Essential oils aren’t just used for health benefits. If you’re looking for ways to clean your house in a totally natural, non-toxic and environmentally-friendly way, look no further than the amazing variety of essential oils.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are oils that are derived from plants. These oils are extremely concentrated so that you may get the most benefits out of what each specific plant has to offer.
Essential oils are relatively affordable and have been used for centuries to effectively treat numerous ailments from depression to sinus congestion. Many essential oils are known for their antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, making them perfect ingredients for household cleaning solutions.
What Are the Benefits of Using Essential Oils Around the House?
Essential oils are a better option for cleaning your house for a variety of reasons. Some of these reasons are:
- Non-irritating to the skin
- Pleasantly fragrant
- Highly effective
How to Use Essential Oils for Household Cleaning
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary essential oil has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, allowing it to kill harmful bacteria that can exist in your kitchen and bathroom. Using rosemary essential oil to clean your house will also have aromatherapeutic benefits as rosemary increases focus and feelings of relaxation.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree oil boasts anti-viral, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Tea tree oil is especially potent, meaning that a little goes a long way. Tea tree oil is also a insect repellent, so cleaning your house with it will also keep the creepy crawlers away.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint is a natural spider and ant repellent that will provide your home with a minty fresh scent. Peppermint’s scent is especially strong, making it the perfect deodorizer for those places in your home that don’t always smell their freshest. Peppermint is also highly antibacterial, allowing it to kill germs in your home.
Lavender Essential Oil
In addition to lavender’s antibacterial properties, lavender will transform the smell of your home and promote relaxation and emotional well-being.
Pine Essential Oil
Commercial household products have been using the scent of pine for decades and for good reason. Pine oil is a powerful antibacterial product that can kill the most dangerous germs you may find in your kitchen. Pine also combats mildew and mold that may accumulate in your bathroom.
Thyme Essential Oil
Thyme is yet another powerful antibacterial product. Thyme has been shown to kill salmonella on the spot, making it an ideal cleaning product for anything in your kitchen that has come into contact with raw meat.
DIY Essential Oil Cleaner Recipes
Now that you know the power of essential oils when it comes to cleaning your house from top to bottom, it’s time to apply this knowledge to some easy yet effective DIY cleaning recipes.
All-Purpose Household Cleaning Spray
- 3 cups of white vinegar
- 8 drops of rosemary essential oil
- 10 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 8 drops of thyme essential oil
- 6 drops of lavender essential oil
- 1 empty spray bottle
This all-purpose cleaning spray will kill even the most dangerous of germs. Vinegar is another natural antibacterial product that will fight grease and dirt.
Combine all the ingredients into an empty spray bottle and shake well before using. Your house will be cleaner than ever and will smell amazing.
- 4 cups of baking soda
- 10 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 8 drops of peppermint essential oil
The tea tree oil will kill fungus and bacteria while the peppermint oil will act as a powerful deodorizer, making your house smell minty fresh and clean. Baking powder is another effective deodorizer.
Combine all the ingredients in a jar and shake well.
- 1 roll of paper towels
- 1 large plastic jar with lid that can fit a roll of paper towels
- 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol
- 30 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil
- 1/4 cup of filtered water
These disinfectant wipes will kill bacteria, viruses and fungus on the spot thanks to tea tree oil, lavender oil and rubbing alcohol.
Cut a slit in the cardboard tube of your paper towel roll. The tube should now be easy to remove. Place the paper towels in the jar.
Combine the essential oils with the water and the alcohol. Then pour this mixture into the jar so that the paper towels absorb the liquid. Place the lid on the jar and allow this mixture to settle for 15 minutes before using.
As you can see, there is no reason to fill your home with toxic chemicals that are harmful to the environment as well as your health. Cleaning with essential oils is a big step to living a truly green lifestyle. Plus, your house will smell better than ever before!
About the Author
Sally Wong runs a blog about living healthy with the help of essential oils. She writes about the health benefits of oils and how essential oils can change your living style.