Some of you may not believe this, but I am a simple girl. I don’t like to do things that require a lot of fuss, and I prefer to have a very uncluttered home. On this note, if I can find a product that is truly multipurpose and that has a myriad of uses throughout my home, my god I am a happy woman. Today we take a trip to the land down under and explore the world of Australia’s most famous shrub: Eucalyptus, and the essential oil derived from it.
Make your own fabric softener with this magical oil. Put 20 drops in a spray bottle and fill the rest with vinegar. After you put your load of laundry in the dryer (and before you turn it on) spray this concoction on the damp clothes 10-15 times. Your clothes will be so very soft, and will smell extremely fresh.
Adapt this recipe by diluting it half with water and using as a fabric deodorizer. Use just like you would Febreze. It works just as effectively, and is a fraction the price.
Eucalyptus oil has tonnes of uses when you are sick. Put a couple of drops in the bottom of your shower before you turn it on and it will help clear your nasal passages and lungs. Dilute it with almond oil for a vapo-rub alternative, or simply rub a couple of drops under your nose as a replacement for nose spray.
Make your own insect repellant! Take 15 drops eucalyptus oil, 5 drops cinnamon oil, 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, and half cup of water. Mix well, and spritz it all over. Works like a charm.
It even has anti-microbial properties! Add eucalyptus to your own homemade cleaner (a simple vinegar and water mixture is my personal favourite) and you will boost its cleaning power exponentially. Want some more ideas for home made cleaner? Try here.
Make your own muscle rub. Once again add some to almond oil and rub all that stress away.
Sore throat? Make your own antiseptic gargle by adding one drop of oil to a cup of water. I strongly warn you not to swallow this mixture though, and do not use this remedy on children.
Replace Goo-Gone! Goo-Gone is a product used to remove that gummy residue left from stickers or tape (and many other things). Just take straight eucalyptus oil and saturate the end of a washcloth. Rub to your hearts content and that sticky grossness will be out of your life forever.
Add some eucalyptus oil (about 10 drops) to your bottle of shampoo and mix well. This will help promote hair growth, battle dandruff, and improve elasticity leading to less breakage.
Now, I assume you are expecting me to wrap up today’s blog by making some joke about koalas, but I am never a woman to do the expected. Besides, I don’t think I have the necessary koalafications.
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-For Josie, my lovely Aussie friend who although she is far away remains almost as big of a fan of me as I am of her.