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Essential oils aren’t just for reinventing your healthcare. Using essential oils for cleaning is a greatly under appreciated benefit of having essential oils in your home.
Many essential oils are great for cleaning. My top five are melaleuca, lemon, lavender, Protective Blend, and Cleansing Blend.
Essential Oils for Cleaning
Lemon: Lemon is THE cleaning essential oil. If you use nothing else to clean, use lemon. It is incredibly frugal AND effective. What beats that? Lemon is an incredibly cleansing essential oils and is great and cutting through junk. It is used internally to support detox pathways, and can be used the same way in cleaning products. Use a drop or two to cut through leftover sticky residue like MAGIC. Add 20 drops to 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a spray bottle – this will give you a powerful all-purpose cleaner for a fraction of the price. I also use it in my homemade dishwasher detergent for some extra cleaning power.
Protective Blend: Lemon is a great cleaner, but a Protective Blend will give that extra oomph you may be looking for! It is high in antioxidants and my go-to for natural immune support. Replace the lemon essential oil in the all-purpose cleaner with a protective blend for a cleaning that will help you survive flu season. It can also be diffused in the air or used in homemade, alcohol-free hand sanitizer.
Cleansing Blend: This is another amped up cleaning blend. Containing lemon, lime, pine, citronella, melaleuca, and cilantro essential oils, the Cleansing Blend combines all your traditional cleaning scents and ingredients in one little bottle. Use it in the all-purpose cleaner recipe to really take care of stubborn gunk. Diffuse in the air to freshen up a room and neutralize odors. I always diffuse this around our indoor composting system when we add food to it in order to take care of the smell.
Lavender: Known for its calming scent, lavender can be lovely to help freshen up the home. Diffuse it for a relaxing smell. Dilute a few drops in a cup of water, put in a spray bottle, and use as a cheap, DIY Febreze (I think that’s spelled right…that’s how Google spelled it…it doesn’t look right…). I use lavender in my homemade laundry detergent, and my bedding just smells heavenly after I wash it. You can also add a drop or two to wool dryer balls and replace those toxic (and expensive!) dryer sheets.
Melaleuca: Melaleuca, also known as tea tree oil, is famous for its power against environmental threats. This makes it a great cleaner! However, since many people prefer the cleaning power and smell of the citrus oils, melaleuca tends to make its appearance more in the personal care products, like my homemade toothpaste, deodorant, or as a spot treatment for acne.
Do you use essential oils for cleaning?
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