In a world where we are noticing our sensitivity to chemicals and we need a natural way to still keep our houses clean, it is wonderful to discover natural ways that we can make cleaners at home that will clean, disinfect and help boost our health at the same time!
One of the points of a cleaner that you are going to use all over your home is that it is as safe as possible for your family or pets if they were to come into direct contact with it.
Why Essential or Medicinal Oils?
Essential oils are a wonderful tool to use in this pursuit because they are made from healing plants who have long built up a natural defense against many forms of harmful bacteria, mold, viruses, and fungus. In addition, to keeping away the unwanted microorganisms essential oils also have many different attributes that can reduce stress, boost our immune systems and soothe our aches and pains.
I recommend choosing high-quality oils that are in dark containers, to protect them from the sun, and making an adventure out of learning about each ingredient and what they do. Just make sure that you are careful to not overuse them and that you always dilute them if you are going to use them on your body.
If you don’t want to buy oils and already have a wonderful home herb garden supply of these incredible plants make you down medicinal oils at home by following this guide here!
Choosing your Oils
When making a home cleaner the recipes are often flexible so that you can choose the oil that works best for you and your family. I will briefly go over some of the options so that you can customize your cleaner based on what the herbs treat as well as what scents you want in your home.
Honestly, sometimes I pick solely on what I have available at the time. Just remember that if you don’t like one oil you can always make a different type in the next batch!
- Cinnamon is a commonly used bark that we put into many food and sweet dishes. It is also an incredible healing plant that will help you fight against a cold, the flu, digestive issues, respiratory infections, arthritis and menstrual issues. Cinnamon can be used as an antiviral, antifungal, and antiseptic.
- Clove is a warm and spicy little bud that is often useful against mold. It is also known to help the body with pain, bruises, asthma, digestive upsets, cuts and scrapes, arthritis, burns, and acne.
- Eucalyptus is an awesome smelling oil that has menthol-like properties. It is commonly used to help with respiratory issues and healing ulcers but has other uses as well. Eucalyptus is also useful when fighting chicken pox, fever, circulatory issues, inflammation, headaches/migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, malaria, measles, and muscle aches.
- Grapefruit is a refreshing scent that will help you fight off stress, depression, hair loss, colds, the flu, cellulite, obesity, muscle fatigue, and acne.
- Lavender is one of the most commonly used medicinal oils because it is so versatile and soothing. It was used in the Roman bathhouses as a deodorizer and it a great scent for cleaning your home. It is also a great little healer for anxiety, pain, agitation, minor burns, vomiting, nausea, respiratory issues and skin blemishes. Lavender works well as an antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial.
- Lemon is something that almost everyone loves as a household cleaner. It can help your body heal throat infections, skin issues, headaches/migraines, fevers, herpes, insect bites, high blood pressure, constipation, arthritis, cellulite, constipation and circulatory issues.
- Lemongrass is a wonderful plant to keep around if you are trying to keep mosquitos away but it is also known for its fresh and clean scent. It can be used to help with stress, headaches, fever, exhaustion, digestive issues, acne, infectious diseases, jet lag, muscle pain, and respiratory infections.
- Peppermint is a wonderful smelling plant that is used for a variety of things. It can help with depression, nausea, vertigo, neuralgia, digestive issues, respiratory illnesses, sunburn, muscle pains, menstrual issues, skill inflammation, headaches/migraines, stress and mental fatigue. Peppermint is great when used as a disinfectant spray in the bathroom!
- Pine is one of my favorite scents that is great for freshening up your space. Use it medicinally to help with urinary tract issues, gout, fatigue, respiratory issues, muscle aches, excessive perspiration, muscle aches, cuts and scrapes, insect bites, and arthritis.
- Rosemary is an incredible herb that is used both medicinally and in cooking! It has a powerful effect on the mind and can increase your focus and memory by just scent alone. Use rosemary to help with arthritis, circulatory issues, gout, intestinal issues, mental fatigue, varicose veins, skin swelling, respiratory issues, muscle pain and headaches/migraines.
- Tea tree is very common all over the world in spas, salons, and pharmacies. It is great for fighting and preventing infections, dandruff, respiratory issues, sunburns, and wounds. Tea tree oil is also great for killing mold and mildew!
- Thyme is great for cooking and healing. It can help with sciatica, gout, arthritis, respiratory issues and animal bites. Thyme is also great as a disinfectant!
How to Make your own All-Purpose Cleaner
Now that you know a bit more about what oils you like try picking up to 5 different types so you can make sure that you get rid of all the various types of unwanted microorganisms in your home.
- Pour the water, apple cider vinegar, and 20 drops of your chosen oils to a container. We recommend an 8-ounce metal or glass spray bottle and then shake it well.
- Label the container with what you used so you remember later.
- Use this new solution to disinfect and clean your home. This will help your home smell great and feel clean!
If you liked that then try out our quick guide on how to make bathroom specific cleaners here!
Warning: Keep the oils away from your mouth, nose and eyes as they are concentrated and can be irritating. If you are sensitive to oils wear gloves when you are cleaning.
Sources: Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Sonoma Press, 2014 P. 222, 223, 248, 251, 256-257, 263-264, 271, 272-273, 274, 288, 290, 294-295, 304,
Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs 2012, P. 65, 91, 151, 185