A couple of weeks ago, I tried my very first homemade disinfecting spray made with Tea Tree, Lemon and Lavender Essential Oils. I really liked the way it worked and left a nice, clean smell in my house. So I decided to try another DIY cleaner recipe. It used vinegar and essential oils… and turned out horribly. (Aside: If you knew how many times stuff I made didn’t work out…you’d probably laugh at me!)
I absolutely love using vinegar to clean toilets and as a fabric softener. But that vinegar and essential oil cleaner was an epic cleaning failure. I sprayed down my kitchen and bathroom counters with it, and unfortunately, the vinegar smell lingered. And lingered. My husband came home and asked why did our house stink like rotten Easter eggs. It was pretty bad. I’ll have to keep experimenting to see if I can make a vinegar-based cleaner that doesn’t leave behind a vinegar smell.
For now, I will stick with an alcohol/essential oil solution. Rosemary Essential Oil is a great choice for cleaning because of its natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties. And it leaves behind a pleasant, clean fragrance. I like for my home to look clean, be clean and smell clean. Rosemary EO is one of my favorite cleaners because of the way it smells.
I spray and wipe down my home’s surfaces with this Rosemary cleaning spray. And then sometimes I spritz them again and allow them to air dry for extra disinfecting.
Please note that Rosemary Essential Oil should not be used by anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding.
Here is the recipe I used for Rosemary Essential Oil Cleaner:
- 1 cup rubbing alcohol
- 1 cup water
- 20 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
Combine all three ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well and you’re ready to clean.
What are your favorite essential oils? Do you clean with essential oils?
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