Green Cleaning with Essential Oils
When you walk down the supermarket cleaning aisle, the first thing you notice is the aroma of chemicals – it kind of hits you in the face! The shelves are lined with bottle after bottle of chemical-based cleaning products, their eye-catching packaging telling us how much we “need” them have a clean home. I’m not sure exactly when we decided to stop using traditional, natural cleaning ingredients and switched them out for these toxic cocktails on supermarket shelves – they’re bad news for our bodies and for the planet, with all the plastic packaging ending up in landfill and the toxic substances that end up contaminating the environment.
This problem set me on a mission – there had to be a better option, one that would keep my home as chemical-free as possible. I didn’t want to worry about my children being exposed to toxins or breathing in harsh chemical fumes. I wanted to know I could have a clean home without compromising my family’s health and well-being.
My research led me down many paths: I read article after article, book after book. I hassled family and friends to check the ingredients on the back of their cleaning products and research them. Chances are, if you can’t pronounce the ingredients or it has a bunch of numbers in it, then it’s probably not the safest option for your family’s wellbeing. Anything with “fragrance” written in the ingredients panel is just asking for trouble. Did you know that “fragrance” usually means volatile, airborne synthetic chemicals used to create an artificial scent? Thanks, but no thanks.
These days I can confidently tell you I make all my own household cleaning products. Every single one. Call me the DIY queen! I use natural ingredients and pair them with high quality, ethically sourced, CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) doTERRA essential oils. It sounds technical, but it basically refers to the fact that not all essential oils are equally pure – some can be diluted with other oils or even have artificial ingredients added. You want the good stuff, and doTERRA are my personal favourite.
What are my top 3 favourite essentials oils for cleaning?
This essential oil is favoured by many for its gorgeous fresh scent and natural antibacterial, antiseptic and disinfectant properties. It’s an amazing degreaser and works well for many DIY cleaning recipes. I love adding a few drops of lemon essential oil to some bicarb soda and water, mixing to a paste and using it to scrub the shower.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca)
The king of cleaning oils! There’s not much tea tree can’t do. It’s antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-fungal, antiviral and anti-parasitic – basically, it kills off all the nasty germs lying around. Did you know it’s effective at warding off creepy crawlies and dust mites too? Try adding a few drops of tea tree to some bicarb soda, then sprinkle on your mattress, carpet or household rugs. Leave it for an hour and then vacuum up the residue.
Eucalyptus essential oil smells so fresh and clean! I absolutely love the scent of eucalyptus in my home. Naturally, being a disinfectant, it can be incorporated into most green cleaning recipes. I like adding a few drops to my mop water when cleaning my floors.
There seems to be this assumption that if something doesn’t smell like chemicals or artificial fragrances, it’s not clean. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Cleaning with natural ingredients can be a smart switch for your health and for your wallet. Start slow – is there a cleaning product you’ve run out of? Do you think you can recreate it at home with some staple ingredients? Give it a try! You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how well they work and how amazing your home will smell, naturally. In fact, you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry right now.
These are my favourite green cleaning staples:
*Castile liquid soap
What I love about these ingredients is that they are non-toxic, affordable, sustainable, and their packaging uses minimal plastic too. When making your own cleaning products with essential oils, be sure to use glass bottles. Using plastic bottles isn’t ideal as the essential oils can break down the plastic and release toxins, so a one-off investment in a few glass spray bottles is the way to go.
I’ll leave you with my favourite spray cleaner recipe!
What you’ll need:
- 1 x 500ml glass spray bottle
- 15 drops lemon essential oil
- 15 drops tea tree (melaleuca) essential oil
- 150ml white vinegar
- 350ml cool boiled water
Mix all ingredients in your glass bottle and shake well before spraying. Always patch test in an inconspicuous area. This recipe is not recommended for marble, granite or wooden surfaces.
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Please note I am not a medical professional. This information is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any illness or disease. Caution should always be used when using essential oils for pregnant or nursing mothers, children and pets. Always consult your trusted medical professional before using essential oils. This is just my personal experience using doTERRA essential oils. Always do your research when mixing even natural cleaning ingredients to ensure the combination is safe for people, pets and surfaces.