You don't need to pull out rubber gloves and surgical masks to clean your home with an all-purpose cleaner. You may be surprised to learn that you can make simple, inexpensive and non-toxic cleaning products from ingredients you already have around the house. Using essential oils to make a DIY cleaning spray is not only a safe option for the environment, but also good for your family.
This DIY by Paige Flamm of Single Serving Size is the perfect way to clean your home without depending on or increasing the number of toxins in your space. Read on to learn some of Paige's favorite essential oil combinations for making your own all-purpose cleaner.
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1 3/4 cups of water
- 30 drops of doTERRA essential oils (see possible combinations below)
Paige's recommended essential oil combinations:
- 15 drops each of Lavender and Lemon (one of Paige's favorites!)
- 10 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Wild Orange
- 30 drops of doTERRA On Guard®.
- 15 drops of Grapefruit and doTERRA On Guard
- Add all ingredients to a 16-ounce spray bottle.
- Shake well, spray on surfaces and wipe clean.
The best essential oils for cleaning
Because so many essential oils have powerful cleansing properties, using them in your cleaning routine can be a great way to keep your home clean without spreading synthetic chemicals.
Essential oils are highly concentrated, so remember that a little goes a long way! Some essential oils with natural properties that are most useful for household cleaning are:
- Basil essential oil
- Bergamot essential oil
- Eucalyptus essential oil
- Grapefruit essential oil
- Lemon essential oil
- Lime essential oil
- Tea Tree essential oil
- Petitgrain essential oil
- Siberian Fir essential oil
- Thyme essential oil
- Wild Orange essential oil
Why cleanse with essential oils?
Many people are making the switch to cleansing with essential oils, but what is the appeal? There are numerous good reasons to use essential oils when cleaning. An important factor is that essential oils are very powerful and potent. Unlike store-bought cleaners, cleaning with doTERRA products means you only need a few drops to be incredibly effective. With additional ingredients like vinegar, witch hazel, Castile soap, and baking soda, your wallet will definitely feel the savings of using essential oils instead of commercial cleaners.
Essential oils are also a good alternative to cleaning with synthetic chemicals. Store-bought products may potentially contain harmful chemicals. While they can be effective enough as cleaning agents, there are natural alternatives that are at least as effective and can be used in your home instead. If you have small children in your home, using essential oils ensures that you are not leaving unnecessary toxins in the areas where your family is most often.
Another important reason to use pure essential doTERRA oils is their versatility. When making your DIY all-purpose cleaner, you have the flexibility to create a new aroma every time! The refreshing combinations of essential oils will bring new, fragrant scents into your home every time you clean.