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Make Homemade Cleaners with Essential Oils

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

| June 2016

  • Homemade cleaners made from essential oils can eliminate stains and smells from spills, smoke, pets and more.
    Photo by Olyina/Fotolia
  • "Essential Oils for a Clean and Healthy Home" by Kasey Schwartz offers 250 essential oil recipes as well as step-by-step instructions and plenty of helpful tips. Readers will discover all the benefits that a few drops of essential oil can bring, ranging from naturally repelling mice, spiders, ticks, fleas, lice and flying insects to safely disinfecting toys and play areas.
    Cover courtesy F+W Media

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 (F+W Media, 2015) by Kasey Schwartz, 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.

These recipes are not a substitute for cleaning solutions as recommended by the CDC. Please follow the CDC’s protocol on handwashing and disinfecting solutions to protect against COV-19 if absolute sterilization is required.

You can purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living store: Essential Oils for a Clean and Healthy Home.

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.


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

Yield: 1 cup 

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