Aaaah, lemon…

The smell of citrus fruits has been shown to boost energy and alertness. Studies have revealed that lemon scents, in particular, can reduce stress and leave a positive impression on others.

Made by cold pressing the rind of fresh lemons, lemon essential oil smells intoxicatingly like a fresh, ripe lemon. Add a few drops to your favorite homemade cleaners to infuse the scent of lemon throughout your home. In addition, lemon essential oil can also help brighten your white clothes and remove stains from white tile. You can also use it to deodorize your fridge or combine with olive oil for a natural wood or leather polish.

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Why should I use essential oils to clean with?

Essential oils are one of the best-smelling, naturally antibacterial options for homemade cleaning recipes. Adding essential oils to your cleaning routine will make your house smell “clean” without those scary toxic fumes from conventional cleaning products! Most green cleaning recipes call for ingredients like baking soda, white vinegar, oil, salt, soap and water. While these ingredients make for powerful, chemical-free cleaning, they smell quite bland except for vinegar which has a strong, unpleasant odor. This is why most natural cleaning recipes benefit from and recommend adding essential oils.

Besides lemon, what other essential oils are good to use in natural cleaning products?

Peppermint Essential Oil

Add a few drops of this refreshing minty scent to your homemade spray cleaner and spritz the mixture on areas that need particular antibacterial attention, like bathrooms and kitchens. As an added bonus, peppermint also acts as a natural pest deterrent. Peppermint mixes well with other essential oils popular for cleaning, including lavender, eucalyptus, lemon and rosemary.

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Tea Tree Essential Oil

Made from the Australian Melaleuca tree, tea tree essential oil works especially well to get rid of mildew and mold. It fights germs, bacteria and viruses in everything from homemade wipes to hand soap to daily shower spray. You can also use this spray to freshen any musty smells in your home. Add some drops to your favorite homemade laundry detergent to give your clothes a fresh scent. Like peppermint, tea tree oil is also a natural pest deterrent.

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Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary’s natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties make it a great addition to homemade dish soap and laundry detergent. A side benefit is the combination of peppermint and rosemary is perfect to freshen the air when you need to stay focused and on task.

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Orange Essential Oil

Not only does orange oil have a happy scent, but it’s great against fighting grease stains. There are many ways to use orange oil including homemade fabric softener, natural floor cleaner, and an energizing kitchen spray.

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Lavender Essential Oil

One of the best-smelling naturally antibacterial essential oils is lavender. Lavender pairs well with vinegar. Just add a few drops of lavender to your vinegar cleaning mixture to help mask vinegar’s sharp odor. Benefit from lavender’s pleasant scent in homemade dish or laundry soap, sachets, potpourri and linen spray.

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Eucalyptus Essential Oil

This natural germicide is a powerful dust mite buster. Use it with baking soda to deep clean your mattress or dry wash your children’s stuffed toys. With its clean smell, eucalyptus is great for foul-smelling jobs in the kitchen and bathroom. Eucalyptus oil is also good in cupboards to deter little pests.

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Never blend essential oils in metal or plastic containers because it can create a chemical reaction. It’s best to use glass containers to use and store essential oils. Also, be careful when mixing essential oils as not all essential oils can blend together due to their chemical makeup.

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