While this isn’t one of my specialist subjects (like all things mental health), I do like to have a clean kitchen.

There’s something about stuff being on the kitchen sides which just drives me batty.

If, like me you’ve already made the switch from household cleaning products to using essential oils mixed with water you’ll have noticed a difference in the air within your home.

If not – I’m sorry to tell you this but…

“We spend more than 90% of our time indoors and indoor air can be up to 50x more polluted than outdoor air!”

My Health, My Home (2015)

cleaning - harmful instructions.pngWhen I first saw this figure I was horrified.

But, if I was being honest I never used to follow the instructions.

You know the ones which say – use with gloves, have the windows open, harmful if ingested …

While, I never used to glug the bottles of cleaners I also didn’t open the windows or use gloves.

Knowing what I do now about how essential oils get into your system (i.e., diffusing thought he air and passing through your skin) I just can’t believe I was so stupid.

Now that I’ve been firmly hit over the head by all the toxins I have fully eradicated them from my home.

The best part – it’s really cheap!

The oils:

To get your sides clean enough to eat off you’re looking for anything which has antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and antifungal properties.

Lemon essential oil has three out of the four – antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial

Cinnamon has all four but it’s quite a strong smell and so it’s something I use on mould (I live in an old house), but not wiped around the kitchen sides. Plus it’s a hot oil so you don’t really want it on your food (unless it’s porridge but that’s a whole other blog post!).

Oregano has all 4 (and in huge quantities), but it’s not one I use (remember I really don’t like the smell…).

How do I do it?

Well, I use a blend of lemon, and melaleuca. Melaleuca (a specific strain of tea tree), has the anti-fungal properties which are missing from the lemon.

After I went on a mad ‘throw-out’ of all my old cleaning products I bought a couple of glass bottles with trigger sprays. You’ll need glass because oils will disintegrate the cleaning the mixture.pngplastic…

I simply put 6 drops of lemon and 4 drops of melaleuca into a 250ml glass bottle and top it up with water.

Because oil and water don’t mix you just need to shake the bottle before you spray.

You can also put a couple of drops of lemon essential oil into your dishwater to cut through the grease and make your glasses super sparkly (it’s what I use to clean all my vases, carafes and decanters).

Have yourself a fabulous day & I’ll be back on Saturday when I’m talking through how I avoid the 2pm slump with a single drop of peppermint 😀 (and something you can do to go all night on New Years Eve :D)

Best wishes –

Katie x

p.s. If you’re open to learning how to use essential oils to do loads of other neat things and support your body and mind with everything it gets up to then click the link below to go to a free mini-wellness consult

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  1. It’s important to seek the advice of a professional before embarking on a new health regime.
  2. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
  3. This website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
  4. Essential Oils are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease
  5. Not all essential oils are of the same quality and it’s important you check with your oil brand whether you can use your oils aromatically (A), topically (T) and/or internally (I).

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