Discover how you can easily replace common household cleaners and how to make your own household cleaners using essential oils.
Essential oils are one of the easiest ways to ‘Go Green’ in your household. They are the all-natural antibacterial choice for anyone wanting to avoid the harsh chemicals that cleaning products typically carry. You’ll get a wonderful aroma and get to experience the many benefits that essential oils have to offer. Using essential oils and making your own household cleaners not only keeps you safe and protected, it will save you precious time and hard earned money. Read on to discover how you can easily replace common household cleaners and how to make your own household cleaners using essential oils.
How to Make Your Own Household Cleaners Using Essential Oils
This spray works wonders for cleaning hard surfaces, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. It’s non-toxic yet highly effective.
In a spray bottle combine the following and give it a good shake:
- 2 cups of Water
- ¼ cup of White Vinegar
- 10 drops each of Eucalyptus, Wild Orange and Peppermint essential oils OR
- 15 drops each of Lemon and Lavender essential oils
Tile Floor Cleaner
This is a wonderful antiseptic that will make your floors shine and leave behind a fresh clean scent.
In a mop bucket, start with 1 ½ gallons of hot water and then add the following:
- 1 cup White Vinegar
- 10 drops each of Pine, Lemon and Marjoram essential oils OR
- 20 drops Lemon and 10 drops of Rosemary essential oil
Optional: If your floors tend to get especially greasy or you simply prefer the suds approach you can add a teaspoon of Dr. Bronner’s Organic Sal Suds Liquid Cleaner.
Combine ingredients, give it a swish, mop you floors as usual and allow them to air dry. No need to rinse.
DIY Dryer Sheets
This one is so simple! You can make your own dryer sheets by cutting a piece of terrycloth to size and adding a few drops of essential oil or an essential oil blend to it. Toss in your dryer cycle and you’re good to go. I’m a fan of lavender for your sheets and linens but you can use any citrus oil or blend that has a crisp clean scent.
If we’re going to do a thorough house cleaning, we can’t forget the windows and mirrors. This recipe works exceptionally well for cleaning picture frames and door knobs.
In a 16oz spray bottle combine 2/3 cup White Vinegar with 1 cup distilled water and add 8 drops of citrus essential oil. Shake well, spray onto glass surface and then wipe clean with a microfiber cloth; or go the ole fashioned route and use newspaper, it still works great!
Any citrus oil you prefer can be used. I’m a fan of Lemon and Lime, but especially Grapefruit when it comes to cleaning. I like the sweet fresh aroma they leave behind.
Other Homemade Household Cleaners
Scour the internet and you’ll find plenty of recipes for other household cleaners such as laundry detergent, dish soap and stain removers. Those recipes will require a little more effort and usually involve the addition of some type of soap, flakes or borax. However, any essential oil recipe can be customized to suit your personal preferences.
Make sure to always choose essential oils that offer antiviral, antiseptic or antibacterial properties and that leave behind a pleasing scent.
Here are a few of my favorite essential oil combinations for cleaners:
Lemon and Lavender essential oils complement each other while offering enough diversity they can be used in place of many other oils. Add cinnamon and clove oil for a strong, deep cleansing blend suitable for scrubbing the bathtub, garbage cans and other areas where buildup happens.
Eucalyptus and Peppermint essential oils act as a mint refresher and work as powerful purifiers. You’ll want to use these two sparingly around areas that house pets and children at play. Add in orange essential oil to sweeten this blend.
Lime, Lemongrass and Tea Tree essential oil make for an excellent citrus cleanser and the perfect choice for fighting off germs that run rampant in the kitchen and bathroom. You can substitute the Lime with Lemon or any other citrus oil of your choosing.
I encourage you to consider making your own household cleaners using essential oils. It’s a great introduction to oils and your family can experience the amazing benefits of natural essential oils.