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If you’re tired of chemical-laden cleaning supplies spread throughout your home, it’s time to take a look at essential oil uses for cleaning. Essentials oils provide a safe way to clean without introducing unnecessary chemicals into your home. Many of these oils can be combined to create a powerful cleaning product with a pleasant scent. Use the following oils to clean your home the natural way.
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon is known for its refreshing, clean scent, but this powerful essential oil offers more than a pleasing aroma. This antiviral and antibacterial oil is tough on stains. Use lemon in your homemade laundry detergent for brighter (fresh-smelling) whites. Add a few drops to your mop water to tackle some of the more stubborn stains on your white tile floors.
Lemon oil is a great sanitizer. Treat your dishcloth or sponge to a fresh scent and a fresh start with lemon.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint’s powerful scent does more than liven up your home, it can also protect your house from pests. Mix 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil with a cup of water. Spray the mixture in cracks or other areas you’ve seen ants or spiders.
Like lemon, peppermint has antibacterial qualities, which makes it a great addition to cleaning homemade cleaning products for the bathroom or kitchen.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties that make it one of the best essential oils for cleaning mold and mildew. Keep a spray bottle in the bathroom made from two teaspoons of tea tree oil for every cup of water. Spray your shower (or other mildew-prone areas), and don’t rinse it off after use. This mixture will fight both the mildew and the smell.
Use tea tree oil in homemade wipes, hand soap, and other disinfecting tools. You can even use it to discourage lice.
Lime Essential Oil
Lime oil offers natural antiviral, antiseptic, bactericidal properties that make it an ideal ingredient for safe cleaning products. It tackles hard-to-get-out stains and messes while leaving a relaxing, grounding scent.
Use lime oil to remove tough messes like grease, wood stains, gum, and more. This is especially useful if you have kids who like to put gum or stickers where they don’t belong. Just add a bit of lime oil to a cotton pad to get rid of stubborn sticker residue.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties offer a natural cleaning solution. Include rosemary oil in your homemade kitchen cleaners for a powerful, natural multi-purpose cleaner. You can also include rosemary in homemade dish soap and laundry detergent. Rosemary pairs well with peppermint for a room spray that may help you focus and stay on task.
Rosemary acts as a natural repellent against mosquitos. Mix distilled water with rosemary oil to create a homemade mosquito spray.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is one of nature’s most widely loved scents and one of the best essential oils for home use. It is often used in laundry detergent, linen spray, hand soap, candles, and lotion in order to spread its soothing scent throughout the house. It also works well in moth-away sachets.
Consider adding 4-5 drops of lavender to a homemade vinegar-based cleaning spray for a more pleasant scent and its antibacterial properties.
Pine Essential Oil
Pine has long been recognized for its cleaning abilities and has lent its name to common cleaning products. This essential oil attacks germs like E.coli and yeast spores and is often used to kill odors and clear the air.
Use pine to in homemade bathroom cleaning sprays as well as hard floor cleaners.
Essential oils have many household uses and can have a really positive effect in your home. When you pair the right oil with the right use, you’ll be surprised at just how powerful it can be.
About the Author: Brooke Cade is passionate about health and wellness. She enjoys writing about all the things she loves in life, including yoga, hydrotherapy, essential oils, and anything related to living life to its fullest. Brooke is a freelance writer who writes for a variety of organization including Nature’s Sunshine.