Cleaning With Essential Oils

Cleaning with Essential Oils has the benefits of divine, non-toxic fragrance, the addition of extra wham! for breaking through stains and unbeatable germicidal pow! Yes, good quality essential oils (the ones that are not cut with solvents and are distilled from organic plants) are expensive. But you will only need a few drops-- the bottle will last for a very long time. The health benefits alone are worth the cost!

For general cleaning I use the first biodegradable cleaner-- the Unscented, non-toxic, and corn-coconut-based-- and add my own essential oils. Here are some ideas of combinations for natural cleaning:

Disinfectant Sprays

Melaleuca (Tea Tree) is a disinfecting essential oil with a sharp, clean medicinal scent and also kills germs while it zaps any offensive smells. Add a few drops to your organic, unscented soaps. Put 4 drops in a 1/4 teaspoon of the organic soap liquid and fill up a 16 oz. spray bottle with water. This is an excellent spray cleaner.

Eucalyptus is particularly effective in the winter. Add 4 drops to general purpose cleaner in a spray solution (as with Melaleuca above). Bonus: if you add 10-20 drops of Eucalyptus EO to your washing machine it will eliminate dust mites in blankets, sheets and pillowcases. A friend of mine from Central America told me that when members of her family had a cold or flu, their mother would lay eucalyptus branches about the room. The clean, healing fragrance packed a wallop (in its natural essential oils).

Lemon Essential Oil is an uplifting, disinfectant. Add 4 drops to the spray bottle solution with soap and water and spray your surfaces. Teachers have discovered that if they do this with desk surfaces each morning before class that the absenteeism rates go waaaaaaaay down, and alertness and concentration goes waaaaay up. Citrus oils are natural cleaners that cut right through any grime. Use this spray on bathtubs and kitchens.

Heavenly Floor Scrubs

Just recording this information on this site is 'good for my house' because I have such a delightful body memory for when I am cleaning with essential oils that I felt inclined to take a break and go mop my floor!

Regular Aromatic Floor Cleanser

  • 1 gallon of hot water
  • 2 tablespoons liquid non-toxic soap
  • 15-20 drops of Young Living's Purification essential oil blend (or your favorite Citrus, Bergamot, or Pine essential oils). The clean scent of lemon grass in the Purification just whisks me back to the lemony squeaky-clean smells of homes in my childhood (with probably 1/4 of the effort to attain that shining and fragrant effect, I realize). You do not need to rinse after using this blend, just squeeze out the mop as you dip and go.
  • For really grimy, dirty floors- This formulation might be necessary if the grandkids have had a lemonade stand and, with the dog, have tracked dirt in and out all day, and maybe some adults have come in with really dirty boots to service your appliances, and maybe someone else has spilled jam and let it sit for a while-- otherwise I believe the above 'aromatic floor cleanser' would work fine-- but here is the recipe for the 'heavy-duty- cleaner:

  • 1 gallon of hot water
  • 2 tablespoons of non-toxic liquid soap
  • ¼ cup of borox powder
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 20 drops of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, or Melaleuca essential oils

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