Spring Cleaning the Natural Way: 2013

Spring Cleaning the Natural Way: 2013

Spring is here and so begins the annual Spring Cleaning at Plantlife! We are featuring a fantastic Spring Cleaning sale on our website to clear out some space for new things to come. As you prepare for your own cleaning journey, check out our some of our favorite essential oils for housework and a few helpful recipes for all natural, green cleaning!

Our Favorite Essential Oils for Spring Cleaning

Clean House blend
Our very own blend created for a fresh smelling house! We specially formulated it using essential oils great for cleaning properties and their amazing aromas! Perfect for adding to existing cleaning products, linen sprays, or any make your own cleaning recipes.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea Tree Essential oil makes a great addition to your cleaning list as its very own properties are known to be antimicrobial and also believed to be antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic. Hailing from Australia, the indigenous people used to use parts of the Tea Tree plant to help heal and disinfect.
Lavender Essential Oil
The wonderful aroma of Lavender creates a soothing, comfortable environment for your home. The perfect aroma for any cleaning recipes or products for your bedroom or laundry.
Lemon and Orange Essential Oils
The citrus aromas of Lemon and Orange essential oils create a cheery, uplifting atmosphere. Lemon essential oil makes a wonderful addition to cleaning, as it has been said that the acidity dissolves tarnish, removes grease, deodorizes and disinfects. Orange makes the list as well, as it has been said that it makes a great stain remover, cleaner, and deodorizer.


Mattress Freshener (Can also be used as a Carpet freshener)
1 Cup Baking Soda
5 Drops Essential Oil of choice
Container with a lid
Combine 5 drops to 1 cup baking soda into a container with a lid. Shake well to mix the essential oil with the baking soda. You can use right away, but for better results, let sit for a day. Sprinkle on mattress and leave for 15 minutes. Then, using hose attachment on your vacuum, vacuum mattress until no baking soda is left. If the aroma isn’t strong enough for your mattress or carpets, add a few extra drops.
For a carpet freshener, just double or triple the recipe depending on how much carpet area you need to refresh. We recommend leaving on the carpet for an hour.
Helpful Microwave Cleaner
1-2 Tablespoons of White Vinegar
2 Cups of Water
Microwaveable safe bowl or cup
Add a drop of essential oil for a microwave deodorizer (optional)
Combine 1 to 2 table spoons of White Vinegar with two cups water into a microwaveable safe container. Place container into microwave and close the door. Microwave for 4 minutes. Let the container sit in the microwave with the door closed for a few minutes to cool, remove container, and wipe down microwave as normal. Dirt and food should come right off!
Warning! Water microwaved in a smooth bowl can become superheated causing it to boil under the surface tension and explode when cool air hits it. Let the bowl sit in the microwave for a few minutes to let cool or add a small item like a toothpick to the bowl before heating.
You can also use a sponge soaked in the same solution and microwave for a few minutes although it may not be as effective as the bowl method.
Gunk Remover
1 part Coconut Oil
1 part Baking Soda
Mix equal parts of Coconut Oil and Baking Soda thoroughly together in a jar or container with a lid. Apply paste to sticky area and let sit for a few minutes and scrub clean. You can also add a few drops of essential for aroma. We recommend Lemon as it works well with sticky situations.
Note: Baking soda can be abrasive, be careful on surfaces such as plastics you don’t want scratched.
What are your favorite natural cleaning recipes? Let us know by leaving a comment!
Note: While essential oils are wonderful for green cleaning and are non-toxic to humans, be careful around cats as they have little to no tolerance for essential oils and may even be dangerous for them.
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