Essential oils make great eco-friendly cleaning products. While name brand cleaners rely on a whole host of ingredients that require a warning label, natural solutions like essential oils offer a much safer option. They’re not hazardous and they’re free of toxic ingredients. Here are ten name brand cleaners that you can do without thanks to essential oils.
Window and Glass Cleaner: Lemon Oil
Lemon and all other citrus oils have a fantastic way of cutting through grease. Fingerprints and other greasy grime can be cleared away with the swipe of a cloth soaked in a diluted mixture of lemon oil and white vinegar. Alternatively this mixture can be sprayed onto a glass or mirrored surface and then wiped down with a clean towel.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Eucalyptus Oil
Add a few tablespoons of eucalyptus oil to your toilet bowl and allow it to soak for several minutes. The oil will work as a disinfectant while also removing any hard water stains. With a little scrubbing the toilet should be looking as good as new.
All-Purpose Cleaners: Lemon Oil and Lavender Oil
Like any good all-purpose cleaner, lemon oil and lavender oil are multi-purpose tools. They can be used to treat almost any household cleaning issue. Both oils are able to tackle grease, grime and grit when combined with water and an eco-friendly dish detergent.
Wood Polish: Orange Oil and Lemon Oil
Most wood polishes are infused with the fragrant scent of orange and lemon. The essential oils of both fruits can be used with coconut oil or olive oil to create a homemade wood polish. Wipe down wooden surfaces with this blend to keep dust from collecting and to restore shine.
Oven Cleaner: Citrus Oils
A dirty oven is a great place to take advantage of the grease cutting power of citrus oils. Other oils may be used as well provided they give off scents that are food friendly–it is an oven after all. Add several drops of the citrus oils to a paste of apple cider vinegar, baking soda and a few drops of dish detergent. This all natural oven cleaner is safe to consume (not that you’d want to) yet strong enough to loosen baked on food grime.
Air Freshener: The Oil of Your Choice!
The great thing about essential oils is that there’re safe to use anywhere around the house. They’re non-toxic and pose no threat to the body. Add a few drops to a spray bottle of water to mist around your house, or use a diffuser with some treated water and a tea candle to infuse the air with the scent of your favorite essential oil. Popular choices include lemon, lavender and peppermint.
Disinfectant Aerosol: Tea Tree Oil and Grapefruit Oil:
Both of these oils are known for their antibacterial strength and anti-fungal properties. Additionally, grapefruit oil can be especially useful when dealing with greasy messes. Just a few teaspoons of either oil in two cups of water can make a batch of non-corrosive disinfectant that is safe to touch.
Insect Repellent: Lavender Oil, Lemongrass Oil and Eucalyptus Oil
Soak cotton balls and cloths with lavender oil and tuck them into the corners of closets, drawers and anywhere else pests like moths might be lurking. The scent of lavender will discourage insects from making a home out of your belongings. For fruit flies, add a few drops of lemongrass oil to hot water and store the mixture in a spray bottle for a homemade fruit fly repellent that can be sprayed directly on the flies. With this spray, you’ll also experience the added bonus of a lemon-fresh scent! The most versatile of the three oils is eucalyptus oil, which can be applied in small amounts to any surface or area that is prone to attracting insects of any kind.
Mildew and Soap Scum Cleaner: Tea Tree Oil
The anti-fungal properties of tea tree oil make it an excellent addition to any homemade cleaning solution used to tackle mildew. This oil even works well as a preventative measure against future mildew build up. If vinegar is in mix, the tea tree oil will also mask any lingering traces of the vinegar.
Floor Cleaner: Pine Oil
Once again, white vinegar and water are the two key ingredients of this cleanser. Add a few teaspoons of pine oil to the concoction and not only will the floors smell like fresh pine, the strong aroma of the pine oil will counterbalance the pungent scent of the vinegar. This recipe will allow you to take advantage of all of the cleaning power of vinegar without the stink. A powerful household cleaner doesn’t require harsh chemicals. Essential oils like citrus, eucalyptus and lavender are just as strong as any commercial cleaning agent, minus the toxic exposure. So, skip the bottles adorned with the skull and crossbones and embrace the freedom and safety of essential oils.