Updated: Mar 31, 2020
I am going to be honest here. Essential Oils are my latest obsession. They smell amazing and all my research about them tells me that they have a lot of wonderful properties. But, what intrigues me the most about them is the fact that there are so many different ways in which one can use them!
While, they can be used for skincare, stress relief and more, the main reason why I’m writing about them today is to focus on their abilities as cleaners for your home.
In my post today, I bring across a one-stop guide to cleaning with essential oils, specially designed for beginners like you and me! So, let’s begin.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are concentrated hydrophobic liquids extracted from a variety of herbs, plants or flowers through steam distillation or cold pressing. Their scent is extremely potent and their beneficial properties are plenty and widely spread across.
Why do they work well for cleaning?
This is the most important question to ask. Why do they work well as cleaning agents? Besides just their lovely scents, various varieties of essential oils are well-known for their antimicrobial qualities. Purely extracted essential oils are known to be so sharp that they can destroy bacteria, fungui and viruses, all in a jiffy. Their antimicrobial properties, coupled with the mesmerizing scents make them your perfect cleaning partner for all the cleaning that you do around the house! Just adding a few drops of these into your regular everyday cleaners will go a long way in taking your cleaning game up by multiple notches.
Which brands of essential oils are trustworthy in India?
The art of finding good quality, pure and reasonably priced essential oils is no different from buying any other item for your home. You can look up the reviews of different brands on Amazon, or speak to offline store owners for their feedback. In most cases, I just buy my essential oils from Khadi or Kama Ayurveda, and I typically get them from Amazon. There’s always some discount there that you can take advantage of. As general rules of thumb, where ever possible, get certified organic products, mainly if you intend to use them cleaning your floors or kitchen and, read the label to ensure that they are 100% pure plant derivative, and not made from any synthetic sources.
Which oils, among so many, are mainly used for cleaning purposes? And, how do we use them?
As long as cleaning is concerned, we want to use them for killing microorganisms, and we want to use them for their beautiful scent. Using them is simple. Just add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice to your regular everyday cleaners, and wait to see the magic.
For a beginners’ cleaning kit, the following 3 oils are a good choice -
It is antiviral and is known to cut grease. Especially useful for kitchen slabs, switch boards, and as an addition to your all purpose kitchen cleaners.
This one is amazing for cleaning your laundry. It adds a delightful smell to the clothes and keeps them free of any microbes that grow along with sweat. This is also good for making your own room and pillow sprays.
Known for its antibacterial and medical benefits, this one is perfect for kitchen cleaners, floor cleaners and bathroom cleaner.
You are free to explore other options too, but these are my suggestions as the absolute essentials for any beginner.
So, how much of these oils should we add to our cleaners?
There are different schools of thought here, but overall,
for just a mild scent add about 5 drops of essential oils to 2 cups of any cleaner that you use.
to also see the benefits of its antimicrobial properties as well along with the scent, add about 10-20 drops to 2 cups of any cleaner that you use.
You can also add a few drops to your daily home moping ritual (or pocha, as we Indians call it).
That’s all I have to share about essential oils for cleaning. I can go on and on, but if there are questions that you have, leave them in the comments below and I’ll try to answer them all.
I hope that this article was useful for you and that you are inspired enough to consider trying essential oils for cleaning. :)