Essential Oils for Cleaning (for Beginners)

Using essential oils for cleaning doesn’t have to be daunting. And as a beginner myself it is totally doable. The easiest way to start is to make your own cleaning products.

Make your own homemade natural cleaners with the added help of essential oils. I will also lightly cover why essential oils will boost the cleaning power of your homemade cleaning products. #nadinehattingh #naturalcleaning #essentialoils #nontoxic

As a beginner myself in the essential oil world, I started to do a lot of research about them, and how to incorporate them into my daily life. And what I’ve found is that the easiest way, excluding diffusing them, is to make your own cleaning products.

But I was wondering why they would be effective in cleaning, so I’ve done a little bit more digging into why most ‘natural’ or ‘self-made’ cleaning products incorporated essential oils into the recipes.

Turns out that essential oils are naturally antimicrobial! That means with their antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties, you can use them in your homemade cleaning recipes to boost the cleaning power.

Not only do they smell really good, but they are really versatile and can be used in many different ways so that you can cut back on the number of cleaning products that you need. Say hello to saving some money!

What are the best essential oils for cleaning?

1. Lemon

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You cannot be surprised that lemon essential oil is first on the list. The scent of lemon just reminds you of being clean and fresh. And so many commercial cleaners use lemon as a scent for their products as well.

Lemon essential oil has so many uses, but for cleaning purposes it works great for:

Removing sticky residue: Have you ever struggled to get rid of those pesky label residue on your glass jars? Apply a few drops of lemon essential oil to the residue, rub it in, and use a sponge, paper towel or cotton round to wipe the residue away. This really works!

Cleaning wood: Mix 1 part olive oil to 1 part white vinegar and add 15 drops of lemon essential oil to spritz on wood to make it shine. (Apparently, it works for leather as well – but will recommend testing the solution on an invisible spot to make sure it doesn’t damage your pieces)

Use it to deodorize: Lemon essential oil will help neutralize bad odors in your trash can and even shoes. For shoes put a few drops of the oil on a cotton ball and put directly in the shoe, same goes for your trash can. Or you can put news paper at the bottom of your trash can and sprinkle a few drops of lemon essential oil on the paper and then insert your trash bag.

2. Lavender

Lavender is one of the most used essential oil on the market and is well known for its relaxing properties. But it is also a great oil to incorporate into your cleaning products because of its antibacterial properties. And it blends well with other essential oils and may even enhance blends!

A few places that you can incorporate lavender essential oil into your homemade cleaning products:

  • Laundry detergent;
  • Bed and linen sprays;
  • Air freshener; and also
  • carpet freshener

3. Peppermint

Who doesn’t like the smell of peppermint right? But do you know who doesn’t like the smell of peppermint? Ants and creepy crawlies. Because of the potent smell of peppermint, it may help to keep ants and cockroaches out of your home.

Peppermint essential oil can be added to a spray (1 cup of water with 10 – 15 drops of essential oil) , or you can add a couple of drops to a cotton balls and place it around your home to keep away the pests. Which will also freshen up your home without doing much on your part!

4. Orange

Make your own homemade natural cleaners with the added help of essential oils. I will also lightly cover why essential oils will boost the cleaning power of your homemade cleaning products. #nadinehattingh #naturalcleaning #essentialoils #nontoxic

Orange essential oil also has antimicrobial properties that fight against bacteria and fungi. But what I like most about this oil is its sweet aroma.

It is also a great degreaser when you combine it with 1/4 cup of castile soap and water. Spray the mixture on down stovetops or countertops to lift off grease.

Orange essential oil can also be added to linen sprays, cleaning sprays, diffuser blends, and so many other recipes.

These 4 essential oils are some of the most popular when it comes to cleaning recipes and are great if you are a beginner when it comes to cleaning your house with essential oils.

Other essential oils worth mentioning when it comes to cleaning:

  • Tea Tree essential oil
  • Lemongrass
  • Clove
  • Rosemary

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Easy natural cleaning recipes with essential oils

Make your own homemade natural cleaners with the added help of essential oils. I will also lightly cover why essential oils will boost the cleaning power of your homemade cleaning products. #nadinehattingh #naturalcleaning #essentialoils #nontoxic

I’ve searched the internet to find the most common homemade natural cleaning recipes and come up with these 4. These recipes all include essential oils and are super easy to make.

1. Floor cleaner

When combining orange essential oil with tea tree oil, white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and dish soap, it makes a fantastic all-natural floor cleaner.

  • 10 tea tree oil;
  • 10 drops orange essential oil;
  • 1 cup each of alcohol;
  • 1 cup white vinegar;
  • 1 teaspoon dish soap;
  • 1 to 2 gallons (3 to 6 liters) of very hot water. 

2. Multi-purpose cleaner

This recipe you can use to clean most of your home with. And the combination of essential oils in this recipe will leave your home smelling amazing after you’ve cleaned.

  • 1 cup white vinegar;
  • 1 cup distilled water;
  • 1 teaspoon Castile soap;
  • 10 drops eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil;
  • 5 drops lemon or orange essential oil;
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil.

Combine the essential oils in a 16 oz (500ml) spray bottle (preferably a glass bottle for the essential oils). Add the vinegar and water and then add the Castile soap. Stir or swish gently to combine the mixture. Shake before each use. Important – don’t use vinegar on marble or granite.

3. Carpet Freshener

  • 1 cup baking soda;
  • 12 drops lavender essential oil*;
  • airtight container to store the mixture in.

Ad the cup of baking soda to a mixing bowl and then add the lavender essential oil. Mix the baking soda and essential oils with a non-metal spoon making sure to break up any clumps that may form. Store the mixture in an airtight container.

Shake the carpet freshener lightly over the carpet’s surface. Let it sit for 15 minutes up to a day. Vacuum well.

*Switch out the lavender essential oil to your preferred oil. Peppermint, tea tree, orange, lemon or bergamot are great alternatives to use in this carpet freshener.

4. Bathroom Cleaner

When you add alcohol to this cleaner, it just ups the power for those hard to clean surfaces in the bathroom.

  • 1 cup high-proof alcohol;
  • ½ cup vinegar;
  • ½ cup distilled water;
  • 30 drops lemon or orange essential oil;
  • 20 drops eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil;
  • 10 drops oregano or thyme essential oil;

Combine the essential oils in a 16 oz. (500ml) spray bottle (preferably a glass bottle for the essential oils). Add the vinegar, water, and alcohol. Shake to combine and shake before each use. Important – don’t use vinegar on marble or granite.

Use essential oils for natural cleaning

Make your own homemade natural cleaners with the added help of essential oils. I will also lightly cover why essential oils will boost the cleaning power of your homemade cleaning products. #nadinehattingh #naturalcleaning #essentialoils #nontoxic

Essential oils contain potent antimicrobial properties, making them a fantastic addition to your homemade cleaning formulations.

It may seem intimidating at first, but it doesn’t have to be. It doesn’t have to be expensive either. With just a few ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store, you can create your own homemade natural cleaning products. You will feel so accomplished after you’ve made your own cleaning products!

And remember, if you want to kick start your beginner’s journey into essential oils and herbs, check out the Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle 2020 from Ultimate bundles. This is such an awesome place to start! But it is available only for a limited time!

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