How to make natural home cleaners using essential oils

Thanks to the internet we are now more aware of what’s in our cleaning products and how they are affecting us, our kids and pets.  And if you’re reading this your probably looking for other alternatives to using cleaners with harsh chemicals.

I started using these types a cleansers about a year ago. I’m happy to say I’m pretty happy with the results and to top it off I spent less money on cleaning supplies.

Caution: Some essential oils are not safe for pets so before you start using essential oils in your home as a cleaner look up which essential oils are safe to use around animals.

I have two cats so if you do have animals in your home I can share with you what I use to clean my home that is safe for your pets.

But today I’m sharing how to use essential oils to clean…

So lets get started!

Bathroom Cleaner

Tea tree essential oil is especially effective at killing mold and mildew.

To eliminate mildew, you can apply the oil neat to the caulking and grout in and around your bathtub. You can also mix it into a spray.  For that, you’ll need an 8 ounce glass or metal spray bottle.

Be aware that essential oils can eat through plastic. Use only glass bottles with metal lids to store your oils. Also, essential oils should come in dark glass bottles usually amber or cobalt to filter out the ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun and other sources. Oils will deteriorate if they are exposed to direct sunlight or to overhead lighting that includes the UV spectrum.

You will need:

2 cups water

2 teaspoons tea tree essential oil

 

  1. Add the water and tea tree essential oil to a glass or metal spray bottle, and shake well.
  2. Spritz the solution on mold or mildew without rinsing. Let it go to work on the stains.

 

Bathtub Cleaner

Here’s all you need to get rid of that waxy soap buildup.

You will need:

1 cup baking soda

24 drops grapefruit essential oil

24 drops tea tree oil

 

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the baking soda, grapefruit and tea tree essential oils.
  2. Sprinkle the powder in the bathtub, and scrub it with a sponge or a brush.
  3. Rinse and enjoy a clean bathtub.

SUIT UP Remember, essential oils are powerful concentrations, and not all are safe to get directly on your skin. Wear gloves and avoid getting the cleansers in your eyes or mouth.

 

All-Purpose Cleaner

For this cleaner, you can use any of the essential oils that are effective at killing different kinds of bacteria. These include cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, oregano, peppermint, pine, rosemary, tea tree, and thyme oils.

You will need:

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup water

20 drops essential oil

 

  1. Add the apple cider vinegar, water, and essential oil to an 8 ounce glass or metal spray bottle, and shake well.
  2. Use this solution to clean and disinfect your home and leave your space smelling fresh.

COVER THE WATERFRONT Different essential oils kill different kinds of bacteria, so it’s a good idea to choose a mix of five or six oils. That way, you won’t overlook any of the little nasties that may be doing their dirty work in your kitchen or bathroom.

 

Floor Cleaner

A treat for the eyes and nose.  This refreshing cleaner brightens your floors and gives them an enjoyable scent.

You will need:

2 tablespoons unscented liquid soap

1 gallon hot water

3 or 4 drops lemon essential oil

3 or 4 drops tea tree essential oil

 

  1. In a large bucket, add the liquid soap to the hot water, followed by the lemon and tea tree essential oils.
  2. Use the mixture as you mop.

 

Window Cleaner

It’s easy to get sparkling, steak-free windows with this simple cleaner and a glass or metal spray bottle that holds 22 to 32 ounces of liquid.

You will need:

4 teaspoons white vinegar

12 drops lemon essential oil

Water

 

  1. Using a funnel, pour the vinegar into a glass or metal spray bottle.
  2. Add the lemon essential oil, and shake well.
  3. Add water to fill the bottle, and shake it again.
  4. Spray the cleaner on a window, and wipe the window dry.

 

I hope you enjoyed this article!

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Sources:

Photo by Sarah Jane from Pexels

Book: An Introductory Guide Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Sonoma Press

ISBN #9780989558693

Information pulled December 6, 2018

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