For a long time I have used Miracle Cleaner knowing that the vinegar and Eucalyptus oil in this does kill germs and sanitises really well. Plus it smells so clean! And I use the wool mix with Eucalyptus in it that also has the same effect. This plus sunshine is so good and things are so fresh and beautiful. I will keep using these as they are great and so economical. I have loved this as it is not full of chemicals and does not take my breath away when I use it.
More recently I have been shocked to find that many cleaners we use on things like dishes have toxic chemicals. I sort of expected toxic chemicals in bathroom cleaners yet no so much in dish detergent! You can find a list of really common cleaning products that contain toxins that are known to cause cancer... (yet they are sold anyway) here on the Hopewell Essential Oils - Cleaning with Essential Oils page. They have recipes for cleaning products plus down the bottom this most interesting list.
I saw that the big essential oil companies sell whole ranges of cleaning products. These appeal to me greatly. The prices are high i.e. one product is 1.8 litres for $189! They are diluted for use but still so is Miracle Cleaner for a couple of dollars a bottle. So this is how I decided to experiment with making some of my own cleaners.
Because I am planning to use some as gifts I decided to go all out and get some lovely bottles and labels as these would also be endlessly re filled.
I ordered some labels and am so happy with them. I got them from Mella + Moi on Etsy. They make everything look professional. I need to get more now! They are easy to apply and there are so many choices. I am kind of thinking my whole pantry needs these! Mella+Moi also do roller ball labels which I would love. They look amazing. Making up roller balls to give as gifts is quite economical and a great way to get someone started in essential oils too!
I called my germ busting cleaner Thieves as to me that is the traditional name that goes along with the legend of the thieves that beat the plague. This is said to be how this combination of oils came about. That's good enough for me!
The larger spay bottles came from Essentially Audrey. They came with a letter thanking me for supporting her small business. She has raw ingredients, bottles and recipes!
You will find recipes there for everything I made except I have used On Guard as my essential oil.
This is all very flexible... On Guard is made up of Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary essential oils. Thieves is made up of much the same with the difference of Lemon. Plague defence is the same as On Guard ingredient wise.... Germ Fighter from Plant Therapy is another... they are all so similar. So if you have some of these essential oils or all of them you can make a sanitising mixture without buying the actual special formula.
One batch I made is half water, half Vodka plus the essential oils. My ratio was one cup water, one cup vodka, 20 drops essential oil. Vinegar could be substituted for the Vodka. This is suitable as a room spray or a cleaner for things you want to disinfect.
I also have tried using my regular Miracle Cleaner recipe and adding Rosemary, Clove and Lemon to this (as I have those) or adding a few drops of On Guard.
I am very happy with this!
For my hand soap I just used a plain liquid soap and added some On Guard to it. There are also Foam Soap dispensers available and they make soap go a really long way. Again there are so many ways to do it.
Trying all this out I ended up with a great supply plus presents.
I also wanted a sanitising spray i.e. to wipe a surface when out and about. I got some small spray bottles for this. I decided to carry little packs of wet wipes and use a spray of this and then just wipe over the surface. I used Vodka in mine but you could use vinegar also. Both work.
Ok I need the nice labels on these too but I had to improvise!
Currently I am waiting on tiny spray bottles i.e. purse perfume size. It never ends once you get the bug!
I was listening to a Doctor being interviewed on TV last year and the subject was avoiding the flu. He said hand washing is still the number one thing you can do to avoid picking up things. This basic thing is still number one.
The scents of Eucalyptus, Lemon, Rosemary etc are all so good. Things smell clean. Of them all I slightly prefer the scent of Germ Fighter from Plant Therapy. But they are all good and I have used more On Guard than anything else. It is very satisfying cleaning with something that leaves a good scent.
If you have any tips on sanitising with essential oils, recipes for cleaners you make, tips for household management when there is illness in the house please share. I am learning. We are all learning. I chose this subject today over The World Within Your Walls yet it goes together as a clean house is also something lovely. I love it when I feel everything is clean and fresh! So satisfying!
We have a public holiday here today and the weather has cooled. It is lovely.
Have a wonderful week! xxx