I started to make my own cleaning products last year because I became very aware of how much plastic waste is created from buying the standard household cleaners we find in the supermarket aisles, I was more conscious of the fact that these contain chemicals which can be harmful to both my children/pets as well as the environment plus you can end up spending an awful lot on something that may not last very long. For me, eco cleaning is everything that these products aren’t: safe, non-toxic, cost-effective and work efficiently. Another big positive here is that you can use whatever essential oils you like to help to tackle those cleaning jobs and to also add a wonderful aroma. No artificial perfumes here, all natural, pure (if you look for the right oils) and fresh scents. So, which are my top 5 essential oils for cleaning? Let’s find out…
Lavender has several great qualities. We all know it smells lovely and is very calming but did you know that it also has antibacterial plus antifungal properties? It is perfect as a natural air freshener, a carpet deodoriser and used in a kitchen surface spray.
See how to make a surface spray in this blog post here.
Tea tree is your answer to most problems as it is antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, bactericidal and insecticidal. So you can honestly use this in a wide variety of ways around your home. I love adding it to my toilet cleaner, to clean the floors and I also use it in my homemade window cleaner.
Lemon essential oil has to be my favourite scent. It will leave your home smelling incredibly fresh and clean and what’s even better is that it really is clean! Yes, lemon is antiseptic, antimicrobial and antibacterial plus it will cut through grease and grime with ease. Mix this with the above Tea Tree and you will not only have a beautiful aroma but you will be tackling those germs with force!
This is another favourite of mine. It smells so scrumptious, it mixes beautifully with lemon and it is also antibacterial. I love this in my cream cleaner when I use it for my bathroom.
This may be more of an acquired taste but with antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, eucalyptus makes a great essential oil for cleaning. It will cut through grease and grime, deter bugs such as silver fish, it will fight mould and mildew, help to disinfect surfaces and leave a wonderful punchy scent in your home whilst helping to tackle seasonal allergies.
For more on making your own cleaning products head over to my eco cleaning page here for a variety of recipes and graphics that can be saved, printed, pinned and shared.
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