Improve your cleaning routine by using essential oils for simple, natural homemade cleaning products that are easy to customize! Here’s everything you need to know to clean your home naturally with essential oils. This post is sponsored by Oils by Katelyn. Katelyn is wonderful to work with and has taught me so much about essential oils! I’m glad to pass on to you what I’ve learned!
When I initially switched to natural cleaning supplies, I was uber minimalist in my approach. I got rid of the toxic toilet bowl cleaners and the fake fragrance all-purpose sprays and instead used…basically nothing. White vinegar. Baking Soda. Castile soap. A few good tools. There wasn’t much in my simple cleaning caddy, but I got the job done.
While these cleaning staples still serve me well six years later, I’ve gradually amped them up a bit. For one thing, having a baby presents all kinds of new messy situations, and you need a little (or a lot) of extra cleaning and disinfectant power! And although I don’t mind the smell of vinegar, I’ve also discovered that pretty scents help motivate me to clean.
So I added fragrance and cleaning power back into my cleaning supplies by using essential oils. Katelyn of Oils by Katelyn walked me through the top essential oils for natural cleaning and gave me some recipes to start using around my home. Here are some of the invaluable things I’ve learned about cleaning with essential oils:
Why Clean Your Home with Essential Oils?
1. They’re Safer Than Regular Cleaning Products
Many conventional cleaning products contain chemicals that are harsh for your skin, respiratory system, and the environment (both in production and when they get washed down the drain as you clean). DoTERRA essential oils (the oils I use) are sustainably produced and much safer to use–especially when you have young children in your care!
Essential oils are effective at killing germs and cutting grease, but they aren’t harsh. When you’re using essential oils you don’t have to worry about whether or not your products mix while you clean. There aren’t any deadly combinations of essential oils like you get with, say, bleach and ammonia!
2. They’re Cost Effective
When you skip the cleaning aisle in the grocery store, you’ll also save money. Essential oils are highly concentrated, so a small bottle goes a long way. You only need to add a few drops to your homemade cleaning solutions to get results.
3. They’re Customizable
Is there a scent you love, like spicy fir or juicy grapefruit? Use the essential oil in your cleaning routine and you’ll find the experience much more enjoyable! You can rotate out essential oils for the season, using clove at Christmastime or lemongrass in the summer. If you suffer from headaches or seasonal allergies, add lavender to your cleaning bottle and breathe in deeply while you work. Is someone in your house battling a cold? Try cleaning with peppermint or eucalyptus–you can clean and relieve congestion at the same time!
Using essential oils lets you tailor your cleaning recipes to suit your preferences, support your family’s health, and avoid toxic chemicals–all while saving you money. Lots of wins there!
Making Homemade Natural Cleaners with Essential Oils
If you’re just starting out and want a few key oils to buy, try oregano, peppermint, lemon, and rosemary. These four oils are excellent for cleaning and disinfecting (all of them are antibacterial, and lemon and oregano are also antiviral.)
The OnGuard concentrate that doTERRA sells also makes an excellent all-purpose cleaner. The concentrate contains plant-based surfactants, rather than chemical, and has a blend of orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils. The spices make it smell a bit like Christmas. It’s lovely!
Try these simple recipes for cleaning your home naturally:
1 Tablespoon OnGuard Concentrate in a 16-oz spray bottle of water. Use to clean doorknobs, bathrooms, counters, and kitchen appliances (but be careful not to spray/rub on the painted lettering, as that might wipe it off).
1 Tablespoon OnGuard Concentrate in 1 gallon water.
5 to 10 drops lemon in an 8-oz spray bottle of distilled water. (You can also use 4 oz water with 4 oz white vinegar.)
Counter Top Spray
5 drops essential oil(s) of choice plus 8 ounces water. Lime, peppermint, and melaleuca (tea tree)* all work well!
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup liquid Castile soap
- 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
- 5 drops lemon
- 5 drops rosemary
Mix all ingredients and store in a mason jar. It will have a slightly liquid consistency. To use, scoop out desired amount and spread around tub with a sponge. Circle the tub again with the sponge to wipe and scrub if needed, then rinse.
- 2 cups washing soda
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup sea salt
- 1 cup citric acid
- 10 drops lemon
- 10 wild orange
- 10 drops lime
Mix all ingredients well. Makes about 2 liters. You can experiment with your dishwasher, but try using 2 Tablespoons powder per load.
I’m excited for you to discover, as I have, that using essential oils simplifies your cleaning…and makes it more fun! If you don’t want to spend money on toxic chemicals and synthetic fragrances–but you also don’t want to use plain vinegar for everything–enjoy the creativity of incorporating essential oils into your routine.
Do you clean with essential oils? What’s your favourite DIY cleaner recipe?
Read the other posts in my essential oils miniseries:
*If you’re a cat or dog owner, I would avoid using tea tree for cleaning. Although you’ll be using it heavily diluted, I would personally err on the side of caution, since it can be toxic for pets. Always store your essential oils in a place that children–and your smart cat–can’t access.
This post is sponsored by Oils by Katelyn. Katelyn is wonderful to work with and has taught me so much about essential oils! I’m glad to pass on to you what I’ve learned! This post is not intended as medical advice. Please talk to your healthcare providers before making medical decisions.