Essential Oil Recipe Journal
Do all of your spring cleaning with essential oils! These simple & affordable recipes give you all natural solutions for your spring cleaning!

Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils

Do all of your spring cleaning with essential oils! These simple & affordable recipes give you all natural solutions for your spring cleaning! When I hear the word ‘spring’, I always think of spring cleaning (which is really weird because I HATE cleaning)!

There are a number of reasons why I like cleaning with essential oils:

  1. I can choose the scent I like. I find a lot of store bought cleaners smell quite strong or have a weird chemical smell which I don’t like.
  2. I can SAVE A LOT of money by making my own cleaners. The cleaners I make generally consist of water & essential oils OR water, vinegar & essential oils. I can make my own cleaning solutions for a fraction of the price of store bought.
  3. Most importantly, I am not adding harsh chemicals to my home. When I make my own cleaners I know exactly what’s in them. The whole point is to CLEAN, to me adding more chemicals takes away from this purpose.

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Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils

The wonderful thing about creating your own all natural cleaners is you can choose the oils you like! I recommend using oils that you like the scent of but it is also important to choose oils based on their benefits. Below you will see lists of common essential oils for disinfecting & deodorizing. Look at your oil collection, think about what you need your cleaner for and then look at the list to help you make your own!

Essential Oils for Cleaning: deodorizing & disinfecting. PLUS: DIY Essential Oil cleaning recipes. www.paintedteacup.comDisinfecting Essential Oils:

  • Lemon
  • Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
  • Peppermint
  • Lime
  • Cinnamon
  • Thyme

Deodorizing Essential Oils:

  • Lavender
  • Clary Sage
  • Eucalyptus
  • Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
  • Geranium
  • Peppermint


Of course you are welcome to make your own cleaners based on the information above, however I thought I would also share some easy & affordable base recipes (just add the oil of your choice) to help you get started!

Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils: DIY Recipes

Spring cleaning with essential oils bathroom cleaner vinyl labelBathroom Disinfecting Spray

You will need:

  • A glass or aluminum spray bottle
  • 1 cup of Water
  • 1/2 cup White Vinegar
  • 8 drops of Lemon essential oil
  • 8 drops of Melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil
  • 6 drops White Fir essential oil

Combine all the ingredients in a glass spray bottle & you are ready to clean your counter, sink, shower & toilet. Be sure to shake before each use to ensure that the oils are well mixed.

Want your own bathroom cleaner label? Check out all of our vinyl spray bottle labels in our Etsy shop HERE!

Visiting from Canada? See great options for glass spray bottles HERE & HERE!


Essential Oil Toilet Cleaning Pods

I have used the spray above for cleaning the toilet with much success however making your own cleaning pods also works very well!

To make the recipe you need: citric acid, baking soda, water & essential oils. This recipe is a little more involved than some of the others I share but they work well!

Recipe –> Get the full recipe & directions HERE


For more recipes related to cleaning the bathroom, check out this post


Essential Oils for Spring Cleaning window cleaner labelWindow and Mirror Spray

You will need:

Combine the disinfecting oil with vinegar in a 4 oz spray bottle, fill the rest of the bottle with water. Be sure to shake the bottle prior to use to mix the oils.

Now get ready for sparkling windows and mirrors!

Want your own window spray label? Check out all of our vinyl spray bottle labels in our Etsy shop HERE!

Visiting from Canada? See great options for glass spray bottles HERE & HERE!


Closet Deodorizer

You will need:

  • A cotton ball or tissue;
  • A deodorizing essential oil listed above;

Put 3-4 drops of your favorite oil on a cotton ball and place it in the closet or drawer of choice. You may want to add multiple cotton balls depending on the size of the area you want to freshen up. If the cotton ball is quite wet, place it in a small container (without a lid) first.

Related: The Best Essential Oils for Freshening Up Your Home


Stinky Shoe Spray

While it is great to freshen up our closets, its often our shoes that need some serious freshening up after a long winter! Sarah at One Essential Community shares a stinky shoe spray that uses witch hazel, water & essential oils! Get the full recipe & directions HERE!


Spring Cleaning Diffuser Blend

This is one of 5 spring diffuser blends that I recently shared on the blog! This recipe will make your home smell fresh & thanks to the citrus oils, it also helps to lift your mood!

See all of the Spring Diffuser Blends HERE!


Sink Scrub Recipe

Becky from Clean Mama shares a great all natural recipe which uses essential oils, baking soda & castile soap! It is a very affordable & effective recipe for cleaning your sink! Get the recipe HERE!


Spring cleaning with essential oils linen spray vinyl decalLinen Spray

This recipe comes from my post with shares 4 Easy Essential Oil Sprays!

What you need:

  • Glass spray bottle
  • ½ cup of Water
  • 4 drops of Lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops of Bergamot essential oil

Combine all of the ingredients in a spray bottle & be sure to shake the bottle between uses! You can spray this on your carpet, linens or even in the air!

Want your own linen spray label? Check out all of our vinyl spray bottle labels in our Etsy shop HERE!

I hope this post helped to give you ideas for working on your spring cleaning with essential oils! What is your favourite all-natural essential oil cleaning recipe?


27 thoughts on “Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils”

  1. I am a doTERRA user myself and am ordering my first OnGuard cleaning products. I am not a fan of cleaning either, but with the right oils we can lift our moods while we do. 😉

  2. I really am obsessed with essential oils! I tried Balance by Doterra and I was hooked. I loved how it really calmed my nervous and helped me go to sleep. I tried I think it was OnGuard as a spray to clean before and I just love love love the way it smells! This reminds me of how many more oils I need to try in order to try some more of these recipes you shared!

  3. I have so many friends that sell and use essential oils. I received a few bottles for Christmas and have used them a little. I’m still on the fence about whether or not they actually do anything, but I do enjoy the way they smell. I can’t put them on my skin because the Joy oil from YoungLiving gave me an awful rash on my arm where I applied it both times I did. It lasted for two weeks, so I just put it on a cotton ball and enjoy the smell.

    • I’m sorry to hear that you got a rash from the oil. It could be the brand. I’ve heard that when YoungLiving is tested occasionally there are things in their oils that they don’t list. From my research DoTerra seems to be the best grade. 🙂

  4. I need to do some deep spring cleaning starting with these baseboards and I know if I use lemon things will smell oh so good around here and be clean in the process.

  5. I’m all for green and natural products, but it’s even greater when you can make them on your own. I have a big bottle of lemon essential oil that I am not using. Time to put it to good use. Thanks for sharing this.

  6. This is great information to have when you have children and pets around. I want to be able to clean my house with items that won’t have a strong toxic smell and safe to have around. This is a great post, thank you!

  7. This is great to know. I just started checking out essential oils, so I’m not quite sure all about them yet. I have started using some for cleaning, but I love finding new ways to use them. I have a bird, and 6 kiddos that are all so very sensitive to smells and cleaners so using essential oils is probably the best option for us.

  8. I love using essential oils to clean my home. I make a general cleaning spray with tea tree and lavender that is perfect for wiping down counters and appliances. I am really interested in the white fir you mentioned, I’ve never tried it!

  9. I didn’t know about the closet trick. We just moved into a new place, temporarily, and the closets have a “woodsy” smell that just won’t leave. I’m definitely trying it today because the smell is driving me insane.

  10. I use essentials oils for all kinds of things. This is a great list of them. I tend to use peppermint for a cleaner in the kitchen. I have always been told that mint is a great deterrent for bugs like ants. I also love the citrus scents for cleaning the bathrooms.

  11. It is really important for us to ensure the cleanliness and the safety of home. It’s great that there are natural ways we can do this aside from just relying on the chemical sprays we find in the supermarkets which can be very harmful.

  12. I love this list. I was researching to find ways to clean with essential oils that I can use in an article that I am writing. This is perfect! I actually use the deodorizing method you mentioned for my entire house. Now I need to try the other methods out as well. Especially my trash can! Great article!


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