How to Make the Best Essential Oil Cleaning Spray


Want to learn how to make the best essential oil cleaning spray for your home? Then you are at the right place.

Many of you have already been using natural ingredients like vinegar and baking soda for cleaning. Adding essential oils to these ingredients enhances their cleaning value while leaving behind a fresh, soothing and all-natural scent in your homes or offices. In effect, homemade essential oil cleaning spray recipes marry sanitary hygiene with aromatherapy.

Many essential oils are naturally antimicrobial and natural degreasers. Oils like Lemon and Tea tree essential oils can be considered the workhorses of the kitchen and bathrooms. The best part about making these homemade essential oil cleaning spray recipes is that you save time as well as tons of money in the process. You also benefit by using essential oils to disinfect the air.

The majority of these recipes prevent the need for buying different household cleaners thereby saving you a trip to the cleaning aisles of your supermarket.

So without further delay, let us study these simple essential oil cleaning recipes.

Why Use Essential Oils for Cleaning?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the impact of only a fraction of the household cleaners available commercially has been tested on human health. As a result, many harmful chemicals are still being used in cleaning products.

People are not aware of the long term effects of these cleaners. Some of these chemicals have immediate harmful effects as well- you can immediately experience burning, red or watery eyes, cough, and breathing problems etc with these toxins.

Essential oils are great as natural household cleaners. Many have antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties. In fact, some essential oils are actually better in killing germs compared to bleach and ammonia.

The best part of using essential oil cleaning spray recipes is that they do not cause any adverse effects, and when used as directed, are safe for use around pets and children.

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Advantages of Using an Essential Oil Cleaner Recipe

Essential oils are derived from plants. These volatile oils are secreted by the plants to protect them from different environmental pathogens.

It is only natural that these oils contain compounds and properties that are healing, soothing and protecting in nature.

Humans can also harness these properties to heal, cleanse, soothe, protect, invigorate and rejuvenate body and mind.

That is the basic principle of Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy essential oils for cleaning and disinfecting have several benefits:

Nice Smelling

  • They leave your home smelling clean and fresh. The strong scent which is so alluring to humans is repulsive to gnats, flies, fleas, ticks, bed bugs, ants and cockroaches. Thus, essential oils repel pests while keeping your home smelling great.

Harmless to You

  • Unlike harmful chemicals like bleach and ammonia, essential oil cleaner recipe (when used as directed) will not hurt your eyes, lungs, throat and other mucosal tissues.

Make Large Batches...Save Money

  • Essential oils can be used for making large batches of household cleaner and disinfectants. These last for a long time as you only need a very small quantity for cleaning, disinfecting etc.
  • Thus, you end up saving tons of money in the process. Commercial toxic cleaners are expensive because you need to use them in large quantities. Manufacturers of these cleaning products make sure that you need to use them over and over. This makes their use expensive over the long run.

Multiple Uses

  • Many essential oils for cleaning bathrooms can also be used for cleaning kitchens, polishing wooden furniture, disinfecting rugs and carpets, freshening shoe closets etc.
  • This way, you do not need a separate product for each of these activities. A single homemade all purpose cleaner with essential oils can replace several commercial cleaning products.

Prevention and Protection

  • Essential oil all purpose cleaner is also preventative and protective. Many essential oil cleaning recipes eliminate flu germs and protect you and your family from common cold, and seasonal illnesses.
  • This is thanks to their antimicrobial properties which eliminate nearly 90% of common household germs.

No Carcinogens

  • Essential oils are not carcinogenic unlike many of the common commercial cleaners. Chlorinated phenols found in bathroom cleaners are toxic to the respiratory and circulatory systems and also suspected carcinogens. With essential oils, you can protect yourself from these harmful toxins.

The best part is that you can combine essential oils with common kitchen ingredients to create all natural cleaners for cleaning the house.

Best Essential Oils for Cleaning House

Here is a list of the top essential oil sprays for cleaning house...the very best homemade all purpose cleaners with essential oils. You are on your way to using the best natural disinfectant spray recipe for your home.

Lemon Essential Oil

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Apart from having a fresh, invigorating scent, Lemon essential oil also has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal property. This makes it one of the best essential oils for cleaning house.

You can also use Lemon essential oil for cleaning wooden surfaces to polish old, dull wood to make it look as good as new.

This essential oil is especially wonderful to diffuse in the home and office during flu season as it helps ward off germs that cause influenza and common cold.

Use this oil for cleaning bathroom and kitchen to repel bugs as well.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

tea tree essential oil

Like Lemon essential oil, Tea tree essential oil has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. The smell of this oil is repulsive to bugs.

Diffuse this oil to keep germs away and also repel roaches, ants and rodents.

Use tea tree oil with vinegar to wipe kitchen surfaces and prevent bacteria.

Spray it on walls to keep away mildew and mold.

Wipe countertops and insides of cabinets with it to prevent rodents from coming near your stored food items.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

eucalyptus essential oil

This antibacterial oil is great for cleaning fabrics, plastic, glass and other household surfaces.

Add a few drops to your laundry rinse cycle to keep away bacteria and prevent odors on clothes. Eucalyptus essential oil is also a powerful bug repellent.

Peppermint Essential Oil

peppermint essential oil

Spray Peppermint essential oil all over the bathroom, bedroom and kitchen to not just make your home smell minty fresh but also repel roaches, ants, bed bugs etc.

A spray bottle with vinegar and few drops of peppermint essential oil will help you keep away ants from your picnic table.

Thyme Essential Oil

thyme essential oil

Potent essential oil of Thyme has cleansing and purifying effects on the skin and other household surfaces.

No wonder many medicines and herbal household cleaners contain this oil.

The warm, herbaceous aroma of Thyme essential oil will leave your home smelling fresh and also keep it germ free.

Best Ingredients to Mix with Essential Oil Cleaning Spray for Cleaning House

Here is a list of ingredients to mix with essential oils for cleaning your home...

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a wonderful cleaning agent. Mix it with your essential oils to lift dirt, whiten, shine, brighten, deodorize, and freshen.

You can use it on fabrics, metals, glass and other household surfaces for scouring and cleaning.

Castile Soap

Castile soap is named after an Olive growing region in Spain. It was traditionally made with olive oil and fat but today, it may be made from coconut, hemp or jojoba oils.

Mix Castile soap with warm water and essential oils of your choice to make a wonderful all purpose cleaner.

White Vinegar

Mix white vinegar with the best essential oils for cleaning house and use it for deodorizing kitchen appliances, toilet bowls, sinks, mirrors, glass, and windows.

Also use essential oils and vinegar to disinfect and clean shoe cabinets, bathrooms and toilets.


Borax mixed with essential oils can make a great laundry cleaner.

You can also use the mixture on a brush to scour, scrub, shine, disinfect and deodorize dirty surfaces in the house.

Vodka/Rubbing Alcohol

Vodka is a great household cleaner. It deodorizes and its high alcohol content eliminates germs and reduces mildew.

Rubbing alcohol contains isopropyl alcohol which is an antiseptic agent. Like vodka, use rubbing alcohol with essential oils to create a germ-free squeaky clean home.

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How To Use Essential Oils for Cleaning and Disinfecting

Here are some tried and tested essential oils cleaning spray recipes using essential oils for cleaning and disinfecting your home.

Easy Microwave Cleaner and Disinfecting Cleaner with Lemon Essential Oil

  • ½ cup water

  • 5-10 drops of Lemon essential oil

Mix the oil and water and place it in a microwave safe bowl. Heat the solution in the microwave on full power for a couple of minutes. Let the solution sit for a few minutes.

Carefully remove the solution and wipe down the inside of the oven with a cotton cloth.

The oil leaves your microwave smelling fresh and clean. Repeat this remedy once a week to keep your microwave smelling fresh and looking as good as new.

Easy Stove Top Cleaner with Eucalyptus and Tea Tree Essential Oils

  • 25 ml each Vodka and water

  • 10 drops each Eucalyptus and Tea tree essential oils

Mix the oils, water and vodka in a spray bottle. Shake well and spray it all over the greasy surfaces. Let the spray work its magic for about 10 minutes. Scrub gently and wipe clean. Use regularly to keep your stove top glistening.

Carpet Deodorizer

  • 2 cups baking soda

  • A handful of aromatic flowers (rose, rosemary etc)

  • 2 drops of essential oils (any one you like)

Mix all ingredients. Store the mixture in a jar with a lid having holes in it. 

Sprinkle liberally all over the carpet. Leave it on overnight. Vacuum the next morning.

Simple Floor Cleaner and Disinfectant Solution

Use this for wooden or hardwood or tiled floors only.

  • 1 cup white vinegar

  • A gallon of warm water

  • 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil (Tea tree, Lemon or Lavender work best)

Mix all ingredients. Use it to mop the floor as usual.

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Moth Repellent Recipe

  • 2 tbsp each dried Mint leaves and dried Rosemary flowers/leaves

  • 1 tbsp each dried Thyme and dried Ginseng

  • 4 cloves

  • 3-5 drops of pure Sandalwood essential oil

Mix up all these ingredients. Cut a linen cloth into square pieces, as many as you need.

Fill up each square with a bit of the above mixture and tie the ends of the square with a thread.

Place these aromatic bags in your closet to repel moths.

Fly Repellent Spray

Use this spray to keep flies away from your home or picnic.

Mix all the ingredients and fill up a spray bottle with the mixture.

Spray around the garbage cans, potted plants and window sills to keep gnats and house flies away. You can also spray it on clothing to repel flies when outdoors.

Head Lice Deterrent Tincture

Massage a bit of this tincture in hair to repel lice in school going kids.

Mix all ingredients in an airtight container and allow the herbs to infuse in the alcohol for 2-3 weeks. Shake the mixture every day.

After 2 weeks, strain the solution and store the tincture in a dark colored glass container. Massage the tincture in child’s hair and scalp as needed. It will last for 2 years.

Toilet Disinfectant Recipe

Mix everything in a spray bottle. Spray all over the toilet and sink. Scrub thoroughly after 1-2 hours. The oils will get rid of odors and leave your toilet smelling clean and fresh.

Sink Disinfectant Spray

  • ½ cup baking soda

  • ¼ cup washing soda

  • 8-10 drops of Tea tree or Rosemary essential oil

  • ¾ cup vinegar.

Mix the first three ingredients. Sprinkle the mixture on the sink. Use a sponge or a scrub to scrub the grime away.

Finally rinse with vinegar. Your sink will shine!

All Purpose Disinfectant

This essential oil spray can be employed for disinfecting almost anything and needs only 3 ingredients.

Mix everything in a spray bottle. Spray on the surfaces you want to clean. Wipe away with a sponge or cloth.


Homemade essential oil spray for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces is the best way to keep your home naturally germ free. Essential oils are safe to use and when used as directed, do not cause any adverse effects in humans.

That said; some people and pets could have an allergic reaction to certain oils. So always test the oil before using it in your homemade essential oil cleaning recipes.

The above recipes will offer cleaning power, natural disinfecting and a wonderful scent that will linger in your home for days. Most of the ingredients you need for these wonderful recipes are also readily available in a grocery store near you.

Happy cleaning!

How to Make the Best Essential Oil Cleaning Spray
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How to Make the Best Essential Oil Cleaning Spray
Learn how to make the best DIY essential oil cleaning sprays. Recipes include homemade all-purpose cleaners made with essential oils and other natural ingredients.
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Jill Holiday

Jill Holiday is publisher of Pure Wild OIls, an e-magazine devoted to articles about the benefits of essential oils and related product reviews.

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