Topic: Essential oils cleaning your house
I have just 'discovered' the joy of cleaning (pathetic, isn't it?) with pure essential oils.
I make a fairly weak solution - such as 2 teaspoons per 500 ml - of oil and water and put it in a spray bottle.
Heres what I've found so far...
Lemon oil and water is fabulous for kitchen surfaces. You do need to dry it off so it doesn't streak, though, presumably because the solution has no alcohol in it. But it leaves your kitchen smelling so fresh and clean, and leaves the surfaces sparkling and polished.
Lavender oil and water - as above, but for the bathroom.
Oil of cloves is magic for mould and wood. I put a few drops of clove oil in some 'natural' cleaner such as Eco Store (made in New Zealand) and use it to clean wooden floors and furniture. The fragrance is wonderful and and really keeps mildew at bay.
The company I bought all the oils from, which I found on eBay Australia, also sells leather cleaner with clove oil. I ended up getting some of that because I found I couldn't make my own leather cleaner, and it's sensational.
Every room in my house is clean and fragrant, and people who visit comment on it when they come in.
Sure beats room fresheners!