Though cleaning may not be as fun or glamorous as making your own natural body care recipes, it can be as decadent when you incorporate the refreshing scents of a few key essential oils. I can’t say cleaning is my favourite pastime in the world, but I do love when my kitchen is sparkling clean – not with chemicals, but with botanicals.
According to popular advertising, we’re led to believe that we need an array of home cleaning products, from air fresheners to special mopping cloths to laundry detergents to sprays. These products are typically loaded with toxins that put our health at risk, including ingredients that are known carcinogens. Not to mention the environmental implications of the toxins that go down the drain, or the impact of the single-use and disposable products that we toss in the garbage. Because nothing is truly disposable – it all goes somewhere.
Creating a healthy home from the inside out is very important to me and I solely use natural cleaning products, most of which are homemade. It never ceases to amaze me what a little baking soda, vinegar, and a good essential oil can do.
There are so many amazing essential oils to clean your home with and I love playing around with different scents. However, I realize that not everyone is an essential oil hoarder like me (hey, I love what I love!) and so I want to share my must-haves – or my ‘essentials’, if you will.
5 Essential Oils to Clean Your Home
Before you purchase essential oils, it’s important to ensure your oils are top quality. Essential oils are powerful, but only if the ones you buy actually contain the active compounds the company promises they do, and leave out the synthetics that are present in the ones sold by some of the bigger brands out there. You can read about this in-depth here.
I personally use Living Libations oils – so before you ask, that’s my answer and here are my five favourite essential oils to clean your home.
1. Tea Tree Oil
This essential oil is incredibly anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, and it has disinfectant, antiseptic and anti-microbial properties. It really keeps those germs at bay. Take a spray bottle and fill it with water and a few drops of tea tree oil, then use it to clean your kitchen, bathroom, floors – pretty much everywhere in your house. It works especially well when you use it to clean out the mold in your shower and to disinfect your yoga mat after a sweaty sesh.
Grapefruit is another potent anti-bacterial and the benefit of adding grapefruit to vinegar-based cleaning products is that the citrus helps balance with the sour smell of the vinegar. Grapefruit is an uplifting scent that offers that citrusy freshness we’ve come to associate with clean. I often add grapefruit to my surface cleaners, mop water and glass cleaner.
Like the oils I’ve already mentioned, lemongrass is anti-bacterial but it’s more well-known for being highly anti-fungal (it’s often used as a natural treatment for candida, a fungus that clings on for dear life). This means that lemongrass is one of the best essential oils to clean your home with if you’ve got a lot of fungus and mold. Mold tends to grow in damp spots, like the kitchen, bathroom, windows and in the basement. Add lemongrass to your home cleaners and banish that mold once and for all!
Lemongrass smells awesome and can help reduce anxiety levels too, so that’s one more reason to use it.
By now you’ve probably surmised the theme of the essential oils I’m choosing, so it won’t surprise you to learn that eucalyptus oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic too. When inhaled, it also supports the immune system and reduces inflammation. Eucalyptus is often used as a scent in conventional cleaning products because it has that outdoorsy, woodsy smell. By using eucalyptus essential oils to clean your home, you’ll get the benefits minus the toxins in conventional products.
I chose this because it’s one of my all-time favourite scents. I use it in home cleaning and beauty care, and always take it traveling. Though lavender has some mild anti-bacterial properties, this is one I use for its magnificent effect on the nervous system. It helps us feel calm and relaxed – who wouldn’t want that kind of scent to permeate their home? I love adding lavender essential oil to my all-purpose cleaners so I can smell lavender wherever I am at home.
These are 5 great staple essential oils to clean your home with and once you start using them, you won’t want to go back.
Did I miss anything? What are your favourite essential oils for home cleaning?
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