Category Archives: Cleaning

How to Fight Germ Hot Spots

If you ask someone which spot in their house had the most germs, you might get a variety of areas. Some would say the floor, the toilet seat, or the countertops. But the biggest germ “hot spots” are actually not what most people would expect. To learn how to fight germ hot spots in your home, it’s important to know where they are.  

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Certain areas of the home tend to breed germs quite easily.

#1 – The kitchen sponge – Experts may disagree on many things, but when it comes to germs most will agree the number one hot spot in your house is the kitchen sponge. They are often filled with germs which are spread throughout the kitchen with each wipe. Run your sponges through a dishwashing cycle, sanitize them or change them out every two weeks to fight the germs.

#2 – The vacuum cleaner – You think you’re vacuuming your floor and cleaning? Think again, you could be making things worse. You’re picking up dirt and spreading germs because they go right through the vacuum cleaner bag. Replacing your vacuum cleaner bag regularly will help to reduce the spread of germs.  One of the most overlooked issues are the germs and contaminants collecting on the head of the vacuum cleaner.  To prevent the spread of germs all through the house sanitize the head of the vacuum cleaner before and after vacuuming.

#3 – The washing machine – Even though you think your clothes are clean, you could be passing germs from one wash load to another. Washing your clothes in cold or warm water and laundry detergent doesn’t do enough to sanitize your clothes. Either you’ll need to use hot water or an antibacterial soap to kill those germs.

#4 – The family’s toothbrushes – As much as we would all like to think our toothbrushes are clean, that isn’t the case. If your toothbrush is in the open in your bathroom, you may be getting toilet germs on them. Disinfect your toothbrushes regularly, at least with hot water, and flush with the toilet seats down.

#5 – The kitchen trash can – This one may have been expected, but it’s actually cleaner than the other four germ hot spots. Garbage bags aren’t 100% foolproof, so it’s possible germs and yuck leak from the bottom. Those germs can spread to the other areas of the kitchen. Use a disinfecting spray each time you change the bag and wash any leakage you see with a disinfecting solution. Washing your garbage cans out from time to time will also help keep the germs at bay.

Keeping on top of these germ hot-spots will keep your home cleaner – and ultimately healthier!

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

Clean Faster – 5 Tips to Save Time Cleaning

A clean home is a healthier home, but you don’t have to spend every spare minute you have scrubbing, washing, and picking up to keep your home orderly and sanitary! Save time on your way to a less toxic home with these time saving tips.

  1. Clean your dryer lint filter. Not only is lint build-up an enormous fire hazard, it also prolongs your drying time quite a bit. Cut your drying time! Wash the screen thouroughly (especially if you use dryer sheets or fabric softener, which can build up).  I also don’t recommend dryer sheets for anyone with allergies.   Use a discarded toothbrush or small brush with longer handle to reach down in the lint trap compartment and remove as much as you can. You’ll be shocked at how much is in there!
  2. Set a timer. Maybe cleaning isn’t your favorite chore – so you let things build up and pile up until you have a full day’s work on your hands. Instead of letting things get out of control, set a timer for just 20 minutes and do a pick-up-wipe-down as fast as you can. You can really get a lot done in that short amount of time! You can even get your kids involved – It’s a fun challenge to try to beat the clock.
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    Decluttering makes cleaning easier and saves loads of time in the long run!

    De-clutter. Just get rid of stuff! The less stuff you have, the less you have to clean and organize and constantly be picking up. Let’s face it – we all have stuff around our house we don’t really use or need, or sometimes multiple versions of the same thing. (Does anyone really need 6 pairs of scissors?) If it isn’t useful or sentimental to you – ditch it. Only keep things around that you really love.  We organized our pantry and realized we were spending too much at the grocery store on duplicate items.

  4. Go paperless. Whenever you get the opportunity, opt for online billing and subscriptions. Paper clutter can be one of the fastest things to pile up around the home – if you bring in less to begin with, you’ll be able to spend less time going through it all and shuffling it around.
  5. And of course… the first step toward a healthy cleaner home starts at the door. Trap dirt and toxins at the door with Dr. Doormat! When you wipe your feet on our antimicrobial treated doormat, you’ll bring in less dirt and filth in the first place – so you can spend less time cleaning it up!
  6. School is almost out, what are you doing with all of those great works of art from your kids?  Time to clean up. Try scanning them onto your computer or take a photo if it’s too big and then drag into a beautiful scrapbook.  This will clear the walls and preserve their efforts in a lovely memory book forever.

While cleaning your home won’t stop with these time-saving tips, they will get you ahead a little bit and make it easier to stay on top of things. The bottom line? Clean as you go, and keep as much clutter as possible out of your home to make organizing and sanitizing surfaces much more simple.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

Natural Remedies for Sanitizing Your Kitchen Surfaces

Food-borne illnesses, not surprisingly, usually begin in the kitchen. Bacteria that tend to live in kitchens include staphylococcus (which causes boils, pnuemonia, and surgical wound infections), salmonella, and e-coli. These germs thrive on sponges and cutting boards, but they can live on counter tops and other surfaces as well. What can you do to combat these increasingly resilient bacteria?

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Sanitizing your kitchen counters

Sanitize, of course! But before you reach for the bleach right away, consider using less harsh natural alternatives. Here are some natural sanitizers that are extremely effective for kitchen sanitation.

1. Grapefruit seed extract, or GSE

GSE is an extremely broad-spectrum antibiotic substance. While manufacturers of GSE keep their exact process a closely-guarded secret, we do know that GSE is made from the seeds (and sometimes the peel and leaves) of grapefruits and grapefruit trees.

According to author and herbal scholar Stephen Harrod Buhner, “GSE has been found to be more powerful as a cleaning disinfectant than standard hospital preparations.” In other words, it works better than the disinfectant the hospitals use. GSE is active against a large number of bacteria, including the ones listed above. It is even effective against haemophilus influenzae, which causes ear infections, sinusitis, and meningitis. To make a disinfectant spray, add 30 to 40 drops to 1 quart of water and shake.

2. Vinegar

An acidic solution, vinegar kills some germs and microbes and inhibits their growth – if it didn’t, it would not be used to preserve foods (think pickles). To make a sanitizing spray from white or apple

 Natural Remedies for Sanitizing Your Kitchen Surfaces

good old fashioned vinegar

cider vinegar, mix 1/4 – 1/2 cup vinegar per cup of water. You can add some essential oil of bergamot, orange, or lemon to this solution to make it smell good and add even more antibacterial action (bergamot is a citrus fruit and its essential oil has, like all citrus, antibacterial action).

3. Hydrogen peroxide

A 1996 study showed that hydrogen peroxide, when combined with an equal amount of vinegar, is a potent bacteria killer. Salmonella, shigella and e-coli were all vanquished by this solution. You can also spray hydrogen peroxide directly onto countertops, or mix it with an equal amount of water.

4. Tea tree oil

Also an anti-fungal, clinical research has shown tea tree oil to be effective against many antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It definitely works to kill staphylococus, e-coli, shigella, and salmonella. In a spray bottle, combine and shake 2 cups water, 1/2 tsp. liquid soap, 2 tablespoons white vinegar, and 20 drops of tea tree oil.

5. Neem oil

Neem oil comes from the seeds of a tree that is native to India, and is more than a sanitizer. It is also an insect repellent, and keeping insects at bay is an important component to kitchen cleanliness. It does not dissolve well in water without some sort of emulsifier, such as liquid soap. The best way to make a neem cleaner is to mix the neem oil in a vegetable-based, liquid soap such as castile. Then, use a few drops of this soap to clean your kitchen counters or try mixing the neem-soap mixture with water in a spray bottle. Shake it well.

You don’t have to resort to super-harsh chemicals to keep your home clean! In fact, choosing natural sanitizers is the healthy – and earth friendly! – way to go.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

Tips for Healthy Gardening

Gardening is such a healthy habit to get your family on board with for a few reasons. First of all, it’s great exercise and a perfect opportunity to get outside for some fresh air and sunshine. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to provide healthy foods and herbs for your family, as well as

flowers and other plants for enjoyment.

Choose Organic – Healthy Gardening

According to some research on different types of produce, organic foods are more nutritious. Unfortunately, they come with a heftier price tag than conventional foods as well. Growing your own organic food is a fun and cost effective way to provide incredibly healthy food for your family.

Garden without toxic chemicals to keep your family safe. Pesticides and fertilizers commonly used in agriculture make gardening more efficient, but we pay the price with our health in the long run. Many pesticides are linked to cancer and other health issues.

Fun Tips for Healthy Gardening

Recycle egg cartons to start your seeds. The cardboard these cartons are made of breaks down in the soil, leaving your plants with room to grow!

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Start seeds indoors to get them off to a good start.

Use rain barrels to collect water for your garden. The soft water is just what plants are craving and  you’ll save money on your water bill.

Keep weeds at bay – teach kids to identify the different types of plants so they can help out with the pulling. Stonyfield offers some great tips for gardening with kids.

Make an organic fertilizer with this easy recipe from Urban Farm Online:

  • Make a bag made from strong, coarse fabric like jute or hemp.
  • Fill the bag with chopped dandelions or comfrey leaves. Tie it tight, and attach it firmly to a wooden plank.
  • Position the plank over a barrel of water.
  • Soak the bag for about three weeks and then remove.

The water is now liquid fertilizer! Before using, water your soil, then apply the liquid fertilizer.

You can also start composting certain foods and organic material to make very nutrient-dense, healthy soil for your garden. You don’t even need a lot of space to begin!

Keep bugs and pests at bay with companion planting, which involves the way you arrange where things are grown for maximum benefit. About.com’s gardening section has a handy guide.

Keep Your Home Clean & Safe

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One reason to keep dirt out in the garden!

Don’t bring dirt and microbes into your home as you finish gardening! Key changes to your mudroom or entrance can help you avoid bringing toxins in the home:

  • Place Dr. Doormat by the entrance to control the growth of microorganisms on the mat and trap dirt and debris reducing and minimizing what comes into your home.                                                                                                  
  • Keep a clean change of clothes to change into before coming into the home.
  • Cover your hair with a scarf, hat, or bandana to keep dirt out. Remove it in the mudroom.
  • Wash or sanitize hands before going inside.
  • A laundry bag is handy to store dirty clothes, so you can just throw the whole thing in the washer.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

How to Reduce Allergies in The Home

While you’ll see a lot of news and info popping up this time of year about pollen and reducing those allergy symptoms, the truth is “allergy season” lasts all year long. For those allergic to pets, this is no surprise. There are other risks present all year round, too. Read on to learn more about how to reduce allergies in every season. According to a recent issue of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation‘s quarterly newsletter, FreshAAIRwinter allergies come mainly from indoor sources, so be on the lookout in your home for allergen hot spots. “When windows are shut and the heater is on, less fresh air is circulated through your home and exposure to indoor allergens increases.”

How to Reduce Allergies – Check These Sources

 How to Reduce Allergies in The Home

typical allergy triggers in the home.

  • Pet Dander – Particularly concerning in the winter when your pet is likely indoors most of the time, pet dander can be a major cause of allergic reaction. Cut back on dander in the home by bathing your pet often and vacuuming your floors and furniture regularly.  If your pet is the one suffering from allergies look at your cleaning supplies.  Get rid of strong smells and go with non-toxic. Sometimes just good old fashioned floor soap works best.  Remember to wipe your dogs paws and underbelly after an outdoor walk. Having a problem with the pet bed and the odors.  Switch to an antimicrobial treated floor mat. Dr. Doormat controls the growth of microorganisms and odors. Position the mat at the doggie door and other entrances. Dogs also love sleeping on the floor mat because of the way it feels and they don’t destroy it.
  • Dust Mites – As gross at it sounds, these little buggers are everywhere. If you are allergic its likely to be more the feces of the dust mite than the actual mite.  Keep your home clean with a regular schedule – wash bedding often, dust surfaces, and stay on top of laundry.
  • Furnaces and Heating Sources – Dust and allergens accumulate in the heating and air conditioning system. Keep them serviced and change filters regularly. Follow these winter indoor air tips.
  • Carpets – Avoid wall to wall carpet, but if you have carpet and are stuck with it, at least make sure it stays as clean as possible.  Keep them cleaner by wiping shoes thoroughly on Dr. Doormat as you enter the home.  The surface of the mat will help trap allergens, pesticides and toxins and disable odor causing microorganisms (bacteria, mold, fungus) on the mat.  We can’t always guarantee how well a guest will wipe so we also recommend taking shoes off after using the antimicrobial treated doormat to reduce and minimize our exposure.  Keep a shoe rack near the welcome mat.    Vacuum your carpets regularly and steam clean as needed.  Remember to sanitize the head of the vacuum cleaner before and after you vacuum to further reduce the spread of viruses and germs.
  • Ceiling Fans – Have you cleaned them lately? Use the pillowcase trick to trap dust and dispose of it outside your home!

Cutting down on allergen exposure is the key to keeping your family breathing easy. Follow these tips for a cleaner, fresher home – all year long.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

Spring into Success – Clean Office Tips

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Coming Soon to an Office Near You

It’s official – Spring is here! Many families are going through the process of spring cleaning their homes, a yearly practice that is refreshing and good for our health. Why not apply the same idea to the office? Spring clean your way to a clean office to recharge and boost your health, productivity and happiness at work!

 

Healthy Home Mom’s Office Cleaning Tips

  • Make a good first impression at the front door & entryway.  Put your best foot forward and give it a thorough cleaning.  Use non-toxic eco-friendly cleaners.  Open windows when you clean, let the office breath.  Be sure to use a vacuum with a new bag and clean the head of vacuum before you begin to prevent contamination.
  • Ceiling Fans and light fixtures – Start at the top and work your way down.  Unplug the fixture and wipe blades, change bulbs (begin a shopping list for supplies).
  • Clean Electronics – Wipe down electronics from top to bottom, paying close attention to areas that are touched frequently like keyboards, phones and buttons.  Remove all items from the desks, wash and dry all counters and desks. (use cloth cotton diapers to reduce dust, purchase a pack of 10).  Check for battery replacement.

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    Germs at your fingertips!

  • Deep Clean Office Furniture – Take the opportunity to give office chairs and other furniture a thorough cleaning using a steam cleaner with attachements. Do it on a Friday to allow everything to dry over the weekend.
  • Sanitize Germ “Hot Spots” – Doorkobs, cabinet handles, drawer pulls, light switches and desk tops are all germ magnets. Sanitize them thoroughly to curb germs.
  • Wash Windows – Inside and Out – Give the windows a good shining with a 50-50 solution of vinegar and water.
  • Supply Room/ Copy Center/ Shipping Station – Clean it out and consolidate.  Wash all shelves, counters and add needed supplies to shopping list.
  • Steam Clean Carpets – Last thing is steam cleaning those carpets, paying close attention to high traffic areas. No carpets? Great wash the floors.  Last step, place Dr. Doormat at entryways to trap dirt and dust, controlling the growth of microorganisms.

Add Inspiring Touches

The way you decorate your office has a profound impact on daily productivity and your mood as you work. Add inspiring and motivating elements to your surrounding to make the most impact.

  • Encouraging Wall Art – Hang inspiring quotes & images to encourage productivity & creativity.
  • Color Choices Matter – Choose colors according to the impact you want to have. Blue is the most productive color, while purple encourages creativity. Calming colors include Green and Blue which are tied to nature.
  • Curb Clutter – Select organizers that help minimize the clutter.  Clutter is overwhelming and stressful – not conducive to a productive environment!  Set up systems and rules that you can live with to maintain order and rid yourself of those little pieces of paper and piles.  A favorite trick is a shoe bag hidden on the inside of a closet door which makes great compartments for little things.

Spring into success by maximizing your productivity in a fresh, clean office.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

Toxins in the Home: Detox and Green Your Home

 Toxins in the Home: Detox and Green Your Home

Rid yourself of harsh chemicals when you clean to reduce toxins in the home.

Those striving to eliminate toxins in the home often find that it’s more of a journey than a destination. It seems there’s always something more that can be done to make the home safer, cleaner, and healthier to live in.

Read on to learn a few ways to detox and “green” your home that many people tend to overlook.

Harsh Chemical Cleaners

Are you using harsh cleaners like oven cleaner or Drano? These can be replaced with more natural, non-toxic alternatives. SlightlySteady offers a natural way to clean the oven, while it’s common to use boiling water as an alternative to unclog drains.  commercial products exist, as well.

Check out my list of cleaning chemicals to avoid, too.

Shop Germ-Free

 Toxins in the Home: Detox and Green Your Home

When’s the last time you washed your bags?

Most people end up getting sick after catching something from germs and viruses they come into contact with while out in public shopping, eating, or taking part in other activities. Well, you could be bringing home more than you bargained for from the grocery store if you don’t wash your reusable grocery bags on a regular basis!

Choosing reusable bags is a great choice to make for the environment, but be sure to wash them as you use them so that they don’t harbor harmful germs and get your family sick. Your food offers a direct path for germs to enter the body, so hygiene is super important in that area.

According to The Kitchn, “A study released a couple years ago gave scary figures on the bacteria levels of reusable bags, but ultimately concluded that shoppers just need to keep their bags clean. Machine- or hand-washing bags ‘reduced bacteria levels to almost nothing,’ they reported.”

Clean Kids

Finally, take a moment to think about what your kids are bringing home from school and daycare not only on their hands and clothes, but coats, backpacks, books, and other supplies. Be sure to clean these items thoroughly on a regular basis – inside and out!

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This adage applies to the home as well – it’s more efficient to eliminate toxins from the source than it is to clean and remove them from the home. Keeping things clean on an ongoing basis (using nontoxic cleaners, of course!) is the best way to detox your home overall.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

Avoiding the Flu – Easily Overlooked Areas

Every year like clockwork, a new strain of the Influenza virus makes its rounds, leading many people to take precautions against illness. Some get the flu shot, while others rely on more natural preventative measures.

Whether you take either of these approaches, one thing everyone needs to pay attention to is good hygiene. Practicing good hygiene can have a significant impact on inhibiting the spread of illness.

Aside from the basic practices of hand washing and staying home when sick, don’t overlook these commonly ignored sources of contamination during flu season:

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    Germs at your fingertips!

    Clean the knick-knacks. When you stop to think about it, there are a lot of little items we touch and use every day that don’t always get cleaned on a regular basis! Remote controls, car keys, your cell phone and electronics all harbor a lot of germs when they aren’t cleaned often.

  • Toys. Similarly, your kids’ toys should be cleaned on a regular basis or the germs will thrive. Involve your kids to teach them the importance of good hygiene.
  • School supplies. It’s well known among parents that illness spreads like wildfire in schools. During flu season, take extra care to avoid bringing home the bug on your kids’ school stuff. Clean out the backpack and wipe down books and supplies regularly.
  • I make it a rule that when we come home we wipe our shoes on our antimicrobial treated  doormat, put our coats and hats away and go wash our hands with soap and water.  That includes guests too.  It really helps.
  • Shop smart. Even sick people need to eat – that’s why grocery stores are an incredibly easy place to contract an illness. Wipe down your shopping cart with antibacterial cloths, wash your grocery bags often and as always, wash your food before you eat it!
  • Give the car a good clean. Vehicles are often neglected when it comes to cleaning, so take the opportunity to give it a thorough clean – there’s no better time than when an illness is going around.
  • Do not share utensils or drinking glasses. Eating in public places? Ask the waiter for a cup of boiling water and let the utensils soak for a minute or two and wipe down before using.  Why risk the obvious.  A little action and awareness can go along way in keeping the family healthy all winter long.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

Why Wash Your Hands? The Importance of Hand Washing

 Why Wash Your Hands? The Importance of Hand Washing

The brave and forward thinking Dr. who discovered that washing hands reduces deaths and infections

I was searching around the internet about a year ago and wondered who the first person was that figured out we should wash our hands to reduce the spread of germs.  I also figured out why the popular brand of hand sanitizer is called Purell.  I came across this story and wanted to share it with you to expand on and explain the importance of hand washing.

In 1847, Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis pioneered the prevention of transmission of disease by washing hands (Prophylaxis), reducing the mortality rate due to Puerperal Fever from 12% to almost ZERO by enforcing the washing of hands with chlorinated lime.

At the time, Dr. Semmelweis’ hypothesis was considered extreme and was widely rejected and ridiculed. When he refused to compromise his beliefs, the hospital that employed him was pressured into terminating his clinical privileges. Semmelweis’ sole “crime” was that he proposed a contrarian idea to current thinking, which directly challenged the (incorrect) current medical theories of his time.

Despite the continued ridicule, hostility, and unemployment, Dr. Semmelweis tirelessly promoted his theory, sometimes denouncing physicians who refused to wash their hands as irresponsible murderers. His contemporaries eventually concluded that he was crazy and, in 1865, committed him to a mental institution where he was beaten to death by guards.

 Why Wash Your Hands? The Importance of Hand Washing

Proved the germ theory of disease

Dr. Semmelweis’s theory was considered irrelevant, until Louis Pasteur connected germs to disease, and Prophylaxis is now considered standard practice around the world. The 1800s medical community’s refusal to consider his theories earlier clearly resulted in the continued unnecessary spread of disease and death throughout the world.

Backward and reactionary thinking did not die with Dr. Semmelweis in 1865. Highly qualified and competent physicians, scientists, healthcare personnel, and government employees continue to suffer similar retaliation throughout the United States, which is why organizations like Semmelweis Society International and the Alliance for Patient Safety participated in the recent Whistleblower Week in Washington.

The Semmelweis Society International annually recognizes individual Healthcare Providers, Researchers, and associated personnel, who have regularly challenged the status quo, who have reported issues, often controversial issues, regarding patient health and safety. Semmelweis Awardees have often had to endure the tyranny of threats and retaliation, and actual financial ruination, in some cases. Without these courageous individuals, progress and innovation in medicine, public service, and industry is inhibited, or negated.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

Using Essential Oils Around the Home

Essential oils are more popular than ever these days, and for good reason: they have many useful purposes for health and homemaking.

 Using Essential Oils Around the Home

Natural oils provide many benefits

Because essential oils have amazing health benefits when inhaled, they have loads of benefits over standard, chemical-laden cleaners and air fresheners that do just the opposite for our well-being. Today, I’d like to share a few ways you can use these botanical oils around the home for cleaning and aromatherapy.

All Natural Fabric Refresher

Fill a 4 oz. spray bottle with warm water and add ½ teaspoon of baking soda and 10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Spray on furniture, carpet, drapes and beds for fresh fragrance.  Some people prefer to use lavender, which is calming, in the bedroom and uplifting lemongrass in the rest of the home.

Light bulb Aromatherapy

To get the aromatherapy benefits of your favorite essential oil every time you enter a room, apply 2-3 drops of essential oil to lampshades and bulb covers with a cotton ball. The light will warm the oil and throw scent into the room.

All Natural Furniture Polish

Dust with furniture polish that cleans and uplifts by adding 5-7 drops of your favorite essential oil to 8 oz. of olive or jojoba oil. Use a clean cloth to apply a small amount to wood furniture for cleaning and polishing.

Essential oils come from all kinds of different plants, each of which offers unique aromatherapy and practical cleaning benefits. A few favorites are:

  • Tea tree – antimicrobial and antifungal, energizing and clarifying aromatherapy
  • Lavender – antibacterial, calming aromatherapy
  • Lemongrass – Uplifting aromatherapy
  • Sweet orange – Mood-lifting aromatherapy
  • Cedarwood – Clarifying, calming aromatherapy

If you’re interested in using more natural products around your home, essential oils can be your best friend – especially if you enjoy beautiful fragrances.  Enjoy the holiday season with fresh and natural scents.  Happy Sniffing!

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.