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Chapter Five – Cleaning

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Cleaning is an inevitable, unavoidable part of life. Whether you enjoy it or not, a large portion of your routine is dedicated to it. Thankfully, household cleaning can be made easier when you use powerful and effective cleaning agents.

Because they’re so potent and contain cleansing properties, essential oils can be useful for cleaning around the home. Not only are they effective, but essential oils also provide a natural alternative to cleaning with products that contain potentially dangerous chemicals. Oftentimes, cleaning agents will claim to be “natural”; however, they may still include synthetic ingredients.

Many people enjoy using essential oils for cleaning because it gives them peace of mind, knowing they’re using safe, natural products around their family. In addition to providing an option for natural cleaning, essential oils are also extremely versatile—a single essential oil can be used to clean several areas of the home.

Lastly, one of the greatest benefits of cleaning with essential oils is their lovely aromas that are left behind after cleaning, instead of the pungent chemical smell that tends to hang around after using commercial cleansers. Not only will your home look and feel clean, but you’ll get to enjoy the fresh, inviting scents of essential oils for hours after cleaning.

How does it work?

Some may wonder, “How do I know essential oils are useful cleaning agents?” The answer lies in the science behind essential oils. Each essential oil has its own unique set of chemical components that give the oil specific benefits. For example, Lemon oil contains the chemical component limonene, which is a cleansing property that makes it useful for household cleaning.

By using essential oils with chemical constituents that are known to be cleansing, you can harness the power of essential oils to help keep any space clean. When it comes to cleaning the house, finding essential oils with surface.


Best practices for cleaning with essential oils

Before you get started on the chore list, let’s go over a few guidelines for safely and effectively cleaning with essential oils:

  • A little oil goes a long way, so it’s best to start with a single drop of oil.
  • The amount of oil you need will depend on the type of cleaning you plan to do. Use less oil for simple jobs like cleansing surfaces and more oil for stains, scrubbing, or sticky and greasy messes.
  • Test a small area before cleaning with essential oils to see how the oil reacts with the surface type: wood, fabric, granite, and so on.
  • As you would with store-bought cleaning products, practice responsible storage and keep oils or homemade essential oil cleaning agents out of reach of children.
  • When using homemade essential oil cleaning agents, always shake well before using to mix the oil with other ingredients, as the oil will probably separate after sitting in the cabinet for a while.

Ready to add a little sparkle to your space? Here are 10 ideas for using essential oils for cleaning.

How to use essential oils for cleaning


Diffuse essential oils with cleansing properties to help dispel unwanted odors and cleanse the air in your home. Lemon, Lime, or Purify are great choices for this.


Create an all-purpose cleansing spray by combining a cup of warm water, a cup of white vinegar, and 20–25 drops of essential oil in a spray bottle. Shake the mixture well and spray on countertops, wood, glass, stainless steel, or porcelain.


When you’re getting ready to do laundry, add a few drops of essential oils to the rinse cycle, or place several drops on a dryer sheet to add a clean, fresh scent to your next load.


Make your own wood polish by combining ¼ cup of olive oil, ¼ cup of vinegar, and 10 drops of essential oil like Wild Orange, Arborvitae, or Lemon to a glass spray bottle. Apply the mixture to a microfiber cloth and wipe wood surfaces clean.


Clean your toilets more efficiently by combining ½ cup of baking soda, ¼ cup of white vinegar, and 10 drops of essential oil directly into the toilet bowl and scrubbing it clean. Try using Tea Tree for this.


For an effective glass cleaner, combine 1½ cups of white vinegar, ½ cup of distilled water, and 8 drops of a citrus essential oil in a spray bottle.


Use essential oils, warm water, and a rag to get rid of sticky or greasy residue on surfaces or your hands. Citrus essential oils such as Lemon work best for this.


Refresh your furniture and linens by combining two cups of distilled water, two tablespoons of rubbing alcohol, and 15 drops of essential oil in a spray bottle. Spritz the combination over furniture, on your bedding, in the linen closet, in your children’s rooms, or in the car.


To keep your garbage can from smelling up the entire kitchen, place a few drops of an essential oil on a dryer sheet or paper towel and place it at the bottom of the can to provide a refreshing scent


When you’re in a hurry, add a small dab of a cleansing essential oil to a damp cloth and wipe down surfaces in the kitchen or bathroom.

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