Cleaning With Essential Oils

I have been making my own homemade household cleaners for over 15 years.

Growing up I knew the house was being mopped from the distinct smell of white vinegar wafting through the air. My mother didn’t purchase a name brand floor cleaner, instead, she stuck to the basics.

So once I had my own home, I too mopped with vinegar. But then I got curious. If vinegar could clean my floor what else could it do? So I started looking into how I could make my own cleaners.

It made sense to learn more. At that point in my life, I had been avoiding putting chemicals on my body and in my body. Why was I allowing myself to inhale chemicals?

I knew all about the dangers of inhaling. At this point in my life was getting ready to graduate from nursing school. I had seen first hand what inhaling chemicals can do to our lungs.

So back to researching (something I do best). One of the first things I learned about was using lemons to shine my chrome bathroom & kitchen fixtures.

If I could use a lemon to shine my fixtures what other foods (and natural essential oils) could I use to clean with? I wanted to know more!

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The 5 Best Essential Oils for Cleaning

There are so many essential oils out there that you may feel overwhelmed when shopping for some to pick. I’ll break down for you the best oils for multi-purpose cleaners, laundry, floors, grease, and bathrooms.

Here are the 5 best essential oils for household cleaning and what they do!

 

 Lemon essential oil is an excellent degreaser and is also works as an antiseptic, antiviral, and anti-fungal. Lemon is great as a natural floor cleaner, to clean bathrooms, and in the kitchen against grease.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca) essential oil is antibacterial, antifungal, and other antimicrobial properties. This makes it very effective in an all-purpose cleaner and as an alternative to bleach.

Lavender essential oil has both antibacterial and deodorizing properties. Lavender makes a great natural multi-purpose cleaner and it’s also a great natural floor cleaner.


Eucalyptus essential oil has shown to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic properties. It is great combined with other oils for a natural disinfectant spray.


Peppermint essential oil is a natural disinfectant, is antibacterial, and antiviral. Peppermint is best as a natural sink, tub, tile, and toilet cleaner.

Recipes for Cleaning with Essential Oils

Homemade Laundry Detergent

You can find my powder laundry detergent recipe here. I have been using this recipe since 2009. My favorite essential oils to drop into the washing machine dispenser are tea tree or lavender.

Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

A recipe for a quick all-purpose spray for cleaning around the house includes:

2.5 ounces of water

1.5 ounces of distilled white vinegar

1/2 teaspoon of  unscented castile soap  (optional)

15 drops of essential oil

Combine all of the ingredients into a spray bottle, like my favorite one. Spray and wipe! This is the perfect recipe for floors and counters.

Homemade Bathroom Scrub

This quick recipe produces a scrub that is great for your bathtubs, sinks, and toilets.

12 ounces baking soda

4 ounces of castile soap

0.5 ounce of water

0.5 ounce of distilled white vinegar

30 drops of essential oil

Combine the ingredients together to form a spreadable paste. After applying the paste to your surface it is best to let it sit for 5-10 minutes before scrubbing it away. This paste should be kept in a jar. This is a great one to use.

Essential Oils for Cleaning

I hope you find those three recipes a good start for cleaning your home without the use of store-bought toxic chemicals.

By cleaning with essential oils and safer products you are limiting the amount of VOCs off-gassing in your home. You will also be saving money.

Also, don’t forget about keeping the air in your home clean. My post here talks about all of the chemicals in our homes and why we should be using plants to help purify the air inside. Once you’re ready to buy some indoor plants, this post will give you a list of the 15 best indoor plants for your home.

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