Top essential oils for green cleaning

This post concentrates on the top essential oils for green cleaning. By using essential oils, we eliminate the bad and toxic chemicals found in everyday cleaning solutions. Making blends of essential oils kills two birds with one stone.

Top essential oils for green cleaning: What is green cleaning?

green cleaning

According to Wikipedia green cleaning refers to using cleaning products with environmentally friendly ingredients and procedures which are designed to preserve human health and environmental quality.

Apart from being environmentally friendly, essential oils are natural cleansing and purifying oils. Most of them according to their properties are antioxidants, antibacterial, anti-fungal and antimicrobial oils that make your next cleaning session easier whilst leaving a fresh, rejuvenating and divine smell in your home. There are many Household uses of essential oils which I list below.

Use these essential oils as deodorizers/ air purifiers to make your home more inviting:

  • Cedarwood
  • Yarrow
  • Tangerine
  • Cinnamon
  • Pine
  • Cilantro
  • Juniper berry
  • Black pepper
  • Tea tree
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Patchouli
  • Cypress
  • Grapefruit
  • Citronella

Disinfecting your home with these:

  • Rosemary
  • Lime
  • Thyme
  • Wild Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Geranium
  • Lemongrass
  • Citronella
  • Vetiver
  • Tea Tree
  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit

Are bugs bothering you and your home? Lucky enough, these can be used as natural insect repellants:

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  • Eucalyptus
  • Cedarwood
  • Clove
  • Peppermint
  • Patchouli
  • Citronella
  • Lemongrass
  • Geranium

Have your clothes smelling divine and remove stains with these as laundry detergents or you may use fabric softeners:

  • Tea tree
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Lemon
  • Bergamot

Germs and grime in the toilet bowl will be killed with these as your toilet cleaner:

  • Lime
  • Oregano
  • Lemon
  • Tea Tree

Top essential oils for green cleaning.

The anti-bacterial properties in these essential oils will do the kill and prevent bacteria from brewing in your home:

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  • Thyme
  • Bergamot
  • Cinnamon
  • Lavender
  • Clove
  • Tea tree
  • Rosemary
  • Ylang ylang
  • Lemongrass
  • Eucalyptus
  • Orange
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint

As well as the anti-fungal properties in:

  • Clove Bud
  • Pine
  • Thyme
  • Eucalyptus
  • Rosemary
  • Ylang ylang
  • Camphor
  • Citronella
  • Geranium
  • Patchouli
  • Tea tree
  • Rosewood
  • Cinnamon

Not forgetting the antiseptic properties in:  

  • Tea tree
  • Eucalyptus
  • Clove Bud
  • Allspice
  • Dill
  • Carrot seed
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Cilantro

Replace your dishwashing liquid naturally with:

  • Orange
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Thyme
  • Tea tree

The multifunctional properties in these below will serve as multipurpose cleaners:

  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit
  • Thyme
  • Lavender
  • Oregano
  • Wild Orange
  • Rosemary
  • Cedarwood

Revive your dull looking furniture with these as a polish for furniture, tiles, floors, windows, and walls:

  • Peppermint
  • Orange
  • Bergamot for wood
  • Lemon
  • Tea tree
  • Pine

Make your home smell fresh, rejuvenating and divine with these wonderful air fresheners:

  • Lemon
  • Vanilla
  • Lavender
  • Cinnamon
  • Frankincense
  • Cypress
  • Ylang ylang
  • Vetiver          
  • Orange
  • Geranium
  • Rose
  • Roman Chamomile

In addition to this top essential oils for green cleaning, others include:

Lemon is a stain remover, shower head, fridge, and microwave cleaner.

Peppermint, Tea tree, Lavender and Eucalyptus make a bed bud killer recipe.

Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Orange are best to de-grease those stubborn grease stains.

Other ingredients to use when cleaning with essential oils:

Apart from your basic mop, scrubbing brush, broom, toilet brush, sponges, feather dusters, newspaper and toothbrush for windows, you will also need a few more things listed below.  

Baking soda is a non-toxic cleaner that can be used for scouring ovens, stoves, and sinks. It is good at absorbing and eliminating smells.

Borax can be used as a good laundry detergent, for scrubbing, mold, sinks and unclogging drains.

Vodka or Rubbing alcohol is a good disinfectant, kills mildew, antiseptic.

Sea salt is a scouring agent, catalyst and deodorizer.

White vinegar or apple cider vinegar: Helps dissolve stubborn smells, grime, stains, and buildup.

Use organic inexpensive olive oil as your carrier oil and polisher.

Distilled or pre-boiled water.

Dark Glass spray bottles to store your essential oil mixtures safely.

Microfiber cloths are good for absorption and leave a streak free surface.

Gloves to protect your hands.

Bucket to mix ingredients and for mopping.

Measuring equipment for measuring every drop.

Hydrogen peroxide has antimicrobial ingredients.

Safety first! Don’t forget to be cautious when using these oils. Ways to be cautious include:  

Be careful when using Cinnamon, Clove, Thyme, Cedarwood, Lemongrass, and pine.

Also take note of essential oils that are not advisable to be used under certain health conditions like pregnancy, breastfeeding, elderly and blood-related issues.

Please keep out of reach for children (this includes pets).

Some essential oils phototoxic and require that you should not be exposed to the sun after using them. Such as Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Cumin, Dill, Wild orange.  

Remember to avoid inhalation.

Avoid misuse of essential oils. Use a few drops only as essential oils are highly concentrated. A little goes a long way.  

Always research thoroughly on properties, uses, adverse reactions and safety before using each essential oil.

Use in an aerated room (open the windows) when using these ingredients.

Always wash your hands after handling essential oils.

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Store your oils in a safe, dark and water-free environment.

You wouldn’t like your precious furniture to be damaged because of these essential oils so remember to do a patch test first.    

In conclusion:

Have fun (as much as I do) when cleaning with top essential oils for cleaning. According to your likes, the air fresheners can be sweet, minty or woodsy. You can try and play with oils to get your best.

Remember to be cautious when using essential oils and store away safely. doTERRA https://www.doterra.com/US/en offers natural cleaning blends if you don’t want to DIY. I received the best news that doTERRA is coming to South Africa soon. I can’t wait.  
You may read here as well on all you need to know about essential oils: https://mrschettylifestyle.co.za/essential-oils-101/.

FDA Disclaimer: these statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Cheers and happy oiling 😊, MrsChettyLife.

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