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August 3, 2015

Essential Oils for Cleaning House

Realtors, and those educated in essential oils, know the atmosphere of a home is determined by aroma. Certain scents, like freshly baked bread and cinnamon buns, will sell a house quicker than the smell of commercial cleaners and bleach, even though the second is a “clean” smell. In ages past, people put aromatic rushes and other sweet smelling herbs under the rugs in their homes so the scent would permeate the room whenever they were walked upon. These were the precursors to using essential oils for cleaning house.

There are other, subtle fragrances associated with homes that identify them with people living there. Certain scents can also relieve depression, anger and insomnia. They can uplift, strengthen and give peace. They can also clean, deodorize and disinfect.

Today’s cleaners are full of chemicals with lasting effects on our environment and on ourselves. These effects have not yet been fully measured, though. It will take another couple of decades to really understand what damage they may be causing. What has been noted, however, is the antibacterial agents added to soaps today are not filtered out by the sewage system and are now present in our rivers and other water sources. These antibacterial agents kill all bacteria. They are unable to distinguish between good and bad bacteria, and while they are busy killing off everything, our immune system is weakened. In our own homes, the effect can be devastating as our bodies lose the natural bacteria balance that fights off infections with good bacteria.

Fortunately, essential oils are great natural way to clean the air and the environment.

Set Up

When I researched this article, I found so many recipes for different cleaners for different rooms that I decided to separate this into several articles. So this one will contain basic cleaners good to use for any room and recipes for walls,  and window and mirror cleaners.

Supplies to Have On Hand:

(This list will be the same on each of the cleaning house articles)

Cleaning supplies: Equipment:
  • Borax
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Castile Soap, liquid and solid
  • White Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Washing Soda Crystals (L-ascorbic acid powder/crystals)
  • Oil based soap (Murphy’s is good)
  • Concentrated Oil Soap Paste
  • Citrus seed extract (different from the essential oil)
  • Beeswax
  • Carnauba wax
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Washing soda, generic name sodium carbonate
  • Powdered Milk
  • Alum
  • Vitamin C Tablets
  • Salt
  • Linseed oil
  • Cornmeal
  • Turpentine
  • Lemon Juice
  • Aloe Vera Gel and Juice
  • Natural Cat Litter
  • Plastic squirt bottles
  • Plastic spray bottles
  • Plastic containers with shaker tops
  • Coffee cans with lids
  • Glass jars with lids
  • Cotton cloths
  • Rags
  • Cellulose sponge cloth
  • Gallon size buckets
  • Mops
  • Paper towels

 

 

The Essential Oils for Cleaning House

Lemon, Lime, Orange, Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Grapefruit, Rosemary, Pine, Spruce, Cypress, Thyme, Palmarosa, Citronella, Wintergreen, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Spearmint, Oregano, Cinnamon Bark, Clove Bud, Sage, Petitgrain bigarade, Vetiver, Coriander, Juniper Berry

(This list contains all oils used in all the cleaning articles.)

A Few Points of Interest

Recipes

All Purpose Room Cleaners

As stated, these can be used on walls in any room. Good, basic cleaning recipes anyone should have on hand.

Spring/Summer Cleaning

Mix together. You can add a few drops to water and use to wipe down walls in a hallway. Can also add to a cup of water in a spray mister. Use to freshen air in room.

Autumn/Winter Cleaning

Mix together. You can add a few drops to water and use to wipe down walls in a hallway. Can also add to a cup of water in a spray mister. Use to freshen air in room.

Vamoosh Mist Spray

Add all ingredients to a 4 ounce, fine mist spray bottle. Shake well before every use. Spray the room several times over a couple of hours. Good to clear out stale cooking odors as well as cigarette smoke.

Clean Room Mist Spray

Combine all ingredients in a 4 ounce, fine mist spray bottle. Liberally spritz room to clean the air. Can also use it to wipe down counters.

Breathe Easily Mist Spray

Combine all ingredients in a 4 ounce, fine mist spray bottle. Liberally spritz room to clean the air. Can also use it to wipe down counters.

 All-Purpose Citrus Wall Cleaner

Combine all ingredients in a plastic spray bottle. Shake vigorously before each use. Lightly spray the affected areas of your wall and wipe with a clean, damp sponge. This works really well for tomato stains on walls. If you’re working on a stain and it’s still visible after the area has completely air-dried, clean the stain with Minty Wall Cleaning Paste.

Minty Wall Cleaning Paste

Put the soap paste in a short, widemouthed glass jar, such as a clean baby food jar. Add the essential oils for cleaning house and blend well. It will have the consistency of jelly. Dip a damp cloth into the soap paste and squish the cloth between your fingers to make suds. Apply to wall. Rinse with another clean, damp cloth or sponge. Follow up with a dry cloth or towel. Can be used on wallpaper and semigloss painted walls.Thyme Formula

Combine all ingredients in a plastic spray bottle. Shake vigorously before each use. Lightly spray the affected areas of your wall and wipe with a clean, damp sponge. Give a final wipe of surfaces with a sponge or cloth moistened in plain water.

Window and Mirror Cleaners

These can be used in any room. Inside and outside windows.

Citrus Glass Cleaner

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well before every use. Spray on surface to be cleaned and wipe until dry with a soft cloth or crumpled newspaper.

Just Like A Pro’s Window Cleaner

In a large bucket, combine alcohol and vinegar. Add enough water to make 1 gallon. Add Castile soap and essential oils and stir gently to combine. Pour into a spray bottle and shake well before every use. Spray on windows and wipe clean with a soft, dry cloth. Good to use on outside windows as well as inside.

Finally

We all want to keep our homes safer for ourselves, our families, and for our environment. These essential oils for cleaning house will get you on the right track. What do you like to use when you clean your home? What green cleaning recipes do you like to use? Let us know in the comment section down below. We’d all love to hear from you!

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I would like suggestions for cleaning/dusting wood surfaces – cupboard doors, chairs, end tables, etc.

Denise | February 18, 2017 | Reply

    As we add more recipes to our blog we will make sure to work a cleaning/dusting recipe in. In the meantime, citrus oils and cedarwood are great essential oils to use in DIY recipes for dusting and cleaning wood surfaces.

    Rocky Mountain Oils | February 23, 2017 | Reply