Eucalyptus, Sage, Lavender, Peppermint. These are a few of our favourite things. Don’t just think bath time, these calming essential oils are more than just for fragrance.
Not only will they keep your home smelling great, but they’re also packed with natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Essential oils have been used as powerful cleaning agents for centuries. But you can also easily include them in your everyday cleaning routine to keep those dreaded germs at bay. We're sharing some of our favourite essential oils here that have proven antibacterial, antiviral and disinfectant properties. You can keep your home a safe zone without having to spray a heavy load of toxic chemicals inside your home.
Here are our top five essential oils for disinfecting your home:
You know us well, we only use natural organic essential oils for fragrances. Early on in our journey, we said a solid no to synthetic fragrances that pollute our homes and cause serious health damage to people. Children and pets are particularly vulnerable. This is why during our product development we decided to only work with pure ingredients that add a gentle pleasant fragrance without overwhelming your olfactory senses. Read more about just how bad synthetic fragrances can be for your health and the planet.
As we were saying, our non-toxic cleaning products come with carefully chosen, natural essential oils. Not only will these fragrances keep your home smelling like a spa, but we’ve included these oils for functional purposes for their natural antibacterial products, anti fungal and antiviral properties.
The best essential oils for cleaning house.
Minty, sharp and pungent.
The eucalyptus plant and oil have grown in popularity in the last couple of years, and for good reason. It is essential as winter approaches. Eucalyptus oil has antibacterial and antiseptic properties which, will arm you against colds and viruses. It can also help to stimulate your immune system and act as an anti-inflammatory agent. If you can’t be bothered to make your own, try our Bathroom Spray scented with eucalyptus oils, we thought a minty fresh smell in your bathrooms would be perfect.
Floral, fresh and sweet.
Lavender oil can be directly applied topically to treat common skin problems such as acne, eczema and dry skin. It’s also one of our favourite ways to soothe headaches, cuts and stings.
Trouble sleeping? Lavender oil is known to be the best natural remedy as it helps with stress and anxiety. Just add a few drops to a warm bath or make a pillow spray. Combine 1 cup of water with 5-10 drops of lavender oil in a spray bottle, shake well. Lightly spray your pillow from about a meter away and drifty sway into the land of lavender fields.
And you guessed it right, it is also a perfect addition to your cleaning routine. Add a couple of drops to our liquid laundry detergent before running a load. It’ll get rid of bacteria from your clothes and add a heavenly natural scent.
Powerful, refreshing and herbal.
This is another gift from mother nature. It will keep your home safe from bacteria and give you an energy boost. If you don't want to add any more oils to your cleaning routine, diffuse a couple of drops in the morning to help your concentration. Rosemary oil has also been proven useful for hair health. Add a few drops to your shower and watch your hair become thicker and glossier.
Bold, sweet and floral
Could you tell it’s our favourite? Much like the other oils, geranium is known to have amazing antibacterial properties and it’s the perfect addition to your cleaning routine. Check out the Multipurpose Starter kit that is fragranced with 100% organic geranium oil. Customers have described it as “the Jo Malone of cleaning”. We’ll happily take the compliment!
In short, essential oils are a great way to lower chemical and microplastic pollution from your home. If you live in a busy, polluted city, adding these natural oils to your daily routine will create a calm and clean sanctuary.
But if you’re like us and too busy to make your own products at home, Spruce has got your back! We’ve created effective formulations with some of our favourite soothing oils in perfect proportion. Try our safe products powered with organic essential oils, and free from synthetic fragrances.
Before you go on a crazy essential oil buying spree, a few things to note:
Not all essential oils are eco-friendly and are sourced ethically. Oils come from natural resources and in other words, plants that are harvested for the global demand for oils. Think tobacco, chocolate or even diamonds; yes your essential oils must be fair trade as well. Unsustainable harvest of essential oils can lead to deforestation and the creation of monocultures (growing one type of plant) that are harmful to the environment.
Essential oils, when used in concentrated forms, are also known to cause irritation and allergies. If you are planning to use oils as a topical treatment on the skin, ensure to patch test and do research beforehand. Essential oils are an amazing gift from the earth, but like consuming any other natural resource, we must be mindful and not take more than the earth can be regenerated.
How do we use essential oils in our products?
Here at Spruce, we focus on using oils that are added for their functional purposes and are available in abundance, are not among endangered species or are sourced unsustainably. We also source all our ingredients from the UK or EU to keep a low footprint.
We have also worked with our product development team to ensure that our products contain the perfect level of essential oils that add to the functionality of the products. Our products are safe to use.
Written by Sofya Zakharova
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