Freshen Up: 5 Essential Oils for Cleaning

There’s a unique sense of joy that comes from sitting down in your freshly cleaned home after the tedious tasks associated with tidying up. Between the scents of cleanliness and the sense of accomplishment, a clean house just feels good, even if you don’t actually enjoy the process of doing it. Enhance that experience by eliminating commercial cleaners that contain harsh chemicals and artificial odors from your arsenal of cleaning tools by using essential oils for cleaning.

Create all natural cleaning products with essential oils.
Avoid toxic chemicals by using essential oils for cleaning.

Essential oils are a natural, non-toxic alternative solution to store-bought cleaning products, and an affordable option due to the dilution and do-it-yourself factor. Learn more about natural solutions to popular products with the following recipes that use essential oils for cleaning.

All purpose cleaner

Tea tree oil has antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, which makes it an ideal essential oil for cleaning. Research shows that tea tree oil was effective at inhibiting the influenza virus two hours after exposure. Create an all-purpose everyday cleaner that can eliminate germs or musty odors with the following blend mixed together in a spray bottle:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cups of white vinegar
  • 30 drops of tea tree oil
  • 30 drops of lemon oil
Tea tree oil is a powerful cleaning agent
Create a versatile all-purpose cleaner with tea tree oil.

Linen spray

Lavender is known for its calming qualities, and is often recommended as a natural sleep aid. Not only does it have a soothing scent, but it also has antibacterial properties, making lavender the perfect option for cleaning linens, pillows, and mattresses. Mix up your own fancy and functional linen spray with the following ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of distilled water
  • 3 tablespoons of witch hazel or vodka
  • 20 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops of peppermint oil
Make lavender oil linen spray for better sleep and cleaner sheets.
Lavender oil linen spray brings sweet dreams and clean sheets.

Glass cleaner

Peppermint has that clean, invigorating scent, it’s antibacterial and antifungal, and acts as a pest repellent — so it’s a triple threat in terms of being a powerful essential oil for cleaning. It’s also capable of creating streak-free shine, so put it to work for cleaning the glass around your house by adding the following combo to a spray bottle and wiping your surfaces with a microfiber rag:

  • 3 cups of distilled water
  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of vodka or witch hazel
  • 20 drops of peppermint oil
Peppermint oil makes an effective glass cleaner.
Enjoy streak-free shine and a fresh scent with peppermint oil glass cleaner.

Citrus scrub

Lemon oil has a wide variety of uses, and attacks and dissolves dirt while adding a fresh scent to any environment. Give your kitchen or bathroom a deep clean by making a scrubbing paste of the following ingredients and applying it to your sinks or stovetops with a sponge:

  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 1/4 cup of castile soap
  • 10 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops of orange essential oil
Clean sinks and stove tops with a citrus scrub
Create a powerful scrub with a citrusy scent with lemon oil

Wood polish

Aside from regular dusting, wood furniture benefits from a deep polish once a month. Revive shine and nourish the wood finish with a recipe of all natural ingredients with essential oil for scent. Mix the following in a spray bottle, shake well, and spray onto a cloth before applying to furniture:

  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar
  • 10 drops of sweet orange essential oil
Wood polish with sweet orange oil adds shine with a refreshing scent.
Add shine and an invigorating scent with sweet orange oil all-natural wood polish.

Using essential oils for cleaning helps eliminate toxic chemicals from your home with the added benefit of incorporating aromatherapy into your cleaning routine. Turn your chores into a form of self-care and look forward to enjoying the sight and scents of your freshly cleaned home.

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