Make Homemade Cleaners with Essential Oils

Follow these simple steps to make various homemade cleaners using essential oils.

Essential Oils

Homemade cleaners made from essential oils can eliminate stains and smells from spills, smoke, pets and more.

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From tea tree and lavender to lemon and peppermint, essential oils have been praised for their ability to clean and protect surfaces. Essential Oils for a Clean and Healthy Home by Kasey Schwartz (F+W Media, 2015), teaches readers how to use the all-natural oils around their homes, from cleaning kitchen appliances to disinfecting bathrooms to getting rid of pests and smells. There's really nothing essential oils can't handle — from repelling ants to removing rust stains, to eliminating smells in washing machines — and all without the need for dangerous chemicals.

Yoga Mat Cleaner

To get your yoga mat odor- and grime-free, use this DIY cleaner that purifies and cleanses with tea tree and lavender essential oils.

Ingredients 

• 3/4 cup distilled water
• 1/4 cup witch hazel
• 5 drops tea tree essential oil
• 5 drops lavender essential oil

Yield: 1 cup 

To Make: Combine all ingredients in a large measuring cup. Mix well, then pour into a spray bottle.

To Use: Spray on yoga mat after use. Wipe clean with a dry cloth. Let air-dry before rolling back up.

To Store: Store indefinitely in spray bottle.

Keyboard Cleaner

Keep your keyboard clean with this gentle keyboard cleaning solution. This cleaner will be easy on your keyboard while getting rid of dirt and grime with the cleansing properties of tea tree essential oil.

Ingredients 

• 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
• 1/4  cup vinegar
• 10 drops tea tree essential oil

Yield: 1/2 cup 

To Make: Combine all ingredients in a small spray bottle.

To Use: Spray a very small amount of cleaner onto a microfiber cloth, being careful not to get cloth too wet. Carefully wipe keyboard and keys, removing dust and grime. Repeat as necessary.

To Store: Store indefinitely in small spray bottle.

Cell Phone Cleaner

Cell phones can get dirty, grimy, and full of who knows what else! Get yours super clean with this easy Cell Phone Cleaner with tea tree essential oil.

Ingredients

• 1/4 cup vinegar
• 1/4 cup vodka
• 10 drops tea tree essential oil

Yield: 1/2 cup 

To Make: Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle with a fine-mist spray top. Shake well.

To Use: Lightly mist a lint-free cloth with mixture and use it to wipe clean cell phone.

To Store: Store indefinitely in spray bottle.


Excerpted from Essential Oils for a Clean and Healthy Home by Kasey Schwartz of AllThingsMamma.com. Copyright © 2016 F+W Media, Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.