Essential oils smell wonderful, but did you know they can also be used as all-natural antibacterial products for cleaning?
You can add oils to your laundry, use them to sanitize your kitchen, and get rid of mold in the bathroom; all while making your house smell great. If you’re looking for ways to go green when it comes to cleaning your house, here are the top 7 essential oils I recommend:
Orange oil (get it here) has a lovely citrus scent and is great for cutting grease. Use 1-2 drops to lift grease from dirty pots and pans. You can also mix 12 drops with 1/4 cup castile soap and water to make a solution perfect for wiping down stove tops and counter tops. You can also use it to clean your floors or as a refreshing kitchen spray.
One of the best-smelling antibacterial oils is lavender oil. (get it here) It mixes well with vinegar, another natural cleaner. Just add 4-5 drops of lavender oil to vinegar for a natural, antibacterial cleaning mixture.
Lemon essential oil (get it here) has a fresh, clean scent and is a powerhouse for homemade cleaning agents. It is antibacterial and antiviral. Use lemon oil to degrease stains and freshen the air. You can also use it to deodorize your fridge, clean the floor, or add 10 drops to 1/2 cup olive oil and make a natural wood polish.
Rosemary (get it here) has natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties make it perfect for soap and a laundry additive. Or, for a homemade air freshener, combine peppermint and rosemary oils for a perfect air freshener when you need to stay focused.
Tea Tree Oil (get it here) is pretty versatile. It fights germs, bacteria, and viruses making it a perfect choice for adding to just about everything, from hand wipes to soap, to daily shower spray. Tea tree oil works great to keep bugs away too. Add tea tree oil to a spray bottle with water, shake well, and spray outside and inside to deter bugs. Add it to your favorite green cleaning mixes to kill bacteria.
Peppermint oil (get it here) has a cool, invigorating scent and its antibacterial properties make it a great addition to any type of spray cleaners. For a double-duty air freshener that also keeps ants and spiders away, mix 10-15 drops of peppermint oil with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Shake well and spray it along any cracks and crevices in your home where you see bugs.
Eucalyptus (get it here) is a natural germicide and dust mite buster. Mix it with baking soda to deep clean your mattress and as a dry wash for stuffed animals. You can also add a few drops in your laundry soap. Eucalyptus essential oil is great to spray in cupboards to deter pests as well.