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Spring cleaning

with essential oils

Go green and save money by making your own eco-friendly cleaning products. These nontoxic and effective recipes were created by Aura Cacia essential oils. People’s Food Co-op also carries a full line of Pranoram oils for your convenience. Essential oils are powerful tools against all sorts of dirt, mold, and grime, and can be disinfecting.

Enjoy the secondary benefits of cleaning with essential oils by inhaling the uplifting and purifying aromas of citrus, tea tree, and lemongrass.

Purifying tub scrub

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 24 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 24 drops grapefruit essential oil

Mix ingredients thoroughly. Rinse tub and sprinkle with powder and scrub with brush. Refreshing and purifying.


Floor and surface cleaner

  • 2 tablespoons unscented liquid soap
  • 4 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops tea tree essential oil

Mix ingredients and pour into 1 gallon warm water. Dampen mop or rag and wipe grime from floors and hard surfaces.


Freshening window cleaner

  • 4 tablespoons vinegar
  • 12 drops lemon essential oil

Mix vinegar and essential oil and combine with water in a 22 oz. spray bottle. Shake bottle before spraying. Wipe windows with crumpled newspaper to impart shine.


Spring fresh room spray

  • Lemongrass essential oil helps calm, revitalize, relieve tension, and inspire.
  • 4 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 8 fir drops needle essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops citronella essential oil
  • 2 ounces distilled water

Mix essentials and water and pour into spritzer bottle. Refreshes rooms and closets, filling your home with the scent of spring.

Essential oils have a wide variety of benefits. Best known for their therapeutic benefits, essential oils can also be used for inhalation, massage, perfumes, diffusers, compresses, baths, ointments, saunas, cleansers and many more applications. One small bottle of essential oil has many uses and goes a long way. To learn more recipes for bath, body, and beyond please visit the Aura Cacia website at

Ask us at PFC’s Wellness Desk for ideas and assistance in planning your spring cleaning and aromatherapy needs.

—Sherry Beames, former Wellness clerk—La Crosse