Spring is in the air and for some reason, this seems to instigate an unspoken tradition to spring clean our homes?! Somehow over the winter we always seem to gather loads of unwanted items. Spring is a great time to declutter and organize our homes. A good deep clean is also top of our spring lists once we’ve had a good clear out!
If like me you fear the coughing, sneezing, and lung burning that can be brought on by harsh cleaners you might want to consider making your own natural cleaners.
Nature has many plants that are antimicrobial and have been known to destroy certain bacteria and fungus. By using essential oils to clean; your home will also smell divine and be chemical free – basically, it’s a win-win!
Reasons to use Essential Oils to Clean
- Kill bacteria, fungus, and viruses
- Remove grease and grime
- Benefit from not using chemicals
- The added bonus of mood-enhancing essential oils
Without further ado here are our top pick of essential oils to clean your home naturally.
Tea tree has to be the powerhouse of essential oils, there are so many uses for this amazing oil. Claimed to have valuable antiseptic and anti-fungal properties due to constituents called terpenoids, and is used in many personal care products and medicines today. In the home mix tea tree essential oil with water, white wine vinegar to use as a shower cleaner.
Ever wondered why some many cleaning products smell of lemon? It’s not just because it smells fresh and uplifting, lemon has fantastic antiviral and disinfecting properties. Lemon is also used to de-grease and neutralise bad smells. You can make a spray to clean bathrooms, kitchens and flooring. Our nifty trick for cleaning microwaves:
Fill a small bowl with water, a drop of vinegar, and a few drops of lemon oil. Microwave the mixture for about 2 minutes and use a damp cloth; the grime will come right off!
We always associate lavender with sleep and calming properties, however, lavender has so many healing properties due to its antimicrobial action. Mix lavender with essential oils for an all-round cleaner. It’s very popular as a fabric spray; we add 5 drops to our washing machine to prevent musty build ups and make our laundry smell fabulous.
The smell of rosemary essential oil is woody and herbal and is used in aromatherapy to refresh and stimulate the mind. Rosemary’s natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties make it a great addition to any cleaning regime. You can mix with water and white wine vinegar for an all-round cleaner. Or mix with water and shake well to use as a room air freshener.
We mostly associate the benefits of eucalyptus to relieve coughs, colds, and other such respiratory troubles. Eucalyptus essential oil is said to be antibacterial, disinfectant and an analgesic which makes this great as a disinfectant cleaner. Refresh your mattress with a mix of baking soda and eucalyptus, not only will this neutralize odour it will also kill dust mites!
There are countless uses for peppermint oil around the home. Peppermint oil has many applications including pest deterrent, surface cleaner and air freshener. It is a prized essential oil for its use as an antiseptic because it helps reduce bacteria, fungus and microorganisms. For a great toilet cleaner, mix baking soda, peppermint oil and a little water together to form a paste. Just scrub your toilet bowl with the paste and you will have a clean, fresh toilet.
Tips When Cleaning With Essential Oils
- Add essential oils last, after you’ve added your water/vinegar to the spray bottle.
- Oil and water don’t mix well, make sure you shake well!
- Store products in dark bottles to prevent oxidation.
- Essential oils are flammable, never leave them near sources of ignition such as cookers, fires, candles or any naked flame.
- If you have pets or are pregnant, check for safety before use.