11 Super Easy Ways To Clean With Essential Oils 

Using essential oils to clean is one of the easiest things you can do to reduce toxins in your home.

Essential oils are easy to buy and often you can use a variety of blends to get the scent you want.

The great thing is that you don’t have to worry about your kids touching chemicals when they help you.

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Your kids can safely clean with essential oils

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Here are some recipes and ways you can clean using essential oils and other non-toxic ingredients that will help you have a less toxic home.

Disinfect and Deodorize Garbage Pails

The kitchen garbage is notoriously stinky, and the bathroom garbage can probably use disinfecting on a pretty regular basis, too.

Instead of using an antibacterial spray, why not opt for nature’s disinfectant in the form of powerful essential oils?

Try this recipe with Tea Tree oil to kill germs and remove funky smells.

5 drops Tea Tree Oil

10 drops Lemon

10 drops Peppermint

1/4 Tsp Witch Hazel

Water

Add oils and witch hazel to a spray bottle and fill the rest of the way with water.

Spray in the can with the solution and let sit for about ten minutes, then wipe clean and dry.

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Clean Floors

You can start with a chemical-free soap like Dr. Bronner’s.  Add the soap to a bucket of hot water, along with about 20 drops of your favorite essential oils.

Lemon and peppermint oils make a refreshing, germ-fighting combo.

Try Pine if you like the “Pine Sol” smell. It goes nicely with tea tree oil for added sanitizing power.

If your floor is extra dirty or porous, as is the case with linoleum, first scrub it with a natural abrasive cleaner such as Bon Ami.

Follow with the natural soap solution, then do an extra mopping to get any remaining residue.

Clean Windows, Mirrors, and Picture Frames

A few drops of your favorite essential oil such as lemon, peppermint, geranium or a combo of these go a long way in your homemade glass cleaner.

Just fill a spray bottle with 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water, then drop in around 5 drops of the oil.

Makes glass sparkle while adding a clean and fresh scent to your home.

Polish Furniture

Buff and shine your wood furniture with this blend.

Add 10 drops of citrus essential oil such as orange, lemon, or citronella to a spray bottle filled  3/4ths with fractionated coconut oil and 1/4th vinegar.

Before use, shake well and apply to a clean, lint-free cloth before rubbing into your wood furniture for a beautiful, citrus-scented buff and shine.

Use sparingly – a little oil goes a long way on wood!

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Clean wood floors with essential oils

Clean Wood Floors

Wood is best cleaned with oil.

Fill a spray bottle with 3/4ths olive oil and 1/4th white vinegar. Add a few drops of lemon or orange oil. Shake well before applying sparingly over a small spot, and then buffing into your wood floor using a clean cloth.

When finished, get a second, clean cloth or mop and dry-wipe the second layer to allow the oil to penetrate the wood and avoid leaving a slippery film. Go light on your oil application, as things can get slippery!

Deodorize With This Diffuser Blend

Add a few drops of geranium oil, lemon oil, rose oil, and lavender to your essential oils diffuser and then fill with water up to the safety line.

This mix is both soothing and cleansing, to the mind as well as the atmosphere in your home.

Freshen Rooms With This Spray

Lemon and peppermint invigorate the senses while clearing the mind for better focus and an instant mood lift.

Try this recipe:

Fill a spray bottle 3/4ths of the way with water, then add:

1/4 teaspoon witch hazel

20 drops Peppermint Oil

20 drops Lemon Oil

You can also substitute cinnamon for the peppermint if you like that scent better. Cinnamon oil is potent, so you’ll only need maybe 5 drops of it compared to the 20 of peppermint.

Make your own green cleaners with essential oils and other ingredients you already have at home.

Clean Sinks and Tubs

Make your own homemade natural abrasive cleaner.

In a mixing bowl, combine baking soda several squirts of natural soap like Dr. Bronner’s, and witch hazel to make a paste.

Add 5-7 drops of peppermint and tea tree essential oils.

Add this mixture to an empty glass jar with wide mouth and label ABRASIVE CLEANER for future use.

Remove Pesticides From Produce

To remove pesticides from fruits and vegetables, try this all-natural produce wash.

Fill a squirt bottle 3/4th of the way with equal parts water and vinegar. Add in 10 drops of grapefruit oil.

Spray on produce. Let sit for a few minutes. Wash before eating.

Get Rid Of Dog Smell

Does your dog come in from outside smelling like… well… dog? Ours does. Whether she’s been out hiking the woods with Dave or just in the backyard it seems like she gets stinky easy.

This blend will help chase away any lingering bugs like fleas, mites or ticks, too.

Fill a spray bottle 3/4ths of the way with water, then add:

10 drops of citronella

10 drops of peppermint

5 drops of clove oil.

Shake the bottle well, spritz your dog from head to tail, let sit for as long as he’ll let you (which probably isn’t very long), then paper towel him off.

Disinfectant Lunch Boxes

Those soft fabric lunch boxes are great except when it comes to cleaning them. Leftover remains of strong smelling lunches and snacks can get stinky.

To kill germs and remove odors, spray the inside of your child’s lunch box with your own DIY Thieves Oil Blend.

Add the following oils and witch hazel to a spray bottle and fill the rest of the way with water:

10 drops Rosemary

10 drops Cinnamon

10 drops Lemon

10 drops Eucalyptus

10 drops Clove

1/4 Tsp Witch Hazel

Spray lunch box with the solution then let it sit for 15 minutes to a half hour. Wipe clean and dry with a paper towel, then leave open to air dry for the day.

Odor eliminated, germs gone!

For More Ideas

I love some of the tips for making your own green cleaners in this video by Ashley at Ashley Green Life.

Make Your Own Cleaning Recipes

After reading thru these recipes I’m sure you will come up with other ideas on how you can use essential oils for cleaning.

There are so many different combinations.

Essential oils are a healthy way to clean without leaving toxic residue for you and your family.

Think you will use essential oils for cleaning?

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Cleansing with Essential Oils - so easy and safe for kids

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