DIY for healthy
Using healthy alternatives for cleaning is especially
important while healing from Lyme disease. A lot of
store-bought cleaning products add a few drops of essential
oils on top of the same old toxic cleaners and call them
“natural.” Don't be fooled. Blend your own bona fide
natural cleaners with items you probably have in your
pantry already, plus a few drops of lemon, cedar or
peppermint oil, which you can find at most health food
Derived from plants, essential oils contain cleansing
capabilities beyond their aroma-therapeutic appeal. They
possess antibacterial and anti-fungal properties capable of
wiping out harmful molds and mildews. Essential oils added
to your cleaning solutions make your house smell yummy.
They're not simply for masking odors.
You spend buckets of money on medications and herbs to
detoxify your body and support your healing process, so why
bring toxins into your home? Bleach, harsh scrubbing
powders and ammonia can all be replaced with healthy,
all-natural solutions that are just as effective.
Here are six simple DIY recipes
for healthy housecleaning:
1. Shower curtains
Scrub away mold or mildew with this natural alternative to
Mix 10 drops tea tree, patchouli or cinnamon essential oil
into half cup vinegar.
Make a paste with baking soda, a few drops of tea tree oil
and water. Apply paste to grout, and allow it to sit
overnight. Scrub with a stiff brush, then rinse with white
vinegar. The resulting suds are a powerful cleansing
3. Bathroom rugs
Between washings, sprinkle bath rugs with half a cup of
baking soda and 10 drops of peppermint essential oil, then
4. Microwave Oven
In a microwave-safe bowl, combine:
10 drops lemon essential oil
1 tsp white vinegar
4 oz water
Place bowl inside microwave, then run it on high for 4
minutes. Wipe off the walls with a paper towel.
For pre-treating a stained garment, combine:
1 cup vinegar
1/4 cup lemon juice
5 drops of tea tree essential oil
Add these ingredients to your clothes in a warm water wash.
Soak for an hour before washing.
6. Wood Furniture and Floors
To clean scuff marks or spots, apply a drop of lemon
essential oil to a damp cloth and scrub. Also try using one
drop of lavender oil mixed with a drop of lemon juice.
An added benefit to using homemade cleaning solutions is
that they're earth-friendly. We've quit using harmful
products in our home while I'm healing from Lyme. You can
too. It's sort of essential.
Suzanne Arthur/All rights reserved/ 2006