7 Easy Ways to Clean Using Vata Season Essential Oils
In the Ayurvedic tradition, late fall and early winter bring us into Vata season. It’s called Vata season because it has the same qualities as the Vata dosha, which is dry, light, cold, rough, clear, and moving. We can offset our Vata seasonal imbalances through lifestyle changes that promote balance, calm and warmth.
I like to add richness and warmth to my home by using Vata season principles and so can you. An easy way that I incorporate these healthy qualities into my lifestyle is by using Vata balancing essential oils to clean my home. The scents that best reflect Vata season are heavy, sweet, and warm.
Some Vata season oils that you can use for cleaning are:
- Thieves Oil®: This essential oil blend combines fragrant clove, lemon, rosemary cinnamon, and eucalyptus.
- Lavender: Has soothing and relaxing effects.
- Clary Sage: Promotes calm and helps prevent infection.
- Chamomile: Helps ease anxiety during a busy time of year
- Sandalwood: Fosters a feeling of relaxation and calm.
- Vanilla: Acts as an antioxidant and promotes tranquility.
My kitchen is the heart of my home, especial during the holidays, and cleaning it with these suggested essential oils helps me to stay balanced while running it efficiently. Plus the scent creates a welcoming environment by keeping the kitchen smelling great.
Here is a wonderful recipe for a kitchen essential oil cleaner:
- 2/3 cup (170 ml) white vinegar.
- 1 1/3 cups (330 ml) distilled water.
- 5 drops of essential oil.
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle, and shake well.
My pantry is a partner to my kitchen, and a deep cleaning of my storage space gets rid of lingering musty smells and gets me ready for holiday food prep.
Here are the ideal steps for cleaning the pantry:
- Take everything out, discard expired or unhealthy foods.
- Wipe down the pantry shelves using an all-purpose cleaner scented with Vata essential oils.
Here’s an all-purpose cleaner to use in your pantry or on countertops and surfaces:
- 2 cups each of white vinegar and water.
- 1 teaspoon natural dish soap (don’t use castile soap for this).
- 50 drops of essential oil.
Add to a spray bottle and shake well.
After a wipe down, change your shelf liners to Vata balancing colored papers: red, orange, white, or yellow. Infuse the shelf liners with a suggested essential oil (spray over the whole shelf or add a few drops to each shelf) before putting everything back in its place.
What’s one big thing my guests will see when they visit during the holidays? My beautiful, shining serving dishes! It just adds to the holiday spirit to have my special dishes and serving ware ready to welcome my guests.
To clean and polish holiday dishes, follow these steps:
- As you remove each piece to clean it, see which pieces need to be replaced, or which pieces you won’t be using.
- Clean your dishes and serving ware with a mild dishwashing soap and water solution.
- Polish each piece using a scrub scented with essential oil.
Here is an easy scrub recipe that can be used for polishing and cleaning serving ware:
- Put ¼ cup liquid Castile soap into a bowl.
- Add 30 drops each of essential oil.
- Add 1 cup baking soda.
- Mix the ingredients together to make a paste, using more soap if needed.
Use a clean cloth to apply the solution to each piece.
Rinse with clean water.
The Tea Kettle
During Vata season, my tea kettle gets used a lot. I drink even more herbal teas, not only for warmth but to indulge in my relaxation rituals during the busy holidays. In order to keep it pristine, I give my tea kettle some special attention by removing mineral deposits and polishing the outside.
- fill it with a solution of 50% water and 50% white vinegar and bring to a rolling boil.
- Turn off the heat and let it cool.
- Empty the tea kettle and rinse.
- Use a gentle scrubber and the above-mentioned essential oil dish cleaner to clean the outside of the kettle.
Now your tea kettle is clean and ready for the season!
With everyone coming indoors in the fall and winter, I’m constantly mopping my floors to keep up with mud and melted snow. But it’s even worse to have chemical floor cleaners tracked all through my house. Instead, I use an all-natural floor cleaner infused with essential oils to make my floors shine and smell fresh.
Use this recipe for a floor cleaner when you mop:
- Fill your bucket with 1 gallon distilled water.
- Add ⅛ c. essential oil.
Mix well. Use this solution on any hard surface floor: tile, wood, vinyl, etc.
The Windows Panes
With the shorter days of fall and winter, don’t we all want as much sunshine to come in as possible? That’s why I think that cleaning my windows as part of this season’s house care is so important. And when it’s dark outside, those fingerprints and pet smears just seem to show up better! Holiday home preparation means I want everything to sparkle and shine, and that means my windows too.
Here is a recipe for an easy to make window cleaner:
- ⅔ cup white vinegar.
- 1-⅓ cups distilled water.
- 5 drops essential oil.
Add all ingredients to your spray bottle and shake well. Spray on your glass surface, and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth. For really dirty or greasy windows, add a ¼ teaspoon of castile soap or dishwashing liquid.
Vata season is a good time to make sure my vacuum cleaner is spreading great fragrances throughout my house, and not a musty smell! When it’s cold outside and the windows are kept closed more often, freshening my vacuum not only adds fragrance, but the essential oils add calm and improve the mood of my entire home.
Follow these steps to add Vata season scents to your vacuum and your whole house.
- Use a damp cloth to clean your vacuum thoroughly. Remove the bags and filters, and wipe the outside and inside to get rid of stale odors.
- Clean any reusable pieces – filters, pads and dust cups – or replace with new pieces. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning reusable parts.
- Using an essential oil, add two or three drops on the filter or dust cup. Drop them one at a time and wait for the oil to dry before replacing the filters or cup.
- You can put a cotton ball with two or three drops of essential oil in the canister of a bagless vacuum, or into a clean vacuum cleaner bag before you replace it. Add a new cotton ball any time the scent fades.
You can also simply sprinkle dried lavender onto your carpets and vacuum as you normally would, or mix first with a little baking soda for added freshness.
As you can see, the onset of cold weather gives me the perfect opportunity to clean and freshen my home for the holidays by incorporating these simple cleaning tips using Vata season essential oils. Now you can do the same to prepare your home for the season. Enjoy a feeling of calm, comfort, health and joy that you can share with friends and family during this time of year.