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Natural Cleaning Recipes using Essential Oils

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Essential Oils for Cleaning

Spring can make you feel so renewed after a long winter

It’s time to air out the house again, tackle all those hard to clean areas of the home and plant your garden.

However a lot of cleaners, even the ones that I’ve seen labelled as ‘natural’ are often full of chemicals.

That’s not clean in my opinion!

Natural Cleaning Recipes using Essential Oils

Why make your own homemade cleaners?

  • Safe for you and your family
  • Easy on the pocket
  • Highly effective
  • Environmentally friendly

Must-Have Basics for home cleaning recipes


Absorbs and eliminates odor. Use to clean countertops, sinks, and tubs. Sprinkle some baking soda on your carpet and vacuum after 15 minutes for a fresher look and feel.


Contains natural antifungal and antibacterial properties. Cuts grease and dissolves mineral deposits.


Lifts dirt, cuts grease, and eliminates tough stains. Pour a small amount over baking sheets and pans then scrub for a few minutes, and you’ll have clean, shiny results.

  • SALT

Salt is an effective scouring agent. Pour salt mixed with hot water down the kitchen sink regularly to deodorize and keep grease from building up. Mix salt with Lemon essential oil and use to remove stubborn coffee and tea cup stains.

Great natural cleaner and polisher. Rub it into leather or polish wood surfaces.

Natural Cleaning Recipes using Essential Oils


Here are some of the best essential oils for cleaning. ( You can get them from me here. )

  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Wild Orange
  • Douglas Fir
  • Eucalyptus
  • Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
  • Purify Cleansing Blend
  • Thyme
  • Peppermint
  • doTERRA On Guard® Protective Blend
  • doTERRA On Guard Cleaner Concentrate

Tip: Replace toxic air fresheners with a diffuser

(I use the Petal Diffuser from doTerra).

Base Ingredients + Essential Oils

Make your own non-toxic cleaning products using these simple ingredients and essential oils (get them from me here or learn why I chose doTerra).



  • 1 gallon warm water
  • 2 tablespoon liquid castile
  • Use 5 drops Douglas Fir essential oil
  • Add 5 drops White Fir essential oil
  • 5 drops Cypress essential oil
  • 10 drops Lemon essential oil


  1. Add soap and essential oils to bucket of warm water.
  2. Use mop or rag to clean floors.
  3. Pour into a spray bottle for cleaning countertops.Note: This solution does not need to be rinsed off.



  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 25 drops Wild Orange essential oil or other essential oil of choice


  1. In a spray bottle, combine water and vinegar.
  2. Add essential oil(s) of choice. Shake well.
  3. Use on counters, wood, glass, stainless steel, and porcelain.
  4. Wipe with a microfiber cloth or paper towel.

Glass Cleaner


  • 16-ounce spray bottle
  • 1 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 8 drops of any citrus oil of your choice (could use Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Wild Orange, or a combination)


Add vinegar, water, and essential oil(s) to spray bottle and shake. You are ready to clean!

Natural Cleaning with doTerra
Powdered Cleaner

Deep cleaning doesn’t have to mean hours of scrubbing on  your hands and knees. This powdered cleanser makes it easy to clean even the grimiest of surfaces with little to no work. Just sprinkle on the surface, walk away for 15-30 minutes, and then wipe clean. It’s that easy!
2 cups borax
1 cup baking soda
½ cup citric acid
½ cup kosher salt
20 drops Lemon essential oil
Note: Although borax is natural, it can be toxic when ingested and should be kept away from children and pets. If you are concerned about using borax, you can omit it.
Combine all ingredients into a large bowl and stir until combined.
Store in a large shaker bottle.
To use, dampen surface and sprinkle powder over area you want to clean.
Let sit for 15-30 minutes. For an extra cleansing boost, spray distilled vinegar on powder and wipe clean.
Tip: Use an old spice or Parmesan cheese shaker as your shaker bottle.
Enjoy your new sparkly-clean surface.



  • ½ cup Baking Soda
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 10 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops Lime essential oil


  1. And water and essential oils to baking soda.
  2. Mix into a paste.
  3. Rub a small amount onto surface.
  4. Let sit for 20 minutes.
  5. Wipe off with wet cloth.

If you have a diffuser here are some spring diffuser blends

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