The Best Essential Oils for Cleaning

Happy Friday!  It is hard to believe that tomorrow will be March!  Did you get your February tasks done for The Household Organization Diet yet?  Tomorrow we will be moving on to the mudroom, front entry, and laundry room so don’t forget to check those last few items off of your list!

A while ago, I talked a bit about the green cleaning products that I like to use and today I am back to talk more about my favorite essential oils for cleaning.

The best essential oils to use for cleaning.

Essential oils are made by steam or cold pressing raw plant material.  Not only can essential oils provide a nice, fresh scent to your natural cleaning products, but they can also provide additional antibacterial and antiseptic properties as well as other additional cleaning benefits.  I use water and microfiber cloths for the majority of my cleaning and I always like to add essential oils to my water bottle.   I also add it to baking soda and my vinegar spray bottle.  

Essential oils are quite readily available at health food stores and online.  I’m not really going to get into what specific brands to buy, but here are a few things to look for when you are purchasing your essential oils:

  • Look for pure, undiluted essential oils that don’t have any extra carriers, dilutants, or other additives
  • Essential oils are NOT the same as fragrance or perfume {synthetic} oils.
  • If you place a single drop of pure essential oil on a piece of construction paper, it should evaporate
  • Store your oils in their dark bottles away from heat and sunlight.

The best essential oils to use for cleaning.

There can be a lot of essential oils to choose from, so how do you choose the right one?   First off, scent is a very personal thing so choose an oil that you like.  Cleaning is no fun to begin with – you might as well at least enjoy the smell of your cleaning products!  Secondly, learn a little more about the benefits of the various essential oils and pick one that has the properties that you need.  Here is a quick run down of some of the best essential oils to use for cleaning….

Lemon Essential Oil

  • brightens and helps to remove stains
  • antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antibacterial
  • improves mood
  • great for cutting through grease and grime
  • combines nicely with basil or thyme


  • powerful antibiotic and antiseptic  that makes it great for bathrooms and kitchens
  • revitalizing and stimulating {increase alertness and performance}
  • combines nicely with lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, and rosemary
  • kills dust mites

Tea Tree Oil

  • antibacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal
  • good for getting rid of insects
  • works good for mildew
  • combines nicely with lavender or orange
  • great to use in the bathroom


  • antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties



  • antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal actions
  • causes a relaxation effect on the nervous system

Sweet Orange

  • antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial
  • great degreaser
  • good for cleaning countertops and cutting boards where raw meat has been used

Cinnamon Bark

  • antiseptic
  • warm, spicy aroma

So what about you?  What are your favorite essential oils?  If you haven’t given them a chance, pick a couple up and see what a nice addition they make to your green cleaning routine!

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The best essential oils for cleaning.

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  1. says

    I’m so glad you did this post! I love essential oils for green cleaning! My favorites are lemon and eucalyptus. I’m trying basil but I’m having a hard time with the scent..maybe I’ll mix in some peppermint!

  2. says

    I love this! So useful. SO many places just suggest lavender, and as someone who can’t stand it – I want to thank you for the other suggestions! I’ve been thinking about combining lemon and sweet orange for a really citrusy feel!

  3. Victoria says

    oh i love this post so much!
    I am not a big fan of chemicals and am always looking for different safe alternatives that i can use to clean with. I can’t believe it never entered my mind to use essential oils! Thanks for the tip :) and i love your blog – just stumbled across it today. Will be tuning in for some more…

    love form Liverpool, UK

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