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.