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.

Related: DIY Lysol Recipes

Your kids can safely clean with essential oils

Which Essential Oils Will You Need

If you don’t already have essential oils and you shop on Amazon you can view my Amazon Shop for my less toxic products and oil selections.

The brands I’ve bought recently were Simply Earth, Plant Therapy, and Isagenix (food grade).

You can use essential oils to clean your home. Try some of these DIY blends the next time you want to clean your floors, tile, counters, mirrors, and more.

DIY Cleaning Recipes Using Essential Oils

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 With Essential Oils

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 Essential Oil 
10 drops Lemon Essential Oil
10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

1/4 Tsp Witch Hazel (get it here)


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.

Related: DIY Disinfectant Spray For Fabric

Remove Stains From Your Clothes

Use this easy DIY recipe with lemon essential oil.

DIY Homemade Stain Remover with Lemon Essential Oil

Clean Your Floors With Essential Oils

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 oil.

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.

Shopping Cart Disinfecting Spray

DIY Shopping cart spray using essential oils to kill germs.

Clean Your Windows, Mirrors, and Picture Frames With Essential Oils

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.

Easy Homemade Furniture Polish Recipe and Directions

Polish Your Furniture With Essential Oils

Buff and shine your wood furniture with this easy recipe.

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

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!

Related: Essential Oils FAQ’s

Clean Your Wood Floors With Essential Oils

This easy recipe can be made with olive oil or coconut oil like above.

Fill a spray bottle with 3/4ths olive oil and 1/4th white vinegar. Add  7-10 drops of lemon essential 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!

Clean wood floors with essential oils

Deodorize The Air With An Essential Oil Diffuser Blend

Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to your diffuser and then fill with water up to the safety line.

The combination of essential oils you can use is endless.

Clean Air Diffuser Blend

Freshen Rooms With This Essential Oil 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 (get it here)

20 drops Peppermint Oil Essential Oil 
20 drops Lemon Oil Essential 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 Your Sinks and Tubs With Essential Oils

Make your own homemade natural abrasive cleaner (soft scrub).

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, Lemon, or Tea Tree essential oils.

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

Alternatively, try this recipe:

homemade soft scrub recipe

Remove Pesticides From Produce Before You Eat It

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 and wash before eating.

Get Rid Of Dog Smell With Essential Oils

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 Essential Oil 
10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
5 drops of Clove Essential 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 Your Child’s Lunch Boxes With Essential Oils

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 Essential Oil
10 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil
10 drops Lemon  Essential Oil
10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
10 drops Clove Essential Oil
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!

Thieves Spray Recipe



Even More DIY Cleaning Recipes and 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.

Don’t be afraid to experiment a little.

Just be sure to test your solutions on a small area first.

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