Following on from my previous blog about home-made sink, bath and shower cleaner, this post is about the sprays I use in my kitchen and bathroom made from liquid soap, water and essential oils in my kitchen and bathrooms.If they are to be used as antiseptic sprays, you do need to use a fair few drops of essential oil. I have a eucalyptus and lavender one in the bathroom which I use to spray onto a cloth to wipe round the toilet seat, a eucalyptus and lemon one for use in the kitchen and I’ve now discovered that my chicken house can benefit from this too! That one is a lovely combination of lavender and Thyme Linalool which helps to deter red mite and now it has to be one of my most favourite blends! It makes my chicken house smell like Neal’s Yard Aromatic Foaming Bath! Which as you can imagine is much sweeter than the usual aroma!
You will need:
- A plastic spray bottle
- Empty 568ml glass vinegar bottle
- Create Hair & Body Wash
- Cleansing and anti-microbial Essential oils – lavender, lemon, tea tree, eucalpytus
- water – 250ml
I prefer to store this blend in a glass bottle because essential oils should not be stored in plastic bottles due to potential for corrosion of the plastic which will means that any nasty chemicals in the plastic could well end up being sprayed all over your house. I’ve found that a standard top from a plastic plant sprayer will screw onto a 568ml vinegar bottle – although you may need to cut the tube to make it shorter to fit into the bottle.
Put a squirt of Hair & Body Wash into the rinsed vinegar bottle – about 10ml. Add 200ml of water and then add a total of 20 drops of essential oils of your choice. Good combinations are lemon and tea tree for the kitchen, eucalyptus and pine for the bathroom etc. You create the smell you prefer.
Safety note: Make sure the bottles are kept out of reach of children as the bottles are glass and essential oils should not be ingested.