Homemade natural cleaning products.
Essential oils for cleaning.
Aromatherapy essential oils guide
Why choose essential oils for cleaning ?
Quite simply because they are effective and are kind to our bodies and our environment. Cleaning with essential oils makes sense they have antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and antiviral qualities, making them an obvious choice for cleaning in the home. Aromatherapy and essential oils, flowers and herbs have been used for centuries to cleanse and purify with great success, not to mention the fantastic therapeutic aromas that are emitted in the process of cleaning or washing, scents of purpose indeed !
At the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom in 2004, a detailed research study was carried out using and testing the efficacy of certain essential oils in treating Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It is widely acknowledged that essential oils have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties yet due to the lack of scientific evidence they are rarely used, now the medical world is turning to appreciate the irrefutable evidence that essential oils deserve their place in fighting some of the most dangerous strains of bacteria present in our hospitals, wounds that have been infected with Staphylococcus aureus and have become resistant to some of the most powerful antibiotics available are being treated successfully with essential oils. In the study four essential oils were used these were Tea tree essential oil, Patchouli essential oil, Lavender essential oil and Geranium essential oil, also used was grapefruit seed extract. These essential oils were used topically and in vapor form to inhibit the bacteria, the oils were used in single form and in combinations, their effectiveness was proven...to read the research study please follow this link....The effect of essential oils on methicillin-resistant Staphyloccocus aureus
Using essential oils for cleaning, in homemade natural cleaning products makes sense as essential oils are a natural product they are plant based oils, not synthetic chemicals, they are proven to be powerful and effective.
We use soaps and detergents to clean our homes effectively - to keep them free of grime and bacteria, this is necessary, indeed paramount for good health, what we do not want to do is to pollute our living environment in the process - what we use for cleaning should be biodegradable (quickly biodegradable !) and non-toxic to our bodies and environments, preferably a homemade natural cleaning product and not one made from a petrochemical derivative.....as most of the soaps and detergents are these days !
Why use homemade natural cleaning products with essential oils for cleaning ?
At the moment, the synthetic (that is - petroleum derived) soap and detergents used for cleaning the majority of our homes contain harsh, polluting, irritating surfactants which are contaminating our eco-systems, particularly aquatic and marine life....please follow this link for more information on this...Key characteristics of Laundry detergent ingredients.
Surfactants are necessary to clean - a surfactant has hydrophilic and hydrophobic components - which enables it to lessen the surface tension in water, to really get into the grime and lift it out and away. Soap is a surfactant which can be made easily with natural plant based oils - see the pure olive oil soap recipe but it needs to be biodegradable and non-toxic, please read this fact sheet on the biodegradation of surfactants to get a better understanding ! No doubt that things hopefully are improving with stricter controls on the soap and detergent industries but the fact remains that petroleum derived surfactants leave a toxic trail - from beginning to end, these products have a huge ecological impact - from extraction, processing, manufacture and disposal - everytime the water goes down the drain, the toxic residue stays in the water and it will stay there for a long time .....The water cycle is a natural process and we are contaminating it needlessly by continually using synthetic surfactants.
We have alternatives available to us, which come from renewable resources and are biodegradable :)