As I mentioned, I suffer from severe migraines. Luckily I’ve been able to identify most of my migraine triggers - specific foods, cleaning agents, etc. Thus, I looked towards essential oils to replace my old cleaning products.
Basic Ingredients for DIY Household Cleaners
Castile Soap: A vegetable based soap usually made from olive oil, water and lye. Castile soap is an excellent surfactant, a substance that tends to reduce the surface tension of the liquid it is dissolved in, to decrease surfaces and remove dirt.
Vinegar: White vinegar and apple cider vinegar are natural antiseptics that make great cleaning agents.
Note: Do not mix vinegar with castile soap. Vinegar is an acid while castile soap is a base, they will cancel out the properties of the other resulting in a clumpy, cloudy mixture.
Baking Soda: An inexpensive, biodegradable deodorizer its abrasive texture is great for cleaning surfaces.
Rubbing Alcohol: A pH neutral alternative for cleaning when acidic liquids are too harsh for surfaces; it also helps maintain the beneficial properties of essential oils.
Essential Oils: Many essential oil have antiseptic qualities, act as degreasing agents, deodorizers and brightening agents.
Most Common Essential Oils Used for Cleaning:
Common Cleaner Recipes:
Disclosure: None of these health benefits have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. They should not be used in place of personal judgment or medical treatment when needed, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. (Only your doctor can diagnose and treat disease.)
Important Note: Oil profiles is for educational purposes only. This data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate. General Safety Information: Do not take any oils internally without consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you've never used before.