Nifty Cleaners – Essential Oils

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nliven your senses and your home with the delightful aroma of essential oils. Lavender, ylang ylang, Roman chamomile, bergamot and vetiver; used in the bedroom lends a calming and romantic environment. Pine, basil, ginger, eucalyptus and peppermint work well in a study or office to improve focus and concentration. Extracted from plants, some essential oils can mask unpleasant odours, get rid of mould and mildew, kill bacteria, airborne microorganisms and quite a few indoor pollutants. Still others, like the pressed oils of basil, oregano, thyme and clove are antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and have strong disinfecting properties. And, a little goes a long way.

  • Orange oil is great at removing set in chewing gum from various materials. Apply with a cotton ball. For use on cloth first stain test on the reverse and launder immediately after use

  • Eucalyptus oil can be used to remove glue and sticker residue as well as to strip paint

  • Burn citronella oil to keep the mosquitoes away

  • A couple of drops of lavender oil in the water compartment of your steam iron will have your linen smelling heavenly

  • To make a carpet freshener add 15 to 20 drops of essential oil to a cup of baking soda. Mix well and place in a covered container overnight till the oil is absorbed Sprinkle over the carpet the next day and vacuum the powder up

  • Wipe scum covered shower glass doors with a few drops of lemon oil twice a month. It protects from grime build-up

  • Combat mould and mildew with a combination of two teaspoons tea-tree oil and two cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake and spritz over the problem area, do not rinse. This solution also works as an effective toilet cleaner – spray along the bowl’s inside rim, let sit for 30 minutes and then scrub clean

Many essential oils are flammable and/ or act as a strong solvent. Sunlight (UV) and high temperatures are the main enemies of this product so they are best stored in amber coloured bottles with tight lids; out of the reach of children. Keep in a dark cool place where temperature fluctuations are minimal. At lower temperatures some oils tend to solidify, if that happens there’s no cause for alarm as they will turn liquid again once the temperature increases or in some cases when it reaches body temperature.
  • Add 10 drops of lavender or lemongrass oil to two ounces of water to swipe grime off windows. Bonus- these oils may repel flies

  • Douse cotton balls with your favourite oils and place them near air vents at home

  • A home-made recipe for an effective floor cleaner – to a bucket of water add one-fourth cup of white vinegar, 10 drops of lemon, pine or spruce oil and four drops of oregano essential oil (oregano has anti-septic properties). For really dirty floors several drops of dishwashing soap to the mixture will clean even the filthiest of floors

  • Add flea deterring eucalyptus or peppermint oil to your pets bedding. A good way to make sure fleas are away

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Essential Oils at Dorabjee's

All the above essential oils and more are available at Dorabjee’s. We stock a wide variety of Essential Oil’s brands in our stores.

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