It’s time for spring cleaning! And what better way to clean and freshen your home than with essential oils.
When used to create a homemade cleaning blend, essential oils do more than smell nice (although they do smell nice.) Several of these oils have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that can help disinfect, purify, and remove stains – just make sure to test a small area as oils can damage some surfaces.
You can use whatever homemade cleaning blends you prefer, but below is a basic all-purpose house cleaner we like that you can customize with your preferred essential oils, if you would like.
All-Purpose House Cleaner
Combine the following into a glass 16-ounce spray bottle:
- ¼ cup white vinegar.
- 1-¾ cups water.
- 30 drops essential oil of your choice (see our recommendations below).
- Close the lid, shake it up, and go!
You can use your favorite essential oil or oil blend for this cleaner. A few we like include:
- Lavender and lemon (15 drops each).
- Eucalyptus, wild orange, and peppermint (10 drops each).
- Lemon (30 drops).
- Grapefruit and wild orange (15 drops each).
Try not to exceed 30 drops total with this formula. Using too much won’t help, and the aroma may become overpowering, or you may wind up damaging surfaces.
So why did we choose the above oils? Here’s a look at why we love a few of them.
Lemon Essential Oil
There’s a reason that so many bathrooms, kitchens, and home cleaning products have a lemon or citrusy scent: lemon smells fresh and clean. Lemon essential oil also does what it smells like. It lifts stains and disinfects surfaces. Add some to homemade laundry detergent, and it will help brighten your whites, or add a few drops to a gallon of water to wash tile floors and watch dirt and grime lift away!
Peppermint Essential Oil
When it comes to refreshing your home, no scent works harder than peppermint. And with strong antibacterial properties, peppermint essential oil is great for cleaning, too. Add a few drops to a homemade cleaning spray and use it to clean kitchen counters or bathroom sinks (or anywhere that gets germy and smelly). Peppermint is also a natural pest repellent, so think about using it to protect your newly blooming spring flowers from unwanted bugs.
Aura Cacia offers Peppermint 100% Pure Essential Oil that is made without any synthetic ingredients and is ready to use right away.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree essential oil has everything. It’s antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic. Because of this, tea tree oils are a great choice for when you need to clear out mildew or mold. All you have to do is mix two teaspoons of tea tree oil with two cups of water and add to a spray bottle. Spray directly on mold or mildew (especially in areas prone to them, like showers or baths.) You can also add a couple of tea tree essential oil drops to a bucket of soapy water (not only will it help get your floors clean, but will make the entire house smell amazing).
Get your Tea Tree 100% Pure Essential Oil from Aura Cacia and start cleaning today!
If you are looking for a product that is already prepared, then check out Germ-a-CLENZ by North American Herb and Spice. Containing nothing but cinnamon oil, wild oregano oil, cumin oil, allspice oil, lavender oil, and spring water, Germ-a-CLENZ is a natural way to clean and deodorize the environment around you. It naturally kills germs, mites, mold, and mildew – but it’s safe enough to spray on your food!
What essential oils do you use to help tackle tough spring cleaning jobs?