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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Household Disinfectant Spray--Wholly Canadian

DIY: Wholly Canadian Household Disinfectant Spray

This homemade disinfectant spray has a story.  When my husband and I were preparing to join our earthly belongings into one household a few weeks prior to marriage, I came across his cleaning products. The contents of his conventional cleaning products were laden with chemicals. In my mind, they had to go. And I proceeded to toss them. “But the smell of pine makes me think it’s clean,” he said.  “Well,” said I, “clean doesn’t have a smell.”  Needless to say the conventional products disappeared somehow. . .



I later came to appreciate that clean is often associated with smell.  So for us, it’s just switching up the source of smell. Instead of it being chemical derived, we use the real-deal. God’s gift to us is bottled as essential oils.  Why not enjoy a smell with cleaning?  Why not enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy? 

My homemade spray has three wholly Canadian essential oils (spruce, fir, and pine), and a lavender tea. Not only are they all naturally antiseptic and anti-fungal, but they also support the respiratory system, i.e. you receive a natural tonic from cleaning, simply from it being sprayed in the air.  Not to mention, lavender is also a relaxant. Yup, that’s a great deal. Your house, health, and pschye are boosted in one simple spray. Did I already say simple? Yes, it’s extremely simple to make.

Here are some benefits (by no means exhaustive) in terms of cleaning:

  • Spruce: anti-infectious, anti-parasitic, stimulates thymus (boosting immune system), and supports the nervous and respiratory system
  • Pine: anti-infectious, anti-fungal, and and antiseptic. Hippocrates (father of western medicine), used it for its benefits to the respiratory system.
  • Fir: antiseptic, and has respiratory benefits
  • Lavender: antiseptic, relaxant


Made in Canada Essential Oils?

Finding made-in-Canada essential oils is another story.  Many essential oils are labelled as “made in Canada,” but if one does further research, one discovers they are simply bottled in Canada. I kept searching for essential oil companies in Canada. When I inquired if they had essential oils made in Canada, they would reply, "yes, all of ours." “No,” I said, “I mean actually distilled in Canada.”  “Oh,” they would say, “yes, we have a few.” I then would ask if they distilled them, they would tell me they got them from another company. If I asked which company, they wouldn’t tell me. It makes sense, because they didn’t want to lose my business.

But I wanted to get to the “root” {pun intended} of it, so I could give credit where credit is due. So after tons of research I finally found an essential oil distillery in Canada . .and what a great find: Alixsir. Located in Quebec, they are both a producer and importer of essential oils. The key, for me, was that they were a producer.

Finally I could make a wholly Canadian, 100% Canadian, disinfectant spray.

Recipe:

  • 1 Part Water or Lavender tea (see instruction below on lavender tea)
  • 1 Part Vinegar (vinegar is another natural antiseptic ingredient whose smell dissipates when it dries)
  • 10 drops of essential oil per cup of solution (approx divide the 10-15 drops between the essential oils you use)
  • Mix well in a bowl
  • Pour solution in a spray bottle (preferably glass).
  • Shake before each use.
  • Store extra solution in a glass jar in a dark closet.    

 




Why Lavender Tea?

I like using the lavender tea instead of water because lavender is my favourite smell! And I love its healing and antiseptic properties.

Why not just use essential oil of lavender? Good question. Well, you could. But in my case, I wanted to use only wholly Canadian ingredients.  To my knowledge, there is no lavender essential oil that is distilled in Canada.  The reason for that I’m told is that different geographical areas have optimal growing conditions for distilling plants, i.e. you can’t beat the lavender in France, and the roses in the Middle East, etc. So using grown-in Canada lavender buds is my way of living locally and still enjoying the smell & benefits of lavender. I use Bleu Lavande tea, grown in Quebec.

Making Lavender Tea: 

  • For the purpose of this disinfectant, the stronger tea, the better. Adding increased lavender buds per cup will enhance the benefits and aromatheraphy. {smile} 
  • Use a very fine mesh strainer to contain the buds. You do not want particles floating in your solution.
  • Pour boiling water on the buds
  • Steep for desired strength

Uses for the Disinfectant Spray:

  • Bathrooms: sinks, toilet, etc
  • Countertops (test a patch on granite or marble first)
  • Windows--the vinegar ingredient ensures a good clean
  • Room Freshener--spray around the house to neutralize nasty smells
  • Baby puddles on the floor {yup!}
  • Spray around garbage can

A 100% truly Wholly Canadian disinfectant spray. {Clapping}  Yes folks, you can celebrate. Local life is possible!

Regressing back to clean having a smell. . yes, clean, can have a smell. And clean can have so many more benefits, too. Now my husband has his pine smell, and I have lavender. {Joy} 


What are some of your own cleaning tips?



Posted by Wholly Canadian at 7:06 AM

4 Comments:

I agree vinegar is a great household cleaner. "Nature clean" detergents are used in our home because they are 98% natural and made in Canada. I would like to try your "Wholly Canadian" disinfectant recipe.
March 9, 2015 9:18 PM By Linda
sounds super easy and a good place to start going chemical free.
June 12, 2015 4:00 PM By tara e
I will have to try your "Wholly Canadian" disinfectant recipe. I love cleaning with water and vinegar but I dislike the smell of vinegar , this would help.
November 19, 2015 8:12 PM By Carole Dube
is there any 'thieves' type of essential oil made in Canada?
March 7, 2016 10:49 AM By LM

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