Simply Clean; Using Essential Oils To Clean Your Home Naturally – A Book Review

When I first received the copy of “Simply Clean;  Using Essential Oils To Clean Your Home Naturally” I thought it was probably going to be a list of recipes and different ways you can use them. While the book does contain those elements, it is so much more!

About the book

The author, Lauren Hayes Gilbert, takes the time to tell us her story and journey into a holistic lifestyle. She tells us about how she used to be just like most of us – eating foods advertised on TV, buying products off the shelf, and trusting that everything was safe and healthy.

Then she got sick. Really sick. She was unable to heal through conventional methods and started researching on her own to try and find a way to live better, to live healthier, and to really start treating her body the way it should be treated.
While this book does not go into great detail regarding the different aspects of how she now lives her life (other than some brief mentions), it does give you a wonderful background and history as to what essential oils are, what to look for when buying them, how they can be beneficial, and how you can use them very easily in your everyday life. Lauren even goes a step further and gives you a very thorough background into commercial cleaners and different chemicals to watch out for. She really did her homework before publishing this book and I applaud her for that!

About holistic living

According to Simply Cleanholistic is defined as a belief that the individual parts of something are interconnected and explicable only by looking at the whole. It doesn’t mean you have to change who you are or give up your personal beliefs, but instead asks you to look at how you are, how you are living your life, and the quality you give it and its impact on the world around you.

Lauren also goes on to say, “If you don’t want to do Yoga, don’t want to get a juicer, or change the clothes you wear – you don’t have to. Living holistically isn’t about imitation or feeling pressured to be like what you see in health magazines. The road to understanding and enjoying the fact that we are all inter-connected starts with loving, nurturing, and accepting yourself.”  — I love this quote and couldn’t agree more!

Sample Essential Oils recipe from Simply Clean

This time of year the insects start regrouping after a long winter and you might find a stray bug or two creeping into your home. There is one culprit in particular that seems to be quite a nuisance in many homes — ants. If you are concerned about ants in your home, try this simple essential oils recipe to keep them at bay.

ants in the kitchen

Keeping Ants at Bay with essential oils


  • 24oz/710ml spray bottle
  • water
  • peppermint oil
  • cotton balls


Fill your spray bottle with water and add 30 drops of peppermint oil. Spray this around windows, cracks, waste bins, and any other place that you have seen ants. Do this as often as you like. Alternatively, you can put 2 drops of peppermint oil on a cotton ball and run over window ledges, around baseboards, etc. You can also put a cotton ball with a single drop of peppermint oil inside cupboards, next to waste bins, or anywhere else you are concerned about ants. Refresh your cotton ball once a week.

p.s. I’ve heard peppermint oil works wonders for spiders as well!

essential oil

If you would like to learn more about essential oils, and get even more recipes on how to clean your home naturally I highly recommend this book. You can also follow along with the author on her blog, Airmid Botanicals.

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes, all opinions are my own. Please note that I do not endorse any particular brand of essential oils and the image is for illustration purposes only. 

Image credit: Mrs SudsMuffin and James Murty

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14 thoughts on “Simply Clean; Using Essential Oils To Clean Your Home Naturally – A Book Review

  • June 3, 2014 at 6:37 pm
    We always get ants in the summer so this is quite interesting way to use essential oils to keep them away, never knew to try this. I love that it is natural and no harsh chemicals, and I love the smell of the oils. Reply
  • June 4, 2014 at 6:03 am
    I love this idea to use Peppermint oil to keep ants away. I am going to try this soon since we usually have an ant problem at this time of year. I also want to learn more about essential oils. Reply
  • June 4, 2014 at 10:58 pm
    I would love to find more ways to use the oils! I have heard so many great ideas! Reply
  • June 5, 2014 at 6:36 am
    I've heard peppermint oil can decrease your milk supply if you are nursing, would simply having it around like this do it or is it mostly ingesting the oils that affects your body? I'm still quite new to essential oils.... Reply
    • June 5, 2014 at 10:09 am
      Hmm, I don't know Michelle - I've never heard that. I am nursing now and have a low milk supply regardless, so I'm probably not the best judge but I'd love to find out. I'll research that a little and see what I can find out! Reply
    • June 5, 2014 at 10:13 am
      I just did a quick search online and found that ingesting peppermint can cause a decrease in supply for some people, but it sounds like you'd have to ingest quite a bit. So I would think that just having it around wouldn't affect anything -- I'm not an expert, but that is what I would guess. :-) Reply
      • June 5, 2014 at 12:57 pm
        I dunno.... The general consensus in my breastfeeding group through their personal experiences showed something as small as a peppermint candy affected their milk output for the rest of the day.... Reply
        • June 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm
          Good to know. I'll definitely have to look into it more! Reply
  • June 6, 2014 at 5:50 pm
    I like the idea of suing something natural, rather than chemicals. Plus, I really love the smell of peppermint! Reply
  • June 8, 2014 at 12:04 pm
    Oh that book looks so good! I love the peppermint idea for ants and spiders! I am going to have to try that. I just hate using all the chemical ant killers! Reply
  • June 18, 2014 at 10:39 am
    I'm definitely going to have to try this. I bought some essential oils awhile back and still have not used them. I think I need to start! Reply
    • June 18, 2014 at 11:08 am
      I know, I had mine for a while too and felt like I didn't know what to do with them. That is why I really enjoyed reading this book -- so many great ideas! Reply
  • June 19, 2014 at 6:43 am
    I want to try the peppermint oil for ants! What a great idea! Reply
  • September 18, 2014 at 3:46 pm
    This looks like an awesome book. I use essential oils and I love them. Always looking for new ideas and tips! Reply

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