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Essential oils uses to clean and disinfect your home

Read on to discover how to use essential oils for cleaning and adding fresh scents to your home.


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How to use essential oils around the home

Key Steps

  • Make sure you know which essential oil is best, e.g. tea tree for make-up brushes and lemon for kitchens.

  • Equal parts white vinegar and water with a few drops of essential oil make an ideal homemade cleaner.

  • A cloth with undiluted essential oils is great for light cleaning.

Essentials oils can perfume any room, but they can also be used as part of your cleaning routine. Here we’ll share a list of the most common essential oil uses in cleaning, to provide you with natural alternatives to chemical products.

Whatever essences you choose, from tea tree oil to eucalyptus oil for cleaning, use them sparingly. You'll be surprised at just how far a little can go.

What are the best essential oils for cleaning?

You may already know about baking soda for cleaning, but do you know how to use essential oils for cleaning around your home? Here are our top picks:

  • Tea tree can be used not only to help prevent skin breakouts but also to clean your make-up brushes.

  • Peppermint is great for adding a lovely, fresh scent to your bathroom during cleaning.

  • Eucalyptus has natural antibacterial properties, making it a great addition to homemade cleaners.

  • Lavender is like a floral lullaby, perfect for adding to your bedroom to induce a good night’s sleep.

  • Lemon doesn’t only smell great, making it ideal for neutralising odours, it also has useful antibacterial properties for cleaning your kitchen.

How to use essential oils for cleaning

Use the steps below to understand how to use tea tree oil and other essential oils for cleaning in your home.

  1. Use them undiluted for lightly soiled surfaces.

    • Simply add a few drops of whichever essential oil you’ve chosen to a soft cleaning cloth.

    • Use the cloth to rub surfaces clean and leave a fresh scent behind.

  2. Make a homemade cleaning mix for more stubborn dirt.

    • Mix equal parts white vinegar and water with a few drops of essential oil.

    • Put it into a spray bottle.

    • Spray over areas with more stubborn dirt.

    • This mix can help you cut through grease, soap scum, and other stubborn marks.

  • Add a fresh scent to any room in the house with essential oils.

    • Add essential oils to a diffuser.

    • Add a drop or two of essential oils directly to curtains, cushions, and bed linen. Take care not to over-do it as they could cause staining.

    • Add essential oils to potpourri.

Use essential oils in a diffuser, on fabrics, or in potpourri for long-lasting fragrance.

With this guide we’ve shown you everything you need to use essential oils such as eucalyptus, lemon or tea tree oil for cleaning. For more advice on natural alternatives, check out our article on the best ways to go green.

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