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So Fresh and So Clean: Natural Cleaning with Vinegar

We’ve all heard about the natural cleaning power of vinegar. Using it around the house for various cleaning tasks has become very popular for those looking for a green alternative to traditional cleaning products. The only problem with natural cleaning with vinegar, we think, is the smell. While it cleans like a superhero, the overwhelming aroma can make it hard to enjoy that clean house!

Why is vinegar such a great natural cleanser? According to the David Suzuki Foundation, “the acid in vinegar crosses the cell membrane of bacteria and prompts a release of protons, which causes the cell to die.” This makes it perfect for many household cleaning tasks.

But again, the smell…

That’s where eucalyptus and tea tree oil come in. Not only are these two powerful natural cleaners in their own right – they’ll kill germs like nothing else – they can also overpower the scent of vinegar, leaving you with a fresh, clean smell.

Here are some great recipes for household cleaning that use vinegar and eucalyptus and/or tea tree oil:

Multi-purpose cleaner: to make a multi-purpose cleaner that’s good for the whole house, mix 10 drops of eucalyptus oil into two cups of hot water and a half cup of vinegar. Mix well. Just remember, using vinegar on marble or granite can eat away at the stone, so don’t use it for these surfaces.

Bathroom scrub: Add 15 drops of tea tree oil to a combination of water, vinegar, baking soda and castile soap. The baking soda lifts stains, the vinegar breaks down the bacteria, and the tea tree oil boosts the cleaning power to fight bacteria and mold and overpowers the smell of the vinegar.

Washing machine cleaner: give your washing machine a good cleaning by adding 10-15 drops and running it on the hot cycle. This will remove any bacteria and odours caused by that bacteria!

We even have a great recipe for a heavy-duty natural floor cleaner featuring both eucalyptus and tea tree oil right here: http://thursdayplantationcanada.ca/natural-floor-cleaner-the-power-of-eucalyptus-and-tea-tree-oil/.

When it comes to natural cleaning with vinegar, you can really up the ante by adding the grime fighting power of tea tree and eucalyptus oil – and keep your house from smelling like salt and vinegar chips!

At Thursday Plantation, we carry only the highest quality essential oils – those best suited for pairing with natural cleaning with vinegar.

Stock up today at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.

 

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For most of us, chores are a necessary evil. Not only do we not want to see the mess of a dirty house, we also want to make sure our homes are clean for our health and the health of our families. Many of us turn to the “germ fighting power” of those off-the-shelf cleaners, the ones that fight germs with chemicals.

However, when you consider that your kids play on the floors and your pets sleep on the floors, is using something that is full of chemicals really the best idea? Maybe not.

Not only are many of these chemicals harmful for us, they’re also bad for the environment! We’re potentially harming Mother Nature as well as ourselves.

So, what’s the alternative? We’re not just going to stop washing the floors altogether – that’s not really a realistic option, we know. The answer is simple: essential oils.

Various essential oils are very effective when it comes to cleaning. Here we are thinking specifically of eucalyptus oil and tea tree oil. Both have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial and disinfectant properties which make them powerful germ fighters. Together, these are as effective – if not more effective – than all those chemicals you’re already using. And, they are safe for the environment.

If you’re looking for a way to ditch the chemicals and go all-natural with your floor cleaning routine, here’s our recipe for an all-natural, heavy duty floor cleaner that works well on all types of flooring – tile, hardwood, laminate, vinyl, even ceramic.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon castile soap
  • 8 drops each of eucalyptus and tea tree oil
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • Water

Directions:

Mix ingredients well into a large bucket of warm water. Mop as usual. Once you’re finished, go over it again with warm, clean water to remove any residue.

As far as natural germ fighting power, eucalyptus and tea tree oil are your best bet. For floors that shine, count on them!

At Thursday Plantation, we offer the highest quality essential oils, including eucalyptus and tea tree oil. Use them for all your house cleaning needs!

Visit www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca today.

 

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With spring in full bloom, many of us are taking time out of our already busy schedules to do the annual spring clean. We love using essential oils for natural spring cleaning. In truth, we love using essential oils for cleaning any time of the year.

Why are essential oils the perfect addition to your natural spring cleaning routine? Oils such as tea tree and eucalyptus are known for their antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, and antiviral properties – not to mention their fresh clean scents. This makes them perfect for overall cleaning and for specific tasks, such as fighting mold and mildew in the shower or bath.

We recently ran across this fantastic blog from Well and Good that we thought we’d share. It has some great DIY recipes for natural cleaning products using essential oils, including an all-purpose cleaner, a degreaser, and a toilet bowl cleaner.

Check it out: https://www.wellandgood.com/good-advice/natural-cleaning-products-with-essential-oil-diy/.

Here are a few other examples of how you can add essential oils to your natural spring cleaning routine:

  • Freshen up the trash can by adding a few drops of lavender to 1 tbsp of baking soda and sprinkling into the bottom.
  • Mix a few drops of eucalyptus oil with one cup of baking soda and then sprinkle it on your carpets before vacuuming to freshen the air and disinfect carpets.
  • We mentioned mold and mildew before. Blend 15 drops of tea tree oil and 5 drops of peppermint oil with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle, then spray directly on the affected areas (don’t rinse).
  • Get hardwood floors gleaming by mixing ½ cup distilled white vinegar and 3 drops of lemon essential oil into a large bucket of warm water, then get mopping.

When it comes to natural spring cleaning, toss those chemical cleaners and welcome essential oils into your life!

At Thursday Plantation, we make spring cleaning with essential oils easy.

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As we enter April we’re finally entering the season that features some of the best things the year has to offer: spring flowers, warmer weather, and the wonderful, long-awaited spring clean! This year, make that spring clean that much more exciting by making it easier. Eucalyptus oil is a wizard when it comes to household cleaning – and it means all those chemicals you use are no longer necessary.

Eucalyptus oil is great for all natural cleaning because of its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and deodorizing properties. And not only that – it leaves your home smelling fresh and clean.

Eucalyptus oil is an amazing grease buster so take advantage of it in the kitchen. To remove dirt and grime around the oven, add two teaspoons to a spray bottle full of water, then add a teaspoon of dish soap and shake gently. Now use it to clean the stovetop, the microwave, even the kitchen sink.

Cut the bacteria in the bathroom. Mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of hot water, then add 1/8 tsp dish soap and of course your eucalyptus oil (6 drops). Pour into a spray bottle and shake before each use. Attack the bathtub, the counter, and the toilet.

You can even use it to clean your floors – check out this video to see just how easy it is:

This spring, make spring cleaning a breeze with eucalyptus oil. It’ll quickly become your favourite.

Stock up today at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.

 

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tp2It is something most of us would rather do without, yet is a necessary evil that takes time away from the things we love…we’re talking about cleaning the house. Add to this chore the fact that cleaning supplies can get expensive when you need 25 different kinds to clean the house from top to bottom, coupled with the fact that these cleaners can sometimes be toxic or harmful, and you’ve got a chore that seems mountainous! We’re here to help. Consider making your own natural cleaning products with eucalyptus oil – saving time, money, and worry.

Eucalyptus oil is the distilled oil that comes from the dried leaves of eucalyptus – a colorless liquid with a strong woodsy and sweet smell. With antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and deodorizing properties, eucalyptus oil makes the perfect household cleaner.

In the kitchen:

Eucalyptus oil is an amazing grease buster. To remove grease and grime around cook tops, counter and bench tops, and to clean your microwave and make the kitchen sink shine, add two teaspoons of eucalyptus oil to a spray bottle of water, then add a teaspoon of liquid soap to the bottle and gently shake.  The smell doesn’t hurt either!

In the bathroom:

Use eucalyptus oil to clean and disinfect the toilet by mixing 50ml of oil in a litre of water. Or change the amounts (add 20 drops to a bucket of hot water) and you’ve got the perfect natural floor cleaner. Add a few drops to a cup of hot water to get rid of mold, mildew and soap scum in the bathtub.

In the living areas:

Mix 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar into a quart of water, then add 5 to 10 drops of eucalyptus oil. This helps bring about a natural shine on wood or tile floors, while cleaning at the same time – and making the entire house smell fresh.

In the laundry room:

Eucalyptus oil can be used to remove stains from clothing naturally, just make a paste using oil and liquid laundry soap. Rub it on the stain with an old toothbrush, let is sit for 10 minutes, then wash as you normally would. Or, add 25 drops of eucalyptus oil to the wash cycle when washing bedding, linens and towels to get rid of dust mites.

Next time you’re getting ready to clean the house, or shop for cleaning products, consider replacing those chemicals with eucalyptus oil – and use it all around the house. Not only does it smell great, it cleans like a charm.

Thursday Plantation’s 100% natural eucalyptus oil is perfect for all kinds of DIY cleaning – get some today by visiting www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca

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