Essential Oils For Cleaning

Essential Oils For Cleaning

Everyone enjoys a clean house. Sometimes it is just the mental pleasure of knowing that you’ve removed some clutter and other times it is knowing that you have made your home safer from viruses and bacteria that can cause any number of illnesses, from respiratory issues to life-threatening conditions like food poisoning.

Usually, we turn to the products found in the cleaning aisle. These are filled with germ killers, corrosive chemicals that dissolve grease and all covered with a pleasant citrus scent. However, most of these chemicals are inherently dangerous, either immediately or in the long run, causing illness of their own or even burning your skin as it dissolves stuck on foods. Most of them come with large labels that mark them as poisonous, yet we continue to reach for them when we are ready to clean our homes.

There are several alternatives to these harsh chemical cleaners, most of which can be made for a few pennies of baking soda, vinegar, and a couple of drops of essential oil. They are much gentler on your body, your home, but still give you the same clean scent you've come to associate with a job well done.

A few of the oils that are excellent for cleaning include:

  • lemon
  • peppermint
  • tea tree
  • pine
  • orange
  • rosemary

 

Suggested Cleaning Substances

Castile Soap

This is a gentle soap made only from vegetable products, usually olive, coconut or hemp seed oil, making it a gentler alternative to other soaps. It is biodegradable and safe to use with children and pets. It takes the scents of essential oils well, making it an alternative to other hand and dish soaps in the home.

Vinegar

Vinegar can be made by fermenting almost any natural substance. This process leaves behind a mild acid that can be useful in breaking up grease. It also kills bacteria as well, boosting the antimicrobial effects present in most essential oils. Do not mix vinegar and soaps such as castile soap. It will undo the process that created the soap and leaves you with an unusable mix.

Distilled Water

Distilled water is different than just purified water. Purified water is put through a series of filters which removes any impurities or chemicals. Distilled water is boiled to leave impurities like chemicals behind and then allowed to condense into water.

It is generally filtered as it condenses to catch any substances that boil before the water does. Using distilled water when making your own cleaning products helps prevent mold from forming if left alone for long periods of time.

 

Essential Oils for Cleaning

 

Citrus Limon Being amongst the top-selling essential oils on the market, lemon has quite a few amazing benefits and uses. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$13.33
Mentha piperita Peppermint is one of the world’s oldest medicinal herbs, and we are learning more every day about all of the amazing things that this oil can do!* Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal
$27.33
Tea Tree Oil (Large 4 Ounce) Best Essential Oil
Tea Tree Essential Oil
GET BETTER RESULTS WITH SUN ESSENTIAL OILS - With what we believe to be superior sourced and harvested ingredients, we think you will agree that our oils are by far the most effective on the market - a wonderful smell that can't be beat!
$9.99
Pine Essential Oil for Diffuser & Reed Diffusers (100% Pure Essential Oil) 10ml
Pine Essential Oil
100% PURE PINE ESSENTIAL OIL - Completely Pure, Undiluted, Therapeutic Grade Pine Essential Oil.
$4.99
Sweet Orange (Large 4 ounce) Best Essential Oil
Orange Essential Oil
GET BETTER RESULTS WITH SUN ESSENTIAL OILS - With what we believe to be superior sourced and harvested ingredients, we think you will agree that our oils are by far the most effective on the market - a wonderful smell that can't be beat!
$8.99
Rosmarinus Officinalis Being amongst the most aromatic essential oils on the market, Rosemary is a constant participant in almost all sorts of aromatherapy sessions. It also brings a lot of other benefits. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal
$18.67

 

1. Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon Essential OilThere is a reason that just about every product you find in the cleaning aisle at your local grocery store comes in a lemon scent. Lemon oil is one of the most effective cleaners and there have been multiple studies to show its effects on different types of bacteria, viruses, and fungi that can be found in the home.

 The active constituents are limonene and linalool and are effective against bacteria that cause disease like listeria and e. Coli. The oil alone is effective in killing these bacteria without adding chemical cleaners such as bleach.

How to Use

  • Dilute 10 drops of oil to ¼ cup vinegar in a spray bottle, then top with distilled water. Spray and wipe on any hard surface in your house, especially the kitchen where bacteria are most likely to be found from food preparation.
  • Add 10 drops lemon oil to 1 cup distilled water, ½ cup salt (a natural abrasive), 1 cup baking soda, ¼ cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of castile soap for an effective grease-cutting solution for cleaning your stove.
  • Diffuse 2-3 drops aromatically to kill mold and bacteria that may be found in the air
  • Add 1-2 drops to a cotton ball to put in shoes or the trash bin to deodorize

Lemon oil is also used in adhesive removers as it has been shown to cut through the chemicals that make glue sticky. It can be used to remove grease from the stove top along with any adhesive left on non-porous surfaces like glass and ceramic.

Lemon oil alone is effective enough against several strains of bacteria, though it can be used in conjunction with several other oils. Not only will have you have gotten rid of most of the bacteria that can make you ill, but lemon has also been shown to have a mood-lifting effect. This may give you the double satisfaction of a clean house and a sense of focus and happiness.

 

2. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential OilPeppermint oil has been in use for centuries when it comes to stomach ailments of all kinds from nausea to flatulence. It has also been found to be an effective antimicrobial agent, able to kill different types of bacteria, mold, and almost 11 types of fungi.

How to Use

  • Add 10 drops to ¼ castile soap to make antibacterial soap.
  • Dilute up to 10 drops with ¼ cup vinegar and ¼ cup distilled water. Use a glass spray bottle to clean hard surfaces of the home.
  • Add 2-3 drops to a tablespoon of carrier oil like sweet almond to apply to wounds to prevent infection

Peppermint oil is also a topical pain reliever along with being antimicrobial. If you suffer from arthritis in your hands, then using this as soap may also bring some relief from pain and inflammation.

 

3. Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree is one of the top antiseptic essential oils. It has been a staple of Aboriginal folk medicine for centuries in Australia and is still the focus of numerous studies looking for an alternative to chemical cleaners in order to prevent the formation of bacteria that are resistant to traditional therapies. It has been shown to kill most common types of bacteria and molds.

How to Use

  • Add 10 drops to ¼ castile soap to make antibacterial soap.
  • Dilute up to 10 drops with ¼ cup vinegar and ¼ cup distilled water. Use a glass spray bottle to clean hard surfaces of the home.
  • Add 2-3 drops to a tablespoon of carrier oil like sweet almond to apply to wounds to prevent infection
  • Diffuse throughout the house to kill any molds or bacteria in the air

Tea tree has also been shown to be particularly effective for skin care, clearing up oily skin and the bacteria that become trapped in pores. It is generally mild enough to be applied directly to the skin, but overuse has shown to increase the likelihood of skin sensitivities.

 

4. Pine Essential Oil

Pine essential oil, also called pine nut oil, can be made from the needles and waste wood of almost any kind of pine tree. This tree is very common throughout the world, especially in northern climates. It has been used through the centuries for its antiseptic properties. It has been shown to be effective against typical foodborne organisms like listeria and salmonella that remain on surfaces after food preparation.

How to Use

  • Add 10 drops to ¼ castile soap to make antibacterial soap.
  • Dilute up to 10 drops with ¼ cup vinegar and ¼ cup distilled water. Use a glass spray bottle to clean hard surfaces of the home.
  • Add 5-10 drops to warm water to mop tile or linoleum floors
  • Diffuse throughout the house to kill any molds or bacteria in the air
  • Add 1-2 drops to a cotton ball to put in shoes or the trash bin to deodorize

 

5. Orange Essential Oil

Chances are, if a cleaning product doesn’t come in a lemon scent, then it certainly comes in orange. Orange is one of many citrus oils that contain chemicals that have been shown to kill the most common types of bacteria and fungi that are found in the home, either in the kitchen where food is prepared or around the house in the form of mold that causes respiratory conditions like allergies. Being a citrus oil, it also mixes well with lemon and even pine to create an effective household disinfectant.

How to Use

  • Add 10 drops to ¼ castile soap to make antibacterial soap.
  • Dilute up to 10 drops with ¼ cup vinegar and ¼ cup distilled water. Use a glass spray bottle to clean hard surfaces of the home.
  • Diffuse throughout the house to kill any molds or bacteria in the air
  • Add 1-2 drops to a cotton ball to put in shoes or the trash bin to deodorize

Orange oil has also been shown to lower blood pressure and improve focus so you can have the energy to continue cleaning your entire house and leave behind a relaxing scent that may remind you of the best mornings. 

 

6. Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary Essential OilRosemary is an evergreen herb that has been used by the ancient Greeks for everything from improving memory to boosting the immune system. The essential oil is a concentration of all these benefits and can be effective in disinfecting your home. It has been shown to work against the most common germs that can come from food as well as several types of fungus that may cause respiratory reactions.

How to Use

  • Add 10 drops to ¼ castile soap to make antibacterial soap.
  • Dilute up to 10 drops with ¼ cup vinegar and ¼ cup distilled water. Use a glass spray bottle to clean hard surfaces of the home.
  • Diffuse throughout the house to kill any molds or bacteria in the air

Rosemary has also been shown to improve memory. Using in conjunction with citrus oils like orange may not only improve your daily energy but assist with your memory along with preventing illness in your home.

In this era of global travel, where diseases know no borders and spread quickly through a large population, any protection we can garner against it is particularly important. However, we don’t necessarily need to invite chemicals and poisons into our houses without considering natural alternatives that have research to back their effectiveness.

Essential oils can be used in as many ways as most traditional cleansing products, without the number of negative side effects that we often find with harsh substances such as bleach or ammonia. In fact, many essential oils also have positive bonuses along with their ability to deeply disinfect our homes and help protect us from sickness while preventing the creation of resistant diseases that may become difficult to treat in the future.