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How to use Essential Oils in Your Cleaning Products

Nowadays, there are a lot more people turning to essential oils as a natural alternative to cleaning their homes. After all, cleaning products can have harsh chemicals that are bad for you and your family's health.

Using essential oils is one way to clean your home without worrying about those chemicals being around your family or pets. In this article, we will show you how to use these oils in your cleaning products and what types of products work best with them!

How to use essential oils for cleaning

Essential oils are a great addition to your cleaning routine. They can be used to clean some of the toughest stains and odors, and they’re safe for practically everything in your house.

Essential oils can be used as an all-purpose cleaner, but they can also be added to other cleaners or used alone. If you’re looking for a natural way to clean your home, here are some essential oil uses that may interest you:

  • All-purpose cleaner: You can make an all-purpose cleaner by mixing 1 cup of water with 15 drops of lemon or orange oil and 10 drops of tea tree oil. Mix well and store in a spray bottle. To use, spray surfaces with the mixture and wipe up with a cloth or sponge.

  • Furniture polish: Mix 1/4 cup olive oil with 10 drops each of lemon, lavender, and rosemary essential oils in a spray bottle. Shake well before using on wood furniture or floors.

  • Dusting spray: Combine 1/4 cup vodka with 20 drops each of lemon and lavender essential oils in a spray bottle. Shake well before using on wood furniture or floors.

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Essential Oils being used in a Hand Spray for Cleaning

Here's a list of a just a few essential oils that can be used for cleaning and how to use them.

Lemon Oil

Lemon oil is one of the most popular essential oils. It can be used for cleaning, cooking and beauty purposes. Lemon oil has a very fresh citrus scent that makes it a great choice for cleaning solutions.

  • Lemon oil has antibacterial properties, making it a good addition to homemade cleaners. You can add lemon oil to your dish soap or laundry detergent to kill germs on dishes and clothes. It can also be added to homemade hand sanitizer to kill germs on the hands.

  • Lemon oil is also an excellent solution for cleaning wood furniture and other items made from wood. The natural cleaning properties of lemon oil will help remove stains from wood surfaces.

  • The antibacterial properties of lemon oil make it great for cleaning the kitchen sink and countertops as well as bathroom counters, showers and tubs. Just mix a few drops of lemon oil with water in a spray bottle and use it as you normally would on these surfaces

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil is a good disinfectant, insect repellent, antibacterial agent and antiseptic. It's also safe to use around children and pets (although they should be kept away from the oil while it's being used).

Essential oils can be added to your cleaning products in many different ways.

For example:

  • Add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to your laundry detergent or wet wipes solution. This will help keep smells at bay without overpowering them with artificial fragrances that damage the environment.

  • Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to your floor cleaner before spraying it on surfaces such as tiles or linoleum floors (if you have wooden floors, then don't do this!). Just make sure that kids aren't in there!

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil is a great way to freshen your home. It can be used in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room!

  • You can add peppermint oil to homemade cleaners for an extra scent boost. Peppermint essential oil has antibacterial qualities, so it'll give your cleaner some extra cleaning power!

  • Add a drop or two of peppermint essential oil to your dish soap for an added freshness boost as you clean.

  • Add a few drops of peppermint essential oils into hot water in a spray bottle before mopping floors - it'll make them smell great while leaving little dirt particles on otherwise dirty tile grout lines (which means less scrubbing later!).

Lavender Essential Oil

If you're looking for essential oil with multiple uses, lavender is one of the best options.

  • Lavender is a great essential oil for cleaning because it's antibacterial and antifungal, so it will help to kill off any bacteria or mould in your home.

  • It also has some mood-boosting effects, making it useful if you have kids prone to getting upset during cleaning time.

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Woman Using Essential Oils to Clean Worksurfaces

How do you use this great essential oil? Try diffusing during a stressful moment (like when doing your laundry), adding several drops into your favourite cleaning spray bottle with water, or using it on linens as they dry!

Orange Oil

Orange oil is one of the most popular essential oils. It has a sweet, citrus scent and can be used in many ways around the house. The powerful properties of orange oil make it a great addition to cleaning products.

Here are some ways to use orange oil in your home:

  • Add a few drops of orange oil to your favourite homemade cleaner. Orange oil can help cut grease and grime without leaving behind a strong chemical smell.

  • Use orange oil to freshen up your garbage disposal. Put a drop or two of orange oil on a cotton ball and place it in your garbage disposal while running hot water to help eliminate odours and freshen up the sink.

Cinnamon Oil

Cinnamon oil is a powerful antibacterial and antifungal essential oil that can be used as a natural disinfectant. It also helps inhibit mold and mildew growth, so it can be added to your cleaning products to help you keep your home or office clean and fresh smelling.

The following are some ideas for using cinnamon oil in your cleaning products:

  • Add cinnamon oil to an all-purpose cleaner to help kill germs and bacteria on surfaces throughout your home or office. You can also add cinnamon oil to any homemade cleaners that need a boost of antibacterial properties. To make your own all-purpose cleaner, simply mix equal parts vinegar and water together in a spray bottle, then add 10 drops of cinnamon oil and shake well before each use. This recipe should keep indefinitely if stored at room temperature out of direct sunlight.

  • Dilute cinnamon essential oil with water in a spray bottle and use it as an antibacterial wipe for countertops, appliances, sinks or other hard surfaces that need sanitizing. To make this mixture, simply mix 2 tablespoons coconut oil with 3 tablespoons witch hazel extract (or vodka) in a dark glass spray bottle, then add 3 drops of cinnamon essential oil and shake well before each use.

In Summary

With these simple recipes, you don't have to worry about getting harsh man-made chemicals on your floors, counters or sinks. With just a few ingredients, basic knowledge and a few simple precautions of how to use them, you can clean your home safely and naturally...... and what a wonderful aroma too!