Essential Oils: DIY Spring Cleaning Recipes

Lee Anna McGuire Article

It’s here—spring cleaning season!

But there can be a downside to many cleaning supplies—including laundry detergents, dish detergents and air fresheners. In short, they can be hazardous to your health because they’re toxic. That’s why it may be time to change them out for non-toxic alternatives.

One reason to avoid typical cleaning products is that, when used indoors under certain conditions, many common household cleaners emit toxic pollutants at levels that may lead to health risks, according to a study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Exposure levels to some of the pollutants—and to the secondary pollutants formed when some of the products mix with ozone—may exceed regulatory guidelines when a large surface is cleaned in a small room or when the products are used regularly, resulting in chronic exposure.

In short, the gloves are off when it comes to conventional cleaning products. After all, who wants “squeaky clean” at the price of health?

So, when you buy cleaning products, look for manufacturers who list their ingredients on the label and purchase non-toxic, biodegradable cleaners.

Better yet, you can make your own cleaners, including those using essential oils. (Be sure to pick organic essential oils so that you avoid unwanted toxins.)

Try these DIY cleaner and freshener recipes to make your home shine this spring:

Purify the Fridge: To freshen up the fridge or freezer when cleaning, add a few drops of lime, grapefruit, or bergamot oil to the rinsing water.

Sinks and Bathtubs Scrub: Mix ½ cup baking soda, ½ cup vinegar, and 5 drops of bergamot or lime oil. Use as a scrub for sinks and bathtubs.

Glass Cleaner: Take a 16-ounce spray bottle, and use 8 drops of any citrus essential oil you choose, such as lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange—or even a combination. Then add ½ cup of distilled water, and 1½ cups of white vinegar. Cap it up and shake it up! Now it’s ready to use.

Vacuum Cleaner: Add 5-10 drops of your favorite oil in the vacuum bag.

Clean the Air: Diffuse cinnamon essential oil in the air. Not only does it smell amazing, but it can also clean up and freshen the air due to its cleansing properties.

Sports Gear: If you or your kids play sports, add 2 drops of both tea tree oil and lemon essential oil, plus some baking soda to jerseys, cleats and sports gear.

Pretty easy, right? Plus, you have the peace of mind that you’re not exposing yourself or your family (including pets) to nasty chemicals or toxins.

Happy, healthy spring cleaning to you and yours!