Essential Oil Tips for Cleaning Your House

Window CleaningSome tips for using essential oils to clean your house! I have tried most of the suggestions but not all, so have fun.

Bath Mats
Keep these smelling fresh by sprinkling a carpet freshener (add 8 – 10 drops essential oil or essential oil synergy to 1/2 cup baking soda shake well) on the mat, leave for about an hour and then shake out.  These days I use washable bath mats so generally just pop them the Washer with the rest of the towels, however in the past when I had more of a carpet type bath mat this worked very well.

Mothballs
Instead of mothballs pop a drop or two of essential oil on a cotton ball and place in closets and drawers.  Lavender, Geranium, Palmarosa, Patchouli and Cerdarwood are some suggestions.  I still use my oils instead of mothballs, and just to scent my drawers and I find it works really well.

Floor Cleaner
Add 5 drops of lemon or pine to 1/4 cup of white vinegar which is then added to a bucket of water.  I like to add the essential oils most times I’m washing the floor.

Window cleaner
To a 1 quart spray bottle add 1 cup white vinegar, 10 – 15 drops of essential oil (Lemon is great) and fill with water.  Shake well and spray windows.  I find this makes cleaning windows a pleasant aromatic experience as well.

Painting
Painting your house, or a room in it?  Adding essential oil to paint can help to counteract any unpleasant smell.  You will need quite a bit of essential oil though, about 5 ml to 1 gallon (3.78 litres) of paint.  Mix well.  I don’t paint my place very often but I have found that when I did this was helpful.

Greasy dishes
Lemon oil is great for cutting grease and a drop or two in the sink can make a difference.  These days I mostly use the dishwasher, but when I want to clean up a greasy grill or electric frying pan this tip works well.

Mice
A drop or two of peppermint on a cotton ball placed anywhere mice could enter the house is a great deterrent.  I have used cotton balls with drops of peppermint on numberous occassions to keep field mice I’ve seen out in my garden, at bay.  It has always worked for me, and the mice appear to have moved on to find a different home.

Laundry
Add a drop or two of essential oil to your washing machine.  It has been suggested that adding Eucalyptus globulus to a wash cycle may kill dust mites in bedding.  Although I would mention that this is not something I have done.  I am aware that some essential oils might stain clothing so while it has been shared for years as a potential tip, I would really think this through before using it.

Dryer
Since drying cycles are usually hot or pretty warm, adding essential oils to the dryer, which used to be recommended quite a bit, can certainly be problematic..  Remember that the oils are volatile and so you don’t want them in the dryer during the hot cycle.  It would be safer to simply use your essential oils for scenting your cupboards and drawers once your laundry was already dry.