Hi, friends! ‘Tis the season for spring cleaning, so today I’m taking a little detour from my usual design posts to share a guide to spring cleaning with essential oils and other natural ingredients, along with some tips and DIY cleaning recipes. 

Before we get started, I encourage you to take a look at the ingredients in the cleaning products you currently use. If you don’t know what something is, Google that ingredient. You can also check EWG.org or use the free “Think Dirty” app on your phone to scan the product labels and get toxicity scores.

Then start replacing anything that contains harmful chemicals with more natural alternatives.  Just do what you can. We still have products in our home that aren’t necessarily all natural, but we’re getting there.

My only regret is not doing this a long time ago, when our girls were little.  I realize now how little I knew back then. I thought cleaning with chemicals meant things were “clean.”

However, I’ve found that cleaning with natural products is actually easier and more effective than it was back when I had cupboards filled with all sorts of different cleaners.  And don’t worry … I’m sharing some recipes, resources, and safe products to replace your old ones, below!

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Spring Cleaning With Essential Oils

1. Use the Power of Lemon Oil

I have an entire blog post devoted to cleaning with lemon oil, and I encourage you to check it out for a ton of useful tips!  Here’s one to get you started:  Clean your microwave by adding 5 drops of lemon essential oil to a cup of water in a glass container and heat for two to three minutes.  Let it stand for five minutes without opening the door. The trapped steam will loosen the grime, so you can just wipe the microwave clean when you’re done.

2. Get an Essential Oil Diffuser

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I think every home needs at least one essential oil diffuser. I have three–one in our kitchen, one in our bedroom and one in our guest bathroom.  For purifying the air, try adding Lemongrass, Lemon, Orange, or Peppermint oil to the water.

Twenty minutes per room is fine, or let it run for several hours each day, which is what I do. Essential oils can freshen and purify your rooms, neutralize airborne particles, and support oxygen levels, immune strength, and more.

3. Ditch the Candles

Believe me, I know this one is hard. But even “natural” or “soy” candles emit chemicals, including heavy metals. The wax is a source of toxins, synthetic fragrances, and petroleum (which can actually line your lungs for a very long time).

An essential oil diffuser will offer a gentle glow and a beautiful scent that actually supports your health while cleaning and purifying the air.  To get you started, try this amazing Anthropologie Volcano Candle diffuser blend: 3 drops Black Spruce, 3 drops Geranium (or Lime), 5 drops Orange, and 5 drops Grapefruit essential oils. 

4. Clean and Deodorize with Baking Soda

Baking soda naturally absorbs odors and neutralizes bacteria. Set out a bowl of baking soda with 10 drops of your favorite oil in your laundry room, refrigerator, nursery, shoe closet, or wherever.

Stainless steel sink cleaner: Simply wet your sink and faucet, sprinkle with baking soda, and scrub with a sponge.

If you need more heavy-duty scrubbing power, add salt or dish soap to the baking soda/water mixture.

Oven Cleaner: make a paste of baking soda, water and dish soap; apply to oven and let it sit for a few hours; then wipe down with water. Use a wadded up piece of aluminum foil to scrub away any remaining residue.

5. Use Wool Dryer Balls for Softening the Laundry

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Whatever is on your clothing is absorbed into your skin, so think about ditching your dryer sheets and switching to wool dryer balls. They cost less than $3 each and last anywhere from 2-5 years!

Dryer balls can also help speed up the drying process, saving you both time and money.

I like to spritz our dryer balls with lemongrass, lavender, or any citrus oil before tossing them in the dryer to add a beautiful scent to our clothing, towels and sheets.

6. Become a Plant Lady 

Besides adding beauty and life to your home, plants clean the air. Place live plants all around the house, and love them well–they’ll purify your air for you in return.

By the way, even though I love faux plants, too, they’re havens for dust and allergens, so remember to clean them regularly!

7. Air out the House

Your circulated indoor air is 5-7 times more toxic than fresh air, so circulate some fresh air through your house regularly.  Remember to change your vacuum and furnace filters, too!

Spring Cleaning Shopping List:

1. Grocery Store or Amazon:

Products: White Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide, Castile Soap, Baking Soda, Distilled Water, Olive Oil, Wool Dryer Balls

Tools: Glass spray bottles and jars, shaker bottle for baking soda, a cleaning caddy, sponges and rags. 

By the way, I also have a page devoted to all my favorite essential oil tools, labels, supplies and diffusers.

2. Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used safely for cleaning and other purposes for thousands of years. They not only add a fresh scent to your home, they work with your body to support physical and emotional wellness.

A few of my favorite essential oils for cleaning include lemon, purification, Thieves, peppermint, rosemary, orange, tea tree, lavender and lemongrass.

Spring Cleaning Recipes:

All-Purpose Cleaner

8 oz. Distilled Water
1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
7-8 drops Orange oil (optional)

Add all to a glass spray bottle. Shake and spray on counters, sinks, toilets, floors, glass, wood, or walls. Thieves household cleaner is 100% safe for kids, so they can help, too!

Natural Soft Scrub

1⁄2 cup Baking Soda
3 Tbsp Castile Soap
4 drops each of Rosemary, Lemon, & Peppermint oils

Mix and store in an airtight jar. Scrub grout, sinks, tubs, etc with a soft sponge or brush. Add more soap or baking soda for desired consistency.

Orange Wood Polish

1 oz Olive Oil
1 oz White Vinegar
10 Drops Orange essential oil

Add all to a glass spray bottle. Shake and Spray onto dusty, dull wood, buff dry. For extra dry wood, apply just olive oil + 1 drop Orange essential oil, let sit for 30 minutes, then buff to a shine.

All-Purpose Floor Cleaner

Mix 1 gallon HOT water with 2 capfuls Household Cleaner. Mop floors as usual.

Hardwood Floor Cleaner (Deep Clean)

Mix 1 gallon HOT water (use gloves to protect your hands), 1/2 c. olive oil, 1/4 c. Household Cleaner, and 3-5 drops Orange essential oil in a cleaning bucket. Wring out rag, wipe down a 4×4 area, wipe dry, and then move on to the next section. *Do not leave natural wood wet!

Carpets/Rugs

Add 3 drops favorite essential oil to vacuum filter or bag.
Add 15 drops Lemongrass, Lavender, Tea Tree, or Peppermint oil to 1 cup baking soda and store in a shaker bottle. Sprinkle evenly over carpet, wait 30 minutes, then vacuum.
Add 1 capful Household Cleaner to the water in a carpet shampooer, and add 1⁄4 cup white vinegar to the rinsing water.

Toilets

Add 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide and 3 drops Rosemary oil to the bowl water. Sprinkle baking soda into bowl and scrub with toilet brush … let sit for 10-20 minutes before flushing. Spray down entire toilet with Household Cleaner. Wash down toilet and buff dry.

Dishes

Add 3-4 drops Lemon or Orange essential oil to dishwater or floor of dishwasher for added cleaning/degreasing.
Use white vinegar in dishwasher as a rinse aid.

Laundry

Add 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide and 5 drops Lemon oil to whiten
Add 1⁄4 cup vinegar to rinse cycle (to rinse out soap better and soften)
Add 3-4 drops Lavender essential oil or Seedlings lavender linen spray to wool dryer balls.

I hope this post convinced you to give cleaning with essential oils a try. Your home will smell amazing, and you’ll never look at cleaning the same way again!

If you have questions about essential oils or Thieves products, you can learn more here or contact me here.  xo jane

P.S. For my favorite essential oil diffuser blends, see this post:  13 Beautiful Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes

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Any suggestions made on this blog are specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please do not stop.