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Use essential oils to make homemade cleaning products (recipes)

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Lavender, lemon and peppermint essential oils are displayed. People can use essential oils to relieve stress. Michilea Patterson — Digital First Media

By Michilea Patterson, The Mercury

With Earth Day near, now is a good time to start thinking of ways to “go green.”

Making natural, non-harmful cleaning products is an environmentally friendly way people can do just that, said Amanda Bohn, of Boyertown. Bohn is a wellness advocate for doTERRA essential oils. The oils are derived from parts of a plant then used for natural healing or cleaning purposes. Below, Bohn has provided several recipes for natural cleaning products.

AIR FRESHENER
Ingredients
1/4 cup baking soda
5-6 drops of essential oils (Lavender, Lemon, Cassia)
Instructions
Add to oils to a mason jar. Cover the jar with cheesecloth or canning lid with holes. Place the jar around your home. You can use the same recipe as a carpet freshener. Vacuum after 10 minutes.

HOMEMADE BLEACH
Ingredients
1/4 cup filtered water
1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide (3% solution)
1/2 TBS lemon juice
3 drops of lemon essential oil
Instructions
Add lemon essential oil to a 4-oz. colored glass bottle. Add peroxide and lemon juice. Add water. Shake well. Lasts 2 to 3 months if stored out of sunlight.

GLASS CLEANER
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups white vinegar
1/2 cup filtered water
8 drops of citrus essential oil (lemon, grapefruit)
Instructions
Add ingredients to a 16-oz. dark colored, glass spray bottle.

WOOD POLISH
Ingredients
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
10 drops of essential oil (arborvitae, lemon, orange)
Instructions
Add ingredients to an 8-oz. glass spray bottle. Spray to protect wood furniture and wood floors. Arborvitae essential oil is great for preserving wood.

DISH SOAP
Ingredients
2 cups castile soap, unscented
20 drops lime essential oil
8 drops lemon essential oil
6 drops citrus bliss essential oil
Instructions
Add ingredients to a mason jar. Secure a pump top by using a canning lid. Use 1 – 2 tablespoons to each load of dishes.

FRUIT AND VEGGIE WASH
Ingredients
1 cup filtered water
10 drops lemon essential oil
Instructions
Add lemon essential oil to a 16-oz. glass spray bottle. Add water. Spray on produce and let sit for a few minutes. Rinse well with cold water. Let dry.

FABRIC SOFTENER
Ingredients
30-60 drops of lavender essential oil
1 gallon of white vinegar
Instructions
Combine ingredients. Add 1/2 cup to your fabric softener dispenser.

SOFT SCRUB
Ingredients
3/4 rounded cup baking soda
1/4 cup liquid castile soap, unscented
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon white vinegar
5-10 drops lemon essential oil
Instructions
Combine soap and soda. Add water. Add essential oil and vinegar. Make in small batches. Store in glass jar with lid. Apply and let sit 10-15 minutes. Scrub.

TOILET BOMBS
Ingredients
1 1/3 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid (found in canning aisle)
2 tablespoons witch hazel
30 drops lemon essential oil
30 drops of another essential oil (suggestions below)
30 drops of another essential oil (suggestions below)
Instructions
Add oils and witch hazel to a spray bottle. Oil suggestions: Lavender and Peppermint; Purify and Lime; Wild Orange and OnGuard. Spray oils onto the powder mix slowly until wet. Place into silicone molds for six hours. Put one bomb in the toilet before bed. Swish clean in the morning. You can also use this recipe for shower bombs for occasional sniffles. Just add appropriate oils.

HAND SOAP
Ingredients
2 tablespoons castile soap, unscented
1 tablespoon carrier oil (e.g., fractionated coconut oil)
1 tablespoon Vitamin E oil
10 drops of essential oil (melaleuca, lavender, patchouli)
Instructions
Pour soap and carrier oil into a foaming hand soap container. Add essential oil. Find your favorite! Add filtered water, leaving enough room for the pump. Use a quality plastic container, or use a mason jar as we did for the dish soap recipe.

HAND CLEANSING SPRAY
Ingredients
8 drops OnGuard essential oil
1 teaspoon Aloe Vera gel (Lily of the Desert)
1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin, optional
Instructions
Mix into a 2-oz. glass spray bottle. Spray on hands at public restrooms, at the store, and other places to keep hands clean.

For more information about doTERRA and to schedule an essential oils class with Amanda Bohn, visit her website at mydoterra.com/amandabohn or email amanda.bohn@hotmail.com.

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