to inhibit numerous pathogenic bacteria such as staph and e coli, also agents causing fungal infections. Clove oil should be no more that 2% of the total dilution. 

If substituting lavender oil in this recipe you will want to add a minimum of 1% to achieve a concentration high enough to be effective.  This would be 6 drops per oz, so for this 4 ounce recipe you would want to add 24 drops.