There’s more to essential oils than a pleasant smell or holistic healing. They also have strong disinfectant powers. If you want to stop using conventional cleaning products that are often toxic, and can irritate the skin, essential oils can be a good alternative to naturally and thoroughly disinfect your home while respecting your skin. Here’s how to naturally disinfect your home, using essential oils.
The problem with conventional cleaning products
Conventional cleaning products aren’t well regulated. According to studies carried out at a Norwegian university, when used regularly some cleaning products can be just as toxic to your lungs as smoking a pack of cigarettes every day.
Very few clinical trials are imposed on these products. For example, in the US, around 20% of the components of cleaning products are tested for acute effects and around 10% for their long-term chronic effects. Unfortunately, lots of cleaning products released onto the market have harmful health effects and are not subjected to sufficient testing.
If you have young children or immunocompromised people living in your household, it is very important to get to know the formulation of the products that you use to clean your home. Essential oils are good alternatives to naturally disinfect your home in a gentle and healthy way.
How to naturally disinfect your home with essential oils?
Thanks to their rich and concentrated compositions, essential oils can disinfect all surfaces, even in the bathroom! Essential oils contain phenol, so have strong antibacterial powers. Thyme and oregano essential oils, being particularly rich in phenol, are especially good for disinfecting surfaces.
Antibacterial cinnamon essential oil is a great alternative to cleaning products for hard surfaces. It contains cinnamaldehyde and cinnamic acid which destroy the cellular membrane of bacteria. Add a few drops of cinnamon essential oil to 2-3l of water, and use it to disinfect your kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
Thyme essential oil, thanks to its high concentration of thymol and carvacrol, has great antifungal and antibacterial properties. You can use it to cleanse kitchen surfaces, or even add a few drops to your organic washing up liquid to boost its effectiveness.
Oregano, and well as thyme, essential oils are great antibacterial essential oils, they can even disinfect the surfaces of your house of E Coli bacteria! You can diffuse these oils around your home with an air diffuser, or mix them into water to cleanse surfaces.
Lemon essential oil is great for de-greasing. It’s a great product to use on kitchen surfaces and any other surfaces where grease tends to accumulate. You can use it diluted in water, again using a few drops diluted in 2-3l of water, or in a blend with other essential oils – like cinnamon – so boost that de-greasing action of another cleaning product.
Essential oils are an ideal way to disinfect your house healthily and effectively. You can also use them to lightly perfume your home: mix a few drops of ylang-ylang essential oil and sweet orange essential oil into your cinnamon oil and water mixture to get a natural cleaning product, which doesn’t aggravate your skin, and which will make your home smell great!
We recommend you opt for a pure, organic, and 100% natural essential oil, to avoid synthetic additives. For more information on essential oils, and to understand the difference between an essential oil and a plant oil, you can check out our article here.
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