Spring Cleaning Using Essential Oils

Spring Cleaning Using Essential Oils

Lavender is more than just a delightful, floral scent. The essential oil of this fragrant plant has disinfectant properties, and its cleaning powers have long been known. Even before the antimicrobial properties of lavender were discovered, it was used for cleaning purposes. The word lavender itself comes from lavare, meaning “to wash.” Try cleaning with lavender by adding a few drops of essential oil to any cleaning products you already make, such as vinegar diluted in water for cleaning floors.

Lemongrass is a warm citrus essential oil with a charming scent of a pleasant summer’s day. This essential oil is particularly high in anti bacterial, antiseptic, healing and soothing properties. That makes it a great hit for calming massage blends, toiletry products and healing remedies. This essential oil can give you a fresh twist to your blends making it one of our favorites as it has such a wide range use. You will see that Lemongrass essential oil is a great natural cleaner for any household. All you need do is add water and away you go.

Eucalyptus essential oil is a great germ killer, so we like to use it to clean our bathroom. We use it in a spray bottle to clean the sink and around my toilet and use it with baking soda and vinegar to clean the toilet bowl.

The following cleaner uses all-natural ingredients that you may already have in your house. It takes less than 5 minutes to make, and is just as effective as any other cleaner I’ve tried! Don’t be afraid of the vinegar smell–> it will dissipate as it dries! Adding tea tree oil to the mix not only improves the overall scent, but it also helps kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Feel free to use it as you would any other multi-surface cleaner!

Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner
makes 3 1/2 cups
1/2 cup white vinegar
3 cups water
1/4 teaspoon tea tree oil (about 10 drops)
Optional: 10 drops any essential oil you like, for scent (Scotch Pine or Tangerine are awesome!)

Lemon is one of our favorite essential oils to use for cleaning. Not only does it have a fresh, clean scent, but it is also antiseptic, antifungal, and antiviral. Lemon is an air disinfectant and is invigorating and energizing (which I can always use more of when I’m cleaning!)
Lemon essential oil is a great one to keep on hand for cleaning not only because it is such an effective cleanser, but also because it is super versatile, and is one of the least expensive essential oils.

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