Essential Oils Can Heal Your Home!

Some of my favorite essential oils are

These make me feel calm, they renew my spirit, and create an
aromatic ambiance that makes my house feel like home to me. At first, I just used them in my diffuser but as I kept reading about essential oils I realized I could do so much more than just smell them and use them topically on my skin.

I was so excited the day I learned that these same essential oils can also have powerful “HEALING” powers for my home. I went right out that afternoon, bought some glass spray cleaning bottles and made up a few batches of Natural Cleaners. It was quite easy and fun and I enjoyed going through and cleaning with my new-found discoveries.

You don’t necessarily need to use glass cleaning bottles if you want to make up smaller batches and use them up right away. I just like glass containers best. If I know I am making a cleaner that I want to keep for a month or so I make sure I use glass containers to mix and store the product in. I will also use distilled water unless I am just making a small batch.

I felt great using the natural cleaning power of essential oils to freshen my home, I actually ditched all the old cleaners I owned that had toxic chemicals that could potentially harm my daughter, husband, and pets.

Here is what I use to clean my home. I hope you enjoy reading and please feel free to comment or ask questions by clicking on the comment link at the end of this post.

Home Made Olive Oil Furniture Polish Recipe

Oil moisturizes wood furniture – just like certain oils moisturize your skin. Made sense to me so I tried it and I Love it. I think you will too.

  • 1 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup White Vinegar Heinz 6% is Best
  • 4 drops of Lemon Essential Oil

I only make a little of this at a time so that the Olive Oil does not get rancid. You can store it in a cool dark place and it will last quite a while. A couple months.

I spray this right on my wood furniture and buff it into the wood grain. I love how it looks when I am done and I know I am not putting a waxy build up on my furniture. The waxy build up from other wood polishes will need to be removed – if it is already present – before you will see the beauty this recipe will give.

Essential Oils To Clean a Wood Floor – Use This

This is what I use on my wood floors – as the recipe above is for furniture and it would be too slippery for floors.

You can adjust the amounts per scale should you want a smaller amount – instead of putting in a bucket you can put this in a spray bottle and spray on your floor and mop so in that case you would want to divide these amounts probably by 8. 2 cups of water, 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar, 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol and 1/8 tsp of dish soap.

In a bucket mix together:

1 gallon warm water
4 cups white vinegar (distilled) Heinz 6% is Best
2 cups rubbing alcohol
***1 tsp liquid dish soap – The Original Dawn Works Great
(optional) Pure essential oil, not blends – The amount is up to you – depends how much scent you prefer.

*** It is best to use a plain detergent such as Dawn, the original. Dish soaps with added ingredients such as anti-bacterial or scents or something to moisturize your skin will have ingredients that will streak and change the outcome of the cleaner. Some folks will think to swap Castile Soap or Borax or other natural soaps for the dish detergent – this could leave streaks so it is NOT recommended.

Always use Distilled White Vinegar as using Apple Cider Vinegar will attract pests and leave streaks.

If your floors already have a build up of a film this recipe MIGHT take it off – depends on what the reason for the build up is. You could try this recipe without the detergent for the first few moppings to see if it breaks up the film. If there is no film build up at the moment then mix up this formula and mop away.

Enjoy
Connie

P.S.  I like this formula as it is streak free when mixed correctly and is not slippery on the floor – again when mixed correctly.  A site I recommend reading for more Safety At Home tips and concerns is Safety At Home – Helpful Information on Making Your Home Safe.    

Kitchen Sink Cleaning Tips – Power Scour Your Sink

Here’s an easy DIY tip to create an all-natural kitchen sink scrub that smells divine. All you need is

  • ½ cup of baking soda,
  • ⅓ cup of vinegar, and
  • five drops each of Bergamot and Lime essential oils.

Mix ingredients in a glass bowl, dip in your sponge, and get busy scrubbing the sink. Rinse well with warm water, and you will have a clean shiny sink, without toxins. Bergamot has a light citrus scent and mixed with the lime really cuts the vinegar scent that often lingers after cleaning with straight vinegar.

How To Clean Pots and Pans

You’re probably cooking at home more than usual these days, which means you’ve got more pots and pans to wash. But don’t despair! We’re here to share the secret ingredient for all you master chefs who haven’t mastered the art of pan scouring yet.

It’s lemon oil.

All you have to do is clean out the pan as much as you can.

Then boil water in the dirty pot or pan, and add a five or six drops of lemon essential oil to the mix. The heated lemon oil will gently remove yucky stuck food clinging to your cookware. I remember when I was a kid my mom used to heat up water in the pans after we were done eating and then she would clean the stuck on food. Back then she didn’t know to add lemon – now we have lemon oil so easily available. Sorry Mom.

(You can also add a few drops of lemon oil to your dishwasher soap compartment to leave your dishes spot-free and citrus fresh.)

Want a Clean Shower Curtain Liner?

Don’t just clean yourself while you shower, keep your shower curtain liner clean every day too!

Fill a 4 oz. spray bottle with warm water and mix four to 6 drops of antibacterial eucalyptus essential oil and four to five drops of anti fungal tea tree oil into the bottle.

When you get into your shower – Spray your shower curtain.

I  went ahead and purchased a new shower liner because I did not want to clean the old one any longer. After a while you just have to get another one. I looked up how to keep the new liner clean and this is what I found. The heat from your shower will help dispense the oils and keep your shower curtain fresh and mildew-free.

Essential Oil and Mold

Mold and mildew are the nasty home invaders none of us want and we can’t wait to get rid of.

I run an essential oil diffuser in my bathroom for a couple hours each day. Sometimes I fill it with tea tree essential oil to kill fungus or I fill it with cinnamon leaf essential oil which is an antimicrobial.

I change it out depending on the season and my mood. I shut the door and run the diffuser for a couple hours to keep the microbes out of the air. For me it works great and hopefully you will find the same is true in your home should you try this.

Also, I mix

  • 5 drops of tea tree oil
  • five drops of grapefruit oil
  • 1 cup of white vinegar

to a spray bottle.

I spray problem areas I have identified previously with this mixture and it seems to really have taken care of the problem. I have not had a recurrence of mold or mildew since I started doing this. I owned a real problem under my sink because of a leaky pipe under the floor. No problem now. Got the pipe fixed also – Which was great!

I owned learned that grapefruit oil has a high citric acid content and helps to naturally neutralize mildew and mold spores. Spray problem areas in your bathroom and kitchen to keep your home clean and help stop mold!

What to Clean Refrigerator With? – Freshen Up Your Fridge

The truth is, your refrigerator is one of the stinkiest places in your house. Smells from pungent foods, like fish, can linger in your kitchen long after you’ve shut the refrigerator door. Using baking soda is a great way to absorb foul fridge odors, but there is another cleaning hack you should use to help keep your fridge even fresher.

Mix

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups hot water and
  • 10 drops of your choice of either grapefruit, lime, or lemongrass essential oils

Mix these ingredients up in a spray bottle and use this solution to spray the shelves in your refrigerator. Let the solution set for a couple minutes to soak if there is a dried on spilled mess. This sweet-smelling solution will leave your fridge feeling clean and fresh. No more stinky refrigerator and all clean – without chemicals.

Keep Your Fruit Fresher a Few Day Longer with Essential Oils

Not really a cleaning hack but I remembered this when I was cleaning my kitchen today and thought I would mention it.

Want to make your fruit more appealing and stay fresher longer? Not too many of us like bruised apples or brown bananas. Try this essential oil hack.

Simply add 3-5 drops of lemon essential oil to a bowl of cool water and soak the fruit for a few minutes. Take it out and let it dry naturally on your counter before putting back in your refrigerator or wherever you like to keep it. This will help increase the shelf life of your fruit, leaving it bright and ripe for a few extra days.

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41 Comments

  1. Essential oils really are life-changing products that can be used for so many different things. I had no idea they could be used to target the house cleaning process, and I really appreciate you for providing all of us with your personal life hacks and DIYs. I have used these oils in the past for my anxiety and they worked wonderfully. Can’t wait to give them a try within my home cleaning process. 

    1. Hearing that you use essential oils for anxiety personally – I would expect you will quite enjoy when you start to use them to clean your home as well. I can just see you now, cleaning your home, the sunshine flowing through the windows, the clean essential oil scents filling the rooms. Priceless. I am happy you enjoyed the article. Enjoy Each Day.

      Connie

  2. Essential oils are great for the skin, I however did not know that they’re also great for the home. I’ve used normal oils in my home especially on my furniture and what I observed is that after cleaning,they sparkle but in no time they start to attract dirt and loose the shine altogether. Reading your review, I see that olive oil does a great job without leaving those annoying wax. Thank you.

  3. I found the same thing. When I was a kid I would love to dust the woodwork especially if my parents were out of the house. When they came back the woodwork looked beautiful and the place smelled of lemons. I carried that on to my own home and found after a while I did not like the waxy film that was left. I was older now and I could really see the issue I had on hand. I searched and found the olive oil suggestion, tried it with some essential oils added and I can not be happier. I am glad you enjoyed reading my article. More to come soon. Keep checking back. Enjoy Each Day.

    Connie

  4. Hi Connie, this is a really helpful review. I love natural oils and although I use some now I never considered putting them in spray bottles with vinegar for my shower. I have Lemon, Bergamot, and lime in my collection already and will be adding tea tree oil for the fungus. I better add grapefruit oil to that too.

    The great thing is that they smell so nice as well, especially after cleaning my furniture and I know that they are healthy choices.

    1. Connie Varricchio

      Hello Lily,  Another trick I learned along the way is Fill a Mason Jar with Lemon Peels – Pour Vinegar into the jar until full – Cover the jar and put it in the cupboard for two weeks.  After the two weeks has gone by separate the vinegar from the peels and you will have vinegar that smells like citrus.  You will still smell the vinegar a little yet not as strong.  Then I use that vinegar in my spray bottle along with the essential oils. This smells nicer (in my opinion) and also adds to the cleaning power of the solution. 

      Thank You Lily for your comment and if anyone else has comments please feel free to leave them. 

      Connie

  5. I love essential oils but did not know just how versatile it really is and the multiple uses it really has! I am intrigued by using these essential oils to clean problematic mould that can occur in bathrooms or water areas. I am thrilled to know now that essential oils can be used to tackle such a nuisance.

    They smell wonderful, natural and relaxing to the mind and body, you cant go wrong with these, thank you! 

    1. Connie Varricchio

      I for one LOVE the smell of the Tea Tree Essential Oil.  For some it seems medicine smelling but for me it reminds me of clean and fresh and germ free.  Thank You for commenting on my post and please feel free to stop by often.  If anyone else has uses for essential oils around the home, please feel free to leave a comment.  We love discussing possibilities for essential oils. 

      Connie

  6. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this website. The information was clear, easy to follow and I took notes too! I was amazed by the many uses of essential oils. I just have them for my diffuser to make my house smell nice. Very informative and although there was a lot of information, it was all valuable and certainly valuable to a target audience whose interest is in this area. Liked the inclusion of the links at the end. 

    1. Hello Brongsugah, I am happy to hear you enjoyed reading the article.  Feel free to stop by a few times a week and see what I write about next.  Would be great to have you as a regular here.  I enjoy hearing from my readers.  Enjoy your day.  

      Anyone reading this, feel free to leave me a comment.  Take Care and Enjoy Your Essential Oils.

      Connie

  7. Really helpful article on many ways to use essential oils. I knew essential oils are good for body but didn’t know other uses of them. wow, your article gave me some new information. specially, to clean furniture, now I won’t buy furniture polish oil, I am gonna make my own furniture polish. Thank you for sharing these tips.

    1. Connie Varricchio

      Hello Phalguni,  I really think you will love the furniture polish made with the essential oils.  This is all I use now and wish I had known of them sooner.  Check out all the other ways to clean your home naturally.  I will be adding more content every week.  Hopefully you will bookmark us and stop by again.  Enjoy Your Day

      Connie

  8. I’ve never been extremely big on essential oils, but my step mom has always talked about how healthy they are and how good for your system they can be. I never really took her seriously, but I can see after reading this article that she was not exaggerating! I did some surfing around your site and you really have opened a whole new perspective for me on essential oils, thank you for this information 

    1. Connie Varricchio

      Misael H, Thank You for stopping by.  I am so happy that I was able to give you some insight as to how great Essential Oils can be. There is so much to learn and write about when it comes to Essential Oils. Give them a try, you will love them. Continue to stop by as I will be adding content weekly.  We are just getting started. 

      Anyone reading this, Please leave a comment or ask a question.  I love my oils and love to chat about them and all the great ways to use them.  Bookmark this website and leave a comment.  Thank You. 

  9. Wow, these cleaning hacks are fantastic! I love the fact that you’re able to use ordinary home ingredients to tackle seemingly impossible cleaning issues, like mould and fridge smells. It means you can ditch all of those toxic chemical cleaners which are so bad for the environment and your health.

    The glass bottles are a great idea too, what a nice eco-friendly way to clean your home. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Connie Varricchio

      Tamsin, Thank You for your comments.  My personal belief is that toxins in our homes are not necessary.  And the Glass Bottles – On top of not breaking down, and being eco friendly – they are way cool!!!!   LOL  Take Care and ADD Essential Oils – Keeping the Earth Smelling Good!!!  🙂  

      Connie

  10. I never knew you could do so many things with essential oils my wife loves using these. Im going to have to try the furniture polish recipe it seems like a very good natural way to clean without having the wax build up like you were saying. Essential oils have lots of benefits i definitely learned something new today from reading your article thank you for sharing this information.

    Jonathon 

    1. Great to read your comments Jonathon – This site is very new and I would suggest you bookmark it and stop by weekly as it is constantly being updated with great new ideas, posts, reviews and products that are Naturally Good for people and homes.  I love the furniture polish and I have had a couple emails asking if the furniture polish can be used on wood floors.  The answer is – I would not recommend it as this would be too slippery.  Yet I do have a solution that would work lovely on wood floors.  If anyone would like it – leave a comment or email me and I will get it to you. Hopefully I will get it posted above soon.  Take Care Everyone.  

      Connie

  11. So many good ideas. I was looking for just one or two things but ended up finding several useful suggestions that I have already started using. The idea of making up furniture polish from natural ingredients that I already had in my cupboards gave me an immediate cost saving. 

    I am looking forward to coming back and seeing what else gets added.

    1. Connie Varricchio

      Ron,  Hello and Yes Please do stop by often.  I already want to update one of the recipes.  The one cleaning the pots and pans.  I want to add using a paste of Baking Soda, Lemon Essential Oil and Peroxide.  After I boiled the lemon and water – I realized that is best for gunky food stuck on – but what I needed to do was clean up the burnt on residue that was deeper in the metal on the bottom of the pan.  The paste I made with peroxide, baking soda and lemon essential oil did the trick.  I was a happy camper.  LOL 

      If anyone has any useful tips please stop by and drop us a line or two.  What have you found best to take stuck on gunk off from pots and pans? 

      Hope to hear from you all soon.

      Take Care

      Connie

  12. Great info…I use essential oils often and has been a helpful friend around our home for a long time. The benefits that can be gained from using organic oils around the home is priceless, You can actually replace everything in your home for natural oil products. 

    Great article and easy to understand.

    1. Thank You for the compliment on the post and also I think it is wonderful you use essential oils around your home.  My home is such a wonderful place for me to be – smells nice and I just feel good being here.  Please continue to stop by as you will see the site growing day by day.  Enjoy

      Connie

  13. Holy crap! You literally gave us a do it yourself cleaner That is made purely of essential oils! I cannot believe that this is actually a thing! Usually when I clean my sink I always smell all these chemicals and I hate it! I will definitely be doing this because I am tired of that chemical smell from the cleaners are used to clean my sinks. Thank you so much for this section of the article

    1. You are very welcome.  I will have more Do It Yourself Posts in the near future.  Feel free to stop back in each week.  Should you or anyone have any questions or would like to ask for a specific cleaning recipe – let me know here in the comments or email me and I will help out.  Take Care. 

      Connie

  14. Good day, I’m pleased to come across this important information. I’m thrilled to know these essential oils which we all need for a clean and healthy home. Hygiene is all we should strive for in order to minimize the chances of getting bacterial or viral infections. Our bodies need to stay strong and healthy, thank you so much for providing this important information.

    1. You are very welcome.  Please feel free to stop by often and do you have any questions I can help with?  

      Connie

  15. I enjoyed reading your article about using essential oils for cleaning.  I have seen many  cleaning recipes using essential oils.  My sister uses essential oils for many purposes but I don’t think she uses them for cleaning.  It makes sense that if it helps different ailments by putting it in the air and on your skin, that it would certainly benefit you by cleaning with it!

    1. Exactly!!!! and also cleaning with Essential Oils and Natural ingredients will make your home smell AMAZING!  I am so glad you stopped in.  I am working on a PDF at the moment and haven’t posted due to spending time on that.  I will be posting again soon.  Keep the comments coming everyone!  

  16. Very interesting!  I haven’t used essential oils so I’m glad that you have shared this article.  I didn’t know that you can use them for cleaning the home.  And I didn’t know about oils killing fungus.  Great information that can be so helpful!  I’m so thankful there are solutions to using dangerous chemicals.

    1. Hello,  Thank You for your comment.  Essential Oils can be used in so many ways in our everyday lives.  I enjoy the change they have had on my life.  Each day I am searching out how to use them in a new way.  If anyone reading this has an idea of how to use oils, stop by and drop us a comment.  Would love to hear from you.  Take Care. 

      Connie

  17. Hi, I used essential oils and other sources of natural scent in my home a great deal year ago. But my wife is super sensitive to all of these things particularly mold and dust but also many kinds of essential oils and I have to be very careful what kind of products I bring into the home. Most of the main ingredients you mention in this article though are scents she does tolerate, notably lemon but also olive oil. I know I wouldn’t have much joy with tea tree oil though. Since we got married I have huge reserves flagons of Castile tee tree soap that I have had to keep hidden in the basement. Maybe someday I will sneak it out in small discrete quantities. Some excellent recipes here. Thanks and best regards, Andy

    1. Hello and Thank You for the comment.  It is great that you have found a couple essential oils that your wife can tolerate.  Lemongrass is one of my favorites.  I wonder if she can tolerate that since she can tolerate the lemon – and what about orange?  So many scents.  Did you download the PDF of Essential Oils and their Uses?  You can find it along the top of my website.  Maybe you will find other oils she can tolerate.  Take Care.

      Connie

  18. Thanks for sharing these great tips and recipes. I love wooden furniture and as a result, have plenty of them. Your tips are very versatile. I will definitely try them out. One day a neighbour of mind told me how to recycle used cooking oil. You first filter the oil, then whip it up with vinegar. And then you can apply it to the furniture. Next time I will remember you and add some essential oils.

    1. Connie Varricchio

      Hello, as I am reading about whipping up used cooking oil and adding vinegar I got to thinking – You could put the vinegar in a jar with some lemon peels or orange peels – whatever you would like.  You can let that sit around in a dark closet or cupboard for a couple weeks and the vinegar will take the scent of the citrus peels you put in.  You may still smell the vinegar some but it will have the scent of the citrus also.  Then you can still add essential oils.  Thank You for posting.  

  19. This is an excellent post.  You really have covered just about all the main things that need cleaned in a house.  I also like the tip on keeping fruit fresh.

    You have given a lot of detail as to how to make it and how to use it, so no one will be in any doubt about how to use it correctly.

    Thanks and keep up the good work.

    1. Connie Varricchio

      Thank You Geoff for your comment and support.  If you do have any questions in the future, or if anyone reading has any questions please feel free to post them or contact me at VarrsCreativeEndeavors@gmail.com

      Connie

  20. Hey, thank you for sharing this article on essential oils, I never knew they could be used on the skin. It was really a huge eye opener for me because I always had oils around and I never knew they could be used for keeping fruits fresher. This was a real shocker I must say. I shared this to my mom because she uses oils a lot and I know that she doesn’t know that it can be used in all these ways

    1. Connie Varricchio

      Hello,  You are welcome.  I am happy that you found more uses for your oils.  Remember when putting Essential Oils on your skin to add a few drops to a Carrier Oil – Essential Oils on their own could cause skin irritation as they are very strong.  Take Care.  

  21. I used to purchase essential oils at fairs and maybe because I was hearing so much about how good it is to use them. I have quite a collection right now but I hardly use them. When I read through this article I realised that I am not making good use of my oils. A lot of them that you mentioned are right there in my little cupboard, and beside my bed. I am now motivated to make good use of them around the house and even in my car. Thank you for these worthwhile tips.

    1. Connie Varricchio

      You are very welcome and I am so happy I was able to inspire you to use your oils.  If they are very old though they may not work to full capacity.  I would say the longest they are strong is 2 years to 3 years.  Take a look at the PDF that I created on how to use oils if you like.  There are a lot of ways that you may not have thought of yet.  You can find the PDF by clicking on the tab at the top of my webpage.  Take Care. 

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