DIY spring clean

It’s that familiar feeling isn’t it? When spring arrives.  The flowers, the sun, the birds chirping and warmth in the air that makes us want to get out, open up and embrace the abundance of life.

The urge to cleanse and refresh creeps in as the cooler months slip away. And with the events of this year, and spending our time mostly indoors the call to do super spring clean builds in intensity. All of a sudden we want to cleanse, clear and clean…everything!

Most of us love the feeling after we have cleaned our home from top to bottom. A feeling of accomplishment combined with a feeling of freshness.  Unfortunately, most conventional household cleaning products and personal care items can potentially pose health risks.

Low-tox living can be so simple and does need to feel overwhelming if you are just starting out or if you are looking keep improving where you can.

We are going to take you step by step through each some of the main rooms of your home and provide some ideas on how to keep these spaces clean and safe with convenience, and without the harmful chemicals.

Let’s get started!

Shopping list
  • Citric Acid (this can be found at or supermarket)
  • Bicarbonate Soda
  • Salt
  • Fractionated coconut oil
  • Salt shaker
  • 500ml Glass spray bottle
  • 100ml glass spray bottle

Essential Oils you will need:

Living Room

The living room space is somewhere we spend a lot of our time. When the area is filled with clutter, mess and lack of air flow, it can have a huge impact on our mental health and sense of ease. But taking simple steps to improve our surroundings can have a big impact.

Open your windows

It seems like such a simple thing, however opening your windows can help remove dust, clear your space of stale and stagnant air and minimise mould growth. It energetically opens us up and releases what is necessary.

Use a diffuser

Essential oils not only help purify and freshen your space, but their natural aromas can also help shift your mindset and balance your emotions.

Many scented candles contain paraffins which can be harmful to your health. Instead, filling your space with the pure and natural aromas of nature with the use if essential oils is much safer and comes with therapeutic benefits.

Here is a pretty sweet blend we think you will love!

Two drops of dōTERRA Balance essential oil + Two drops of  Orange essential oil for a balancing and uplifting combination that can help ground and centre your emotions after a long day.

Bring the outdoors in with plants

Plants not only add beauty and colour to your home, but they are actively good for our health. They bring the soothing and restorative benefits of nature indoors. Plants can also help purify your space and clean the air by acting like natural air fresheners, drawing in gases like carbon dioxide, benzene, toluene and formaldehyde. Hooray!

Some great plant choice for indoors include Snake plants, Aloe-vera plants, Peace Lily or  Chinese Evergreen plants. They can also bring you happiness the moment you see a new leaf!

Deep clean your carpets

A deep clean of your carpets can work wonders to remove unwanted odors and refresh your space, especially if your floors take a regular beating from young children or pets

DIY CARPET CLEANSE

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup bicarb soda
  • 10 drops dōTERRA Tea tree essential oil
  • 10 drops dōTERRA Purify® Refreshing Blend
  • salt shaker

METHOD

  1. Vacuum your carpets.
  2. Add all ingredients to a salt shaker (or similar) and shake evenly onto carpet.
  3. Use your hand or a clean brush to distribute the powder deeper into the carpet fibers.
  4. Let sit for one hour and then vacuum remaining residue thoroughly.

Bedroom

Giving our mind and body the chance to recharge with a good night’s sleep is vital to our overall health and wellbeing. There are many things that you can incorporate into your nighttime routine that can promote a more restful sleep. One way is to utilize the amazing benefits of essential oils.

This can be by using a relaxing linen spray either in your room or over your bedcovers, diffusing some calming essential oil blends or even using an essential oil roll on to lull yourself into a deep and restorative slumber.

It is also important to keep your sleeping space clean and free from clutter as it can help clear out your thoughts. It can help you feel a sense of satisfaction and the positive energy associated with being productive.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, de-cluttering your room and creating a dark, clean space allows you to sleep better and helps tidy up your brain and minimise feelings of anxiety.

DIY Linen Spray

You’ll need:

  • 100ml glass spray bottle
  • 6-10 drops of essential oil of your choice**
  • 2 tbs witch hazel

** Some great oils to use in the bedroom are lavender, chamomile, marjoram, geranium, frankincense as these to help relax before bed at night.

  1. Add witch hazel to the glass bottle along with 6 drops of essential oils of your choice.
  2. Fill up the bottle with water but not quite to the top, replace the top and shake to combine.
  3. Spray a bit on your hand or shirt or rag and smell. If you want the scent stronger, add more drops of essential oil to your liking.
  4. Spray on fabrics and linen as desired and store in a cool dark place.
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Kitchen

The kitchen one of the most trafficable places in the home. It is often where the family gathers and of course where things can get messy.

It can feel comforting knowing that you are preparing food in a space that is free from harsh chemicals and artificial fragrances.

Try these 2 DIY recipes for your kitchen

DIY Multi-Purpose spray 

You’ll need:

  •  2 tbsp of dōTERRA On Guard® Cleaner Concentrate
  •  15 drops of Orange or Lemon essential oil.
  • Approximately 400 mL of distilled water (cooled down boiled water works well too).
  • 500ml spray bottle

METHOD

Add all ingredients to a 500mL glass or stainless steel bottle with a spray nozzle and shake to combine.

DIY KETTLE CLEANER

No doubt over time there is limescale build up in your kettle. Try this two-ingredient descaler, to keep your overworked kettle sparkling new.

You’ll need:

  • 2 tsp citric acid
  • 5-10 drops of lemon essential oil

METHOD

  1. Place 2 tsp of citric acid in your kettle.
  2. Add 5-10 drops of Lemon essential oil.
  3. Fill the rest of your kettle with water.
  4. Boil and rinse.
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Bathroom

Want to keep your sink and bathtub sparkling? Well this scrub recipe is a going to be your new go to. And the bonus is that it works great for the stove and oven too!

DIY Bathtub scrub 

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup bicarbonate soda
  • 2 tbsp dōTERRA On Guard® Cleaner Concentrate
  • 1 tbsp of distilled water
  • mixing bowl

METHOD

Add all ingredients together until you reach a paste consistency.

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** Bonus tips:

If you want to add extra freshness to eliminate odor and freshen toilets, space, then simply keep some Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil close by so you can add a couple of drops to the toilet to refresh between uses.

You can also pop a couple of drops of lemon oil at the bottom of the bin to help keep unpleasant odors at bay.

That’s it!

Now you have some ideas on detoxing and purifying your home in a safe and chemical free way. We hope you enjoy these recipes and you enjoy the fresh and peaceful feeling of your home without costing your health.

https://northcotenaturaltherapies.com/reducing-toxins-in-your-environment/

https://www.sleepfoundation.org

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