Recommended Essential Oils for Cleaning

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Essential Oils are a class of volatile oils that give plants their characteristic odors and are used especially in perfumes, flavorings, and for aromatherapy. – Certain essential oils are known for their antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, and germicidal properties. Adding essential oils to a homemade cleaner can enhance the cleaner’s effectiveness. Many of these also repel or kill unwanted pests. ***Before using and mixing essential oils please take the time to learn about their properties, health benefits and dangers. This list is meant for a quick overview and is not by any means thorough. As I go through my notes I will update the information. If you have any further information you would like to contribute on the essential oils listed below or a new one, that pertains to cleaning, please feel free to drop me a note to help keep this post updated.

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)

Bergamot oil has a light citrus clean scent with a warm spicy floral quality. It inhibits the growth of germs, viruses and fungi. Preventative for fleas, flies, lice, mosquitoes and other parasites. It kills worms.  Bergamot Oil blends well with Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Mandarin, Nutmeg, Orange, Sage, Sandalwood,  Rosemary, Vetiver and Ylang-Ylang Oil. It also compliments other citrus oils. ***Bergaptene, one of its components, becomes poisonous if exposed to sunlight. The oil should ALWAYS be stored in dark bottles in dark places. It has analgesic, antibacterial, antibiotic, antiseptic, antispasmodic and disinfectant properties.

Catnip Oil (Nepeta cataria)

Catnip is related to mint and has a mint-like scent. It’s insect repellent properties  keep away cockroaches, mosquitoes, and other insects. Used primarily in natural insect repellents and to treat bites. It blends well with Lemon, Lime, Mint and Eucalyptus and also acts as a sedative for humans. ***Avoid While pregnant. It is an anesthetic and anti-inflammatory.

Cedar (Juniperus virginiana)

Cedar has a woodsy scent and blends well with other wood-derived essential oils. It repels flies, mosquitoes and other insects. Blends well with Benzoin, Bergamot,  Cinnamon, Cypress,  Frankincense, Jasmine, Juniper,  Lavender, Lemon, Lime,  Neroli, Rose and Rosemary. ***Avoid while pregnant and do not ingest. It is a natural antiseptic,  anti-fungal and antispasmodic.

Chamomile, German (Matricaria recutita)

Chamomile has a subtle scent and works well blended with several other essential oils. It also has analgesic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties.

Chamomile, Roman (Anthemis nobilis)

Roman chamomile has a sweet light apple scent. It is used in many natural body care products and also works well in aromatherapy. It is naturally an analgesic, antibacterial, anti-fungal,  anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic and antispasmodic.

Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

Cinnamon is a natural antibacterial and antiseptic. It’s also powerful against mold. Ground cinnamon and the essential oil are both effective against pests. Sprinkle ground cinnamon anywhere that pests are seen or apply pure, undiluted cinnamon essential oil to the areas with a cloth. Cinnamon is perfect for disinfecting surfaces and the air. Blends well with Allspice, Clove and Ginger It is an analgesic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antispasmodic and disinfectant.

Citronella (Cymbopogon winterianus)

Best known for its use in natural insect repellents, citronella can also be used to treat insect bites and has a crisp lemony scent and blends well with woodsy and citrus essential oils – cedar, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemon, peppermint and rosemary, sage and tea tree. Citronella helps deter pests such as ants, centipedes, earwigs, fleas, lice, mosquitoes and silverfish. It is naturally an analgesic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antispasmodic.

Clove Bud (Syzygium aromaticum)

Clove bud oil used with other oils works well to help rid your home of bacteria. It blends well with many other essential oils such as Basil, Cinnamon, Grapefruit, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Nutmeg, Orange, Peppermint, Rose and Rosemary and can also be used for treating insect bites and stings. ***Avoid while pregnant and nursing and should always be diluted before using. It has analgesic, antibacterial, anti-clotting, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic and antiviral properties.

Cypress (Cupresus semperivens)

Cypress oil has a woodsy scent. Blends well with Benzoin, Bergamot, Cedar, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Jasmine, Juniper,  Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Neroli, Rose and Rosemary. It is an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antispasmodic.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)

Eucalyptus can help rid your home of viruses and bacteria. Use Eucalyptus oil to disinfect surfaces or as an air purifier. This natural germicide is a powerful dust mite buster. Use it with baking soda to deep clean your mattress or add a few drops during a wash cycle. Eucalyptus leaves and the essential oil can be used anywhere around the house to deter pests such as centipedes, earwigs and silverfish. It has analgesic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral and disinfectant properties.

Eucalyptus, Lemon (Eucalyptus citriodora)

Lemon eucalyptus essential oil has a light lemony scent and blends well with other essential oils for cleaning. It is a natural bug repellent. It is antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic and antiviral.

Geranium (Rose) (Pelargonium graveolons)

Geranium (rose) oil blends well with many other essential oils in homemade cleaning products, in body care products, and in diffusers to cleanse the air. It is used in many natural medicines to help heal and prevent illness. It has analgesic, antibacterial ,anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

Grapefruit (Citrus paradise)

Grapefruit has a lovely citrus scent that blends well with other essential oils.  It is naturally antibacterial and antiseptic.

Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum)

Jasmine absolute oil blends well with many other essential oils and has a pleasant floral scent. It is an analgesic and an anti-inflammatory.

Juniper (Juniperus communis)

Juniper blends well with earthy blends. This oil can be used to purify the air and used as an insect repellent. It has analgesic, antimicrobial, antiseptic and antispasmodic properties.

Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)

Lavender oil is one of the most widely used essential oils for the home, mostly for its ability to help aid in relaxation and reduce anxiety. It is a natural antiseptic and pain reliever for minor burns, bites, and stings and pairs well with vinegar. It has analgesic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic and antispasmodic properties.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

Lemon balm is known for its cleaning properties and its ability to calm and help repel insects. It is naturally an antibacterial, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic and antiviral.

Lemon (Citrus limon)

Lemons have long been used for natural cleaning and has a light, clean scent. Lemon is used to get rid of stains, as a degreaser, and as a deodorizer. It is an antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic and antispasmodic.

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)

Lemongrass is another oil used for natural cleaning and has a light, clean scent and can also be used as a natural insect repellent. It can help repel flies when mixed with lavender. It has analgesic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-parasitic, antiseptic and antiviral properties.

Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)

Similar to lemon, lime oil is used in natural cleaning products. It is naturally an antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic and antiviral.

Orange (Sweet) Oil (Citrus sinensis)

Sweet orange essential oil contains approximately 90 percent limonene, and is a natural ingredient found in many commercial household cleaners. Orange has a clean fresh scent. It is a natural degreaser and can also remove gum and glue residue. It is an antibacterial, anticoagulant, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antispasmodic.

Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

Oregano essential oil works effectively against bacteria, fungi, microbes and parasites and blends especially well with wood based essential oils. It has analgesic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, anti-parasitic, antiseptic and antispasmodic properties.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

Peppermint oil blends well with a variety of other essential oils. It has a minty, cool, energizing scent and also deters mice, ants, spiders, roaches, centipedes, earwigs and silverfish. It is an analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti- inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic and deodorizer.

Pine (Pinus sylvestris)

Pine essential oil has a woodsy scent. It is a cleaning booster. It is very effective at killing household germs such as yeast spores and E.coli. Pine is also good at getting rid of mold and mildew. It has analgesic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic and antiviral properties.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary  has a scent similar to pine. The essential oil of rosemary is potent. ***Avoid While pregnant or breastfeeding women. It has natural antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties.

Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Sage has an earthy, woodsy scent. Pregnant and lactating women should take care when handling or ingesting sage essential oil or sage herbs. It is an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic and antispasmodic.

Spearmint (Mentha spicata)

Spearmint has a minty scent it is milder in nature when compared with peppermint essential oil. It has analgesic, anesthetic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic and deodorizing properties.

Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Tea tree oil has a scent that is similar to eucalyptus and blends well with many other essential oils and works well alone when diluted and fights bacteria, germs and viruses. It can also help deter household pests such as roaches and lice. It has analgesic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antiviral and disinfectant properties.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Thyme oil is extremely powerful against germs such as salmonella. It blends well with a wide variety of other essential oils. It has analgesic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral and disinfectant properties.

Vanilla

Vanilla does not come as an essential oil. It’s added here because of its wonderful scent that so many of us are familiar with and it can be added to your homemade cleaning products. For more information on the five types that can be added to homemade cleaners visit Lotus Garden Botanicals – Vanilla Pure Essential Oil – No Such Thing.

Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)

This essential oil has a floral scent. It blends well with many other essential oils. It naturally has antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antispasmodic properties.

 

NOTE: Results may vary and cannot be guaranteed to be 100% safe and effective. You are dealing with chemicals after all. Before mixing any essential oils please make sure you know what you are doing. Test in small hidden areas before using if possible. Always use caution with any new product in your home.

For more information about essential oils and how to use them properly and safely please read up on it. Here are a few starting points:

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