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Home Hacks: Essential Oils at Home

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As homeowners, we’re constantly on the lookout for useful things to help maintain our homes, to keep it clean and fresh. One great alternative that comes with a wide range of benefits, essential oils are a natural, and healthier option to everyday chemical products! Used as insect repellent, floor shine, air freshener, wood polish, mold killer and so much more  – these handy oils can replace just about any home product you might need.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tea tree Oil:

1. Repels cockroaches.

2. Mix with water and spritz on mold in crevices at shower and bathtub area, let it dry and effectively kill mold. (Do not wipe off!)

 

 

 

 

 

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Lavender Oil:

1.Repels flying insects like mosquitoes, flies, moths, and other biting insects.

2.Mix with eucalyptus and clove oils for the ultimate insect repellent.

3. Improves sleep quality and calms the nerves.

4. Use as disinfectant – it has great anti-bacterial properties.

5. Can also be used to refresh countertops and permeable surfaces like curtains, bedding and upholstery.

6. Soak cotton balls and put in cupboards or wardrobes to keep clothes smelling nice and fresh.

 

 

 

 

 

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Peppermint Oil:

1. Repels ants, roaches and mice. (Great for ground floor homes!)

2. Add a few drops to boiling water to get rid of odors in the home.

 

 

 

 

 

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Eucalyptus Oil:

1. Put a few drops in your mop water to make your floors look and smell great. With its disinfectant and anti-bacterial properties, it also helps to keep your home clean and free of pests.

2. Add to water and spray around the house for a simple and effective air freshener.

3. Spritz a mixture of oil and water to refresh your stale carpets, disinfect, and keep them smelling fresh.'

4. Use to disinfect and rub down stoves for a nice shiny finish.

 

 


 

 

 

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Pest Repellent

First up, if you hate (and fear) cockroaches, tea tree oil will do the trick. Simply ix a few drops of tea tree oil in water, and use to wipe down surfaces, or dip cotton balls into the mixture and leave them in corners of your home.

 

For flying insects like mosquitoes, flies, moths, and other biting insects, use lavender oil. Make sprays or lotion with water and a few drops of lavender oil, and voila! You’ve got your very own chemical-free insect repellent. If you want a potent mixture, add in a few drops of eucalyptus and clove oils.

 

Another great alternative for repelling ants, roaches and mice? Get your hands on some peppermint oil.  As usual, spray it around your home, or soak them in cotton balls, and leave in corners of your home.

 

Bonus tip: Not an essential oil – a mixture of water, pepper and chili sprayed around lizard-prone corners will help keep the icky pests out!

 

 

 

 

 

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Wood Polish

Citrus oils like lemon and lime can be used to polish wood floors and furniture (do not use on cooking utensils). Rub it in real good, and shine up your wood fittings and fixtures so they look brand new!

 

Apart from brightening up your home and giving it a fresh look, the citrus scents will also help to deodorise your home – providing a calm and refreshing scentscape.

 

 

 

 

 

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Air Deodoriser

Other then peppermint oil, essential oils made from spices like cloves, cinnamon or cardamon are another great way to neutralise odors at home. Boil in water or spritz around the home, the choice is yours!

 

If you have pets, lemongrass and geranium oil can also be used to rid funky pet odors. Mix a few drops of oil with water in traditional burners for a quick fix. For stronger odors, simply mix the oils in your mop water and mop the affected areas.

 

 

 

 

 

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