Spring cleaning with herbs and essential oils
Cleaning out drawers and closets...rearranging them to match the new season, and storing winter clothes is a spring ritual at most homes. First, I empty the drawers, vacuum out any debris, wipe them with a damp cloth, then spritz them with the following Drawer Spray;
two ounces isopropy alcohol
one half teaspoon sandalwood e.o.(essential oil)
one teaspoon tangerine e.o.
one half teaspoon Peru balsam e.o.
One eighth spruce e.o.
one eighth lavender e.o.(or more if you prefer)
two ounces distilled water.
Pour the isopropyl alcohol into a glass spray bottle and add the oils. Add the water and shake to mix.
Before using, first test the spray on a small section of a drawer before using as alcohol can dissolve a shellac finish. If the finish is unharmed, spray the empty drawer and allow it to dry before replacing the clothes.
Drawers and ClosetsUse the following blend in drawers and closets, particularly where woolens and furs are stored.
Make sure the herbs are dried completely...then chop or crush them before blending;
4 cups lavender flowers
2 cups peppermint leaves
2 cups rosemary leaves
1 cup patchouli leaf
1/2 cup whole cloves
1/4 cup thyme leaves
Make some sachets and fill with the herb blend. Hang in closets and tuck in drawers.
Spice Sachet Blend:
6 cups oakmoss
one cup each black peppercorns, allspice berries and cinnamon chips
one fourth cup aniseed
two tablespoons cloves
(sandalwood and ginger would also be nice additions to this recipe)
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Fill sachets and hang in closets and tuck in drawers. I use spice sachets in my kitchen towel drawer.
More Oil UsesPlace a drop of your favorite essential oil on a scrap of fabric or handkerchief. Toss it into the dryer with your clothes or sheets.
Use a drop or two of orange oil on a paper coffee filter to remove glue or masking tape residue from windows.
Scent the filter bag of your vacuum cleaner with a drop or two of a fresh-smelling essential oil.
this article was by author Karen Hegre found here http://www.oldfashionedliving.com/springclean.html and at the bottom of the article she has several discussion lists that she hosts to subsribe too-crafts, gardening, herbal kitchen and more
and from Care 2
Using vinegar as an antiseptic floor wash
Numerous studies cited by Michael Mullen of the Heinz Company have shown that a 5% solution of vinegar (straight out of the store-bought bottle) kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs (viruses). And, unlike most commercial antibacterial cleaners, vinegar is non-toxic! This terrific floor wash formula combines the germ-fighting power of vinegar with sweet-smelling herbs for clean floors that can’t be beat. Perfect for ridding the house of the stale smell of winter.
Floor Cleaner with Fragrant Herbs 1/8 cup liquid soap or detergent
1/4 to 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar or lemon juice
1/2 cup fragrant herb tea (peppermint is great as it adds antibacterial qualities) Combine ingredients in a pail or bucket. Swirl the water around until it is sudsy. Proceed as normal. Shelf Life: Discard unused formula
I also found more good information here for herbs used to spring clean your home http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Garden/4395/springcleaning.html