- Lavender oil
- Tea tree oil
- Eucalyptus oil
Lavender Oil / Lavender Water:
** To make lavender water, add 10 drops of lavender essential oil to every 200mls of cooled boiled water. Use in a spray bottle or atomizer (mist) bottle for air fresheners etc.**
- Add to carrier oil (olive oil works fine however Almond Oil is good too) & use for sunburn and massage
- Use on bites, itchy spots & stings
- Use on acne, eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis
- Massage onto temples for headaches & sleep disorders
- Use in bath water (and EVERYWHERE else!) for sleep, stress, depression and anxiety
- Add to carrier oil (Avocado, Grape seed or Rosehip oils are good) for scarring. If used with pure Vitamin E oil you will get double the effect.
- Wash cuts, scrapes, abrasions and sores with lavender water as an antiseptic
- Use with a carrier oil (again, olive oil is fine however you may prefer something lighter like almond oil) as an insect repellent for flies & mozzies
- Use on mozzie bites
- Use 10 - 20 drops in a bucket of hot water for mopping floors
- Add a hanky or facewasher with 5 - 10 drops of lavender oil to your clothes dryer to have clothes smelling nice & keep them germie free
- Spray clothes that have been left in the washing machine overnight with lavender water & hang out to dry to prevent that mouldy smell (tea tree works better if the smell persists)
- Spray freshly washed dogs with lavender water to keep them smelling lovely & keep fleas at bay
- Use lavender water to wipe down bench tops, stove tops, bathroom sinks etc for a fresh, clean smelling quick cleaning solution.
Tea Tree Oil is an amazing product for around the home & for health. When tested it was found to be VERY effective as an anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, with great results on the following:
Positive bacteria: Staphyloccus aureus, Staphyloccus epidermidis, Staphyloccus pneumoniae, Staphyloccus faecalis, Staphyloccus pyrogenes, Staphyloccus agalactiae, Propioni-bacterium acnes, Betahaemolytic streptococcus.
Negative bacteria: Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniac, Citrobactor ssp, Shigella sonnei, Proteus mirabilis, Legionella ssp, Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Fungi: Trichophyton mentagrophytes, Trichophyton rubrum, Aspergillus niger,, Aspergillus flavus, Candida albicans, Microsporum canis, Microsporum gypseum, Thermoactinomycetes vulgaris.
- Dab on acne & pimples for a quick, drying effective treatment
- Use an an anti-fungal for treating Athleteâs Foot, eczema, various yeast infections either directly onto the skin or in bath water.
- Use as an antiseptic wash on cuts and burns (or use with a cotton bud to clean wounds / cuts & scrapes).
- Use as an anti-viral during the cold / flu season around the home: it may lessen the symptoms of colds and flu. Try using a few drops in the bath water or have a vapourizer going during winter time to help get rid of viruses bought home.
- Also when added to a vaporizer helps to loosen chest congestion.
- Use with an organic hair shampoo to help kill head lice (one treatment they havenât become immune to yet!)
- Add a few drops to bath water to help with persistent body odour; same applies to a foot bath for smelly feet
- Use to help with dandruff & dry scalp by massaging a few drops into scalp after a shampoo
- As an all purpose cleaner for around the home, combine 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil in 2 cups of boiled water in a spray bottle. This can be used on benches, in bathrooms, toilets, baby surfaces (high chair etc) cleaning hair brushes, wiping down furniture, disinfecting when people are sick... its a miracle all purpose house cleaner & disinfectant.
- Mix the above solution with kosher or granulated sea salt to scrub the bathtub and bathroom tiles. Add a little lemon juice if you wish for a slight bleaching effect.
- Add a few drops to dishwasher dispenser, then fill with an earth friendly dish washing soap.
- A few drops added to each load of laundry leave your clothes smelling cleaner & help control that musty mouldy odour if you leave wet clothes in overnight.
- Control mold in bathrooms & wet areas (like bathrooms & laundry ceilings!) with a tea tree oil / water spray.
- Remove mould from shower curtains by soaking in vinegar, tea tree oil & bicarb soda overnight then wash as usual with a little tea tree oil added for good measure.
- Remove mustiness from clothes, cupboards, blankets, houses with that same tea tree oil/water spray.
- Great for around kids as is toxic free, chemical free way to keep germs at bay; spray it on high chairs, car seats, and other high traffic spots.
- Add to nappy soaking tubs / buckets for cloth nappies; I use a mixture of 1 cup white vinegar, 4 tablespoons of bicarb soda & 10 - 20 drops of tea tree oil (or 2 tablespoons for a large bucket). Bleaches, cleans, disinfects & helps sanitise cloth nappies WITHOUT any chemicals = less chance of nappy rash from acid burn etc.
- Adding 15 drops in 1litre of water can be an effective insect repellent. Use in an atomiser spray bottle for a fine mist.
- Be sure to take some with you when hiking and camping to put directly on insect bites or blisters as a disinfectant.
- Eucalyptus oil can be used as an antiseptic gargle. Eucalyptus is a powerful antiseptic agent. Its powerful germicidal properties effectively kill staphylococcus bacteria and have been used to treat tuberculosis.
- As a stimulant, Eucalyptus oil can increase cardiac activity; massage onto the chest / heart area with a carrier oil (however donât use to much because like Tiger Balm it can produce a chilling effect if used in excess).
- Eucalyptus oil can be applied externally to relieve fevers that arise from infectious diseases. Useful in cool compresses (wet washcloth); applied to the forehead, back of neck, over the kidneys and pelvic region. Only a small amount is needed otherwise may produce a chilling effect.
- Useful as a tick repellent. Add 10 - 20 drops into a spray bottle & spray on pets or use when hiking / bushwalking.
- Several animal studies report that eucalyptus applied to the skin can reduce pain.
- Eucalyptus oil treats respiratory tract and is useful for sinusitis and head colds. Use in inhalations, vapourisers, chest rubs, even in hankies to keep in your purse for when youâre sneezing.
- Can ease rheumatism, arthritis and muscular pains and aches - use with a carrier oil like Almond or Rosehip.
- Eucalyptus radiata is an anti-microbial oil and has been studied for its action against viruses. Useful for wiping over kids toys & surfaces to keep germs at bay.
- When applied externally, Eucalyptus oil can provide relief in asthma. Use with a carrier oil and rub on the chest
- My former cleaner told me : Make a spray and wipe with water, eucalyptus oil and some washing up liquid. The idea comes from a hospital cleaner and works a treat! Boiled water in a spray bottle, 10 - 20 drops of eucalyptus & a small squirt of a green, eco friendly dish washing detergent. Shake gently to mix. Works well on all surfaces.
- Dilute the above solution again in a little water in a bucket and use for all those finger marks that are hard to move from laminex finishes.
- You can also make a general disinfectant for toilets etc and again, it's a very simple recipe. mix 50 ml of eucalyptus oil with a litre of water. That's it - you can store it as you would a normal disinfectant.
- Eucalyptus oil can be used neat in order to remove sticker/decal residue from glass & most other non-porous surfaces.
- Add 1-2 teaspoonfuls of eucalyptus oil to your load of washing for a fresh scent along with the anti-microbial benefits
- Use the oil directly as is to help remove paint, grease and ink stains from clothes
- If you have a hanging car air freshener that's almost dead, reinvigorate it by adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil
- Half a teaspoon mixed with half a litre of water makes for a good bug repellent for plants - great if youâre into home organics.
- Use it as a stainless steel cleaner
- To use as a room air freshener, Mix a quarter of a teaspoon or 15 drops of eucalyptus oil with a half teaspoon of vodka, place in an atomizer/spray bottle and add 2 cups of water. This should be quite subtle, so you may need to add more or even some lavender oil for a calming effect around the house.
Imagine how many CLEANING PRODUCTS you could get rid of or stop buying by just using these remedies around the house.
Think about how many chemicals are in your cleaning cupboard, how many of them are sprayed & slurped about in front of or near your kids. They inhale them, they may even drink them (hopefully not!) & those chemicals stay in their bodies for days, weeks, months sometimes even years (chemicals like DDT have been found in bodies ages 70 - 80 years +!)
So, start working your way through what youâve got left, get rid of them if you can (recycling depots will collect chemicals for âproper disposalâ, thoroughly wash out the bottles using boiling water, dishwashing soap then again with boiling water & tea tree) then re-use them with some of the solutions mentioned above.
Youâll save an absolute fortune on cleaning products, be creating a safter, less toxic environment for your kids and family & have a CLEANER home (in some respects) than if you were using chemicals.
So, happy cleaning - the chemical free way!
Get to it - CULL those CHEMICALS.
Love & chemical free cleanliness,
The Eco Mum xo
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