Cleaning with Lavender Essential Oil

Cleaning can be considered a very meditative act for some people, but for others, it can feel like a huge burden. Regardless of how we feel about cleaning it has to be done. Essential oils are incredibly effective natural cleaning alternatives, due to the antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral chemical compounds they possess. Creating cleaning products with essential oils gives us an eco-friendly option that is safer to use around our family homes with an added aromatherapeutic advantage.

Among its many other uses and benefits, Lavender is a superb essential oil for any natural cleaning regimen. It’s specifically ideal for those of us who prefer a light, floral scent to the more medicinal aroma that accompanies other well-known cleaning essential oils, such as Tea Tree and Eucalyptus. Lavender Essential Oil contains very similar properties to these more conventional cleaning oils. It is antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-fungal, and its antiviral possibilities are currently being researched. 

A Brief History of Cleaning with Lavender

Lavender and its sanitizing powers have been utilized for many years throughout history. The word "lavender" comes from the Latin word "lavare", meaning “to wash" and in medieval France, there were women called “Lavenders” who washed clothing in Lavender as a service. The ancient Romans used Lavender in their baths, on clothes and linens, and even in their hair. In 16th century France, glove makers, who often applied Lavender to scent their works, escaped cholera and in 17th century London, Lavender was used as a way to protect from the plague. Its bacteria fighting functions have been employed for centuries because of Lavender’s attractive aroma, but we are learning in more recent years that there’s more to Lavender than just a pretty smell.  

Lavender Essential Oil is prevalent for its relaxing and stress-relieving proficiency. The advantageous thing about using Lavender Essential Oil regularly in our cleaning regime is the benefits we reap from its aroma without a thought. We can eliminate unwanted odors and germs while also allowing the aroma of Lavender to stimulate our mind and body, guiding us into a state of tranquility. Anyone who appreciates unique floral aromas, relaxation, and the idea of a sparkling clean home using natural products, will love cleaning with Lavender Essential Oil. 

Lavender Essential Oil can be used alone in cleaning products or in combination with other essential oils to add to their effectiveness and aroma. Other potent essential oils to consider when making DIY cleaning products are Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, Thyme, Rosemary, Cinnamon, and Clove. Making DIY cleaning products eliminates mysterious chemicals, cuts back costs, and is better for the environment and our family’s health. 

The beneficial cleansing properties of Lavender Essential Oil make it exceptional for cleaning countertops, tables, and other surfaces

 

Lavender & Tea Tree Surface Cleaner

Ingredients

Instructions

Combine all the ingredients into a 16 oz glass spray bottle and shake well until thoroughly combined. Spray on floors, countertops, tables, sinks, and all bathroom & kitchen surfaces. Shake well before each use and store in a cool, dark location out of the reach of children and pets.

Lavender Sunshine Wood Polish

Ingredients

Instructions

Combine all ingredients into an 8 oz bottle. Secure the cap and shake well to combine. Before using, wipe the wood surface clean off all debris. Pour a dime size amount of this mixture onto a cotton cloth and gently apply it evenly all over the wooden surface.

Area rugs, carpets, upholstery, and other soft surfaces are breeding grounds for odors, allergens, and bacteria in our homes. Lavender has tremendous antibacterial and deodorizing properties making it a fantastic essential oil for cleaning these surfaces. The powerful deodorizing properties of Lavender Essential Oil is just the ticket for lifting unwanted stench from upholstery and carpets without leaving a disinfectant smell that can be unpleasant and overbearing. 

Lavender vacuum hack!

Spread the fresh scent and deodorizing properties of Lavender Essential Oil throughout your home using just the vacuum. Add 3-5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil to a few cotton balls and place them inside the bag or dust collection cup of your vacuum. A few drops can also be placed on the vacuum filter instead. As you clean your floors, the airflow from the vacuum will disperse the fresh floral scent throughout your carpets and your home.

 

Lavender Carpet & Upholstery Refresher

Baking soda is great for natural cleaning solutions because its abrasive properties help it to effectively lift dirt. It also neutralizes odors which makes it work perfectly alongside Lavender Essential Oil. This simple hack is all you need for clean, germ-free upholstery and carpets with a fresh, floral scent.

Materials

  • Vacuum
  • Soft-bristled brush (optional)
  • Bowl or jar

Ingredients

Instructions

Combine essential oil and baking soda in a bowl or jar. After vacuuming, sprinkle the mixture onto carpet or chosen fabric surfaces and wait 10-15 minutes. (For an extra cleaning boost, brush the powder mixture gently into the fabric with a soft-bristled brush.) Vacuum the surface.

Lavender Cleansing Fabric Spray

This spray is an excellent way to naturally freshen up carpets, upholstery, curtains, and car seats. Vinegar and alcohol are both potent germ fighters and can help remove most stains. Combining Lavender, Rosemary, & Peppermint essential oils provide a powerful deodorizer that can even repel most household insects and spiders.

Ingredients

Instructions

Combine all the ingredients into a 16 oz glass spray bottle and shake well until thoroughly combined.Spray directly on fabric surfaces and allow to dry.  Shake well before each use and store in a cool, dark location out of the reach of children and pets. 

Lavender Essential Oil has powerful deodorizing capabilities that can work wonders on our laundry. It eliminates those stubborn odors and leaves a fresh, soothing scent behind. Lavender Essential Oil also has to disinfect properties that add an extra boost of CLEAN to your laundry cycle. The wonderful herbaceous floral scent of Lavender drifting throughout your home has its bonus. Lavender’s calming and focusing aromatherapy powers can help make laundry day less stressful and more relaxing. 

Here are a few ways to incorporate Lavender Essential Oil into your laundry process and reap all of its amazing benefits.

Add a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil to your favorite unscented laundry detergent before adding it to your washing machine. This is a simple first step to help you experience the odor-eliminating benefits of lavender.
 
You can also utilize the deodorizing power of Lavender in the dryer by creating fresh-smelling laundry sheets. This is done by adding a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil to a clean, dry cloth. Let the oil on the cloth dry completely, then toss it into your dryer with your laundry and enjoy a soothing floral scent on your clothes as well as throughout your laundry room! Lavender Essential Oil can also be added to wool dryer balls for the same effect. 
Put 4-5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil directly into the water reservoir of your iron with the water for a fresh scent while ironing. This is a great way to freshen up an outfit before a formal occasion or to just add that extra boost of calming lavender scent to your everyday clothing.

    Enclosed spaces can get musty, stale, and be riddled with airborne bacteria and viruses. It’s common to use store-bought air fresheners, but these synthetic fragrances are full of harmful chemicals that only cover up odor and don’t purify the air in our homes. Essential oils have been found to eliminate toxic air surrounding us. When dispersed into indoor air, they can destroy the living cells of harmful airborne dust particles, bacteria, viruses, and antigens when they come in contact with them. 

    Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils used for purifying the air around us. It has antimicrobial attributes that can be effective within 30 to 60 minutes in extinguishing airborne bacteria and fungus. Because Lavender Essential Oil is excellent at helping us relax and sleep better, it’s a great oil to use when purifying our bedrooms, which can be full of all sorts of bacteria and dust mites. 

     

    Cleanse the Air Diffuser Blend

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    Add water to your diffuser up to the fill line. Add drops of the essential oil blend. This diffuser blend recipe is formulated for a 200ml ultrasonic diffuser. Adjust the amount according to size and directions of your diffuser. 

    Lavender Dreams Pillow & Room Spray

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    Mix all ingredients inside a 2 oz Spray bottle. Shake well to combine and again before each use. Spray on pillows, blankets, or around the room before bed to relieve stress and induce sleep. 

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