DIY Household Cleaners

Indoor air pollution can actually be more harmful to us than outdoor pollution. Volatile compounds from rugs and plants, respiration from people breathing, moisture from the bathroom, and even combustible products from the kitchen are all possible sources for indoor air pollution. And the longer we spend inside the more likely these things are building up at a faster rate. Cleaning regularly helps reduce pollution and using natural products that won’t fill the air with harmful chemicals can keep us healthy and happy. Combining essential oils with some other natural products is a safe way to get a deep clean in many parts of the home. Diffusing essential oils can also help to purify the air and reduce any airborne bacteria. While essential oils disinfect our homes they’re also providing us with some much-needed boosts in energy, mood and supporting our immune systems.

Here is a list of the top 10 essential oils used for cleaning:

  1.  Tea Tree essential oil: This is one of the most powerful cleansing essential oil. Camphorous and fresh, tea tree essential oil is an antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal. It is the perfect tool to keep our families healthy by fighting germs, bacteria, and viruses. Tea tree essential oil is wonderful for everyday cleaning throughout the entire home. It is extremely effective at removing mildew and musty odors. 
  2. Lavender essential oil: This is a calming and gentle essential oil, perfect for the whole family. Refreshing and floral, lavender essential oil is antibacterial and can support respiratory health. Its ability to promote relaxation makes lavender perfect to use all over the home and is great for the bedroom as it can calm you before bedtime. Lavender essential oil is safe for children, making it a great choice to clean toys and linens.
  3. Lemon essential oil: This is a cleaning favorite. Fresh and uplifting, lemon essential oil is antiviral, antibacterial, and is a powerful tool for cutting grease and dirt. It is especially efficient for all-purpose cleaners in the kitchen and bathroom. Lemon is also great for treating wood floors and furniture.  
  4. Pine essential oil: This oil is very commonly found in a lot of commercial cleaners. It is a strong cleaning agent that can be used to fight bacteria, mold, yeast and mildew. Pine essential oil has a very fresh aroma that purifies the air in our homes. It’s perfect for use on large surfaces like floors and walls so it can fill the entire home with its cleansing fragrance.
  5. Orange essential oil: This oil leaves your home with a clean, citrusy aroma and contains enzymes that destroy bacteria and prevents it from coming back. Its uplifting scent can help ease depression and give us energy. Similar to lemon, orange essential oil is a fantastic grease and dirt cutter. It can be used as an all-purpose cleaner and air freshener. Orange oil is specifically great in the kitchen for cleaning the counter, cutting boards, and other surfaces that food will touch. 
  6. Peppermint essential oil: This oil is antibacterial, antifungal and is a powerful rodent and pest repellent. It’s safe and effective to use around the home to deter pests and remove bacteria. Peppermint essential oil is also efficient at cleaning glass and mirrors without leaving behind streaks. 
  7. Cinnamon essential oil: This oil is an ancient favorite used for protection against disease. It’s antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral. Cinnamon has a warm, familiar odor which makes any home feel comfortable and inviting. It makes a great air freshener and can leave the whole family feeling healthy and happy. It’s also a strong tool to use against mildew and mold. 
  8. Thyme essential oil: This antiseptic and antibacterial oil has a calming effect, making it a wonderful addition to your cleaning ingredients. It’s antifungal properties have been known to help with skin conditions and with food-borne pathogens. Thyme essential oil is great for cleaning surfaces food is prepared on.
  9. Eucalyptus essential oil: This oil is antiseptic, antimicrobial and antibacterial. Eucalyptus is also a strong anti-inflammatory, which means it can help with allergies and respiratory issues. It is a fantastic all-purpose cleaner and is a very strong weapon against mold and mildew. 
  10.  Rosemary essential oil: This oil is a strong disinfectant and can be used all over the home to reduce odor and kill lingering bacteria in the air. It is antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic. Rosemary essential oil fights the growth of disease-causing organisms, eliminates mold and fights bacteria. 

 

Essential oils are powerful cleaning agents and are very simple to use. Below are some examples of cleaning recipes to get you started. 

 

Uplifting All-Purpose Cleaner:

*Combine all ingredients together in a spray bottle and shake to combine. Spray on surface and wipe clean.

 

Calming Dish Soap:

*Combine all ingredients together, adding water last to fill the rest of the bottle. Shake well. Use with a sponge to clean dishes.

Purifying Wall Cleaner:

*Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to blend. Lightly spray wall and wipe with clean, damp sponge. Rinse with water and dry.

 

Streak-Free Glass Cleaner:

  • 16oz Amber Glass Spray Bottle
  • 1 ½ cups of Distilled Water
  • 1/4 cup of 190 Proof Alcohol
  • 1/4 cup of White Vinegar
  • 30 drops of Peppermint essential oil

*Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to combine. Spray the solution on mirrors, windows, or stainless steel. Wipe it with a paper towel or microfiber rag for a streak-free shine.

 

Mold Resistant Spray:

*Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Use on mold and mildew throughout the home.

 

Citrus Stovetop Scrub:

*Mix ingredients together to form a paste. Apply the mixture to the stovetop with a rag or sponge and scrub. Let it sit for a few minutes then rinse with warm water.

 

Wood & Leather Furniture Polish:

*Mix all ingredients together in an 8oz glass bottle. Apply it to a clean, dry rag and work it into wood and leather furniture.

 

Multi-Use All-purpose Cleaner:

*Mix ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to combine. Use it to clean anything around the home (bathroom, kitchen, furniture, floors, etc.)

 

Stress Relief Linen Spray:

*Mix all the ingredients together in a glass spray bottle. Shake well to combine. Spray on sheets, pillowcases, linens, fabrics and mattresses. Safe for the whole family.

Revitalizing Air freshener:

*Mix all ingredients into a glass spray bottle. Shake well to combine. Spray it throughout the home to eliminate odor and fight bacteria.