Lemon essential oil is exceptionally versatile and can be used for a number of DIY projects. Some of the most popular applications include using it to concoct a powder cleanser, glass cleanser or soap with lemon and poppy seed.
Lemon Powder Cleanser
When lemon oil is used as a powder cleanser, it makes cleaning a whole lot easier. Even tough, grimy surfaces can be cleaned with great ease just by sprinkling this powder on the area, waiting for thirty minutes and then wiping.
For this solution, you will want to add 1.5 cups of citric acid, one cup of baking soda, 1.5 cups of kosher salt, two cups of borax and twenty drops of lemon oil. Borax can be toxic when ingested so should not be handled by children or animals. It can also be omitted from the recipe if needed. All the ingredients can be combined in a large bowl and then mixed. You will then want to store it in a big shaker bottle and dampen surfaces before applying it.
Lemon Glass Cleanser
The standard glass cleaners which are available in most supermarkets contain chemicals which can be hazardous to both the environment and your health. Many people have responded by creating their own homemade cleaners and one of the top ingredients are essential oils containing lemon. They are cost effective, eco-friendly and smell great.
The ingredients you will need for this solution include 1 and 1.5 cups of white vinegar, 8 drops of lemon oil, a ½ cup of water which is distilled and a spray bottle that can hold sixteen ounces. Once you have all these ingredients, simply add them to the bottle and then shake.
Soap With Lemon Poppy Seed
When lemon is first applied to the skin it can become sensitive to the sun, so exercise caution when exposing yourself to sunlight. Those who have experimented with this soap have found that when lemon is used in smaller amounts, no phototoxic issues were reported.
For this soap, you will need two lemons which are zested, a glass bowl that can be safely used in a microwave, twenty drops of lemon oil, rubbing alcohol in a bottle with a spray nozzle, two tablespoons of poppy seeds and silicone mold. You will also want soap that can be easily melted and poured, such as goat’s milk.
You will next need to slice one pound of soap into miniature squares. A single pound of soap should give you a minimum of 4 bars of soap depending on how big the mold is. Place the sliced up soap into the glass bowl and then put it into a microwave for 30 second intervals until it melts, stirring the mixture every thirty seconds. A double boiler can be used as an alternative to a microwave.
Now add the two lemons and poppy seeds to the melted soap and then stir in the lemon oil. Pour soap into molds, spray them with the alcohol to smoothen and then let them harden for about three hours.