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Having a freshly cleaned space is so uplifting and rejuvenating. However, if you use commercial cleaning products full of harsh, dangerous chemicals, your space may not be as “clean” as you think. Those toxic chemicals can linger long after the cleaner dries, which means you are subjecting your family (and your pets) to chemicals that can harm their health. Not to mention all the fumes you inhale while you’re cleaning. So how can you safely clean your home? Start cleaning with essential oils! Making your own DIY essential oil cleaning products is simple, easy, and fun! These homemade, all-natural cleaners are just as effective at busting germs and cleaning all sorts of surfaces. In addition to being a safer choice for your home and family, they’re better for the environment, too. Using essential oils for cleaning can help leave your spaces feeling profoundly fresher, positively revitalized, and truly clean! Read on to find out more and don’t miss out on the essential oil cleaning recipes included at the bottom!
Cleaning with Essential Oils
Many essential oils have remarkable antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, making them perfect not only for cleaning wounds and skin infections, but for disinfecting surfaces, too! When added to cleaning agents such as alcohol (rubbing alcohol or vodka) or white vinegar, essential oils can boost the cleaning power significantly. In fact, some essential oils are strong enough to tackle even the nastiest germs and viruses. Some can even help improve the immune system and help keep you and your family healthy!
Here Are a Few of Our Favorite Essential Oils for Cleaning:
- Basil Sweet Oil
- Bergamot Oil
- Eucalyptus Citriodora Oil
- Grapefruit (Rose) Oil
- Honey Myrtle Oil
- Lavender Oil
- Lemon Oil
- Lemongrass Oil
- Lime Oil
- Orange Sweet Oil
- Oregano Oil
- Peppermint Oil
- Rosemary ct Verbenone Oil
- Scotch Pine Oil
- Siberian Fir Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Thyme (Benchmark) Oil
- White Pine Oil
Of course, those are just some of the more popular essential oils that work to fight bacteria, fungus, and viruses. There are many more to choose from. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to your cleaning blend to add a desired therapeutic benefit or aroma, as well. The recipes included at the end of this blog are excellent starting points for your creative experimentation! Along with the blends for disinfecting surfaces, you can make room sprays and diffuser blends to purify the air in your home. These are great for using any time but especially helpful for when you have a sick family member in your house!
Essential oils smell amazing. Besides their disinfectant abilities, oils can add energetic and emotional therapeutic benefits to your homemade cleaners, as well. These include uplifting and balancing mood, soothing tension, centering and energizing your body and mind, and much more. We think we can all agree that those are some awesome bonuses! After all, who doesn’t need their mood boosted while cleaning?
A little essential oil goes a long way, so you usually only need to add a few drops of your favorite oils to inexpensive carriers such as alcohol, white vinegar, and/or water. Even if the oil you want to use is an expensive one, it will last a long time, and you will be able to get many, many bottles of cleaner out of it! But you don’t have to use expensive oils to make highly effective cleansers. There are plenty of inexpensive oils to choose from. Got any expired oils in your collection? Don’t throw them away! You can use expired oils for cleaning, too. In fact, we have a section where we sell expired oils at a discounted rate specifically for cleaning. Check out our cleaning oils section HERE!
Making your household cleaners with essential oils is surprisingly easy. It usually only takes a couple minutes or less. Most recipes call for adding a few drops of different essential oils in a spray bottle of alcohol, white vinegar, and/or water and then voilà; you’re ready to do some cleaning. In addition to the recipes included below, we have even more cleaning-related recipes on our website, so make sure you pop on over to our recipes section and try some of them out!
Essential oils can even be used to ward off unwanted pests! Peppermint works wonders at repelling mice. Also, a peppermint, eucalyptus, and citronella blend works well at deterring ants, earwigs, centipedes, and a few other creepy-crawlies. This makes cleaning solutions using essential oils especially helpful when cleaning areas where pests frequent.
Safety & Storage
Store your essential oil cleaning products in a cool, dark place, away from the reach of children and pets. Even though these cleaners are safe for cleaning around your family and pets, some essential oils can be harmful if ingested, especially in large quantities, so it is still good practice to keep them in a safe spot where both your babies and your fur-babies cannot get into them. If using expired oils in your cleaning blends, it is a good idea to wear gloves when cleaning with them. When oils get older, they tend to oxidize. When they oxidize the chances of them irritating skin increases. Also, some oils, such as oregano, are potentially skin-irritating at higher dilutions. Check the safety information on each oil if you’re unsure. Don’t use too much essential oil in your cleaners. More is not always better. In fact, too high a concentration of some essential oils can harm some surfaces and furnishings. Test a little patch on whatever you want to clean if you’re unsure how it will be affected. A general guideline for cleaning solutions is no more than 3% dilution. This general guideline keeps the level of essential oil down to a safe level, which, of course, is the whole point of making these amazing all-natural cleaners.
‘Thyme’ To Try Some For Yourself
Hopefully, we’ve inspired you to try cleaning with essential oils. Not only are they super simple to make, but they are also fun to do, too! We’re confident that once you try DIY cleaning products, you’ll start replacing all of your old cleaning products. You’ll be amazed how quickly you begin to feel more at ease with your cleaning routine and how much more revitalized both you and your favorite spaces feel!
Here Are 4 of Our Favorite Essential Oil Recipes for Cleaning You Should Try:
Directions: Blend the essential oils in a 16-ounce spray bottle filled with 14-ounces of water and 2-ounces of white vinegar. Spray freely and wipe with towel or sponge.
- 20 drops of Basil Sweet Oil
- 30 drops of Thyme (Benchmark) Oil
- 10 drops of Palmarosa Oil
- 100 ml of English Thyme Hydrosol
Directions: Add the essential oils to a 100 ml bottle of English Thyme hydrosol. We like to add vodka to help disperse the essential oils into the hydrosol or water and to encourage a longer shelf life. Other substitutions could be made with 80 ml water and 20 ml vodka. Shake well before spraying. Test on small area of countertops to make sure this is compatible with your living areas.
Directions: Blend the essential oils in a 16-ounce spray bottle filled with 14-ounces of water and 2-ounces of alcohol such as vodka. The vodka will help preserve the blend and disperse the essential oils into the water base. Spray as needed for air cleansing. Works great with children!