DIY Home Cleaning with Essential Oils
DIY Home Cleaning with Essential Oils

When you make your own DIY home cleaning products with essential oils and other simple ingredients, you can feel good about what goes into your home spaces. Derived from plant botanicals, essential oils offer powerful ways to clean your home and refresh your airspace. Explore recipes, tips and more to guide you.

Safety tips for using essential oils for home cleaning

Simple, clean ingredients and essential oils are the key to "greening up" your home cleaning. Making your own essential oil-based cleaning products helps you move away from the chemicals often found in most conventional home care products.

But just because essential oils are products distilled from plants, doesn't mean it's smart to use them indiscriminately in large amounts while cleaning your home. Adding too much essential oil won't necessarily make your cleaning product clean any more effectively; the other household ingredients and your own elbow grease do that. Also, a high concentration of essential oils has the potential to harm surfaces and furnishings if applied indiscriminately and without first testing the application on an inconspicuous area.

A wise, general guideline for dilution rate of essential oils in cleaning products is 3%. So for every fluid ounce of liquid, or 2 tablespoons of dry product, add 18 drops of essential oil. Simply multiply these base measurements for larger quantities.

As you convert your home cleaning products to safer DIY versions, you may find that you have leftover quantities of your old commercial household cleaning items that you don't want to use. Read the label carefully for any instructions on how to dispose of these products safely. If the information is missing or unclear, look for an 800 number to call.

Finally, carefully follow the directions for using the DIY home cleaning recipe you're using. Find an inconspicuous spot or area on the item being cleaned, and test the application there first before any widespread, general application. If you'd prefer to go with a milder scented product, you can always choose the option to decrease the 3% essential oil dilution to 2%, or even 1%.

To make a quick all-purpose spray cleaner, combine 1 teaspoon each Aura Cacia Main Squeeze Essential Oil Blend and unscented liquid soap in a 16-ounce spray bottle. Fill with water and shake until well blended, then spray surface and wipe clean.

To make a quick homemade air freshener spray, combine 4 fluid ounces water with 48 drops Aura Cacia Keep it Fresh Essential Oil Blend in a spray bottle. Shake until well blended, then mist airspace.

To organize your DIY home cleaning products, put them into a tote or basket, arranged by cleaning area.

To make a quick freshening diffusion, combine 1 teaspoon Aura Cacia Keep it Fresh Essential Oil Blend with 1 cup baking soda. Place in a glass jar or ceramic bowl and keep in a space that needs a little freshening up!

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