A Complete Guide to Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils

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Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils: A Complete Guide

There’s nothing quite like the feel of warm spring air. Fresh and clean, it inspires us to open the windows wide, do our own cleaning, sweep away the dirt and dreariness of winter and welcome the wonderful scents of the outdoors.

And for those of us looking to avoid cleaning with the harsh chemicals found in store-bought products, spring cleaning with essential oils is a great alternative. Not only do you get a variety of beneficial oils to choose from, but your home is also left smelling truly amazing.

So ditch those rubber gloves and masks and take a look at some of today’s best DIY cleaning product recipes for the home.

Carpets

Plant Therapy Essential oils for cleaningPlush surfaces like carpet feel great, especially during harsh winter months. However, they also tend to trap a lot of dirt and odors in their fibers. Fortunately, we have two DIY rug cleaner recipes that will have them looking—and smelling—cleaner than ever in no time.

1. DIY Carpet Cleaning Powder

Here’s a quick and easy DIY carpet cleaning powder recipe that can be used on soft surfaces all over your house:

What you’ll need:

  • Container with shaker lid
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • Essential oils of your choice

What you’ll do:

  1. Put 1 cup of baking soda into a container.
  2. Add 10-15 drops of essential oil. If you have kids, KidSafe Deodorizing Blend is a great choice. Otherwise, try creating your own combinations.  Bergamot and Lemon essential oils, for example, make a scent that’s clean, fresh and slightly floral.
  3. Add another cup of baking soda and 10-15 more drops of essential oil.
  4. Shake well, sprinkle on carpets and allow to sit for 30-60 minutes before vacuuming.

2. DIY Carpet Cleaning Spray

If you prefer a spray cleaner, especially for tough stains, this DIY spray carpet cleaner recipe utilizes the natural stain-removing abilities of Lemon Essential Oil to help lift away grime and leave your carpet smelling fresh and clean.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup hot water (tap water is okay)
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 20 drops Lemon
  • Gloves

What you’ll do:

  1. Using gloves, test a small spot for discoloration.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well, fully dissolving the baking soda.
  3. Spray on the carpet and work in with scrub brush or towel.
  4. Soak up excess moisture with a towel.

*Repeat as necessary.

Kitchens

Plant Therapy Essential oils for cleaningThe heart of the home, the kitchen can be a tough place to keep clean, especially after a long winter of cooking and entertaining.  But these tried and true DIY kitchen cleaners are up to the task–no matter how dirty, greasy or smelly.

1. All Purpose Countertop Cleaner

Make your surfaces shine with this DIY kitchen cleaner recipe that incorporates Tea Tree Essential Oil, known for its antiseptic properties. Great for countertops, sinks, and appliances, this recipe smells as great as it works! Or, for another great cleaner, try this:

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Add all ingredients to bottle and shake.
  2. Spray and wipe off to clean.
  3. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

2. Kitchen Drain Refresher Disks

Keep your kitchen drain smelling fresh and clean with this simple baking soda disk recipe.  You don’t have to add essential oils until you’re ready to use. It’s easy to customize this recipe to your favorite scents!

What you’ll need:

  • 1-1/3 cups baking soda
  • ½ cup of water
  • ½ cup vinegar

What you’ll do:

  1. Mix baking soda and water to form a thick paste.
  2. Press into silicone mold of your choice.
  3. Bake at 200 degrees for 30 minutes.
  4. Shut off oven, leave in to cool and then move to a countertop.
  5. After 24 hours, remove from the mold and place in an airtight container.
  6. To use, add 5-8 drops of essential oil to one disk, place in a garbage disposal, add ½ cup vinegar and allow to foam.
  7. Run disposal.

Bathrooms

Plant Therapy Essential oils for cleaningPerhaps no other room in the house can benefit from the scent of essential oils as much as the bathroom.  Used in conjunction with DIY all-purpose countertop cleaner, these DIY recipes for the bathroom bring a whole new level of clean and fresh to your facilities!

1. Baking Soda Scrub

Use the essential oils of your choice to keep your sinks, toilets, and tubs sparkling clean with this quick and easy paste recipe. For extra disinfecting power, we recommend using 15 drops Tea Tree and 15 drops Germ Fighter Blend.

What you’ll need:

  • 12 ounces baking soda
  • 4 ounces Castile Soap
  • ½ ounce of water
  • ½ ounce vinegar
  • 30 drops essential oil
  • Small container or jar

What you’ll do:

  1. Use all ingredients to create a paste.
  2. Spread paste and let it sit 5-10 minutes.
  3. Scrub and rinse.

Be sure to use gloves as this paste can be very harsh on your skin.

2. Bathroom Odor Obliterator

Banish bathroom odors with this easy-to-use toilet spray.

What you’ll need:

  • 4-ounce spray bottle
  • Your choice of citrus essential oils  
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin
  • Water (add 0.5% Optiphen Plus to protect against bacteria)

What you’ll do:

  1. Put vegetable glycerin in the bottle.
  2. Add 20 drops each of three essential oils of your choice.
  3. Swirl to combine.
  4. Add water to fill.
  5. Shake before using.
  6. Add to toilet water before using the restroom and again after if necessary.

3. Really Easy Bathroom Refresher

This just might be the simplest DIY ever for keeping your bath smelling fresh!

What you’ll need:

  • New toilet paper roll
  • Essential oil of your choice

What you’ll do:

  1. Drop 4-6 drops of essential oil onto the inside of the tube, spreading them out as evenly as possible.
  2. Avoid using the last few “rounds” of toilet paper.

4. DIY Toilet Bombs

Drop these great-smelling disks in the bowl, scrub and flush for a clean everyone will appreciate.  

What you’ll need:

  • 1-½ cups baking soda
  • 2/3 cup citric acid
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 60 drops Germ Destroyer or Germ Fighter essential oil blends
  • Tray, mold, or small muffin tin

What you’ll do:

  1. Mix baking soda and citric acid.
  2. Add essential oils and mix again.
  3. Slowly mix while spraying vinegar in.
  4. When moist enough to stick (but not wet) put in a mold and dry for 2 hours.
  5. Pop out of mold and store in the bathroom.
  6. Drop in toilet, scrub, and flush, or just drop in for a quick refresh.

5. Hydrosol Shower Spray

Cleaning that stubborn mold and mildew out of your shower is easier than ever, thanks to the power of hydrosols, the water distilled with essential oils. Because they ’re water-based, there are lots of great ways to use hydrosols.

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Fill an amber or dark glass spray bottle with the hydrosol and spray on the shower surface.
  2. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Wipe clean.
  4. Store in a cool, dry place or the refrigerator.

Air Fresheners

Plant Therapy Essential oils for cleaningWe’ve all heard about the potential downsides of artificial fragrances. Fortunately, these DIY essential air freshener recipes require just a few natural ingredients.

1. Mason Jar Room Freshener

Use your favorite scent to shake things up with this easy DIY room refresher recipe that uses baking soda to help remove odors from the air as it refreshes.

What you’ll need:

  • Glass Mason jar with a screw-on lid
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 20-30 drops of essential oils of your choice
  • Coffee filter

What you’ll do:

  1. Place baking soda in a jar and add essential oils.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Place a coffee filter on top and screw on lid.
  4. Shake to renew scent.

2. Gelatin Air Freshener

Perfect as a gift, or for your home, these homemade gelatin air fresheners look as great as they smell!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 ounce powdered gelatin
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 20-30 drops of essential oils of your choice
  • Optional food coloring
  • Glass jar
  • Small saucepan
  • Stick to stir with

What you’ll do:

  1. Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Add gelatin and whisk until smooth and gelatin is dissolved.
  3. Put in your salt and second cup of water and set aside.
  4. Add essential oils and food coloring to a glass jar, pour gelatin mixture on top and stir.
  5. Allow to cool.

3. Hydrosol Room Spray

The water that is distilled with essential oils, hydrosols are a quick and easy way to freshen any room in the house.

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Fill a dark glass spray bottle with hydrosol.
  2. Spray in rooms to freshen.

Windows and glass

Plant Therapy Essential oils for cleaningNothing says clean like crystal clear windows. And citrus essential oils have what it takes to make all your glass shine.

1. DIY Citrus Window and Glass Cleaner

Put the power of favorites like lemon, lime, and sweet orange to work on your windows.

What you’ll need:

  • 1-½ cups white vinegar
  • ½ cup distilled water
  • 8 drops citrus essential oil
  • 16-ounce spray bottle

What you’ll do:

  1. Put all ingredients in the bottle.
  2. Shake well and use.

Store in the fridge and try to use within a couple weeks.

Furniture Polish

Spring is a great time to wipe away the dullness of winter from your furniture, especially if you’re using an all-natural polish that smells great!

1. All Natural DIY Furniture Polish

Furniture polish doesn’t have to be full of toxic chemicals with great recipes like this out there.

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Place a very small amount on the microfiber cloth and buff until you have an even shine and all streaks are gone.

Dusting

Plant Therapy Essential oils for cleaningGetting rid of the dust is a must for any good spring cleaning–especially when it leaves your home smelling like your favorite essential oils.

1. DIY Dusting Spray

This DIY dusting recipe uses a combination of oils and water to help trap dirt and dust and leave your surfaces shiny.

What you’ll need:

  • 6 drops Jojoba Carrier Oil
  • 10 drops essential oil of your choice
  • 4 ounces of water
  • Spray bottle
  • Microfiber cloth

What you’ll do:

  1. Combine all ingredients in spray bottle.
  2. Spray and wipe with a microfiber cloth until shiny.

Store in fridge and use within a couple weeks. If you want, you can add a preservative to prolong shelf life.

Weed Control

Plant Therapy Essential oils for cleaningLooking to do some cleaning up your yard as well as the inside of your home? Want to avoid toxic weed killers? No problem. Essential oils are a safe and effective way to get your yard cleaned up and looking great for spring.

1. Clove Weed Killer

A powerful cleaner for the home, Clove Essential Oil is also popular as a natural weed killer.  

What you’ll need:

  • Pinch of salt
  • 20 drops Clove Essential Oil
  • 20 ounces vinegar
  • Spray bottle

What you’ll do:

  1. Combine all ingredients in the spray bottle.
  2. Shake well before use.
  3. Spray only on the plants you want to eliminate.

Be careful to avoid contact with the skin.

Conclusion

With so many great natural DIY cleaning recipes to choose from, why wait? Spring is the perfect time to ditch toxic cleaners and put the power of essential oils to work at your home. With so many essential oils that are great for cleaning, you just may end up with a clean house AND some signature scents you love.

110 thoughts on “Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils: A Complete Guide”

  1. Thank you to whoever wrote/put together this blog post! I’ve read it several times…keep coming back because I want to try all the recipes 😉

  2. This post certainly gets me motivated to clean! Is it ok to use non-dog safe oils (like Tea Tree) to clean as long as my pup doesn’t have access to that area during and immediately following cleaning?

  3. I’ve been trying to use more natural cleaning products around the house and this article is really helpful! I also didn’t know hydrosols could be used for cleaning or as a room spray so excited to try that!

  4. Some of these recipes are new to me! Can’t wait to try them. Is there a way to bookmark this page? Maybe I’ll have to get the EO journal and the extra pages so I can write these down. My bank account curses you PT , but every other avenue of our lives thanks you!!

  5. I haven’t tried the Germ Destroyer Blend yet, but I’ve been cleaning with lemon, tea tree, white vinegar and distilled water. Stopping the use of chemicals in my house has been a slow process, but I love knowing I’m using natural products.

  6. Until I discovered this company a few days ago, I hadn’t ever heard of Hydrosols or anything like it. After reading some of the other blogs, and especially this one, I feel like I have to have Hydrosols in my life! Thank you for so much great information!

  7. I am actually excited for spring cleaning after reading these tips! No headaches from nasty cleaning chemicals!!

  8. I love the all purpose cleaner and can’t wait to try these! Making my own products is so much cheaper than buying them. They can be so pricey! Thanks for this useful guide.

  9. The “carpet cleaning powder” makes such a huge difference! I only have a couple of area rugs, but when I do this it makes the entire house smell so clean!

  10. Oh my!!! This is my new favorite blog post. I’ve been looking for good, GENUINE cleaning recipes using essential oils, but I’m never sure how much I should trust Pinterest. Thank you for so many great uses and instruction.

  11. I have a question about the counter cleaner. Many of the store-bought wipes say to keep the counter surface wet for 5-10 minutes to disinfect the surface. Is there time sort of guideline for this spray recipe? Thanks!

    1. Lisa, we do not have a specific guideline for how long you should leave the solution on the counter before wiping it up, but I would recommend following your own personal preferences 🙂

  12. What a great blog post! More people need to jump on board ans start cleaning with natural products. I find they clean better, smell WAY better and all at a fraction of the cost! Thank you PT

  13. I love to clean and using natural products, especially essential oils makes me love it even more! Had to pin this so that I can use some of these cleaning product recipes! 🙂

  14. I make the carpet freshener with lavender and peppermint and haven’t seen spiders in my home for awhile. Can’t wait to try the other cleaners!! Thank you for a wonderful blog!

  15. I just read through the ENTIRE list and my mind is BLOWN I’m so excited to start trying some of these!!!❤️

  16. I just cleaned my tubs with the baking soda scrub and they came out so white and clean. I will absolutely use this recipe again. I also feel better knowing none of the ingredients in it were harmful to my children. My 3 year old even stood in the bathroom with me while I cleaned.

  17. Thank you so much for all the great ideas!! Can’t wait to use some of the recipe here with my favorite essential oils.

  18. I love this blog post!!!! My house desperately needs a spring cleaning, and now I can make it fun for myself. I think I’m going to invest in the cleaning set.

  19. I’ve been getting into spring cleaning mode and am very excited to use essential oils this year! I would love a fabric refreshing spray recipe or some ideas for using essential oils in the laundry

  20. BEST LIST EVER!! I have a few of these saved, and have made a few as well, but it is sooooo helpful to have them all in one spot. Thank you so much for this post, definitely bookmarking & pinning this!

  21. I woud be leary using vinegar and oil with hot water on any rugs. Mine are wool and silks and I have them done professionally. I know, not green. And it is good to test a small area first

  22. These are such cool ideas! I especially like the dusting spray recipe. I’m going to try it for the dashboard of my car since we live down a gravel road and it’s so dusty. I’ve made the toilet spray using essential oils and vodka which works well too. I love my oils and these are great ideas. Thanks!

  23. So many great recipes! Thank you! Can’t wait to. Try carpet cleaning recipe and furniture polish! Your blog is the best. Thank you

  24. It is great to have this all in one place. I’ve already used a few of these ideas – thanks for another great blog!

  25. I love all of these ideas! I’m eager to try the weed killer! I’m also going to try the room freshener. Great recipes!

  26. I love everyone of these ideas! DIY weekend….and then on to cleaning! I’m really excited about the bathroom ideas and the different hydrosol uses.

  27. I’ve been using essential oils for a long time in my cleaning and have a few of my own DIYs that help out and some of these ideas are great. I’m a retired guy and this saves a few buck, helps me cut down on throwing container after container away and is a good little hobby!

  28. With grandchildren and 3 dogs, my front storm door is continuously dirty. I’m looking forward to making the glass cleaner!

  29. After going to the store and spending over $50 for enough natural cleaning supplies to last us maybe 3 months, I knew there had to be a better way. I love PT oils and I did not know I could use them for cleaning! I especially appreciate the gelatin freshener recipe. Thank you, PT! For solving all my problems, the natural, eco-friendly way! And affordable to boot! You have a fan for life

  30. I love all these recipes Thank you for sharing I will definitely be trying the weed killer. Love finding new recipes.

  31. I am so excited to try so many of these but especially the Shower Spray. I’ve been looking for something just like this for a while now. Thank you PT for all of the great ideas!!

  32. Love PT lavender hydrosol. I spray it on my bed pillows for a more restful sleep. Helps me to relax and unwind from the day.

  33. There are so many ideas here that I haven’t thought about. I am definitely going to try the weed killer and the air fresheners.

  34. I am new to EOs and I would like to make some hand soaps. I also have a 4 month old, should I avoid using non kid safe oils?

    1. Amanda, there is very little concern for essential oils staying on your skin when you make hand soaps, since they will be washed off. I do believe using KidSafe oils would be better though, just in case! And of course, I hope the hand soap isn’t for your 4 month old 🙂

  35. Thank you so much for these recipes! I love experimenting with natural cleaning. I will definitely try these.

  36. This is such an awesome post! So much information! Looking forward to using the carpet powder recipe.

  37. OMG, this list is fabulous! I have most of these items around my house! I will definitely need to try that mason jar room freshener!

  38. These are all great options. First I am trying 3. Really Easy Bathroom Refresher. Sounds cool ans super easy 😉

  39. AHHH! BEST BLOG EVER! We are still very much in winter mode here in N.S., Canada (two storms in two days – hopefully the last but we never know, haha). But I cannot wait to put some of these recipes to good use! I am currently in nesting mode in my pregnancy and am working tirelessly to get the house refreshed and ready for baby’s arrival! These recipes sound lovely and incorporate easy to find ingredients, so bonus points from me there.

  40. Great Recipes. I make a lot of these already, but youve given e some new and great ideas. Love living in a home free of harsh chemicals

  41. Im looking for a sanitizer type spray to replace my Lysol disinfectant spray. I spray down my childcare toys every day once kids leave to try to keep germa from spreading. Ive also used delluted bleach water. Id like to to kill any sick germs and be safer then what im using for my kids. Thanks.

  42. This list of recipes is amazing! Tis the season for spring cleaning and it is definately more enjoyable when I get to use my oils. Definately trying a bunch of these recipes this year 🙂

  43. I’ve made the toilet bombs and they work great, I have also made what I call homemade lysol, linen spray, room spray with oils. Thank you for all these other great ideas and recipes, I’m gonna be busy in the next few weeks making and trying many out!

  44. This was so needed in my life. I am a college student working on getting a degree in nursing. I really hate using harsh chemicals to clean, but working in the hospital there is so much bacteria! Definitely going to be using this!!!

  45. While I use some more than others, all of these tips are very useful @home, but after the rains here in CA the weed killer sounds great. #LovePlantTherapy Thank you #PT!

  46. I’m going to have to try these ASAP! Especially the furniture polish! I’ve been wanting to move to an EO based one!

  47. Great post! I would substitute peroxide for the vinegar in the scrub recipe, as vinegar and baking soda cancel out the effectiveness of the other. The only way this combination is effective together is in drains or other confined areas in which the chemical reaction will be helpful (being mixed in the area of concern rather than beforehand). Great job putting this together!

  48. Man, I didn’t know you could make a homemade weed killer, that is AWESOME! Also all the other cleaners are great. I am slowly getting rid of all the chemical cleaners in my home. I have not bought any in over 2 years, however I have definitely bought tons of vinegar! Lol. I can’t wait to try these.

  49. Wonderful timing on this post! My friends and I are all getting together soon to make some cleaning products… now I have one place to go to get all the recipes 🙂

  50. I love spring cleaning. I like it when my home smells fresh and clean without using chemical based products, essential oils are perfect. I can’t wIt to put these DIY recipes to use. The All Purpose Countertop Cleaner and Room sprays are first on my list. The recipes are well organized and I appreciate that there are many recipes to choose from.

  51. I cant wait to try the kitchen sink disks and the clove weed killer!! Thanks for the awesome spring cleaning ideas. Nat

  52. Also, I was wondering why do the hydrosols need to be out in a dark, glass bottle? I’m very new at this…

    1. Michelle, the dark glass bottle helps prevent exposure to light, which can shorten the shelf life of a hydrosol 🙂

  53. Thank you for all of the great ideas and great recipes! I have enough here to experiment with for a long time.

  54. I love having all of these DIY recipes on one spot. And the weed killer has definitely piqued my interest for when the snow melts!

  55. So cool! I never knew tou cpuld use essential oils for basically every cleaning task in the hpuse! This will be my new goal… I wpuld love to get all of the harsh cleaning agents out of the house!!

    1. What else can I do with clove!! I will be trying the weed killer this spring for sure! Is lime or orange a good sub for lemon to use on my countertops if I have granite? What about may Chang? Does it have cleaning power?

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