Essential Oils for Cleaning

Essential Oils for Cleaning

You can use Essential oils for cleaning by adding them to your homemade cleaning recipes as they have wonderful plant based antibacterial and disinfectant properties.  They’re much kinder to us and the planet than harsh chemicals and you can choose your favourite blends to make them calming or uplifting depending on where you’re going to use them.

These essential oils are perfect for adding to your DIY cleaning recipes as they each have natural cleaning properties:

  • Lemon – natural antibacterial, degreaser
  • Tea Tree – natural ani-bacterial / anti-fungus properties
  • Grapefruit -natural disinfectant properties
  • Peppermint – natural antibacterial and antiviral properties
  • Eucalyptus – natural ani-bacterial / anti-fungus properties
  • Orange – removes grease
  • Lavender – natural antibacterial properties
  • Pine – natural disinfectant

5 Essential Oil Blends for Cleaning

You can add single essential oils to your recipes or why not try one of these lovely blends:

Calm and Content Blend

  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 10 drops Geranium
  • Calming Blend
  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 10 drops Orange

Uplifting Blend

  • 6 drops Orange
  • 4 drops Peppermint
  • 2 drop Lemongrass

Citrus Energising Blend

  • 10 drops Lemon
  • 10 drops Orange

Fresh Uplifting Blend

  • 10 drops Pine
  • 10 drops Lemon

5 DIY Natural Cleaning Recipes with Essential Oils

Linen / Room Spray

You’ll Need:

  • 300ml glass spray bottle
  • 125ml Witch Hazel
  • 125ml Distilled or Cooled Boiled Water
  • 30 drops of Essential Oil

How To:

  • Mix all the ingredients in the glass bottle.
  • Shake before use

Bath / Sink Scrub


  • 50g Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 Tbsp Castile Soap or Eco Friendly Washing Up Liquid
  • 10 drops of Essential Oil
  • Warm water
  • Glass Jar


  • Combine everything together to make a soft but not too runny paste.
  • Store in sealed glass jar
  • Use with a non-abrasive un-sponge to clean bathroom surfaces.
  • Rinse with warm water
  • You can finish off with a general spray

Toilet Fizzers

You Will Need:

  • Glass jar
  • 100g Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 45g Citric Acid
  • 1 Tbsp Eco Washing Up Liquid (optional)
  • 20 drops of essential oil – your choice
  • Water or Witch Hazel to spray to dampen.

How To:

  • Mix Bicarb and Citric Acid together in a bowl
  • Add the eco washing up liquid, if using
  • Drop in the essential oils
  • Mix together with a spoon until it holds together when squeezed in your hands, spray a little water or witch hazel on if it’s too dry
  • Press into a silicone mould / ice cube tray or mould in your hands and place on baking paper
  • Allow to dry overnight and then store in a container

To freshen your loo just drop a bomb into the bowl and allow to fizz, leave and flush.

Be careful not to add too much liquid as it will start the fizzing reaction prematurely!

Note: be careful if you store in an airtight container as citric acid and bicarb will start to react if it gets damp and give off carbon dioxide; that’s what makes them fizz

Essential Oils for cleaning with Toilet Fizzers

General Purpose Cleaner

You’ll Need

  • 500ml Glass Spray Bottle
  • 250ml Cooled Boiled Water
  • 250ml White Vinegar
  • 10 to 15 drops of Essential Oil

How To:

  • Combine all ingredients in a jug and pour into glass bottle
  • Use as a general purpose kitchen / bathroom spray, no need to rinse

Daily Shower Spray

  • 250ml Cooled Boiled Water
  • 120ml white vinegar.
  • 120ml cup rubbing alcohol.
  • 1 teaspoon castile soap or eco friendly washing up liquid
  • 10 drops essential oil.

Glass spray bottle.

How To:

  • Combine all ingredients in jug and pour into glass bottle
  • Shake before us and spray onto wet shower door / tiles after showering.

Note: no need to rinse but do not use on stone or granite tiles as this recipe contains vinegar.

Essential Oils for Cleaning with washing soda

I hope you’ve found this useful.

Remember Essential oils are completely safe if used correctly but do check if you have any medical concerns regarding essential oils (such as when pregnant, or with certain medical conditions).  Do not use undiluted and check before using around children and pets.  Store  out of the reach of children. Keep oils away from eyes. Essential Oils are flammable.

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Hi, I’m Frankie. This is my blog (Thoroughly Modern Grandma) about blending old fashioned values with modern technology, whilst trying to reduce our waste and be a little kinder to our Planet.

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