Cleaning with Essential Oils: Three Easy Recipes

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cleaning with essential oilsI am totally hooked on essential oils. I also love making my own cleaning products. Cleaning with essential oils is a great way to make cleaning more effective and more enjoyable.

I love to experiment with different scents in different rooms. I will usually have a “scent theme” for each room, so I don’t end up with a weird combination of smells. So many essential oils have anti-bacterial and germ killing qualities AND smell amazing, your options are really endless. You can’t read about “natural cleaning” without coming across Tea Tree oil, but it has a rather strong scent that not everyone likes. A little bit goes a long way, so it is easy to blend with other, more appealing scents. These three simple household sprays use two of my personal favorites, relaxing lavender and comforting cassia bark. Enjoy! You can print labels for all three cleaners here.

Shower Spray/Bathroom Sanitizer


This recipe is a must have in my house. We have six of us sharing one shower, and two kids in diapers. Our bathroom can get super-funky, and NOT in a disco way. I spray this stuff everywhere. It can take the place of Lysol, Febreze, Tilex Daily Shower, pretty much anything you’d use to de-stink and de-germ your bathroom.

Mix 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water in a spray bottle. Add 10 drops Tea Tree Oil and 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil. Shake well before using.

Kills germs, prevents mildew, and soap scum. Freshens air in any room, helps with musty odors. Great to spray in trash cans, diaper pails, anywhere that gets a little stinky. I particularly like how the Lavender tames the Tea Tree scent a bit.

All Purpose Bathroom Cleanerallpurpose

If you can’t stand the smell of vinegar, this homemade wonder is a great alternative. You really could

clean any hard surface with this stuff. Spray it, then sprinkle on some baking soda, and you have an instant scrub for your sink, tub, or counter.

Pour 2 ounces of liquid castile soap into a spray bottle. Add 5 drops of Tea Tree Oil and 5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil. Fill the spray bottle slowly with water. Shake well before using.

I spray this all over my bathroom, including the mirror and floors, and wipe it all down with a microfiber towel. It smells great, cleans well, and leaves no residue.


Spicy Counter Spray


Who doesn’t love the smell of cinnamon coming from their kitchen? This super-simple kitchen spray smells like real, natural cinnamon, not the weird fake kind. It’s a little exotic, and a little spicy.

Mix 1 part water with 1 part white vinegar in a spray bottle. Add 10 drops of Cassia Bark Essential Oil. Shake well before using.

I love the way this spray makes my kitchen smell (like cinnamon). It cuts grease, knocks out cooking odors, and kills germs.

A few tips for creating your own recipes for cleaning with essential oils

  • Cassia Bark is a skin irritant, so do wear gloves when using, and keep out of reach of pets and children.
  • Do not mix castile soap and vinegar, they neutralize each other.
  • Easily create scrubs by adding baking soda, washing soda, or salt.
  • Don’t want a floral scent? Try an herb based essential oil, like rosemary, clary sage, or marjoram.
  • Consider the mood you want to create in a room, and use aromatherapy while you clean! Energize with peppermint, create romance with jasmine, purify with eucalyptus, or relax with chamomile.
  • Put a couple of drops of essential oil in your vacuum canister or bag before you vacuum. You can also make your own carpet powder with 1 cup of baking soda and 20 drops of essential oil. Mix well, sprinkle on carpet and allow to sit fr 15 minutes before vacuuming.
Shannon Thomas blogs about food, family, home, and self at She is a Navy wife and mother of 4 with a passion for sustainable, enjoyable living. You can find her all over the internet, but especially on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest



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