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Cleaning House with Essential Oils: Floors

Cleaning House with Essential Oils: Floors

While it matters how clean the rest of the room is, if your floors are dirty, it makes the entire room look bad. But if they are clean, it makes even a cluttered room look good.

When it comes to cleaning carpets, there are a lot of very harsh chemicals sold in the store, as well as a variety of steam cleaners you can buy or rent. Problem is too much soap and water leaves a residue in the carpet and actually attracts dirt. Also, getting the backing of the carpet wet can create a pool for the dirt and stains to collect in. When it comes to cleaning carpets, the adage “less is more” applies. (8) Using essential oils can be really helpful when trying to clean naturally.

As part of our series on Cleaning House with Essential Oils, we are addressing floors in this article. The other articles in the series are on cleaning your kitchen and bathrooms.

Supplies to have on hand:

(This list will be the same on each of the cleaning articles)

Cleaning supplies: Equipment:
  • Borax
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Castile Soap, liquid and solid
  • White Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Washing Soda Crystals (L-ascorbic acid powder/crystals)
  • Oil based soap (Murphy’s is good)
  • Concentrated Oil Soap Paste
  • Citrus seed extract (different from the essential oil)
  • Beeswax
  • Carnauba wax
  • Cream of tartar
  • Washing soda, generic name sodium carbonate
  • Powdered Milk
  • Alum
  • Vitamin C Tablets
  • Salt
  • Linseed oil
  • Turpentine
  • Cornmeal
  • Lemon Juice
  • Aloe Vera Gel and Juice
  • Natural Cat Litter
  • Plastic squirt bottles
  • Plastic spray bottles
  • Plastic containers with shaker tops
  • Coffee cans with lids
  • Glass jars with lids
  • Cotton cloths
  • Rags
  • Cellulose sponge cloth
  • Gallon size buckets
  • Mops
  • Paper towels

 

 

What oils to use

Lemon, Lime, Orange, Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Grapefruit, Rosemary, Pine, Spruce, Cypress, Thyme, Palmarosa, Citronella, Wintergreen, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Spearmint, Oregano, Cinnamon Bark, Clove Bud, Sage, Petitgrain bigarade, Vetiver, Coriander, Juniper Berry

(This list contains all oils used in all the cleaning articles.)

Some points of interest

  • To deep clean your carpet, briskly sweep the carpet with a broom before vacuuming. It will help bring soil to surface for easier removal. (8)
  • Black heel marks on wood floors can be removed by rubbing 2 or 3 drops of Cedarwood or Eucalyptus oil over the mark with a soft cloth (8)
  • Spills should be cleaned up ASAP. Always blot a stain with towels or cloths to absorb excess liquid. Vigorously rubbing the stain can cause further penetration of the stain. (8)
  • Blood stains can be cleaned out very quickly if you immediately blot with hydrogen peroxide. Once the blood disappears, clean the area with water. Be careful with a dark colored carpet because the hydrogen peroxide might bleach if left on too long.
  • You can also treat blood stains by blotting with cold water or club soda. If it doesn’t come out completely, use a cloth moistened with cold water and 2 dops Eucalyptus oil. (8)
  • Sprinkle mud stains with salt or baking soda. Wait 30 minutes and then vacuum. (8)
  • For ink stains, first cover with Cream of Tartar. Then squeeze fresh lemon juice over the Cream of Tartar. Using the flesh of the lemon, gently go over the spot a few times. Brush away the powder and blot with a damp sponge. (8)

Carpets and Rugs

Here are carpet fresheners and cleaners.

Carpet Freshener 1
  • 60 drops Rosemary
  • 30 drops Spruce
  • 10 drops Orange
  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda

Mix all ingredients in a widemouthed glass jar and tighten the cap. Set aside for 24 hours to allow aroma to permeate the powder. Sprinkle over carpeting, leave for 10 – 15 minutes and vacuum. (5)

Carpet Freshener 2
  • 30 drops Eucalyptus globulus
  • 30 drops Cinnamon
  • 30 drops Lemongrass
  • 10 drops Clove Bud
  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda

Mix all ingredients in a widemouthed glass jar and tighten the cap. Set aside for 24 hours to allow aroma to permeate the powder. Sprinkle over carpeting, leave for 10 – 15 minutes and vacuum. (5)

Peppermint Foam Carpet Shampoo
  • 3 cups Water
  • 3/4 cup vegetable based liquid soap
  • 10 drops Peppermint oil

Mix all ingredients in the blender. Rub the foam into soiled areas with a damp sponge. Let dry thoroughly and then vacuum. (8)

Magic Carpet Cleaner
  • 10 drops Clove Bud
  • 15 drops Orange
  • 15 drops Lavender
  • 8 ounce Baking Soda

Put the soda in a polythene bag or glass jar with a lid. Add essential oils and mix well. Seal bag or jar tightly and allow oils to permeate the baking soda for at least 24 hours. Sprinkle over carpet, leave for at least 30 minutes before vacuuming. (3)

Bazaar Carpet Cleaner
  • 10 drops Patchouli
  • 10 drops Vetiver
  • 20 drops Lime
  • 8 ounce Baking Soda

Put the soda in a polythene bag or glass jar with a lid. Add essential oils and mix well. Seal bag or jar tightly and allow oils to permeate the baking soda for at least 24 hours. Sprinkle over carpet, leave for at least 30 minutes before vacuuming. (3)

Persian Dream Carpet Cleaner
  • 25 drops Cedarwood
  • 10 drops Coriander
  • 10 drops Lemon
  • 8 ounce Baking Soda

Put the soda in a polythene bag or glass jar with a lid. Add essential oils and mix well. Seal bag or jar tightly and allow oils to permeate the baking soda for at least 24 hours. Sprinkle over carpet, leave for at least 30 minutes before vacuuming. (3)

Herbal Rug Restorer
  • 1/2 gallon hot water
  • 1/2 cup Alum
  • 1/4 cup Vinegar
  • 8 drops Rosemary oil
  • 3 drops Lemon oil

Combine all ingredients in a pail or bucket. Fill a second bucket with hot water for rinsing. Dip a clean sponge mop into the vinegar solution, squeeze out excess liquid, and wipe over carpet in sections. Rinse mop in the second bucket between cleaning sections and squeeze out excess water. Repeat until all of the carpet has been cleaned. Alum and vinegar combine together to clean and lift carpet fibers. (8)

Simple Rug & Carpet Deodorizer
  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Cornmeal
  • 10 drops Juniper Berry oil
  • 5 drops Cypress oil

Combine dry ingredients in a plastic bowl. Add essential oils and mix well, breaking up the clumps. Sprinkle the mixture over carpet and wait several hours, overnight if possible, before vacuuming. (8)

Cleaning Urine Stains
  • 1/4 cup Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dishwashing soap
  • 8 – 10 drops Peppermint or Eucalyptus oil

Mix together and use a sponge to apply formula to stain. Wait 20 minutes then clean off. Blot stained area again with a clean, damp towel. (8)

Hardwood Floors

Hardwood Floor Wash
  • 1 1/2 cups Water
  • 1 1/2 cups Vinegar
  • 20 drops Peppermint, Rosemary, or Cedarwood oil

Combine all ingredients in a plastic spray bottle. Use sparingly, hand wipe loose boards or wood tiles, to keep excess water out of cracks. Work in small sections of the floor. Dry mop the floor after washing. (8)

 Citrus Scented Wood Floor Wax
  • 1 cup Linseed oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons grated Beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons Carnauba wax
  • 6 drops Lemon oil
  • 2 drops Orange oil
  • Lemon juice

Place linseed oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice, and waxes in a double boiler over low heat. Stir constantly until completely melted and smooth. Add essential oils. Remove from heat and pour the mixture into a clean coffee can and allow to harden.

Once the wax has hardened, tap the sides of the can until the wax breaks free. Turn out the wax and gently rub it into the floor, like a crayon. Saturate a cloth with lemon juice, wring it out, and rub wax tracings well into the floor. Buff with a clean, dry cloth.

For a woodsy scented floor wax, use these essential oils instead:

  • 8 drops Patchouli oil
  • 10 drops Cedarwood oil (8)
Floor Wax Remover
  • 2 cups warm Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 capful liquid Castile Soap
  • 10 drops essential oil of choice

Combine all ingredients. Dampen a sponge mop or soft-bristled brush with the formula and apply to the floor in sections, using short strokes. Wipe each floor section dry with a towel or clean mop before moving on to the next. Use this formula for wood floors without a protective varnish finish. (8)

 And finally,

Floors, like so many other areas of the home, need careful attention at times. What do you like to use on your floors? What essential oil recipes do you like to use? How have you enjoyed the recipes we posted on here? Let us know in the comment section below!

References

  1. Seasons of Aromatherapy by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet
  2. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  3. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
  4. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  5. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller
  6. Do It Gorgeously: How To Make Less Toxic, Less Expensive, and More Beautiful Products, by Sophie Uliano
  7. DIY Natural Household Cleaners: How To Make Your Own Cleaners Naturally, by Matt & Betsy Jabs
  8. The Naturally Clean Home: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning, by Karyn Siegel-Maier
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About JC Shannon

I am a writer. I was first introduced to this world of natural health in 2005 when I was asked to write an article about using essential oils. Since I like to know what I'm writing about before I do it, I immersed myself in the essential oil and aromatherapy world and found I prefer it. I never left it. In a quest to educate myself and others in more alternative and safer ways to make our world a better place, I am always looking for good information to share.
2 comments
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office cleaning

There no doubt all the tips and oils are very useful and important for cleaning house and office carpet but it is costly for those who facing some money problems. So I prefer only hire an Professional cleaning services which not much expensive and time consuming also.

JCShannon
JCShannon moderator

@ office cleaning  Now that's an interesting take on it. Though I think those who are strapped for cash will just clean the place themselves, which is always the cheapest alternative, rather than hire someone. :)

People who choose to make their own cleaning products do it because they want to keep commercial cleaning agents and chemicals out of their home and office. They want to go with more natural cleaners that are safer for themselves and the environment. By making their own, they know precisely what is in the cleaning agents and they can control the impact on their environment.