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Cleaning naturally after the Georgia floods



Coming home to a structure full of water is devastating, I would imagine.  It must be overwhelming trying to figure out how to drain a massive amount of water from your home.  Even a few basement puddles could cause your home to smell like mildew. You may need help if your entire home is under water or the water in a few rooms is up to your knees.  Once you have the major problem squared away you may want to start working on disinfecting and deodorizing.  Here are a few mixtures which will neutralize and remove mold, mildew and odors.

Lemon Oil stimulates the nervous and circulatory system, which may lower blood pressure.  It is used in some hospitals for it's antiseptic properties.  It also neutralizes unpleasant odors.  Lemon Oil may be used in homemade No Streak Glass Cleaner.

2 cups distilled water

1 cup vinegar

1 teaspoon of natural liquid detergent

40 drops lemon essential oil

Lavender Oil has antidepressant and antiseptic properties.  Lavender has a balancing effect on the central nervous system.  Lavender is calming and may be used to make Kitchen & Bathroom Disinfectant All Purpose Cleaner.

2 cups distilled water

1 cup vinegar

2 teaspoons baking soda

30 drops lemon essential oil

20 drops lavender essential oil

15 drops tea tree essential oil

Tea Tree oil has antiseptic and anti fungal properties, and stimulates the immune system.

Tub and Tile Cleaner

1 cup distilled water

1 cup vinegar

1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide

30 drops tea tree oil

Air Freshener

1 cup distilled water

1 1/2 cups rubbing alcohol

45 drops eucalyptus essential oil

45 drops orange essential oil

30 drops lavender essential oil

Where to purchase essential oils:   Visit your local Whole foods Market or your local co-op such as Life Grocery or Sevenanda.


  • Leslie 5 years ago

    Great, great tips! Our basement had a flood (had to completely remove the wall-to-wall carpet) but nothing compared to what others have to deal with. Still, these tips are useful because I am sick of using bleach. Thanks!

  • Daughter 5 years ago

    Great tips!!!! You are AWESOME!!!!

  • Charlene Collins - Atlanta Family Health Examiner 5 years ago

    Awesome! Here's another one to save for future use. I use vinegar sometimes.. but it makes the house smell like pickles... or something.