Why Peppermint Essential Oil is Good for Cleaning
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I use peppermint essential oil for some of my toughest cleaning jobs. For instance, if my elderly dog has an accident on the kitchen floor, I wet a rag and put some natural castile soap on it.
Then I add a few drops of peppermint essential oil before wiping the floor. Peppermint oil has a clean fresh scent and it also contains natural antimicrobial compounds.
Peppermint oil is also my “go to” remedy for natural pest control. During the spring, I like to wipe my counters down with this aromatic. I put a few drops on a wet kitchen sponge. Something seems to be working. We used to have an ant problem. This year, my husband noticed that the “ants seem to have gone away.”
Also, did you know that peppermint oil can also repel rodents. This is another way I’ve used this amazing and abundant essential oil.
Peppermint Essential Oil For Cleaning
Out of all the aromatics in my essential oil collection, peppermint essential oil is among the most useful. (The only other oil that’s just as versatile is lavender.) If someone ever said to me, “You can only own two oils,” these two would be the ones.
Anyway, fortunately I don’t have to make that choice. But I do have to choose what type of peppermint oil to buy for cleaning. So I buy a brand that comes in a relatively large bottle, which I can also use for personal care, if I need to, because I trust this company to sell pure products, and to not put additives in the oil.
I shake my head every time I see an independent distributor for a multilevel marketing company recommend their products for cleaning. This makes no sense to me, since these products are sold with commissions rolled in. That’s why I don’t want to use an MLM oil for my floors or my counters, nor do I want to use it to clean my toilet. I also don’t need an MLM oil for insect and rodent control. (Ants don’t care about an essential oil with the most name recognition, and neither do mice.)
Peppermint Oil For Cleaning
Yes, the MLM oils will do the job, if you use them for cleaning or for pest control. But so will another good brand sold online, directly to consumers.
I’ll even go so far as to say that the peppermint essential oil shown below can also be used for personal care, as it’s considered “therapeutic grade,” just like the MLM oils. At times, when I’ve had a headache, I’ve mixed this brand of essential oil with a carrier oil and applied it to my aching forehead. (It worked.)
The peppermint essential oil that I use is sold by Now Foods, a company I trust. So I have no concerns about applying it directly to my body.
On its website, Now Foods states that its oils come from plants that are grown in soils free from pesticide and herbicide residue. Your local health food store might carry this 100 percent pure essential oil. You can also order it online.
Homemade Toilet Cleaner Recipe With Peppermint Oil
You can also use peppermint essential oil to clean your toilet bowl. One way to do this is by using this aromatic to make your own toilet bombs that will fizz when they come in contact with water.
All you do is combine 2 cups of baking soda with 3/4 cup of citric acid. If you don’t already own your own citric acid, you can order some here. Then add 30 drops of peppermint essential oil.
Next, add just enough water to make a firm paste and mix thoroughly. Spoon this mixture into small-size cupcake pans or a silicone mold and let it sit at room temperature overnight.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Women who are nursing or pregnant should not use essential oils unless directed to do so by a healthcare professional.
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