7 ways to use essential oils for cleaning around the home

Why use essential oils for cleaning? 

You may have already experienced the health benefits of essential oils, used them in the kitchen when whipping up your favourite meals, or enjoyed their uplifting, relaxing, and soothing scents on a daily basis, but have you tried using essential oils for cleaning? 

With natural cleansing and purifying properties, certain essential oils can be a helpful part of your regular cleaning routine. Not only can essential oils be used to cleanse surfaces and purify the air, but they leave behind a pleasant aroma that will instantly make your home feel clean and refreshed.
Below are a few recipes to get you started.

#1 - All purpose spray

 All-Purpose Spray
There is no need to pull out your rubber gloves and surgical masks when you clean your home. It might surprise you to know that you can concoct simple and inexpensive non-toxic cleaners from ingredients already lying around your house. Using essential oils to create your own cleaning spray is not only safe on the environment but is safe for your family as well. This spray is perfect for cleaning hard surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, etc.
¼ cup white vinegar
1 ¾ cups water
30 drops essential oils of your choice (good ones to try are doterra's OnGuard, Tea Tree, and Lemon)
Recommended essential oil combinations:
  1. Add all ingredients to 16-ounce spray bottle. 
  2. Shake thoroughly.


#2 - Odor eliminator 

Odour Eliminator

This is a quick and easy way to freshen smelly areas.

  1. Grab doterra Citrus Bliss or Purify (or essential oil of your choice)
  2. Add 6 drops of oil to a dryer sheet and place the sheet in said smell area! Voila! 
  3. Areas to target could be rubbish bins, clothes + bathroom drawers, closets, gym bags, etc.


#3 - Refrigerator and Microwave Cleaner

Refrigerator and Microwave Cleaner

1 cup white vinegar
2 cups hot water
15 drops Lemon oil


  1. Combine the ingredients in glass spray bottle.
  2. Spray mixture inside fridge or microwave, then scrub and wipe using damp cloth. 


#4 - Citrus scrub

Soft Scrub for Bath, Tile, and Toilet


Soft Scrub for Bath, Tile, and Toilet

This is enough for two to four applications. This soft scrub is excellent for getting rid of soap scum, removing stains, and brightening your tile and toilet. To use, just apply and let it sit for 5–10 minutes and then scrub. Once done scrubbing, take a wet cloth and wipe clean.

¾ rounded cup baking soda
¼ cup unscented liquid castile soap
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon vinegar
5–10 drops Lemon oil
Note: This scrub is also great to use to help clean your kitchen sink, refrigerator, or tile floors.
  1. In bowl, combine baking soda and castile soap.
  2. Add water and stir.
  3. Add vinegar and essential oil. The consistency should be a soft paste.
  4. Store in airtight container.
  5. Add ingredients directly to partially drained bowl. As it reacts, scrub toilet. 


#5 - DIY Citrus Glass Cleaner

Citrus Glass Cleanser

Make your own natural citrus glass cleansing spray at home. It is affordable, easy, eco-friendly, and most importantly tox-free! Citrus oils are great cleaners and smell amazing too.


16-ounce spray bottle (glass is always better, especially if you are storing things for a while)
1 ½ cup white vinegar
½ cup distilled water
8 drops citrus oil of choice


  1. Add vinegar, water, and essential oil(s) to spray bottle and shake.
  2. Clean surfaces


 #6 - Yoga Mat Spray

Yoga Mat Cleaner
Yoga is a great way to increase your physical and emotional well-being.  Whether you're an expert yogi or are just beginning, a good yoga mat spray is a must.
¾ cup distilled water
¼ cup alcohol-free witch hazel or white vinegar
5 drops Lavender oil
3 drops Melaleuca oil
Glass spray bottle
Note: Not all yoga mats are treated the same. Using essential oils may ruin some yoga mats. Spray a test patch on a small part of your mat first to make sure it doesn't affect it.
  1. Combine all ingredients in glass spray bottle
  2. Shake until combined
  3. To use, spray on mat and wipe dry with towel


#7 - Natural Air Freshener

Natural Air Freshner


Commercial air fresheners can bring many unnatural aromas into your home. There are, however, completely safe and natural alternatives to help keep your home refreshed. Make your own air freshener that has only two ingredients—baking soda and essential oils! 


¼ cup baking soda
5–6 drops favourite essential oil


  1. Put ¼ cup baking soda into a small Mason jar. Add 5–6 drops of your favourite doTERRA essential oil or blend.
    Recommended Essential Oils: doTERRA Balance®, Cassia, Geranium, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, doTERRA On Guard®, Purify, or Wild Orange.
  2. Put a piece of fabric on the jar and seal jar with a rubber band.
  3. To keep an area smelling fresh, the place jar on a solid surface and shake often to activate the fresh scent.
  4. If scent starts to fade, simply add 2–3 drops of essential oil to the jar. 

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