Many of us have made changes over recent years to ‘go green’ and leave a minimal footprint and live a more natural and healthy life. Or, maybe you have chosen to simply live a more organic lifestyle. Perhaps you don’t want harsh chemicals around your house. Household cleaners can contain chemicals that can have side effects on your skin and respiratory system, and are a danger to children and pets. Whatever the reason, we’re here to tell you about some safe, healthy, and natural alternatives: essential oils.

Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts from various parts of plants, like the roots, leaves, and petals. Most essential oils are multi-purpose and have been used medicinally for centuries to treat both mental and physical ailments. So, while you are cleaning, you may also be getting the perks of aromatherapy. Let’s get started:


How many cleaning products do you have that are lemon scented? A lot, and for a good reason. The smell of lemon is synonymous with descriptive words like bright, clean, and fresh. TIn face, lemon oil has natural properties that make it effective against bacteria and viruses. It also works well for breaking up grease and freshening the air. It can also deodorize your fridge, help to remove stains from your floors, and even polish wood and leather when combined with olive oil.

Tea Tree

Tea Tree oil is always good to keep around the home. Like lemon oil helps to wipe away bacteria, viruses, and germs as well as works as a repellent against bugs and lice. Tea tree oil can also be used to make soaps and body washes as well as fight breakouts.


Rosemary has natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties, which makes it an excellent ingredient for dish soaps and laundry detergent. Also, rosemary combined with peppermint is great to help you draw focus.

Wild Orange

Orange oil, like lemon, is a bright citrus scent and works great to cut grease on stovetops, counters, and dishes. Not to mention it’s a great floor cleaner, counter cleaner, and fabric softener to boot.


Lavender is one of the most widely used essential oils. Lavender is soothing and gentle on the skin, making it useful for hand soaps and linen spray.


Eucalyptus has natural germicidal properties that make it great for combating dust mites and other pests. It has a clean scent that can making stinky jobs in the kitchen and bathroom more tolerable. Eucalyptus oil is also suitable for cleaning your mattress and bedding.


Peppermint oil is also great for disinfecting surfaces around the home. In addition to being useful as a spray on deodorant, it also can be added to household cleaners and deters some insects like ants and spiders. Not to mention it’s a great hack to relieving headaches as well as supports focus.

Cinnamon Leaf

Guess what? Cinnamon is naturally antibacterial and antiseptic too! It is a powerful agent against mold and mildew as well as unwanted pests.


We all know about Pine-Sol, named after its key ingredient: pine! Pine is effective at fighting E.coli, yeast spores, and many other germs along with mold and mildew. And we all know it best for cleaning and polishing wood floors as it leaves that fresh pine scent.


Thyme is its own little gem. It is a strong deterrent against bacteria and germs like salmonella. It’s perfect for cleaning cutting boards and countertops that may have come into contact with raw meat.


Now’s the time to ditch the cabinet full of synthetic chemicals and make the switch to a natural alternative. Essential oils come in small bottles, but they are highly concentrated, so just a few drops are all you need to wipe down most surfaces. To properly disinfect trouble areas of the home, add a few more drops to warm water and let the oils sit on the surface before coming back with a clean rag to wipe away the mess.

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27 thoughts on “Essential Oils for a Clean Home

  1. fabulous information! Thank you so much..I am consciously removing chemicals from my home and my life!

    Posted on 02/03/2018 at 5:18 pm
  2. i love essential oils and i love the many benefits that they provide.

    Posted on 02/03/2018 at 6:28 pm
  3. I totally love essential oil and use daily lavender. Thank you for the article as I divovered additional benefits od using other essential oils in my household

    Posted on 02/03/2018 at 8:31 pm
  4. These are some awesome insights into how certain oils can help around the home. I am definitely going to have to start using some more for cleaning around the place. Especially peppermint I think.

    Posted on 02/03/2018 at 9:22 pm
  5. Lemon and tea tree oils I have used for cleaning. I have the other oils and have used them some for cleaning but should probably starting getting more into using the oil for cleaning.

    Posted on 02/03/2018 at 11:14 pm
  6. I am surely going to buy some lavender and lemon essential oils for my home. Thank you so much for the very useful information.

    Posted on 02/04/2018 at 4:55 am
  7. Can I just tell you how much I love lavender oil. The stuff is wonderful and smells so darn good. I always have some at home.

    Posted on 02/04/2018 at 10:38 am
  8. Lavender and Eucalyptus are my favorite ones. I’ve tried pine oil yesterday at SPA – amazing!

    Posted on 02/04/2018 at 3:37 pm
  9. I love the scent of lavender. I’ve also read that it has calming qualities and is good for decreasing stress levels. I have found this to be true.

    Posted on 02/04/2018 at 6:06 pm
  10. I love the idea of using essential oils in my cleaning products. The scents alone would make it worthwhile! Thanks for the tips 🙂

    Posted on 02/05/2018 at 2:49 am
  11. I currently use lavender and rosemary and they have made such a world of a difference. Thanks for the list. I might try a few from here.

    Posted on 02/05/2018 at 6:35 am
  12. I don’t have any essential oils in my home but, I like that these are not as harsh, lack the chemicals, scent and are better for me and will last longer.

    Posted on 02/05/2018 at 1:10 pm
  13. I learned alot from this post, I had no idea Thyme could help in that way or a Cinnamon leaf was an antiseptic. Really enjoyed learning these things from your post 🙂

    Posted on 02/05/2018 at 4:56 pm
  14. This is a great breakdown of what to use each essential oil for. My primary use is for household cleaning for the smell.

    Posted on 02/05/2018 at 9:03 pm
  15. All of these oils would be so useful to have around the home. I know I have used a couple of them before. I really would love the Lavender and Wild Orange.

    Posted on 02/05/2018 at 9:07 pm
  16. I have been reading a lot about essential oils. I think I might buy lavender and vanilla because of the calming effects. I didn’t know you can use them for cleaning. Thanks for sharing!

    Posted on 02/05/2018 at 11:38 pm
  17. Great tip! I bought an essential oil diffuser and have just 2 oils and was planning to buy more. I’m interested in Pine and Lemon from your list. Love Lavender and Eucalyptus.

    Posted on 02/06/2018 at 4:35 am
  18. I like the scent of peppermint, rosemary and thime. They are all relaxing even at my kitchen 🙂

    Posted on 02/06/2018 at 6:22 am
  19. Peppermint does help with headaches. I have that one in the house all of the time. It smells good too. I love grapefruit too, for aromatherapy in the house. It just smells clean! 🙂

    Posted on 02/06/2018 at 8:37 am
  20. Thanks for sharing this wonderful information. I only know of these oils for haircare and consumption, I now know how to use them for the home.

    Posted on 02/06/2018 at 8:08 pm
  21. great info!i love lavender and peppermint. I am great fan of essential oils.

    Posted on 02/07/2018 at 9:50 am
  22. I love peppermint. It’s one of my favorite scent. I also love lavender.

    Posted on 02/07/2018 at 1:05 pm
  23. Tea tree is my absolute favorite oil! I always have it on hand. It’s amazing for colds and the skin (diluted, of course) too! I love the smell too! Do you use tea tree as a solution for cleaning countertops too?

    Posted on 02/07/2018 at 3:45 pm
  24. Thanks for this useful information! I will take advantage!

    Posted on 02/08/2018 at 7:08 pm
  25. Great tips! I didn’t know about these. I will be bookmarking this and using them later.

    Posted on 02/09/2018 at 4:27 am
  26. Upon reading this post, I am starting to love EOs. I didn’t know that rosemary is a good source of EO too.

    Posted on 02/12/2018 at 2:55 pm
  27. Lemon is a very effective cleaner. If lemon is not available, i use vinegar. And its cheaply!

    Posted on 02/13/2018 at 11:09 am