Cheap Cleaning Tricks: Cleaning with Essential Oils

Savor scents without the toxins by incorporating these essential oils for cleaning and making DIY natural cleaners.

| April/May 2012

  • Mint is a natural antiseptic.
    Photo by Kati Molin
  • Get clean for spring with nontoxic basics such as vinegar and essential oils.
    Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison
  • Reuse newspapers to wipe windows and counters.
    Photo by Odua Images

Toxic chemicals have no place in a happy home, but any time you use a commercial cleaning product to disinfect your humble abode, you could be exposing your loved ones to dangerous ingredients and potential health problems. Fortunately, Mother Nature has the solution for safe sanitation: cleaning with essential oils. Follow these simple recipes to scrub surfaces and wash windows without worrying about what you’re leaving behind. 

Read the original article, Pure and Simple: Clean Naturally with Plant Essential Oils. Then try this natural window cleaner, a Lemon-Mint Window Wash, for a streak-free window that discourages pests.

Even More Cleaning With Essential Oils

Try This at Home: What Are Essential Oils? 

Herbal Lessons: How to Use Essential Oils 



Make House Cleaning Delicious; Just Add Essential Oils 

Keep It Clean 



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