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Cleaning with essential oils

Its hard to even count the various odours and bacteria that linger in the home. Even the simple everyday job of cooking dinner leaves odours and icky things to linger in the air or on surfaces.

Even our pets make a difference in the odours in our home. Pet odors can really permeate the air then leaves pet dander on basically any surface in your home. Add to it musty laundry, or the trash you need to take out, and well... you’ve got the picture.

Many odors can go unnoticed by those living in the home, but believe me when I say your visitors will all pick up on them!

Here’s a fact: Cleaning doesn’t have to be ALL or NOTHING

The good news is, cleaning doesn’t have to be all or nothing. There are many simple things we can do that don’t involve much effort.

Everyone likes a clean, fresh-smelling home. And the best essential oils for cleaning can do just that! Yes, we can de funk any odor and keep our homes cleaner.

What makes an essential oil cleaning blend so potent?

Besides their unique plant-based benefits for cleaning any surface, essential oils can give us feelings of balance, relaxation, comfort, and even satisfaction. It all has to do with our olfactory system, in other words, our sense of smell.

As a matter of fact, scents play an important role in our lives. And it all begins in our olfactory system where our brain makes fascinating connections between scent, emotions, and memory. Did you know that we can discriminate a scent from more than a trillion different scents?

With this ability, it’s not surprising that the scent alone of essential oils can make our homes feel cleaner!

The Best Essential Oils for Cleaning Recipes and Blends

What essential oils are good for cleaning? We’ve narrowed down the very best essential oils for cleaning to quickly and easily clean and freshen your home. You’ll find a printable of all of these essential oil blends below. As well as five of our favorite DIY essential oil cleaner recipes.

Just Washed

Rid musty laundry odors with this appealing blend of fresh florals. It’s the perfect choice for the homemade linen spray we share below.

2 drops lavender

2 drops bergamot

1 drop geranium

Clean Home

Create a space everyone will be delighted to be in with this clean home blend pillowing from the diffuser.

3 drops sweet orange

2 drops eucalyptus

2 drops lime

Minty Fresh

Welcome visitors with an uplifting blend of fresh mint and the zingy zest of lime. Each is a great uplifting essential oil that can encourage a good mood.

3 drops spearmint

2 drops peppermint

1 drop lime

So Clean

Peel back the layers of stink and lift stale and musty indoor odors in spaces like the mudroom or man cave with this essential oil blend.

3 drops citrus fresh

2 drops eucalyptus

Fresh Breeze

Just like a fresh breeze, bring the outdoor aroma indoors with this refreshing woodsy blend of essential oils.

3 drops eucalyptus

2 drops rosemary

2 drops tea tree

At Home

This powerful blend of essential oils for cleaning promotes an emotionally balanced home that smells great too.

2 drops lavender

2 drops rosemary

2 drops lemon

2 drops lime

Citrus Clean

This blend of citrus fresh essential oils can make your house smell clean without actually lifting a finger. Add it to our homemade all-purpose cleaner or it diffuse in the kitchen after cooking dinner.

3 drops orange

2 drops grapefruit

1 drop lime

Bright Linens

This is great for putting on your wool dryer balls! It brings a cleansing aroma to the laundry that eliminates odors.

5 drops lavender

3 drops eucalyptus

2 drops purification

Welcome Home

This warming citrus blend of essential oils for cleaning creates a friendly and welcoming environment in the diffuser, essential oil candle, or room spray.

2 drops orange

2 drops clove

1 drop lemon

Use these essential oils for cleaning blends to freshen your home anytime with our printable blend sheet from our free printable library! Then put them to work in one of our many DIY essential oil cleaner recipes below!

5 DIY Essential Oil Cleaner Recipes:

#1 Make a DIY Linen Spray

An essential oil linen spray can lift odor in things we don’t launder that often. Use this simple linen spray recipe to deodorize curtains, comforters, pillows, or throw blankets by spritzing with the recipe below.

  1. Combine equal parts of rubbing alcohol and distilled water in a spray bottle.

  2. Top with up to 30 drops total of any of the essential oil blends above. (My favorite blend for linen sprays is Just Washed.)

  3. Cap the bottle and shake it well to thoroughly incorporate the essential oils into the mixture.

#2 Essential Oil Hand Soap Recipe

Keep all the hands clean in your family with a gentle essential oil hand soap recipe. Wet your hands with warm or cold water. Turn off the tap, and apply one pump of soap. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Cover the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Scrubbing for at least 20 seconds before rinsing.

  1. Add 1 part liquid soap with 3 parts water to a foaming soap dispenser

  2. Top with 10 to 15 drops total of essential oil, leaving about an inch of space to breathe.⁠

#3 Easy Wool Dryer Ball Dropper

Conventional dryer sheets contain artificial fragrances and other toxic ingredients I’d rather not add to our clean clothes. Wool dryer balls, on the other hand, are biodegradable, naturally antimicrobial, and free of chemicals or dyes. They bounce around inside the clothes dryer, allowing hot air to circulate and reduce drying time. All the while they naturally soften clothes, reduce wrinkles, and cut down on static.

But, you can even add to their goodness by making a wool dryer ball dropper. It’s the easiest and environmentally friendly way to add a fresh scent to your clean clothes and linens.

  1. Fill one dropper bottle with up to 50 drops total of essential oil. (The Bright Linens blend has the best essential oils for laundry.)

  2. Place the dropper on the bottle and shake well to thoroughly blend.

  3. Fill the dryer with your wet wash. Then add 2 to 3 drops from your dropper bottle onto each wool dryer ball.

  4. Toss them on top of the wash and run a normal drying cycle.

#4 Essential Oil Multi-Purpose Surface Cleaner

Everyday clean-up never looked so pretty than with a glass reusable spray bottle. Spray this essential oil cleaner recipe on countertops, cabinets, doorknobs, sinks, light switches, and more until your heart’s content.

  1. Combine 1 cup of white distilled vinegar with approximately 1 cup of distilled water into a 16-ounce spray bottle.

  2. Add a combination of 30 drops of essential oil to the spray bottle. (The Citrus Clean and Fresh Breezes essential oil blends above work incredibly well as a multi-purpose surface cleaner.)

  3. Place the spray nozzle on the bottle and shake it well to thoroughly combine all ingredients. Shake before each use.

#5 DIY Essential Oil Deep Clean Powder

How do you deodorize a room with essential oils? Make a dry deep clean powder with the world’s number 1 natural deodorizer – baking soda! (I buy it in a big box so I never run out.) Apply this essential oil cleaner to carpets, rugs, couch cushions, and mattresses for a deep clean.

  1. Fill a mason jar with a shaker lid with 1 cup of baking soda, then stir in 30 drops total of essential oil. Make sure to break up any clumps before placing the cap on the jar.

  2. Sprinkle this deep clean powder onto fabrics that have stale or foul odors.

  3. Allow the mixture to settle into the fibers of the fabric for a minimum of 15-20 minutes. You can even let it sit for a few hours or overnight for stubborn odors.

  4. After allowing time for deodorizing, vacuum the powder up.

When it comes to essential oils for cleaning these are the best for making DIY essential oil cleaner recipes and blends to freshen the home. Don’t forget to click the picture above, sign up and grab your free printable to use these in your own home!

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