Probably up till now most of you have been using essential oils only to take care of the skin and hair. However, it turns out that these aromatherapeutic substances are also useful to clean up and disinfect home. Check out which oils should be used to enjoy a beautiful aroma and clean surrounding.
Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts. These are obtained due to steam distillation. Most of them have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal functions, they soothe and combat mould. Obviously, these essential oils have to be used to clean surfaces and household devices only. Home disinfection is a new idea, but it doesn’t mean that essential oils weren’t used for medical purposes. In some communities the practice of moxibustion is still popular.
Which Essential Oils Have Disinfecting Properties?
Among others these include lemon oil, tea tree oil, orange oil, thyme oil, rosemary oil, oil of clove, lavender oil, cinnamon oil, pepper oil and juniper oil. Since all of them have strong anti-bacterial action, they can be used to clean a bathroom or a kitchen, for example. What does make the oils so effective? Mainly, its power is owned to the organic compounds such as phenols, terpenes and aldehydes. Thanks to them, the aromatic substances are able to eliminate bacteria that constantly multiply in our home.
How to Disinfect with Essential Oils?
There are numerous ways to disinfect home with the aid of essential oils. However, the most popular are diffusion, polishes and homemade mixtures. Bear in mind that you mustn’t use essential oils to disinfect computers, TVs, smartphones and furniture.
Place the diffusors where sick people spend their time (a bedroom) or where a lot of people tend to gather regularly (a hall). For cold diffusion use lemon oils and all other oils that have anti-inflammatory functions. For hot diffusion use the following oils: cinnamon, thyme, oregano and tea tree oil.
It’s also advisable to use polishes and homemade cleaning mixtures. Thanks to them, you can disinfect door handles, flat surfaces, sinks, tiles and the around the toilet area. All the bacteria will be removed with lemon oil.