Have you made the switch to natural cleaning products?

Many common cleaning products found on supermarket shelves are filled with harmful chemicals, and often leave a toxic smell throughout the home. Toxin-free cleaning products created with natural ingredients are not only better for our health, but also friendlier to the environment.

So where do you begin with creating your own DIY cleaning products from scratch? When combined with other natural ingredients such as baking soda, witch hazel and vinegar, essential oils can be incredibly effective at household cleaning. From surface cleaners to air fresheners and furniture polish, keep reading to learn how you can make natural cleaning products using essential oils below.

Which essential oils are best for household cleaning?

First things first, which essential oils are best suited for household cleaning products? Well, it depends on the type of cleaning product you’re talking about. 

Some essential oils have antiviral and antibacterial properties, which make them ideal for disinfecting, while other essential oils are better suited for deodorising and purifying the air.

 The best essential oils for disinfecting include:

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

The best essential oils for deodorising include:

These oils help to cleanse and purify the air, without the kind of artificial fragrances you would usually find in store-bought products.

Ready to make your own cleaning products with essential oils? Keep reading for some of our favourite natural remedies:

DIY Glass Cleaner Recipe:

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.

DIY Air Freshener Recipe:

You’ll need:

  • Glass spray bottle filled with distilled water
  • 15 drops essential oils (we recommend a mix of lemon, grapefruit and wild orange)

Mix ingredients together and shake well. Spray throughout the home as needed!

DIY Toilet Cleaner Recipe:

You’ll need:

  • Baking soda
  • Lemon oil

Simply sprinkle the baking soda and 2-3 drops of lemon oil into the toilet bowl and scrub as usual.

DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipe

You’ll need:

  • Small glass bottle with cap or pump
  • ¼ cup Aloe vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel
  • 5 drops lemon oil
  • 5 drops lavender oil
  • 15 drops tea tree oil

Mix ingredients together and shake well before use.

DIY Mildew Spray Recipe

You’ll need:

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

DIY Garbage Bin Deodoriser Recipe

You’ll need:

  • 5 x drops of your chosen deodorising essential oil (refer to the list above!)
  • 1 x tablespoon of baking powder

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

DIY Furniture Polish Recipe

You’ll need:

Dab a dust cloth with a few drops of your chosen essential oil and gently polish your wooden furniture. 

DIY Carpet Cleaner Recipe

You’ll need:

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

You can shop our full range of essential oils and essential oil accessories online at Inspire Me Naturally to get started.

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