With today’s cleaning products full of chemicals and toxins, many people are looking for eco-friendly cleaning solutions and are gravitating towards environment-friendly products.
All-natural essential oils are antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, and are naturally astringent. Therefore, these powerful properties make essential oils ideal for eco-friendly cleaning.
If you are just starting out with using essential oils, it can be hard to remember all of their properties, which are many. If you are wondering about the properties and uses of essential oils, eco-friendly cleaning is just one of their many uses. Essential oils have many healing and health benefits, as well.
To get you started with eco-friendly cleaning solutions, we have compiled a list of the best 10 essential oils to use for eco-friendly cleaning.
Eco-Friendly Cleaning Solutions | 10 Best Essential Oils For Cleaning
1. Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon essential oil has a fresh, clean, citrusy scent, which makes it a favorite essential oil for cleaning. It is naturally antiviral and antibacterial.
Furthermore, lemon makes for a great scent to purify the air of your home, or use it as part of an eco-friendly cleaning solution by adding 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup vinegar to about 10 drops of oil in a spray bottle.
To make a hardwood floor cleaner or natural leather polish, add about 10 drops lemon essential oil to 1/2 cup olive oil.
Lemon essential oil is also an excellent deodorizer. Drop a few drops on a cotton ball, and place the ball in places that need deodorizing such as garbage cans, closets, drawers, the refrigerator, and even your shoes.
2. Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree essential oil is naturally anti-viral, antifungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and an astringent. It has so many uses that they’re impossible to list here.
However, it’s a great overall cleaner. Mix 10 drops with 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup white vinegar, and mix it in a spray bottle. Spray and wipe over all the surfaces of your home, office, and even your car to kill germs.
Since Tea Tree is antifungal, think about using it to clean your bathroom and other wet areas to kill fungus, mildew, and mold. You can also make homemade hand and feet wipes. It’s perfect for killing fungal infections, such as athletes food, and as a daily hand sanitizer.
Remember, bugs hate tea tree as well, so it’s great to make a homemade bug repellent with that you can use on screens, surfaces, in doorways and window surfaces, and even as a body spray. Just be sure to properly dilute it with a carrier oil before using tea tree topically.
3. Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil has the invigorating, fresh, and uplifting scent of mint. Also, it is highly antibacterial which makes it great for purifying the air and killing bacteria and germs in your home. Use it in an air diffuser, or add it to other eco-friendly cleaning solutions to enhance the scent.
Use the suggested formula of 10 drops oil, 1/2 cup water, and 1/4 cup white vinegar to make a spray solution.
Furthermore, ants and spiders hate the scent of peppermint, which makes peppermint essential oil a significant deterrent. Add several drops to water and spray it in cracks and places where you notice ants and spiders coming in or hanging out in your home.
4. Pine Essential Oil
Pine has a nice, fresh, outdoorsy scent and is effective in killing yeast spores, E Coli, and other germs. Furthermore, pine essential oil is good for eliminating mold and mildew.
As you probably know, pine is a common ingredient in store bought cleaners. To make your own eco-friendly cleaner, add 10 drops of pine, 1/2 cup of water, and 1/4 cup of white vinagear to a spray bottle. Spray and wipe over all the surfaces of your home, floors and in your bathroom.
5. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus essential oil is a powerful germ killer and has the ability to kill dust mites. To deep clean your mattress, add several drops of eucalyptus oil to 1/2 cup of baking soda, shake up the mixture, and sprinkle it over your mattress. Let it sit for about an hour, then vacuum up the powder.
Eucalyptus is also useful for eliminating bad smells. Use it as a spray mixture in areas that have an odor, or drop a few drops on a cotton ball and leave it in garbage cans or other areas where stink lingers.
Pests hate the smell of eucalyptus, as well. So, leave the oil, or even the leaves, of the plant where pests try to come into your home to deter them.
6. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is naturally antibacterial and has a great floral scent. You can add lavender to your laundry to add a delightful scent and also kill germs.
Add it to a cleaning solution or make your own with 10 drops of lavender, 1/2 cup of water, and 1/4 cup of vinegar. Spray and wipe over all the surfaces in your home.
Lavender is also perfect for purifying the air─and lifting the mood─ by using an air diffuser. Furthermore, you can make an anti-bacterial hand and dish soap, as well.
Try this homemade dish soap recipe:
- Two cups distilled water
- ¼ cup castile soap
- ¼ cup all-natural soap flakes
- One teaspoon non-GMO vegetable glycerin
- Two teaspoons super washing soda
- Forty drops lavender essential oil
- Bring the water to a boil and carefully pour in the soap flakes until they dissolve, then stir in the castile soap and other ingredients.
- When the mixture is completely dissolved and mixed well, pour it into a bottle.
- Let it sit for a day before using it.
Other Essential Oils to Use for Eco-Friendly Cleaning
Also, try adding these essential oils into your eco-friendly cleaning solutions. They all have powerful, germ-killing properties.
- Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil ─ antibacterial and antiseptic properties
- Thyme Essential Oil ─ effective against salmonella
- Orange Essential Oil ─ lifts grease or glue from surfaces, fresh cleaning scent
- Rosemary Essential Oil ─ antibacterial and antiseptic properties
Cleaning is an everyday activity, and store-bought cleaners, with added harsh chemicals, are not only harmful to us, our families, and our pets, but also for the environment.
Therefore, as a simple way to go green and clean with eco-friendly cleaning solutions, give essential oils a try!
Are there any essential oils that you love to use for cleaning? If so, let us know in the comments below!
Also, if you found this article helpful, be sure to share it with your friends so that they too can use essential oils in their eco-friendly cleaning solutions!
Robin and the Zen team
Note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition. Therefore, ask your doctor about any health concerns that you might have and seek proper medical treatment.
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