The benefits of essential oils come from antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and their uses range from natural medicinal treatments to housecleaning products. They have been used for centuries by cultures all over the world for their medicinal purposes and are awesome-smelling natural options for homemade cleaning recipes, with absolutely no risk of giving off scary fumes like the regular toxin-filled cleaning products. A couple drops of your favorite oil in the following cleaning recipes can do wonders!
Are you ready to go green? Here are our top 6 uses for essential oils in housecleaning.
1. Lemon and Orange Oils
Both these oils have peppy, clean scents and are powerhouses in homemade green housecleaning recipes. Not only are they naturally antibacterial and antiviral, they are amazing against grease!
Use 1-2 drops of either of these essential oils to remove grease from surfaces or combine 12 drops with 1/4 cup castile soap and water in a spray bottle to clean greasy stove top and counter splatters.
2. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil can do it all! It’s great for fighting against bacteria, viruses and germs. Add 3 drops of tea tree and lemon oils to warm water, give it a gentle stir. Spray surfaces with the mixture and give them a wipe down to disinfect naturally.
3. Eucalyptus oil
Eucalyptus is a natural germicide that has a clean smell to it. Add 3 drops of eucalyptus oil to baking soda to deep clean your mattress or add a few drops to your next wash cycle. To eliminate shower curtain scum, in a spray bottle, add 3 drops of eucalyptus oil and 3 drops of tea tree oil to warm water. Then spray it on your shower curtains.
Not only is cinnamon antiseptic and antibacterial, it leaves the place smelling sweet with the nostalgic memories of the holidays. You can diffuse cinnamon oil in the air to benefit from its antibacterial properties. You can even add 5 drops in the vacuum bag of the vacuum cleaner to leave a sweet smelling trail around the house!
5. Lavender oil
Lavender is one of the best-smelling essential oils. It pairs great with vinegar, another commonly used natural cleaner. Add a couple drops to your vinegar cleaning mixture for a more tolerable scent. You can also diffuse it around the house to reduce stress and anxiety.
6. Peppermint oil
Another great smelling oil that reminds you of the holidays! It has that unique, invigorating scent and has countless medicinal properties. For a natural air freshener that also deters little insects, add 10 drops of peppermint oil to 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Shake well and spray around your house for a cool sensation.
Domestica exclusively uses The Essential Oil Company in Portland, Oregon for our cleaning product oils.