It’s no secret that cleaning is not my favorite thing in the world, but just like many adult household responsibilities, it has to be done.  When I first got married, I used blue toilet bowl cleaners, bleach, blue glass cleaner, and chemical all purpose sprays.  When I became pregnant with our first child, I changed my ways.  The idea of her breathing in toxic ingredients made me cringe and think twice about what products I was using in our home.

For several years now I have been making my own cleaners or purchasing non-toxic ready made products.  Truthfully, you can do most of your cleaning with white vinegar, baking soda, and Castile soap.  It’s simple, cheap, and effective.  A couple of years ago though, I was introduced to essential oils and loved the idea of adding scent to my cleaning products.  The smell of vinegar can take some getting used to when you are used to that lemony fresh artificial scent in commercial cleaners.

I began using mainly lemon essential oil just for scent.  After self experimentation and research, I found out that essential oils are really great for more than just scent.  They contain powerful benefits all on their own including being helpful in fighting against bacteria, viruses, mold and mildew, as well as being great for cutting grease, removing sticky messes and stains.

Now essential oils are a staple in my home and are added to just about all of my homemade cleaners for an extra boost.  I personally use Plant Therapy essential oils in my home because of their quality and price.  If you are looking for a great Spring Cleaning starter set, Plant Therapy has a great set that will last you a long while.

Pictured below are the oils that I typically use the most in my cleaning routine:  Lemon, Orange, Tea tree, Lavender, Peppermint, and Germ Destroyer or Germ Fighter.

 

Cleaning with Plant Therapy Essential Oils

If you are new to essential oils or homemade cleaners, here are seven recipes to get you started and make cleaning with essential oils easy.  All recipes are very simple to make and contain common inexpensive ingredients.

 7 DIY Cleaning Recipes with Essential Oils

All Purpose Spray

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 20-30 drops of lemon, orange or Germ Destroyer Essential Oil

Instructions can be found here.

Mop Solution

  • 1 gallon hot water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 15-20 drops lemon, orange or Germ Destroyer Essential Oil

Instructions can be found here.

 

Carpet Deodorizer

  • 1 box baking soda
  • 3-5 drops of essential oil of choice such as lavender or peppermint

Sprinkle on carpet.  Let sit for 30 minutes to an hour.  Vacuum carpet.

 

Fabric Softener

  • 1/2 cup Vinegar
  • 2-3 drops essential oils such as lavender

Put in the rinse cycle of each load.

 

Window cleaner

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 T. corn starch

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle.

Shake and spray onto windows, mirrors, or glass.

Wipe clean with a lint free cloth.

 

Dusting Spray

  • olive oil
  • vinegar
  • lemon or orange essential oil

Find recipe and instructions here.

Grout cleaner/Soft Scrub

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 3 T. Castile soap
  • 10 drops tea tree oil or orange oil
  • water if needed

Add all ingredients in a small container and mix to form a paste.

Add a small amount of water if needed to create desired consistency.

Using a scrubbing sponge or brush, dip a small amount of paste and scrub area until clean.

Cleaning with Plant Therapy Essential Oils

 Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Plant Therapy.  All opinions and pictures are my own.  I only endorse companies that I use in my own home and trust.