Essential oils harness the power of plants to produce a safe and non-toxic cleaning solution.

They are inexpensive and versatile, allowing you to utilize them in a variety of settings, including aromatherapy and for health purposes.

And when you use essential oils for cleaning, you are harnessing nature’s power — it’s incredible.

We’ll go over our favorite cleansing essential oils, their uses, alternative oils, and some recipes that include them. We also incorporate some of our other favorite natural remedies in the cleaning formulations, which you can read about here.


Lemon essential oil is our favorite cleaning essential oil. It has a clear, lemony perfume without any harsh chemicals or fragrances. This refreshing oil is antiviral and antibacterial, attacking and dissolving any dirt it comes into contact with.


Lemon essential oil is effective as an all-purpose cleaning for the kitchen and toilets. It’s also excellent for gleaming wood floors and furniture.

Recipe: Citrus Scrub

  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 1/4 cup of liquid castile soap
  • 10 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops of lime essential oil
  • 10 drops of orange essential oil

Mix together to form a paste. Apply to stovetop or sinks with rag or sponge to clean stubborn gunk. Rinse with warm water.


Eucalyptus contains anti-inflammatory qualities in addition to antiseptic and antibacterial capabilities. It can truly assist improve seasonal allergies when utilized around the house. It’s also effective against mold and mildew. According to research, eucalyptus also combats microorganisms that cause influenza, pneumonia, staph, and strep.


Eucalyptus is an excellent all-purpose cleaner, particularly for eliminating mold, combating allergies, and repelling rats.

Recipe: Deep Clean Scrub

  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • 1/3 cup of natural liquid dish soap
  • 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide
  • 3/4 cup of distilled water
  • 30 drops of eucalyptus essential oil

Mix together in squeeze bottle. Squirt in toilet, shower, or other dirty crevices. Scrub with brush. Let stand for 20 minutes.


Lavender oil has antibacterial and anti-odor properties by nature. Lavender also offers relaxing properties, making it excellent for usage in the home. Its relaxing smell works well in the bedroom to decrease tension and encourage sleep—all while keeping your bedroom clean and free of microorganisms.


Lavender oil can be used to clean your mattress and linens while also creating a pleasant aroma. It is also useful for toys because it is incredibly powerful against viruses and bacteria while being safe for children.

Recipe: Linen Spray

  • 1/4 cup of distilled water
  • 3 tablespoons of vodka
  • 20 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops of peppermint oil

Add to small spritzer and shake to combine. Spray on sheets, pillowcases, linens, fabrics, and mattresses.

Recipe: Air Freshener

  • 3/4 cup of distilled water
  • 2 tablespoons of vodka
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops of chamomile essential oil

Combine in 8 oz spray bottle and shake to combine. Spray throughout house to eliminate odors.