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Essential Oils and How They Support Green, Non-Toxic Living

Our beautiful planet Earth is a living, breathing, precious environment. I’m sure we can all agree that whatever little individual steps we can each take to keep her safe and healthy is worth doing. Everyday things we can do, like recycle, carpool to work, turn off lights when you’re not using them (and so much more!), all contribute to a happier, healthier planet. And using essential oils—can that help, too? You betcha! Let’s take a quick look at a few ways essential oils help support green, non-toxic living.

But first, if you don’t know much about Plant Therapy’s commitment to sustainability, make sure to head on over to this blog, which explains our company’s practices when it comes to environmental ethics and accountability. 

Using EOs reduces the use of toxic cleaners.

Woman cleaning her kitchen cupboards

Cleaning and essential oils go together like peanut butter and jelly! There are so many ways to incorporate essential oils into your cleaning habits. You’re probably already doing it without even realizing it! Are you diffusing instead of spraying aerosols to freshen the air in your home? Have you tried our simple all-purpose spray and will never go back? The fact is, you can replace just about every store-bought chemical-laden cleaning product you have with some essential oils, vinegar, and baking soda. This helps reduce the amount of harsh chemicals you are using throughout your home, which not only benefits your family but is great for our environment as well!

Not sure where to start? Check out our blog Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils: A Complete Guide. It’s packed with wonderful recipes for everything from cleaning your carpets to polishing your furniture using the amazing powers of essential oils!

Using EOs reduces waste.

Reed diffuser being used in home

If you start regularly using DIY cleaning recipes for your home, you’re probably going to notice something else: a little less trash. Think about how many times in the last year you’ve run out of your cleaning products. Disinfectants, toilet cleaners, bottles of glass spray…and just tossed all those bottles in the trash. Well, making your own cleaning products leads to having to buy less at the store. As you get more comfortable with your green cleaning, you’ll find yourself relying less and less on what the cleaning section at your grocery store offers.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you’ll completely rid yourself of garbage. But even just one less plastic bottle finding its way to a landfill makes a difference. Using glass spray bottles that you can continuously reuse with your homemade cleaners is just one more little change you can make to support a “greener” lifestyle!

Using EOs outdoors is friendlier on the outdoor environment around you.

Child having spray applied outdoors

It’s almost gardening season! Time to bust out the gloves, spade, and pruning shears and turn your backyard into your own personal oasis. But doesn’t that also mean it’s time to bring out the bug spray and pest repellents so that you and your beautiful plants don’t get eaten alive? Well thankfully, this is another spot where essential oils can make a world of difference when it comes to using natural ingredients to get the job done.

To keep your outdoor area clear of those outdoor annoyances, there are plenty of essential oils you can diffuse or use topically. Citronella, Lime, Cedarwood, Peppermint, and Lavender, to name a few. Check out our Essential Oil Outdoor Wipes for an easy, natural solution to keep you and your family clear of annoyances while you’re outside. Or, to help get rid of weeds without soaking the ground in chemicals, try using Clove Essential Oil! Combine 20 drops of Clove, 20 ounces of vinegar, and a pinch of salt into a spray bottle. Shake it up before using and spray directly on the weeds you want to get rid of.

Using EOs can encourage an overall greater sense of awareness when it comes to the products you are using.

Essential oil bottle with orange slices and cinnamon sticks

Any small step we take toward greater awareness and appreciation of our amazing environment is always a positive thing. Maybe when you first started using essential oils, you didn’t know too much about them; you just knew they smelled great and all your friends were getting into them. Then, as your oily journey progressed, you may have begun to take the time to learn about the botanicals, their unique locations all over the world, and what exactly makes them so special.

As essential oil knowledge increases, so does our recognition of what kinds of products we use every single day around our house and even on our own bodies. Suddenly, spraying name-brand disinfectants over every surface in our house seems a little less desirable. And one seemingly insignificant mindset change about the chemicals you are using can lead to more and more changes down the road.

Just remember that every little change matters. When enough individuals all make little changes, big differences can happen. This is how essential oils can support green, non-toxic living!

Don’t forget to head on over to our Safe Essential Oil Recipes Facebook group. Get in touch with more like-minded essential oil enthusiasts to learn more ways to use your oils!


51 thoughts on “Essential Oils and How They Support Green, Non-Toxic Living”

  • Just finished reading the section on plastics and realized how badly I needed a refresher on the simple things I can do to make a difference.

  • I am an EO user and yes, they are better to use than those commercial cleaners. I also re-use my EO bottles. I hope that PT will stop using plastic as containers for some of their products.

    1. Jessica, I know customers have had success using Lemon EO with baking soda and peroxide, but I do not know the exact measurements used…but I’m sure our team of aromatherapists can help you out at [email protected] 🙂

  • Lots of helpful info. Thanks. Eos work surprisingly well for cleaning. Love that I’m not using toxic chemicals when I clean.

  • This is something that I have been trying to work on. There are so many harmful chemicals in cleaning products. What a great read! I feel a little more confident in experimenting with EOs for cleaning and not just difusing.

  • This is something that I’m really working on and so I was so glad to hear how essential oils tie into this, yay for nontoxic and less waste cleaning and living with oils!

  • Thank you for the info. I currently only diffuse for aroma therapy, but am interested in moving into cleaning uses.

  • Thank you for this post. Trying to go all natural with my cleaning products ant this article was helpful.

  • Thank you so much for this! I’ve been switching over to diy cleaning products, and love avoiding toxic chemicals in my home, and being able to decrease waste is a major plus for me!

  • I love cleaning with EO’s but had no idea they could be used in the garden. I’ll be trying out the clove spray on my weeds for sure!

  • I switched to EO’s nearly 2 years ago, I am so happy I did, I wouldn’t switch back ,best cleaning that is safe.

  • I have been slowly switching over to all natural cleaning and beauty products over the last year. Love using essential oils in my everyday life and not bringing in bad chemicals. Great article with good information about using oils for a greener lifestyle.

  • I absolutely love to clean my home with essential oils in my DIY cleaners. I’ve learned some great recipes from your blog, and now I can feel good about my cleaning products and get the scent I want in my home while having fun making my own cleaners. Thanks so much.

  • Such a great article! Is there another way to access the recipes besides facebook? I love how much I’ve been learning about e.o.s lately, but I’m not on facebook.

  • My daughter is leaving home this weekend and I’m sending glass spray bottles and essential oil cleaners with her so she and her husband can enjoy a toxin-free home. Thanks for the encouragment, Plant Therapy.

  • I have been gradually switching out all my cleaning products over the last year or so. Love how much safer I feel having safer products around my young kids!

  • I would love to see a post on what to do with the empty bottles when the oil is all used up. Is there a recycle plan? Or some cute crafty thing to do with them?

    1. Mary, this is a great idea for a future blog! I will make sure to pass the suggestion along 🙂

  • Thank you for this wealth of information! I’ve been using EOs for more than a year now (shifted from an MLM to PT), and I’ve only used them for skin care and aromatherapy. I can’t wait to start green cleaning!

  • I’ve been gradually bringing recipes into our home over the last few years. I’ve been more adamant of using them since I found out that our septic tank company actually says that homemade cleaning products with eos are actually safer for our system that regular cleaning products!

  • Thank you for this information. The essential oil journey is so exiting. Looking foward to tyring some cleaning supplies.

    1. Thank you for the info I’m just getting started with eo’s but I’m looking forward to making my home a green home using Plant Therapy !

  • When I started my essential oil research a couple months ago, it was purely for therapeutic uses. I had no idea they could be used for so much more than that until I read through your blog posts. My excitement grew with each idea you shared! You make it so easy for us to incorporate your expertise into our lives by providing us with the information we need to create everything you write about.
    And you go the extra mile by teaching is the why’s as well.
    Thank you so much for helping me achieve a healthier, safer way of living.

  • I use my diffuser every night and all my cleaning products are made from vinegar, water and essential oils!

  • Oddly I have not got into the whole cleaning with essential oils. I would love to see experiments that show what oils and what % works best for killing germs. But for just general dust, grime and such essential oils are a nice way to go!

  • Is there a spray version for the bug spray.? Like they show in the picture? We used a roller ball with citronella oil which worked great, but i would love a spray version to bring over to the grandparents house. Anyone have any recipes for that?

  • I love using oils in my cleaning recipes, I find they are much more effective without all the negative effects of harsh, manufactured chemicals. My husband is undergoing treatment for cancer, and removing as many toxins from our lives as possible has been my top priority. Essential oils have replaced the majority of our home and self care products.

  • I have a nice arsenal of oils now, and will try some of these ideas. Peppermint is one of my favorite scents, so I look forward to trying that out to keep the mosquitos at bay this summer!

  • I’ve switched all my cleaning products and beauty products to non toxic and incorporating a lot of oils!

  • The whole reason I even started investigating essential oils was because of this reason! I make my own soap, shave foam, body wash, window cleaner, spray n wipe, antiseptic cream, Medicines, hand sanitizer, face cleaner and moisturiser
    ….basically we have a lot less plastic around the place! Love it.

  • Always happy to have further options to decrease toxicity for me and my family and be kinder to the environment.

  • Thanks for these tips. I am always looking for natural ways to keep the home clean so that it is safer for my children and the environment.

  • I am 1year into my natural living journey. Essential oils have been so intriguing and productive. Fresh cleaners, Heavenly designed care for health, herb cooking’s, new ways to recycle and reduce waste has helped me be more resourceful and conscientious of my choices that can effect the environment. Love your information and still learning ways to be better steward of nature’s resources.

  • Incorporating natural homemade cleaning products into our home has been so fun and easy with the help of Plant Therapy. When I get low or run out of a unearth friendly cleaner, I have been able to search the amazing PT Blog and come up with a natural solution. With this help cleaning in our house is now also safe and friendly for everyone and everything 🙂

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