Clean Your Home Naturally: 10 Essential Oils That Can Be Used for Cleaning Your House

It’s something we all have to do, but most of us definitely don’t enjoy it: cleaning. Who doesn’t hate cleaning their house? I know I sure do! The main thing I hate about cleaning my house is the strong chemical smell that many household cleansers leave behind. These chemicals can be toxic and the fumes they give off can be bad for your health. If you’re like me and have pets in your home, (or if you’re like other people and have children in your home) you might also worry about the hazards that come with chemical cleansers. What if my pets – or children – get into them? Well, we can now breathe a collective sigh of relief. It turns out there are effective ways to gt your home clean without using the chemicals. All-natural essential oils can be used to clean your house from top to bottom, and they pose no health risk at all! Plus, they smell really amazing.

Here are ten of the best essential oils for cleaning your house:

1. Tea Tree

This essential oil can be used for so many things, where do we even begin? Tea tree oil is antibacterial, meaning it fights germs and bacteria. Mix a small amount with water in a spray bottle and you can use it to disinfect surfaces throughout your home. This is especially helpful for those times the entire family is passing around the flu. It can also be used to prevent bugs from entering the home if sprayed around the doorway or around window sills.

2. Wild Orange

Wild orange oil has an amazing scent and offers great cleaning benefits, too. It’s especially great at breaking down grease buildup. If you mix just a few drops of wild orange oil with warm water, you can use it to remove grease from particularly dirty areas in your kitchen. You can also soak grease-covered dishes in warm water mixed with wild orange oil. They’ll come out free of grease and smelling great.

3. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus oil is a natural germicide and is highly effective at killing dust mites. For this reason, people use it to clean their mattresses of their children’s stuffed toys. If you sprinkle a few drops into while washing stuffed toys or clothes, it will prevent dust mites from infesting these items. Eucalyptus oil has also been shown to prevent household pests. All you need to do is sprinkle a few drops into your cabinets and cupboards.

4. Cinnamon Leaf

Cinnamon leaf oil is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent. It has been shown to effectively kill mold and mildew. Many people use it in homemade mold sprays, which are very simple to make. Using a mixture of half cinnamon leaf oil and half warm water in a spray bottle, generously spray the areas effected with mold or mildew and allow to soak for 20 minutes. Cinnamon leaf oil has also been shown to deter pests if sprinkled around problem areas in your home.

5. Thyme

This is one of the most powerful germ-fighting essential oils. It is particularly good at warding off salmonella bacteria. Many people add drops of thyme oil to their dish soap, so that when they clean dishes which came in contact with raw meat, they are killing any salmonella bacteria.

6. Pine

Pine oil is a common ingredient in many commercial household cleaning products. However, those products add in other unnecessary ingredients. Pine oil on its own can effectively kill E. Coli, yeast spores and other germs. It’s also great at cleaning hardwood floors and removing mold and mildew. No wonder Pine-Sol is so popular!

7. Peppermint

Peppermint is known for its clean, crisp scent. It makes sense you would want to fill your house with the smell of peppermint. It turns out that it doesn’t just add a nice smell to your home, but also neutralizes the bad odors, rather than just covering them. Peppermint essential oil can also be used in homes that have ant problems. When cleaning your home, spray a mixture of half peppermint oil/half water along cracks and crevices where ants enter the home. This mixture will deter the pesky insects.

8. Lavender

This is one of the loveliest essential oil scents. The smell of lavender is soothing and calming, which is why many people add it to homemade cleaning mixtures. If you want to add a nice scent to your clothing, you can add a few drops of lavender oil into your laundry before washing. Aside from its great fragrance, lavender oil has antibacterial properties, meaning it will effectively kill bacteria on household items.

9. Rosemary

Rosemary oil has natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties, which is why many people add it to all of their homemade cleaning solutions. From dish soap to laundry detergent, adding rosemary oil will kill bacteria on your household items. Rosemary oil also has a nice, light fragrance and can be added to homemade air fresheners to keep your rooms smelling fresh and clean.

10. Lemon

Is there any commercial cleaning product on earth that doesn’t contain lemon? Commercial cleaning brands jumped on the lemon oil bandwagon because of its fresh, clean scent and because it has natural antibacterial and antiviral properties. Talk about an all-in-one! Lemon oil can be used in your home to deodorize your fridge, clean your floors and even polish leather furniture!

It looks like there’s no reason to avoid cleaning your home anymore! Using essential oils to clean your house gets rid of the nasty chemical smell of commercial cleansers and makes cleaning much more pleasant. The next time your running low on cleaning supplies, don’t make a trip to the store for bleach and disinfectant – get some essential oils instead!

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