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Top 10 Essential Oil Recipes for Cleaninghow-to-use-essential-oils-for-cleaning

Essential oils are one of the best-smelling, naturally antibacterial options for homemade cleaning recipes. Add oils to green your laundry routine, sanitize the kitchen and nix mold in the bathroom – all while making your house smell ‘clean’

1. ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER WITH LEMON

  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon natural dish soap (NOT castile soap)
  • 30 drops lemon essential oil
  • 20 drops melaleuca essential oil

Mix all ingredients in a quart-sized spray bottle. Shake to combine. Spray and wipe on counters, cabinets, sinks, toilets, and anywhere else.

2. FRESH MINT WINDOW & MIRROR CLEANER

  • 3 cups distilled water
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol or vodka
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 20 drops peppermint or spearmint essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a quart-sized spray bottle. Shake to combine, then spray on mirrors, windows, or stainless steel. Wipe off with paper towels or old newspaper for streak-free shine.

3. SIMPLE CITRUS SOFT SCRUB

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops lime essential oil
  • 10 drops wild orange essential oil

Mix ingredients together to form a paste (add more castile soap if needed). Apply with rag or sponge, then rinse with clean water. I especially like to use this on my stovetop and on grimy sinks.

4. DEEP CLEAN TOILET SCRUB

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/3 cup liquid dishwashing soap
  • 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 30 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 3/4 cup water

Mix together in a squeeze-type bottle, then squirt into toilet. Scrub and let stand 20 minutes.

5. DAILY SHOWER SPRAY

  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1 teaspoon natural liquid dish soap (not castile soap)
  • 15 drops lime essential oil
  • 15 drops melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil

Combine in a quart-sized spray bottle. Spray daily on shower door and walls after use (this is a preventative spray, designed to help prevent build-up)

6. LEMON CARPET REFRESHER

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 30 drops lemon essential oil

Combine in a small container, and cover tightly with a lid. Shake well and allow to sit for 6-8 hours. Sprinkle on stale or smelly carpet and allow to sit on it overnight. Vacuum up the next morning.

7. GOO & CRAYON REMOVER

  • Lemon essential oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons fractionated coconut oil or almond oil (optional)

Mix together, then apply directly to sticker residue, random goo, gum, crayon marks, etc. (Test in an inconspicuous place first, if needed) Rub in with your fingers, then wipe away with a clean rag. Repeat as needed.

8. FRESH LINEN SPRAY

  • 1/4 cup distilled water
  • 3 tablespoons witch hazel or vodka
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • 15 drops frankincense essential oil

Add all ingredients to a small spritzer, shake well, and spray on sheets, pillowcases, and linens.

9. SWEET LAVENDER AIR FRESHENER

  • 3/4 cup water (I use tap water, but distilled is fine too)
  • 2 tablespoons vodka, rubbing alcohol, or real vanilla extract
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops chamomile essential oil

Combine in a 8 oz spray bottle, shake to combine. Spray throughout the house to eliminate odors or stale smells.

10. TUB AND SHOWER GEL

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup natural dishwashing liquid (not castile soap)
  • Squeeze bottle

Heat the vinegar in a small saucepan on the stove until hot (but not boiling). Carefully stir the dishwashing soap in until combined, then pour into the squeeze bottle. Squirt onto shower and tub, and allow to sit for 1-3 hours. Wipe off with a scrubber or sponge.

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