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Top 3 Essential oils for DIY natural cleaning products you’ll ever need

Naturally safe and non-toxic cleaners that are planet and children friendly

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You’ll ever need three essential oils that make up for three DIY natural cleaning products: enough to deep wash your entire home. Easy to make, effective, safer for all your family members, also cheaper and eco-friendlier! 

Are you a new parent or a parent with young kids? We all know the challenges that come with this new milestone in life. Cleaning! To be precise, cleaning using all natural safe and non-toxic cleaners that doesn’t harm your baby. And they have to be environmentally friendly too. We rounded up the ultimate DIY natural cleaning products that’ll make cleaning fast, easy, and effortless. 

These three essential oils for cleaning are all you need to keep your entire home spotless. What’s more, these all natural cleaning products harness the power of essential oils to pack an antibacterial punch. 

Essential oils are a concentrated oil that’s extracted from plants. They’re non-toxic, all natural, biodegradable and eco friendly. For cleaning purposes we chose 3 essential oils that have potent antibacterial and antimicrobial powers. As an added bonus, these essential oils give your home that fresh clean scent while skipping allergy-causing fragrances common in commercial cleaners. 

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender oil has natural antibacterial properties and is well known for its calming and anxiety reducing effect. Use this in your home to turn your cleaning time to aromatherapy time. 

These 3-ingredient wipes take less than 3 minutes to make and are a sustainable alternative to disposable wipes. So it’s easy to ditch the single-use disposable wipes with this eco-friendly alternative, not to mention that I love how handy these reusable cleaning wipes are. They make wiping down counters so convenient, and surely it’s the surefire way to combat laziness in the cleaning department. 

Top 3 Essential oils for DIY natural cleaning products you’ll ever need
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Lavender essential oil DIY natural cleaning wipes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups alcohol 
  • 5 drops dishwashing liquid  
  • 15-20 drops lavender oil

How to make lavender DIY wipes:

  1. Mix your alcohol and dishwashing liquid in an airtight glass jar.
  2. Add a few drops of lavender oil to the mixture. Swirl it around to mix.
  3. Pour the disinfecting mixture over a few folded tea towels or cut up old t-shirts until soaking wet.
  4. Seal the airtight glass jar and label them “cleaning wipes”.

    Top 3 Essential oils for DIY natural cleaning products you’ll ever need
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After you use each disinfecting wipe, just put it in a cleaning caddy until you collect enough to make one load of laundry. These cleaning & disinfecting wipes last up to 1 month.

How does these DIY lavender wipes work:

This convenient sanitizing wipes combines 3 powerful ingredients to both clean and disinfect your surfaces. Alcohol (70%) is one of the cheapest disinfectants that’s Covid-approved. A drop of dishwashing liquid is a potent surface cleaner that cuts thru dust and grime. Adding in lavender adds some fresh clean scent while also boosting the wipe’s cleaning power with its antibacterial properties. 

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon oil is a star ingredient for many natural cleaners because of its antibacterial properties and grease cutting power. It also leaves behind that trademark fresh clean scent without using any allergy-causing fragrances. 

Cleaning your home is as simple as harnessing basic soap and water! Up the cleaning power of this duo with lemon essential oil for its antibacterial and antimicrobial qualities. This ultimate all purpose cleaner can be used for mopping floors, cleaning surfaces and general cleaning. 

This DIY natural cleaning product it’s that easy to make, taking less than 3 minutes to whip up. This is the perfect eco-friendly alternative to store bought ones, not to mention that with this cleaner there’s no need to buy cleaners that come in plastic packaging. 

Top 3 Essential oils for DIY natural cleaning products you’ll ever need
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Lemon essential oil DIY natural cleaning product

Ingredients:

  • 500ml cooled boiled water
  • 5 drops dishwashing liquid 
  • 15-20 drops lemon oil 

How to make lemon DIY all purpose cleaning product:

  1. Mix your cooled boiled water and dishwashing liquid in a glass spray bottle.
  2. Add a few drops of lemon oil to the mixture. Swirl it around to mix.
  3. Pour into a spray bottle labelled “all purpose cleaner”.

This lemon essential oil DIY natural all purpose cleaning product should last up to one month. I boil water in a kettle the night before and whip up this cleaner in the morning. 

This natural lemon cleaner can be used in the kitchen to mop the counter top and clean oily and greasy backsplash. It’s my secret weapon to make short work of oil spills in the kitchen. 

Top 3 Essential oils for DIY natural cleaning products you’ll ever need
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How does this DIY lemon all purpose natural cleaner work:

Soap and water physically removes dirt and grime. While soap doesn’t kill germs and bacteria, it lifts off those nasty germs, removing them from the surface. As this soap doesn’t have the germ fighting power, adding lemon oil packs a powerful cleaning punch. As a bonus, that citrusy scent from the lemon oil adds a fresh clean scent to your home.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is one powerhouse essential oil that’s potent enough to take on the nasties hiding in your bathroom, mold and mildew. Adding tea tree oil to your DIY bathroom & toilet cleaner gives you your most powerful arsenal to clean the grossest part of the house: the WC. 

This cleaner is a copycat recipe of Comet disinfecting bathroom cleaner, the only difference is that no fragrance was used plus I cut out two chemical cleaning agents. However, the cleaning and disinfecting power stays the same. For your information, the reason why I decided to emulate Comet’s disinfecting bathroom cleaner is because this brand is approved by the City of San Francisco’s office as a potent enough disinfectant that kills 17 strains of bacteria and 10 viruses.

Top 3 Essential oils for DIY natural cleaning products you’ll ever need

Tea tree essential oil DIY natural bathroom & toilet cleaner

For extra fire power in the bathroom, this cleaner is all you need, as it annihilates 99% of household bacteria. It’s so powerful it can take on your dirty porcelain throne and make it sparkling clean. It is also your secret weapon to get rid of soap scum and give your dull and dingy-looking faucet and shower a facelift.

And, besides the above, it also is a great DIY natural cleaner to deep wash your toilet without using toxic bleach. It only relies on the power of citric acid to neutralize bacteria, viruses and molds in mere minutes (citric acid is safe and non-toxic for humans).

This DIY natural bathroom & toilet cleaner gets the job done with hardly any elbow grease. Just spray the cleaner on the fixture or toilet bowl and leave it for 10 minutes to let it do your work for you. I promise, those soap scum and dingy grime on fixtures come off with hardly any scrubbing. What’s more this cleaner is completely plastic free!

Tea tree essential oil DIY natural bathroom & toilet cleaning product

Ingredients:

  • 30g Citric Acid
  • 500ml Water
  • Spray Bottle
  • 20 drops tea tree oil

How to make tea tree DIY bathroom cleaning product:

With a 6% citric acid concentration

  1. Using a kitchen scale, measure 30 g of citric acid
  2. Mix in 500 ml of water
  3. Stir the solution until it looks clear.
  4. Pour into a spray bottle labelled “toilet cleaner”.
Top 3 Essential oils for DIY natural cleaning products you’ll ever need
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Attention: do take note that this powerful cleaner shouldn’t be used on natural stone. It’s going to damage granite or marble stone. 

How does this DIY tea tree natural bathroom cleaner work:

Citric acid proves deadly to any germs it encounters, it lowers the ph levels of bacteria, penetrating its cell walls and destroying it. As for viruses, it stops it in its tracks by binding with the receptors where viruses normally attach, preventing it from taking hold. Tea tree oil is a star when it comes to anti-fungal ingredients. In a recent study, it’s even more effective at killing and inhibiting fungus than alcohol. This powerful duo makes short work of killing the nasty combination of germs, virus and molds hiding in your bathroom while being completely safe and non-toxic around humans.

Top 3 Essential oils for DIY natural cleaning products you’ll ever need
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With a child at home, it’s important to use cleaners that work, make cleaning easier and faster but are safe and nontoxic around kids. That’s why DIY all natural cleaners are the answer: they’re safe for humans and safer for the planet. If you have been thinking of it, then it’s time to make the switch and start making your own DIY natural cleaning products. Doing so ditches single use disposable wipes and overall uses less plastic and less toxic water waste flushed down our waterways. Perhaps, going sustainable can start in your cleaning routine, as you’ll save a lot of money too!

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Jean Ong

Jean Ong is the founder of Ecolover United, a movement that makes it easier for everyday folk to live sustainably and in style. She graduated college with a degree in Business Management major in Marketing, she currently works as a store manager by day and an Earth Hero at night and on the weekends. She’s a keen nature lover, maybe this came from fulfilling the prophetic nature of getting her name? Her Chinese name is Lin, meaning forest or grove of trees. She believes that: if it’s good for Mother Earth, it’s good for you.

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