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Its Time for Spring Cleaning!

It’s Time for Spring Cleaning! – Away with Winter and Get ready for Summer!
by Penny Keay

Spring is one of my four favorite seasons!    After a long cold winter where the house has been shut up so tight, it is a wonderful blessing to open the windows and let in the fresh air!

The Storage part:
But it also means time to get closets and storage boxes ready to put away all that winter clothing and keep it safe from ‘bugs’ and such for the summer.

To afford a Cedar lined closet or chest is every woman’s dream.  A place to store those handmade quilts or store away woolen clothing to keep it safe from moths and other insects.  But if you are like most of us, the best you can do is store it in a closet, in a bag or in a box and hope for the best.

There are a few essential oils you can use to deter these critters and so you may want to get prepared now so you have it on hand.   You never know when there will be a rainy day that is perfect for the ‘clothing’ exchange!   (Anyway, that is what I call it when you do a seasonal swap of clothing, bedding etc).

Now the best essential oils to help deter moths around your clothing include the following:  Cedarwood (of course), Lavender, Camphor, Bay laurel , Patchouli and Sage.


Others that work for varying insect and furry critters include Eucalyptus (any), Peppermint, Spearmint, Pine needle , Spruce needle, Clove bud , Anise and Orange.

Although you will want to use some of these in your closet or storage box blends you can always create a blend that you will enjoy. How about adding some Spearmint Or Lemongrass to Cedarwood Or how about Cedarwood, Spearmint and Rosewood Each of these suggestions has one of the well known insect repellent and deterrent essential oils but adds a little ‘pizazz’ to your storage bin!

Now you are wondering what is the best way to have these scents last for more than a few days? There are a few options you can try. The simplest is to use a Lavender Sachets  and add one of the above oils to it, store it in a glass jar for several days then tuck it in the box you are going to store away. Although the scent may still dissipate too quickly and leave your storage closet or bin unprotected.

Another option is to use some of our unscented Aroma beads and add your essential oils you wish to use.  Click her for the unscented Aroma Beads. 

Simply let the essential oils soak into the Aroma beads for a few days and then place about 1-2 tablespoons in an Organza bag with drawstrings.. These bags can then be added to your storage box or easily hung in your closet. The scent will last for months since the aroma beads will hold the scent much longer.

The Cleaning Part
Now is the next part of “Spring” that we all look forward to (Yeah right!), the cleaning part.

The easiest is to simply add several drops of any citrus essential oil to your bucket of soapy water. Many of you use our Liquid dish soap, an unscented organic based cleaner and add your favorite essential oils.   Or there is the All Purpose Cleaner that can be used in the Cleaning bucket or in a Spray bottle. Again, add any of your essential oils you prefer.

Most common for household cleaning chores are the citrus scents like Lemon and Orange. But you might want to try a change this year and try some Pine needle and Spruce needle. Or any combination of both Citrus Blend and the Conifer Blend.  

There are several of our Synergy blends that you can use to brighten your cleaning bucket. Remember all essential oils have germicidal properties to varying degrees. Just the act of cleaning and scrubbing away the dust, dirt and grime will help too. Adding a fresh scent makes you feel like you have done a better job.

Now, if you have a problem with mildew or mold smells your cleaning can be a little more difficult. You may want to add stronger oils such as Cinnamon leaf, Clove bud, Thyme or Oregano or the synergy blend Four Robbers Blend to your cleaning solutions. These are strong oils that can help clean the odors and deter the growth of mold. For more information on dealing with Molds and Mildew please see our previous Newsletter article dealing specifically with those little nasties. https://birchhillhappenings.com/v972007.htm#house  and our Tip   https://birchhillhappenings.com/aromatip/5809.pdf

Now once you are all done and worn out from all the cleaning, don’t forget to pamper yourself a little too.

Take a nice long soak in the hot tub. Or give your spouse a reciprocal back rub, leg or arm rub. (Hint: Give your spouse the massage first that way after you are done with theirs, you can sit back and relax when you are getting yours!)

Or if you are going out to celebrate (and not dirty up the kitchen right away) your hard days accomplishments take a shower with some revitalizing and energizing blends to give yourself a little ‘pick me up’ so you can enjoy the evening!
Ah yes, A nice clean and fresh home and a job well done! Enjoy those essential oils and don’t forget to try a few new blends.

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Recipes to try
by Penny Keay

Moth Deterrent Sachets
Lavender – 2 ml
Cedarwood – 2 ml
1 ounce of Aroma beads
1-3 Organza bag 3 X 4 in size with drawstrings.

Place the Essential oils in a jar and blend well. Then add the unscented Aroma beads to the jar. Cap tightly and shake well every few hours or until the essential oils have completely absorbed into the beads. The beads should appear dry.

Then place one or two tablespoons of the scented aroma beads into each of the Organza bags . Simply place in your storage box or hang inside your closet.


A Closet Freshener
Cedarwood – 2 ml
Orange – 1 ml
Clove bud – 1 ml
1 ounce of Aroma beads
1-3 Organza bag 3 X 4 in size with drawstrings.

Place the Essential oils in a jar  and blend well. Then add the unscented Aroma beads to the jar. Cap tightly and shake well every few hours or until the essential oils have completely absorbed into the beads. The beads should appear dry.

Then place one or two tablespoons of the scented Aroma beads into each of the Organza bags. Simply place in your storage box or hang inside your closet.


Citrus All Surface Cleaner
Tangerine – 1 ml
Lemongrass – 1 ml
Bergamot 1 ml
Emulsifier – 1 teaspoon
All Purpose Cleaner 8 oz

Mix essential oils with the Emulsifier then add to your spray bottle for cleaning. OR you can add 1 – 2 ounces to your mop bucket (about 1 gallon of water).

We use a blend similar to this for mopping our hardwood floors. It cleans then perfectly without streaking. Dries quickly and leaves a nice fresh scent.


Foul Odors – Be gone!
Lemongrass – 4 ml
Spruce needle – 2 ml
Pine needle – 2 ml
Cedarwood– 2 ml
Patchouli – 1 ml
Emulsifier – 1 tablespoon.
All Purpose Cleaner 8 ounces

Blend essential oils together with the Emulsifier. Once well blended add to the All Purpose Cleaner  Shake well. Then spray on areas where the odor is unbearable.  Let sit for several minutes then wipe dry.  Because this is a higher than normal amount of essential oils – do not use on finished or painted surfaces as these essential oils can damage those areas.

This blend is perfect for the Garbage pail or other nasty smelling area.

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