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Why every home should have our cleaner concentrate

CLEANER CONCENTRATE

Whether you are looking for a safe, natural way to clean your home, or you’ve already experienced the benefits of the doTERRA On Guard essential oil blend, you will love how the doTERRA On Guard Cleaner Concentrate helps keep your home clean while leaving behind a fresh, invigorating aroma. Just like the doTERRA On Guard Protective blend, doTERRA On Guard Cleaner Concentrate provides protection against certain environmental factors. In addition, you’ll have peace of mind as you use this non-toxic, biodegradable formula to cleanse surfaces around your home. 

Every doTERRA On Guard product incorporates the doTERRA On Guard essential oil blend, which uses essential oils like Clove, Cinnamon, Wild Orange, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus to create a potent, energizing scent. 

USES AND BENEFITS

  1. It provides a safe, non-toxic way to clean your home. These days, many surface cleansers on store shelves are full of harmful chemicals and toxins. The non-toxic formula is designed to provide a natural option for cleaning surfaces around the home. If you worry about keeping your family safe from toxins, or if you have children or pets in the home, using a surface cleaner like this one allows you to clean your home with peace of mind.
     
  2. It uses pure essential oils known for their purifying properties, as well as their pleasant aroma. The combination of essential oils provides a natural way to clean your home while eliminating odours and leaving behind a potent, clean scent. 
     
  3. It’s a multipurpose cleanser by simply adding the cleanser to water. Mix two tablespoons per approx 500mL of water. Combine the water and concentrate to a spray bottle for easy application on surfaces around the home. 
     
  4. In addition to pure essential oils, the Cleaner Concentrate formula also includes plant-based surfactants to further improve the cleansing abilities of this product. Not only do these plant-based ingredients make for more powerful cleaning, they are also safe for the environment as well. The formula also doesn’t include any preservatives, in order keep your family safe, while remaining an effective household cleaner.
     
  5. Along with cleaning surfaces like benchtops and kitchen surfaces, the Cleaner Concentrate is great for keeping bathrooms clean and sparkly. The next time you want to deep clean your bathroom, mix three tablespoons of  Cleaner Concentrate per 500mL of water and use on surfaces like tile, countertops, bathtubs, and showers. 
     
  6. If you’ve used the doTERRA On Guard Protective Blend, or other On Guard products before, you know how useful they can be for benefiting your family. Not only does the Cleaner Concentrate help your home look and smell clean, but, because it is infused with essential oils you’ll have the added benefit of protection against certain environmental factors. 
     
  7. The Cleaner Concentrate is also effective for cleaning dishes and cookware. If you want to use Cleaner Concentrate to clean your dishes, simply mix three tablespoons of concentrate per sink of hot water. Place this mixture in a kitchen cupboard so you have it nearby when you want a safe, effective way to clean your dishes. 
     
  8. For particularly tough or sticky jobs, you can apply the Cleaner Concentrate directly to the affected area and let it soak. Keep in mind that you should avoid direct application of Cleaner Concentrate on hardwood floors or natural stone. 

CAUTIONS

Use doTERRA On Guard Cleaner Concentrate only as directed as a household cleaner. Keep out of the reach of children

How to Use Essential Oils for Gardening

Apart from repelling pests, essential oils also help in attracting beneficial pollinators! Here are the Best Essential Oils for Gardening and How to Use Them!

Essential oils have several medicinal properties. Besides many uses in the health and beauty sector, essential oils are used in gardens to prevent harmful pests and diseases. Learn more about the best essential oils for gardening and how to use them!


Using Essential Oils in the Garden

1. Rosemary Essential Oil

Best Essential Oils for Gardening and How to Use Them

Rosemary essential oil has a woody scent and is a great option for pest control in the garden. You can use it to deter pests like aphids, cabbage butterfly, flea beetles, ants, and more. It can be used as an essential oil tea for cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. Spray a few drops, in the pot, to keep the bugs away from chewing up the foliage.

2. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil has a strong, sweet fragrance that helps in repelling many garden pests like flies, aphids, spiders, cutworms, slugs, and beetles. Also, this essential oil is ideal for preventing mice, squirrels, and moles. Soak a cotton ball with few drops of peppermint oil and place it on the infected areas, or near the mole tunnels.

3. Melaleuca Essential Oil

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This oil is perfect if your garden plants are suffering from the fungus. Prepare a spray with 1 part melaleuca essential oil and four parts water and mist the plants and soil. This oil can make the plant more sun-sensitive. Hence use it on stems instead of leaves, as its coating can burn the leaves.

4. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil is an excellent pest repellant and a wonderful attractant for pollinators like bees and butterflies. Take a few drops of this essential oil in a cotton ball and place it near the pots. You can also make a spray with water and mist the affected area with the solution.

5. Wild Orange Essential Oil

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Orange essential oil is another excellent option to attract pollinators in your garden. You can mix it with lavender or rosemary essential oil to prepare a solution. Fill it in a spray bottle or soak some drops on a cotton ball, and place or spray it on pots to attract the pollinators.

6. Cinnamon Essential Oil

This strong-smelling cinnamon essential oil works best for getting rid of weeds and pests like ants, snails, gnats. It also helps in preventing fungus. You can make a solution with 10-15 drops of cinnamon oil and water. Use this spray on weeds or other infected areas.

Note: Do not overspray as it can burn the plant.

7. Basil Essential Oil

You can use basil essential oil to keeps the insects away from plants like beans, peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, and potatoes.

8. Clove Essential Oil

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Clove essential oil is an all-purpose garden use oil that works on killing weeds, prevents mildew/fungus/mould, and repels insects on plants and soil. Use it as a spray, or on a cotton ball, soaked with the solution, on your plants and soil.

9. Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano essential oil has a strong smell. It can be used in the garden to treat fungal infections. Also, you can use it to prevent flying pests like greenfly, carrot fly, mosquitoes, and other flies.


Sprays

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Take 4-6 drops of essential oil in a spray bottle. Fill it 3/4th with water, and your mixture is ready! Remember to shake the bottle before every use. For best results, spray the plants early morning or evening, as the cool atmosphere helps in quick absorption.

Recipe:

Insect Deterrent Spray

Use a large spray bottle and add 1-2 drops peppermint, rosemary, and thyme essential oil. Fill it half with water. Mix well and use it early morning or evening.

Fungus Spray (Powdery mildew, blight, etc.)

Take 3 litres (1 gallon) spray bottle and add one drop oregano oil, five drops tea tree essential oil, one squirt Castile liquid soap, three tablespoons baking soda, and fill the bottle with water. Spray the solution on plants once a week, in the morning or evening.

Essential Oil Weed Killing Spray 

Take a spray bottle and fill it with distilled white vinegar (below the fill line), one squirt of Castile soap, 15 drops of clove essential oil, and ten drops of cinnamon essential oil. Shake well and spray this solution on weeds.

Note: Use it only on weeds and not on plants as it can kill them.

Cotton Balls

You can use cotton balls to prevent pests at the ground level. Soak cotton balls in any of the essential oils from the list and put near burrows or rodent nests. They can be used in the garden to attract pollinators as well.

Strings or Strips

If you don’t want to use spray, then strings or strips are a good option. Soak cotton strips in essential oils and hang from a tree branch and near plants. The smell of these oils can confuse insects and repel pests.

Got any other tips to share? Please reply in the comments.

Essential Oils to repel flies

Flies are annoying pests that you probably notice around your Plants, kitchen or sink drains.

Getting rid of flies naturally is fairly easy. Once you disturb their environment and make sure that surfaces are clean and dry, your problem should disappear quite quickly, but they will come back.

Worse still, if you like house plants and growing fruit and vegetables they may even increase in number so how can we keep them at bay effectively?

Flies can quickly become a nuisance in your home and before you know it, you have a large number of flies infesting your property.

Natural apple cider vinegar and honey fly trap

A tried and tested method of getting rid of flies, is to make a trap with apple cider vinegar (ACV). Apple cider vinegar makes an effective fly trap because the acetic acid has insecticidal properties. ACV has a sweeter smell than regular vinegar and this lures the drain flies to the trap. For a quicker response add some honey too.

Essential oil spray for killing flies

You can also use an essential oil spray to destroy flies naturally and safely. Many essential oils contain insect repellent properties. They are toxic to flies, insects, and can help get rid of ants, but can safely be used around the house and kids.

You can use any of the essential oils used in the essential oil fly spray because they all have proven efficacy against insects. Other great essential oils for getting rid of pesky flies are:

  • Peppermint oil
  • Melaleuca oil (Tea Tree)
  • Lavender oil
  • Lemongrass oil

How to use:

All you need to make a spray to get rid of flies for good is a few drops of essential oil, some liquid soap, water, and a spray bottle.

  • Fill a spray bottle almost to the top with water.
  • Add 5 – 10 drops of your favourite essential oil. (You can use just one, or experiment with a combination to get a smell that you love).
  • Add 1-2 drops of dishwashing liquid.
  • Shake well.
  • Spray on the drain flies to kill them. You can then wipe the surfaces with a clean paper towel to remove the dead flies and clean the surface.

For House Plants

  • For plants Soak a few cotton buds in the solution and stick them around the plants.

3 of these oils can be found in the Family Essentials Kit

Candle Making with Essential Oils

Candle Making with Essential Oils

Bring the season into your home with these easy-to-make candles and create your favourite scent.

This Example recipe is for a Winter Candle, but replace the drops with 1 or 2 of your favourite oils.

Ingredients:
2 cups soy wax for candle making
Natural candle wick
15-20 drops Douglas Fir essential oil
15-20 drops Frankincense essential oil
Lolipop sticks
250mL glass jar or tin candle holder
Glass measuring cup
Decorative ribbon (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Place measuring cup with wax in a few centimetres of boiling water to create a double boiler
  2. Add Frankincense and Douglas Fir essential oils (or any other oils you would like to try out)
  3. When the wax is melted in the double boiler use a spoon to drip a little bit of wax at the bottom of your jar or canister.  
  4. Stick the wick in place while the wax is still liquid. Hold the wick in place until the wax is cool and hardened. 
  5. Pour in the melted wax to fill your jar using 2 popsicle sticks to keep the wick in place while the wax is cooling and hardening.
  6. Wait 45 minutes for the wax to cool and harden. You may wish to put the candle in the fridge to speed up this process.
  7. Once the candle is hardened, trim the wick so that it sits about a centimetre above the top of the wax.
  8. Optionally, glue on your decorations. The possibilities are endless!

See also Soap Making and Bath Bombs with Essential Oils