Ways to Keep the House Clean with Essential Oils

Orange Essential Oil BottleThere are many advantages to cleaning with essential oils. For one, they are natural, unlike many man made toxic cleaners. Many cleaners you buy at the store contain the same properties that oils have such as lemon oil. Lemon oil is an excellent cleaner and even kills germs. Another big reason essential oils are great for cleaning is they can go a long ways. Only a few drops of lemon oil mixed with some soap water can help clean grease off of stoves, permanent marker off of marker boards, and sticker residue. And perhaps best of all the price of essential oils cost less that cleaners. Cleaners can be made with only a few drops essential oils.

For example lets say you need to clean your house or car windows there is a recipe for that: Combine 2/3 cup (170ml) white vinegar with 1 1/3 cups (330ml) distilled water and 5 drops lemon or lavender essential oil in a spray bottle. After closing the spray bottle shake well.

Common Essential Oils for Cleaning

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil comes from the rind “peel” of the lemon fruit. A common use of lemon is putting a few drops in with the laundry detergent when you wash the clothes. Many people say this helps their clothes look cleaner because of its properties that brighten and remove stains. Adding a few drops to the mop bucket when mopping floors will help the floor look much more cleaner as well.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint oil is a popular natural antibacterial. Killing unwanted germs is a must in a busy home. Put two or more drops of peppermint in a water and light dish soap mixture when cleaning. You can clean off common places where germs are spread such as door knobs, bathrooms, and kitchens. Also consider adding cinnamon, lemon, and/or grapefruit for a great smell afterwards.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree comes from the Australian Melaleuca tree, which is why some may call the essential oil Melaleuca rather than Tea Tree oil. Tea Tree is not only antibacterial but also antiseptic and anti-fungal. Lets say you are having a problem with mold in your bathroom shower. One person shared this technique: “I put eucalyptus in a spray bottle with tea tree oil and spray my walk in shower, it prevents mold and makes your next shower relaxing and spa like when it mixes with the hot water.” Eucalyptus also has antibactirial properties and smells good to some people. Consider adding a mixture of 3 drops of orange, 3 drops of lemon, and 3 drops of Tea Tree oil in a spray bottle. Adding lemon and orange will help make the space that has mold also smell better. Some people also suggest adding vinegar to a spray bottle solution to help get rid of the mold.

So as you can see there are many great properties that essential oils have when cleaning. Those basic properties are all you need to clean. No need to buy any cleaners that could be toxic and always require cloves. Essential oils are natural and cleaning with them is much more safe.

 

Essential Oil Cleaning Recipes

Air Freshener and Cleaner “Citrus Smell”

• Orange – 50 drops
• Lemon – 35 drops
Grapefruit – 20 drops
• Cedarwood – 15 drops
• Dilute oils with a carrier oil (any oil like olive, almond, etc) – 1 1/2 teaspoons
• Distilled water – 4 oz

Place these ingredients together in a spray bottle and shake well. Mist the air with the amazing sent of these oils. Also consider spraying lightly couches or the air in the bathroom.

Making a Household Cleaner

• Fill a spray bottle with water and a squirt of dish washing soap.
• Add 3–5 drops each of lavender, lemon, and pine essential oils then shake well and use.

When Cleaning Floors

• Add 1/4 cup white vinegar to a bucket of water.
• Add 5–10 drops lemon, pine, spruce, melaleuca, or any other citrus essential oil.

When Cleaning Windows

• Mix in 1 quart spray bottle: 1 cup White Vinegar, 10-15 drops of Lemon Essential Oil, water.
• Mix vinegar and water in spray bottle first then add the lemon essential oil.
• Shake well and use.

When Removing Stains

• Use a 1 – 2 drops of lemon essential oil on stains.
• Let stand and rub off with a clean cloth and/or throw into laundry to be washed.