I’ve posted extensively here on the blog about how using essential oils can improve our lives. I turn to them on a regular basis for their positive impact on my health, mood, and overall wellbeing. But there’s another application for essential oils that tends to be overlooked, and that’s in cleaning!
Using EO’s in my natural cleaning recipes helps me create a home that’s free of germs, grime and toxic chemicals. And the wonderful scents they leave behind is an added bonus! :-)
Many essential oils have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, which makes them a great choice for cleaning your home in a way that is safe and natural.
Here’s some information about a few of the powerhouse oils for cleaning and disinfecting:
Lemon essential oil – Possesses antifungal and antiviral properties. Very effective at cutting through greasy and oily messes.
Tea Tree essential oil – Possesses antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. An excellent choice for eliminating germs on often-handled surfaces, like doorknobs, countertops, computer mouses, etc. – especially around cold and flu season.
Peppermint essential oil – demonstrated antibacterial and antiviral properties. It’s invigorating and stimulating scent make it a good choice for an all-purpose surface cleaner.
Lavender essential oil – demonstrated antimicrobial and anti fungal properties. An excellent choice for cleaning applications that involve fabrics or textiles, because of its’ relaxing, gentle scent.
Defend essential oil blend – Also called the “Thieves” blend. Contains oils that possess strong antibacterial and antiviral properties. Like Tea Tree oil, it’s great for cleaning surfaces that have high concentrations of germs, or for diffusing to purify the air in your home.
These oils are the building blocks that constitute most of the DIY cleaning recipes I’ve posted that include essential oils, and there have been quite a few of them! [I thought it would be helpful to collect them all in one place (for myself as much as for you!) so I’ve included those links at the bottom of this post.]
But before we talk about specific cleaners, there are a few good things to know about using essential oils in cleaning.
Tip #1: Use glass whenever possible. Essential oils can degrade plastic containers, so a glass spray bottle is a better choice for using and storing cleaners that contain essential oils. My go-to method for storing my homemade cleaners is to store them in standard mason jars, and then attach a sprayer lid (like this one) when I’m ready to use it.
Tip #2: Distilled water is the best choice for using in natural cleaners, as it carries essential oils most effectively.
Tip #3: Always give your homemade cleaners a good shake before using them, to make sure that the essential oils are evenly distributed. Separation of the oils from the water is normal, but it’s nothing a good shake won’t fix. :-)
All-Natural Essential Oil Cleaners and Techniques
How do you use essential oils in your cleaning?