For environmentally conscious families, household cleaning can be a real challenge. Not only are common cleaning products filled harmful chemicals, they usually leave a toxic smell throughout the home when used.

Reducing toxicity in your environment is just as important as reducing toxicity in your body. If you have young kids that spend time crawling through the house, it makes sense that you’d want to use the most natural cleaning products available. But did you know that you can make your own cleaning products for the home using natural ingredients and essential oils?

Essential oils can be used for everyday household cleaning tasks such as mopping, surface cleaning, washing and wiping. The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating your own natural cleaners for a healthier home!

Different essential oils have different properties, so it’s important to choose the best oils for the job. When it comes to essential oils for household cleaning, you’ll find there are certain oils that are best for disinfecting, and other oils that are best for deodorising.

The best essential oils for disinfecting include:

These oils have demonstrated the ability to kill various types of bacteria, mould, spores and even viruses.

The best essential oils for deodorising include:

These oils work as natural deodorizers without the artificial fragrances you would usually find in store-bought products.

Once you have your selection of essential oils, here are a few ways you can put them to use! Don’t forget to use a glass bottle when making your own oil blends.

GLASS CLEANER

You’ll need:

1 ½ cup white vinegar

½ cup water

8 x drops of lemon essential oil

Mix ingredients in a 500ml glass spray bottle and shake well. Spray onto glass surfaces and wipe with a paper towel or cloth to enjoy a streak-free glass and great lemon scent!

DISHWASHING

You’ll need:

Lemon and lime essential oils

Simply add a few drops of lemon or lime to the dishwasher before use for sparkling dishes and a great smelling dishwasher!

MILDEW SPRAY

You’ll need:

5 x drops of Lemon essential oil

5 x drops of White Fir essential oil

30ml water

Mix the essential oils with the water and store in a small glass spray bottle. Use this blend to spray on areas with mildew to kill the growth of mould.

GARBAGE BIN DEODORISER

You’ll need:

5 x drops of your chosen deodorising essential oil (refer to the list above!)

1 x tablespoon of baking powder

Simply combine the baking powder with the essential oil drops and sprinkle the mixture into your garbage bin to remove any lingering smells!

FURNITURE POLISH

You’ll need:

5 x drops of lemon essential oil, cleansing blend or white Fir

Simply dab a dust cloth with a few drops of your chosen essential oil and use it to wipe down any wooden furniture as a simple polish!

CARPET CLEANER

You’ll need:

1 x cup of baking soda

20 x drops of lemon essential oil or cleansing blend

Mix the baking soda with your essential oil drops in a glass jar. Close the jar tightly with a lid, shake the mixture together and leave overnight. Once ready, sprinkle lightly over carpets and let it sit for 15 minutes before vacuuming.

Now that you have the above recipes on hand, you can take care of your household and avoid toxic chemicals with these natural homemade cleaning products using essential oils! Don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter here for more tips and tricks on natural remedies for a healthy, happy home.