The use of essential oils is not restricted to therapy and beauty. If you want to limit the use of some health and environment aggravating substances (for example ammonia and petroleum derivatives contained in window, oven, silver cleaners etc.) there are some essential oils and other materials (baking soda, lemon, vinegar) found in our kitchens which can be used for the preparation of many household cleaners.
A few drops of essential oils from eucalyptus, lavender, citronella, clove, cedar and/or juniper in a ball filled with warm water, a spray (8-10 drops in 100 ml of water), the mopping bucket or just on a cloth inside the closets are enough to repel mosquito, bugs, woodworms and other insects. Body sprays or lotions with lavender essential oil can be applied directly on the skin as natural insect repellants. A few drops of peppermint at the home entrances will keep away ants, cockroaches, even mice!
Peppermint and basil can also be used to cover unpleasant odors after cooking or if you are painting. If you mix lemon or grapefruit essential oils (or their juice) with water you can prepare a very effective window and glass cleaner. Similarly if you dilute them in olive oil you get an ecological, varnishing protective for wooden surfaces.
The choices and applications are many as long as you keep a “green” spirit and mood for innovations and experimenting!
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