by Wendy Barton
Southern Home Enterprises uses safe and green products while cleaning your home or office. Extracted from plants, some essential oils can kill mold and bacteria. They are very strong, so don’t go overboard: One drop of peppermint oil is as potent as 30 cups of peppermint tea. We started with essential oils at the very beginning, and we have truly honed the art of using essential oils to clean, deodorize, disinfect and leave a pleasant smell behind, unlike harsh chemical cleaners. It is our belief that cleaning with essential oils adds aroma therapy as a side benefit to help the senses. Preventing stress, headaches and
breathing problems. We have provided some cleaning tips below.
*Combs and brushes: Fill a container with 1½ cups water, ½ cup distilled white vinegar, and 20 drops tea-tree, lavender or eucalyptus oil. Soak combs and brushes for 20 minutes. Rinse and air-dry.
*Scuffed floors: Apply two to four drops of tea-tree oil to the spots. Wipe excess oil with a cloth and rub in distilled white vinegar.
*Gum-encrusted items: Orange oil is great at removing this sticky offender from various materials. (Don’t worry: It shouldn’t stain fabrics. But do launder immediately.) Apply with a cotton ball.
*Shower doors: Wipe scum-covered glass doors with a few drops of lemon oil twice a month. It will protect them from grime buildup.
*Toilets: Add 2 teaspoons tea-tree oil and 2 cups water to a spray bottle. Shake, then spritz along the toilet’s inside rim. Let sit for 30 minutes; scrub. You can also place a few drops of your favorite oil on the inside of the toilet-paper tube. Every time the paper is used, the scent will be released.
*Windows: Mix 2 ounces water and 10 drops lavender or lemongrass oil to wipe grime off windows. Bonus: These oils may repel flies.
Southern Home Enterprises welcomes the opportunity to serve you and your business with our cleaning division. For a free estimate please contact our office at 931-563-5556. We are located on the Historic Square in Down Town Manchester, TN.