Cleaning with essential oils is affordable, easy, eco-friendly, and more effective than store-bought cleaners. Essential oil cleaning takes the risk out of household cleaning supplies that can be hazardous to both your health and the environment.
Essential oils leave behind a pleasant aroma that will instantly make your home feel clean and refreshed without that ‘hospital’ smell. Once you realize how essentials oils have natural cleansing and purifying properties, you’ll want to make them a part of your regular cleaning practice. In this blog, we list additional essential oil cleaning recipes to help you get started cleaning with essential oils.
Essential Oil Cleaning – Bathroom Soft Scrub
Cleaning the bathroom is probably not high on your list of favorite things to do. Being in a small enclosed room with harsh chemicals can be hazardous to your health.
The lemon essential oil and other simple ingredients in this recipe can change your bathroom cleaning routine. This soft scrub is excellent for getting rid of soap scum, removing stains, and brightening your tile and toilet. To use, just apply and let it sit for 5-10 minutes and then scrub. Once done scrubbing, take a wet cloth, and wipe clean.
Make in small batches and store in an airtight container. This recipe makes enough for two to four applications. This scrub is also great to use to help clean the kitchen sink, refrigerator, or tile floors.
- 3/4 rounded cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup liquid castile soap (a vegetable-based soap commonly found in health food stores. Dr. Bronner’s (available online) is a popular one. Look for unscented)
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 5-10 drops Lemon essential oil
- In a bowl, combine baking soda and castile soap.
- Add water and stir.
- Add vinegar and essential oil. The consistency should now be a soft paste.
- Store in airtight container.
- Add ingredients directly to partially drained bowl. As it reacts, scrub the toilet.
This mixture only needs to sit for 5-10 minutes before you scrub and then wipe away grime until it is clean.
While cleaning the bathroom still might not be your favorite household chore, but you will at least have a clean bathroom and non-toxic cleaning products to make the job a little easier to handle.
Essential Oil Cleaning – Garbage Disposal Refreshers
Perhaps one of the worst offenders for foul smells is the garbage disposal. If your garbage disposal needs a little refreshing, you may have tried hot water, dish soap, or other attempts to reduce the unpleasant smell. This simple DIY recipe can help freshen, clean, and deodorize your garbage disposal
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1 cup salt
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup liquid castile soap (a vegetable-based soap commonly found in health food stores. Dr. Bronner’s (available online) is a popular one. Look for unscented)
- 30 drops Lemon essential oil
- Combine baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl.
- Add castile soap and essential oil into mixture.
- Add water 1 tablespoon at a time while stirring with hands until it forms into the consistency of “damp sand.” It should stay together when you press it together. If the mixture is too wet, just add some more baking soda and salt until the consistency is right.
- Grab a tablespoon measuring device and scoop packed spoonfuls onto parchment paper.
- Once the mixture has been scooped, let dry for 24 hours or until they are hard. One batch should make about 36 garbage disposal refreshers.
- Store in a glass jar and use the next time you do dishes!
To use, drop 1-3 refreshers into the garbage disposal and turn it on. These clean and deodorize the garbage disposal, while the fresh scent of lemon essential oil lingers.
Essential Oil Cleaning – Natural Air Freshener
Commercial air fresheners are made with synthetic products that can bring many unnatural aromas into your home. The basic ingredients of many commercial air fresheners are formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, 1,4 dichlorobenzene and aerosol propellants. Studies have found many of these substances are toxic to humans and can cause health problems.
There are, however, completely safe, and natural alternatives to help keep your home refreshed and smelling great. This DIY air freshener has only two ingredients—baking soda and essential oils!
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 5–6 drops favorite essential oil
- Put 1/4 cup baking soda into a small Mason jar. Add 5–6 drops of your favorite doTERRA essential oil or blend. (Recommended Essential Oils: doTERRA Balance®, Cassia, Geranium, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, doTERRA On Guard®, Purify, or Wild Orange.)
- Place a piece of fabric over jar opening and seal with jar band.
- To keep an area smelling fresh, put the jar on a solid surface and shake often to activate the fresh scent.
- When the scent starts to fade, and shaking does not refresh the aroma, add 2–3 drops of essential oil to the jar.
The best part of this air freshener is that it provides the flexibility to create an aroma that is uniquely yours with your favorite essential oils. Just choose a few oils that you like best, and add them to the mixture to give it a fresh, long-lasting scent. Essential oils like Cassia, Geranium, doTERRA Balance®, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Purify, doTERRA On Guard®, or Wild Orange will add a powerful, refreshing aroma to this natural air freshener that is sure to brighten up any area of the home.
While many store-bought fresheners contain toxins and chemicals, you can rest easy knowing his natural air freshener provides a safe alternative for adding a little freshness to your home.
If you’re looking for a spray air freshener, keep reading.
Essential Oil Cleaning – Citrus Air Freshener
This simple, natural air freshener provides the perfect scent to help maintain the air with a clean and fresh feeling.
- 1/2 cup distilled water
- 20 drops citrus oil or blend (use your favorite)
- Combine water and essential oil in 8-ounce glass spray bottle.
Tip: Use more or less essential oil to control the strength of the aroma.
- Shake before each use.
No more going to the store and discovering they are out of the one you like.
Essential Oil Cleaning – Wood Polish
Add a little shine to any of your lackluster wood furniture with this essential oil Wood Polish. doTERRA essential oils like Wild Orange, Arborvitae, and Lemon can help restore the shine to wood tables, floors, chairs, and more. Although wood furniture should only be polished every few months, neglecting to maintain and clean wood regularly will leave it looking dull, worn-down, and old.
It is important to continually keep it clean by dusting it or wiping it with a damp microfiber cloth. Bring back the shine to your favorite tables, countertops, floors, and more with this simple recipe for homemade wood polish with doTERRA essential oils
- Add olive oil and vinegar to glass spray bottle.
- Add 10 drops of the essential oil of your choice.
- Shake well before each use.
- Spray solution onto a microfiber cloth and wipe wood surfaces clean. Repeat every 2–3 months or as often as needed.
This wood polish will infuse life back into your wood pieces—helping them to look new again. Give your wood furniture a little TLC with this essential oil wood polish today!
Using essential oils to create your own cleaning spray is safe for both your family and the environment. These are just a few of the natural cleaner recipes you can make yourself. See our previous post for other DIY cleaning recipes.