This blog is the last of a 3-part series on basic uses for essential oils. Today I'm going to give you a chemical-free, bathroom and kitchen cleaning recipe that is easy to make at home. Use this general, all-purpose cleanser for greasy hands and dirty bath and shower stalls, ceramic tiles, sinks, or ovens. It is totally non-toxic, won't clog your drains, and leaves your hands, bathroom, or kitchen smelling fresh. Here it is:
All-Purpose Citrus Cleanser
1 cup plain soap flakes (available from retailers of homemade soap supplies or crafting supplies)
1 cup borax (get the pure, unadulterated mineral powder from Mountain Rose Herbs Co.)
1 cup baking soda
2 teaspoons orange essential oil (sometimes labeled sweet orange ess. oil)
1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the flakes, borax, and baking soda. Stir gently.
2. Slowly add the essential oil, one drop at a time, stir ever-so-gently to incorporate. Do not stir rapidly or whip the powder with a whisk or it will cause dust to rise into the air and will make you sneeze. Store in a tightly sealed container.
3. To use, blend a tablespoon or more of the formula in a small bowl with enough water to form a slushy paste-like texture. Use it to wash hands or apply with a sponge to scrub bathroom or kitchen surfaces. Rinse with water.
Yield: 3 cups
NOTE: This article was adapted from the book, "How To Feel Fabulous Today!" by Stephanie Tourles, Storey Publishing, 2001. The information given is true and complete to the best of her knowledge. All recommendations are made without guarantee on the part of Ms. Tourles and she disclaims any liability in connection with the use of this information. It is for educational purposes only.