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August 30, 2019

9 Essential Oils For Cleaning

If you were to walk through your local grocery store’s cleaning aisle, you would see rows of popular and common household cleaning products. But if you look closer, you’ll notice that the majority of these products contain harsh and toxic chemicals that can be dangerous to use around your home and family. 

Toss the toxins and clean your home in a safe, natural way with essential oils! Essential oils harness the power of plants, providing you with an easy and affordable way to care for your family in every way. While essential oils are great for aromatherapy and personal care, try using these nine essential oils to clean your home without worrying about nasty chemicals. 

1. Lemon oil 

Lemon essential oil is probably one of the most commonly thought of oils when it comes to cleaning, and there’s a good reason for that! Not only does Lemon oil offer a fresh, light, and clean scent, but it is a powerful natural cleaner. Lemons contain antibacterial and antiviral properties, and those are harnessed in the oil, which makes it great for keeping unwanted germs at bay. 

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2. Eucalyptus oil 

With its menthol-like aroma, Eucalyptus is well-known for its ability to help open up the airways. But did you know that Eucalyptus oil is great for cleaning, too? Eucalyptus oil has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, making it particularly great at fighting off yucky substances that can build up around the home, such as mold or mildew. 

When diffusing Eucalyptus oil or adding it to a room spray, you can help purify the air. In fact, studies have shown that Eucalyptus helps fight against bacteria that can cause pneumonia, influenza, strep, and staph infections. So, adding Eucalyptus essential oil to your cleaning arsenal is a great way to naturally keep your home clean and your family healthy. 

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3. Lavender oil 

Although typically known for its relaxing benefits, Lavender is also a must-have natural cleaner. Lavender oil contains the plant’s natural antibacterial and anti-odor properties. Plus, Lavender oil is very gentle and great to use around smaller children. Adding Lavender oil to your cleaning routine can not only leave your home smelling fresh, but it can also help keep it free of bacteria. 

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4. Tea Tree oil 

Similar to Eucalyptus, Tea Tree oil is one of the strongest cleaning essential oils you need to have. Tea Tree is antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral — just about all you need right there in one plant! With such powerful cleansing properties, Tea Tree essential oil is great for keeping germs and bacteria at bay. In fact, a study found that Tea Tree helps fight against the influenza virus. This essential oil is great for everyday cleaning, but even more so during the cold and flu season. 

Note: Tea Tree can be erosive. We recommend NOT using Tea Tree oil on marble, granite, and plastic surfaces. 

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5. Orange oil

Orange oil works very similarly to Lemon, as they are both acidic and offer a clean, fresh scent. The vitamin C enzymes in Orange oil not only give your immune system a boot, but they also eat away at harmful bacteria to keep it from growing. 

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6. Thyme oil

Thyme may be a spice that you keep in your kitchen cupboard, but it should also be an essential oil that you use on your kitchen counters. The thyme plant has powerful antiseptic and antibacterial properties, and the essential oil harnesses those benefits. In fact, Thyme oil is particularly good at fighting off food-borne bacteria. Studies have shown that Thyme oil is even strong enough to keep salmonella and E.coli bacteria at bay. Now, that’s definitely something we want to use for cleaning our kitchen! 

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7. Peppermint oil 

This cool, refreshing oil not only makes your home smell great, but it also keeps your home free of pests and germs. Peppermint oil is great for deterring a variety of pests and insects, so you don’t have to worry about unwanted house guests. Plus, Peppermint essential oil is a natural antibacterial and antifungal, keeping your home free of harmful bacteria that is lingering around. 

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8. Cinnamon oil 

Cinnamon may not be an oil that you initially think of when you think of natural cleaners, but it is considered an oil of protection and prosperity. The cinnamon plant is antibacterial and antiseptic, and the oil is just the same. Not only that, but Cinnamon oil is great fro freshening the air and eliminating odors. If you’re looking for a way to keep harmful bacteria and germs away from your family, use Cinnamon oil. 

Note: Cinnamon oil is a hot oil. When spraying or using Cinnamon oil around the house, be careful with skin contact, especially with children under the age of 10.  

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9. Pine oil

Pine is one of those scents that just smells clean; just look at the ever famous Pine-Sol! Pine is in a lot of traditional cleaners because it is a great natural cleaner. Not only does it smell great, but Pine oil is a powerful agent against household germs, including mold, mildew, yeast spores, and E.coli. 

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Disclaimer: Rocky Mountain Oils is not liable for damage caused to any surface, flooring, or furniture that is cleaned with essential oils or these recipes. Essential oils are extremely potent and concentrated, and should be used with caution. Start by testing the recipe on a small surface area before using it on the entire surface. 

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