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  • Tue, Sep 8 2009 11:22 AM

    • Pat
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    Essential oils

    I've never used them much, but the article in this week's Dollar Stretcher may have convinced me! The dishwashing soap recipe looks like something I'd like and the flea repellant sounds like it may solve a problem for some people here. Do you use essential oils? Any special recipes or uses that aren't in the article? Inquiring minds want to know! Wink

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  • Tue, Sep 8 2009 12:31 PM In reply to

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    Re: Essential oils

    Yes I use them and they are very effective. I sprinkle lavender on my pillow for sleep and use them in hot baths. In addition to the uses listed in the article, some have some very calming effects on the Mind-Body-Spirit. There are several different brands and one company in particular that can be quite pricey.
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  • Tue, Sep 8 2009 7:37 PM In reply to

    Re: Essential oils

    I had a friend a few years back who put a drop or 2 inside each toilet paper roll.  Each time it rolled a bit of vanilla wafted through the air.  In a college dorm room this can be a must!
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  • Tue, Sep 8 2009 7:40 PM In reply to

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    Re: Essential oils

    I use tea tree and lemon oil in my homemade cleaners. I use lavender oil in homemade bath poducts and in my homemade laundy rinse. I also make my own air freshening sprays with vinegar and essential oils, though I also use some fragrance oils for this.

     

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  • Tue, Sep 8 2009 11:31 PM In reply to

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    Re: Essential oils

    Would you care to give explicit directions for those who haven't used essential oils for cleaning? I think that would be helpful.

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  • Wed, Sep 9 2009 9:59 AM In reply to

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    Re: Essential oils

    Pat:
    Would you care to give explicit directions for those who haven't used essential oils for cleaning?

    I don't mind at all. If I had been on the main computer when I responded last night,I would have pulled up my files to be sure I was giving accurate details on my cleaning solutions.

    Please note that I use the words, "several drops" for measurements on the essential oils. One can use less or more depending on how strong you prefer it. I go by scent when adding oils as I like the additional benefit of a fresh or pleasant scent in a room or in the laundry.

    Another note is that essential oils may seem expensive. They go a long way however and will last quite awhile. I buy two bottles of tea tree oil a year on average but a bottle of lavendar lasts me a couple of years.

    Some believe that certain brands are superior to cheaper ones. I have seen no difference in the tea tree oil I buy at Wal-mart from a more expensive brand except that I pay less for the one at Wal-mart.

     

    These are the items I use consistently for my cleaners and other solutions that include essential oils:

    • Baking soda
    • Vinegar
    • Soap
    • Borax
    • Tea tree oil
    • Lemon oil
    • Lavender oil

     Pine oil is another good choice but I have not purchased any lately.

     

     My favorite solutions using these items:

     

     Anti-bacterial All Purpose Cleaner:
    • 1 tsp. Borax
    • 1/2 tsp. dish liquid
    • 1/4 cup vinegar
    • 2 cups hot water
    • Several drops of tea tree or pine oil 
    Mix ingredients in a spray bottle and shake. Spray onto surface and wipe clean with wet cleaning rag. 

    Good for bathroom and kitchen counters, bathtub or toilet.

     

      All Purpose Cleaners:   Cleaner 1:
    • 1 part vinegar
    • 1 part water
    • Several drops of tea tree, lemon or pine oil
     Mix ingredients in a spray bottle and shake. Spray onto surface and wipe clean with wet cleaning rag. Good for daily wiping of counters, outside of appliances, some walls and stove hoods.   

     

    Cleaner 2
    • Warm water
    • 1/2 tablespoon of liquid soap
    • Several drops of tea tree, lemon, lavendar or pine oil
    Fill spray bottle with water leaving enough room to add soap and oils then shake. Spray onto surface and wipe clean. Good for cleaning plastics and other objects and surfaces in the home.  
      

     

    Floor Cleaners:

     Vinyl Floor Cleaner

    • 1 gallon water
    • 1/4 cup of vinegar
    • A couple of drops of lemon, tea tree or pine oil

    Mop floor with solution

      

    Vinyl and some Stone Floor Cleaner

    • 1 gallon water
    • 1/2 tablespoon of liquid soap
    • A couple of drops of lemon, tea tree or pine oil

    Mop floor with solution then mop again with clear water to rinse off soap.

     

       
     
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  • Wed, Sep 9 2009 11:07 AM In reply to

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    Re: Essential oils

    Thank you!

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  • Wed, Sep 9 2009 12:07 PM In reply to

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    Re: Essential oils

    Other uses:

    Fabric Softener

    • 1 part vinegar to 1 part water
    • Several drops of essential oil

     Use in rinse cycle in the same amount used for commercial fabric softener

     

    Air Freshener

    • 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water
    • Several drops of essential oil

     

    For these, I sometimes use fragrance oils instead of essential oils. Fragrance oils are synthetic though and many pose issues for those with allergies. I prefer the floral scents for the laundry and some rooms while citrus scents are better in the kitchen.

    I spritz the air freshener over fabric furniture, curtains, rugs, carpets and shower curtains to freshen them and the room instead of using fresheners like Febreeze.

     

     

     

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  • Sat, Sep 19 2009 9:35 AM In reply to

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    Re: Essential oils

     I'm a little concerned about that article.  I make perfumes and soaps with essential oils, and you really have to know your oils; for instance, pennyroyal can cause miscarriages, so it's very dangerous for pregnant women.  And eucalyptus can be very poisonous to pets.  So I would be very very careful, and research each oil you use. 

  • Sat, Sep 19 2009 1:53 PM In reply to

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    Re: Essential oils

    KateHC:

     I'm a little concerned about that article.  I make perfumes and soaps with essential oils, and you really have to know your oils; for instance, pennyroyal can cause miscarriages, so it's very dangerous for pregnant women.  And eucalyptus can be very poisonous to pets.  So I would be very very careful, and research each oil you use. 

    Thanks for that information.

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