Everyone obsesses over spring cleaning. However, fall cleaning — in preparation for the winter — should get just as equal attention. Natural cleaning makes use of essential oils. One potent cleaning agent that sometimes gets underrated is clove oil. Unfortunately, not many green cleaning companies utilize clove oil for house cleaning in Long Island.
Before shutting the windows and turning on the heating system to prepare for the winter months, experts encourage pre-hibernation cleaning. They claim that fall cleaning is just as necessary for mental health and comforts of living as the deep clean many undergo during spring.
You may have been told of the health benefits of clove oil. It is anti fungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, antiseptic, and also an aphrodisiac. Many use it for blood impurities, toothaches, cough, indigestion, asthma, and other health issues.
Ancient Chinese from the Han Dynasty (207 BC to 220 AD) and Indian civilizations used cloves extensively. Clove oil has gained popularity in modern culture for the health benefits mentioned above, but it is an excellent oil for cleaning as well.
One famous story about clove oil is the myth about a group of thieves who robbed valuables from the victims of the bubonic plague. During the Marseilles outbreaks in the medieval ages, they are said to have survived close contact with victims of this very contagious disease. According to the folk tale, the mixture of herbs and vinegar protected them from the plague. In exchange for their secret recipe, they were offered leniency when they were finally caught.
At the end of this blog post, I’ll leave a recipe for a mixture of essential oils that you can use to help prevent germs from slowing you down during the winter months.
Here are ten surprising ways you can use clove oil for winter cleaning:
Getting Rid of Mold from Wood
Mix 1/4 teaspoon of clove with a liter of water in a spray bottle. Spray just a small amount onto the wood surface and wipe clean. If you are removing mold from an antique piece of wooden furniture, then it is best to spray the solution onto a soft cloth first and then wipe away the mildew.
You are sure to want your home to smell nice for the holidays. With the calming effect on the nervous system, you can use clove oil in an oil burner and the aroma will fill the air.
Fabric Lounge Mold Removal
Take one teaspoon of clove oil and mix with a cup of water. Wash the moldy area and then let it dry.
Removing Mold from the Kitchen
Fill a spray bottle with 1/2 teaspoon of pure clove oil and a liter of water. Test a patch area first to make sure there is no damage to the surface. If all is well, proceed to spray the solution on the moldy areas. Let it sit for a few hours before wiping the space with a wet cloth to remove mold. There might be stubborn mold which would require a bit of scrubbing. Respray the areas to prevent regrowth. Use this method on ceilings, tile grout, walls, and tiles.
Getting Rid of Shower Curtain Mold
A common place that needs attention when doing house cleaning in Long Island is the bathroom. To clean a nylon shower curtain, take a 1/2 teaspoon of clove oil and a liter of water mixed. Let the curtain sit overnight, and then put the curtain in the washing machine for a cycle the following day. If possible, hang out in the sun to dry.
Cleaning the Shower
For the tub, scrub down first with a mixture of hot water (four liters), 1/2 cup of white vinegar, and a tablespoon of bicarb. After scrubbing, rinse with heated water. Use the same clove oil and water mixture as with the curtain to spray the shower. Let it sit for awhile. After some time, scrub with warm water. Wipe the tub dry and lightly mist with the clove oil mixture again. Leave it on for a little bit before wiping clean. You can spray the shower with the clove oil regularly for maintenance cleaning.
Removal of Mold from Carpets
Mix 1/4 teaspoon of clove oil and a liter of water in a spray bottle. Spray the molded area and leave it for 24 hours. Afterwards, you should vacuum the area. If you should find that the mold persists, then do the same again. After 24 hours this time, sprinkle salt over the moldy area of the carpet and sweep before vacuuming.
Cleaning the Walls to Get Rid of Mold
Simply spray the walls with a mixture of one liter of water and 1/4 teaspoon of clove oil. After spraying, then wipe clean.
Getting Rid of Mold From Leather
Take 1/4 teaspoon of clove oil and a bottle of baby oil. Shake the bottle well. Pour a small amount onto a soft cloth and rub the moistened fabric over the leather. The mold should disappear as you continue to wipe the area.
Essential oil blend inspired by the legend of the four thieves
2 1/4 grams clove essential oil
1 3/4 grams lemon essential oil
1 1/4 grams eucalyptus essential oil
1 gram cinnamon essential oil
1/2 gram rosemary essential oil
Now, you can have the mixture readily available for your housecleaning needs. Just be sure to put it in a dark glass bottle and store it out of direct sunlight.
If you don’t have any way to measure in grams, you can convert this recipe to drops.
1 gram = 20 drops
Of course, you want to use caution cleaning with this or any essential oil when house cleaning in Long Island. Mainly, clove oil needs to be heavily diluted for use because it can irritate mucous membranes and skin. Therefore for any of the cleaning tips mentioned here, be sure to wear rubber gloves and goggles. Also, keep it away from children, and if you are pregnant, it is advised that you do not use this product.