When you step into the household cleaning isle of the supermarket, have you ever wondered why by far the most popular fragrance for cleaning products is lemon?
Okay, okay, I know you can now get mocha chino latte flavoured washing up liquid, but lemon is the most frequently seen and the reason is simple, not only does it smell fresh, but naturally, lemon has antiseptic properties that can be utilised in your cleaning regime.
Replace your existing chemical lemon scented cleaner with lemon essential oil for a fresh smelling and clean and non toxic house! Find below a recipe I use to clean my bathroom and kitchen.
Multipurpose household cleaner recipe.
To an empty spray bottle add:
- about 100 ml white vinegar (a bit less than quarter of a 500ml bottle)
- 5 drops of lemon essential oil
- at this point fill the bottle to half way with water
- add a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate
- top the bottle up to the neck with water
Don’t forget to shake the bottle each time you use it or the lemon won’t get dispersed throughout the mixture. Best to patch test your surface before using, but I use this mixture in the bathroom and on kitchen surfaces which are enamel, plastic, laminated or wood. I even use it on my stainless steel hob, but I make sure I wipe it up immediately with a damp cloth.
To wash floors add 5 drops of lemon essential oil to a mop bucket of water to clean hard floors, patch test if you have marble or something porous that could react with the lemon before using. I even use this to sanitise and deodorise my stable floors and rubber matting, it works great and prevents that horrible ammonia smell, add a tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda for extra cleaning oomph.
Great for your skin.
Lemon essential oil can be used on your skin, and is great for balancing oily or combination skin, however, only use citrus oil at night and wash your face in the morning as it can make your skin photosensitive when exposed to light. Add one drop of essential oil to a tablespoon of sunflower oil and apply to your face before bed, keep this mixture in a glass bottle and leave somewhere cool and dark to use later. Remember to patch test on the inside of your arm in case you are sensitive to the oil before smearing it all over your face, it can also cause bleaching on some skin types. Wash off immediately with soapy water and rinse well if you start to have a reaction to it, seek medical help if the reaction causes swelling.
Another use for lemon is on tired, aching legs as it helps to increase circulation, mix 1 drop of lemon and 2 drops of peppermint oil into a tablespoon of carrier oil such as sunflower or coconut and rub into your feet and legs before bed. If your legs and feet are covered in the daytime you can use it in the morning to combat the feeling of tired legs throughout the day, but again, don’t use on skin that is to be exposed to the sun during the day as it could burn more easily. I have been using this combination successfully to help prevent that awful heavy, tired feeling like you’re walking through mud or treacle that makes your legs ache from the inside even if you try to put your feet up.