A thorough, deep clean can completely transfer your homes’ scents, sights and smells. Unfortunately, many of the household cleaners available on the market are packed with harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances. Although they are guaranteed to get the job done, they are bad for the environment and can be harsh on furniture and skin, especially for those who suffer from skin conditions and allergies.
Eucalyptus is a fantastic cleaning alternative for almost every product in your arsenal. You can use this powerhouse to clean almost every inch of your home and can trust it’s truly cleaning thanks to eucalyptus oil natural ability to kill bacteria and inhibit its growth. Not only is it versatile, but it’s also amazingly cheap at around $40 per half a litre. It may sound expensive, but a little goes a very long way.
Eucalyptus oil can be found in pharmacies and all major grocery stores. Make sure you also keep an eye out for several brands who have already harnessed the power of eucalyptus oil in convenient, ready to use, products.
To help you make the transition to this all-natural cleaner, we’ve put together a list of the multitude of ways you can use eucalyptus to clean in your home which will be clean, fresh and sparkling in no time.
Mattresses are often neglected in the spring clean, but eucalyptus oil offers a simple way to quickly refresh your mattress. Make a water/eucalyptus oil mix (four to one ratio) and spray over your bare mattress to rid your mattress of musky orders and leave a lasting, fresh scent.
Remember to let it dry completely before making the bed.
Don’t cry over spilt wine, as eucalyptus oil can work wonders on carpet stains. After soaking up any excess liquid or removing debris, dampen a cloth with eucalyptus and dab gently at the stain. Work from the centre of the stain out and use a light touch to ensure you don’t push it deeper into the carpet. Make sure you do a small spot test first, somewhere out of sight, in case it discolours the carpet.
Eucalyptus oil can be safely used on most floor types hardwood, tiles, marble and more. Not only will the oil remove dirt and kill bacteria, but it will also leave your house smelling fresh and quintessentially Australian. Add around 20 drops to a bucket of piping hot water, mop as usual and enjoy the scent as it dries.
Eucalyptus oil makes light work of greasy, grimy cooktops, with the added benefit of keeping harsh chemicals away from your food. Mix a cup of water, two tablespoons of eucalyptus oil and a teaspoon of detergent in a spray bottle and liberally spray the entire area. Wait a minute to let the concoction work its magic and wipe away with a damp cloth. Use a dry cloth or tea towel to buff dry and leave your cooktop sparkling.
Eucalyptus oil is an excellent remedy for removing small mould infestations. Spray a solution of one-part eucalyptus oil, one-part methylated spirits and two cups of water directly onto the mould. The magic oil can remove mould and help prevent further growth in prone areas, but it’s best to seek help from a professional if you have a serious mould problem.
Refresh your smelly kitchen bins with a water/eucalyptus oil mix. Store your mixture in a spray bottle to spray your bins every time you change the bag. Don’t be afraid to tackle your wheelie bins, too all you need is a hose, a few cap-full of eucalyptus oil and a broom. Fill the bin a quarter way full of water, add the eucalyptus oil and use the broom to give it a thorough scrub, inside and out. Once drained and dried, you’ll have a bin you’ll be proud to put curbside.
Eucalyptus oil offers a cleaning solution where most others fail. Those pesky, unsightly marks left by barcodes and price stickers are almost impossible to remove. Dampen a cloth a small section of cloth with straight eucalyptus oil and buff away the sticky residue. It might take a little elbow grease, but the results will be flawless.
Clean and disinfect your toilets without bleach and other harsh chemicals. Plus, you can also sleep more soundly knowing you haven’t added those chemicals directly to our waterways. Pour a mixture of water and 50mls of eucalyptus oil into the toilet, making sure to rinse the entire bowl. It might take a little more scrubbing to get the same results bleach does, but it will be worth it for the smell alone.
Eucalyptus oil is a gentle way to keep your clothes smelling fresh. Add a few drops to every load for clean, beautifully smelling, extra-soft soft laundry. Just like carpet, it can be a great way to remove stubborn stains on clothing. Using a diluted water and eucalyptus oil solution, soak the stain for a few hours before popping it in the wash. Remember to do a small spot test as you don’t want to turn a small stain into a big problem.
Stainless steel offers a beautiful finish to your kitchen but can, unfortunately, be difficult to keep looking its best. When it comes to stainless steel, a little eucalyptus oil goes a long way. Add a few drops to a damp cloth and use it to polish all of your stainless surfaces taps, sink, cooktops and fridge. Use a dry cloth to buff dry to prevent streaks.
A pen in a pocket or a wayward toddler with a marker can spell disaster for leather lounges. Apply a few drops to a dry cloth, gently rub the mark and watch as it disappears. You can also use it sparingly to bring the lustre back to your well-loved leather items.
Eucalyptus isn’t just reserved for cleaning your home – it can also help keep your sinuses clean and clear. Add a few drops to a bowl filled with hot water, place your face over and breathe in the beautifully smelling steam. Place a tea towel over your head to trap in that steamy goodness. Make sure the water isn’t too hot as you may give yourself a nasty steam burn.
The wonderous oil is also great for tackling soap scum, so it can be used to clean every inch of your bathroom. Diluting a few drops of water-soluble eucalyptus oil in a spray bottle can rid your shower, tub and basins of even the most stubborn soap scum. For glass, rinse with warm water and use a squeegee and microfibre cloth to avoid streaks.
Give the whole family the eucalyptus treatment and refresh your pets with a few drops added to their shampoo. Not only does it give extra protection against fleas and ticks, but it also smells divine.
With a few extra ingredients, eucalyptus oil can make an excellent all-purpose spray that can be used all over your home. Combine a cup of white vinegar, half a teaspoon and dishwashing liquid and 20 drops of eucalyptus oil in a spray bottle and use liberally on any and all surfaces.
Words by Nell Matzen
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