Clean with essential oils? If you’re on this blog for the first time, YES! If not, you probably know where I’m going with this! Whether you find cleaning therapeutic or a forced chore, it’s inevitable. At some point or another, something needs cleaning.Follow
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If you’re already convinced that you should clean with essential oils – scroll down to my TOP 5 essential oils for natural cleaning. If you want to understand why – read on!
Why Clean with Essential Oils?
Essential oils are derived from nature and are safe to use in the home – to be more precise, the are extracted from the leaves, stems, flowers, seeds of a plant. When used appropriately, they can be used safely in the home around the whole family.
If you’ve read my previous posts you know already the dangers associated with the numerous chemicals and toxic compounds found in conventional mass-produced cleaners – I explain more about eliminating toxins in the home here.
Essential Oils contain effective and potent cleansing properties
Contrary to what many people think, despite essential oils extracted from natural plants, they still contain potent and powerful cleansing properties that make them useful not only for aromatherapy but also for cleaning the house. Essential oils are extremely potent in these natural cleansing compounds, meaning a few drops can go a long way and provide some serious cleaning power (money saver!)
Other cleansing products may require a large amount to get the job done, but it is possible to cleanse an entire area with just a few drops of essential oil.
Essential Oils are Versatile
Another amazing reason why I use essential oils for cleaning is that same essential oil can be used for other benefits. For example, I use Melaleuca essential oil in my multi-purpose cleaner but also to make facial products. I add Wild Orange to my DIY Floor Cleaner Solution and also diffuse for its aromatherapy benefits.
Even within the household cleaning department; a single essential oil can cover the needs from the kitchen to the bathroom, purifying the air, cleaning up sticky messes, laundry and more. Typically, you will need a whole cabinet to cover these cleaning tasks.
The versatility of essential oils allows you to make your own DIY natural cleaning products with essential oils, tailor-made according to your personal preferences or needs.
Basically, a single bottle of essential oil can go a long way and serve you well, holistically.
Essential Oils provide you with aromatherapy whilst cleaning
Seriously, cleaning became more than pleasurable; essential oils have flipped my cleaning chores into a pleasurable therapeutic experience. Ok truth be told I also love experimenting and proving that natural cleaning agents and essential oils can do a better job than chemical cleaners (follow my Instagram stories or Facebook Page for some occasional essential oil cleaning Wins!)
Natural Chemical Constituents in essential oils that provide cleansing properties
Phenols commonly found in essential oils include thymol, carvacrol, eugenol, and antheole. Phenol-rich essential oils that can be useful for cleansing due to their chemical properties include: Clove, Oregano, Thyme. Possible benefits: Surface cleansing, protects against environmental threats*, and antioxidants.
Although aldehydes are typically only found in small quantities within plants, they are known for providing essential oils with a powerful aroma. Essential oils rich in aldehydes that are also useful for cleansing purposes include the following: Cassia, Cilantro, Cinnamon, Melissa.
Possible benefits: Protects against environmental threats* and in the case of Cilantro, can be used for surface cleaning.
Common monoterpenes found in cleansing essential oils include limonene and terpinene. The following essential oils contain monoterpenes that make them useful for cleansing: Bergamot, Lemon, Lime, Melaleuca, Wild Orange.
Possible benefits: Cleansing properties.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease
Natural Cleaning with essential oils: My Top 5
Here are the 5 essential oils that I often use in my DIY Natural Cleaning Products:
Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Essential Oil: Tea tree was (and probably still is!) the go-to ingredient in every teenager’s facial wash to combat pimple outbreaks. It contains Monoterpenes in the form of Terpinene which is responsible for its cleansing properties. Buy Melaleuca Here
Lemon Essential Oil: When you open a bottle of essential oil you can immediately note the potency and purity compared to the synthetic “fragrances” that are often included in conventional cleaners. Lemon essential oil contains Limonene and Pinene responsible for the uplifting aroma and potent cleansing properties. Buy Lemon Essential Oil Here.
Wild Orange Essential Oil: Another versatile oil that has many benefits. For cleaning purposes, Wild Orange is another citrus-derived oil containing Limonene responsible for its cleaning properties. Add Wild Orange to your floor wash solution for an invigorating aroma and clean floor. Or use it with olive oil for a wood polish. Wild Orange works wonders!
Purify Essential Oil Cleansing Blend by doTERRA: it’s a convenient blend containing Lemon Peel, Siberian Fir Needle, Citronella Grass, Lime Peel, Tea Tree Leaf, Cilantro Herb essential oils. Together they provide a mix of cleansing properties and uplifting aromas – perfect to eliminate odours and purify the air. Replace your synthetic air fresheners with a simple DIY. Add 5 drops to a small spray bottle and top with water. Spray over linen and carpets to neutralise odours. Buy Purify by doTERRA here.
On Guard Essential Oil Protective Blend: This protective blend has numerous benefits and uses especially when it comes to protecting ourselves from seasonal environmental threats. Its exclusive blend includes Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils – a variety of cleansing properties in one bottle! It features in my favourite On Guard Cleaner Concentrate and other products within the doTERRA On Guard line.
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