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Effective Kitchen Cleaning With Essential Oils

Updated on August 29, 2013
Effective Kitchen Cleaning With Essential Oils
Effective Kitchen Cleaning With Essential Oils | Source

The Kitchen ~

The kitchen really is the castle itself. This is where we spend our happiest moments and this is where we find the joy in being a family.

Mario Batali

The kitchen is the heartbeat of the home.

The place many of us has fond memories of from our childhood. It was the place for the family to gather in, chat in, entertain in and eat meals in.

Have you ever noticed when throwing a party, more people seem drawn to congregating in the kitchen and chatting over their glass of plonk than moving to the living room?

Our parents were known for their yearly New Year’s Eve party. My mum would make different main courses, a range of luscious deserts and many different salads for the party which we three kids could not wait to taste. It was what we looked forward to the most. Every year 30 or so close friends would arrive and knew each year to put the date in the diary ahead for the following year. It was a tradition.

Our kitchen was not grand or big; if anything for 5 of us plus dogs it was small. Each New Year it was overflowing with guests all chatting while the two rooms set up for the party had a scattering of bodies. Why is that?

The Hub of The Home

important to keep clean, fresh  and safe
important to keep clean, fresh and safe | Source

Get Rid of Chemicals

clutter under the sink needs sorting permanently
clutter under the sink needs sorting permanently | Source

The Most Used Room ~

Statistics show us the kitchen is still the most popular room in the home and I would agree.

Having moved from a small kitchen in an apartment to a large country kitchen in a cottage with huge amounts of space, I am in my element. I love my new kitchen built and designed by my partner (a non cook).

The downside is keeping it clean and wanting that homely atmosphere.

It is important for me when cleaning the kitchen it have a non toxic smell but be fragrant, use less chemicals and more natural ingredients and I want it to be cost effective. Essential oils tick all my requirements perfectly and will tick yours.

Box of Essential Oils

store your oils together in a box in a cool dark place
store your oils together in a box in a cool dark place | Source

Rosemary

 cleaning with therapeutic benefits
cleaning with therapeutic benefits | Source

Fragrance With Benefits ~

Using essential oils in your cleaning products offers way more than a nice smelling home.

  • They have huge mood enhancement properties. Rosemary for example has been shown to have a direct effect on memory recall and performance in exams or tests. If you or a family member is doing exams, make sure to have rosemary in cleaning products or use in an air freshener, oil burner, potpourri, a perfume or in skin products. Lavender also induces relaxation for that test or interview coming up! Lemon is invigorating, keeps you alert and feeling rejuvenated.
  • They have antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and antiseptic qualities making cleaning the kitchen and home a more germ free zone.
  • Derived from plants, their therapeutic qualities are not a new thing. Hundreds of years ago clove and lemon were praised for their antiseptic qualities. Some of the many therapeutic qualities that may benefit you even though they are in your kitchen cleaning are: relaxing, respiratory problems, insomnia, migraine, pms, nausea, jet lag, irritability, headache, hypertension, hypo-tension, energizing, concentration, aphrodisiac and antidepressant.
  • Essential oils will not disrupt the body’s natural homeostasis due to their complex make-up. Synthetic fragrances in conventional cleaning products mimic hormones which affect our normal cell function and may lead to health problems.
  • Research and studies have shown the majority of bacteria, fungus and viruses cannot live within the presence of essential oils. The best ones for cleaning are high in thymol, carvarol, phenols and terpenes all chemical compounds produced naturally in essential oils and can run into 1,000 different ones depending on the oil.

Here are the best ones for cleaning the kitchen and the home followed by a selection of easy recipes with only a few additional ingredients and you will need some empty containers or spray bottles.

Pick From These Essential Oils

Vetiver
Junipr berry
Lavender
Citronella
Oregano
Clove Bud
Lemon
Thyme
Corriander
Lime
Pine
Sage
Orange
Cypress
Palmarosa
Grapefruit
Spruce
Eucalyptus
Bergamot
Cedarwood
Petigrain
Lemongrass
Cinnamon Bark
Spearmint
Wintergreen
Rosemary
Peppermint

Multipurpose Vinegar

one of most versatile ingredients
one of most versatile ingredients | Source

Super Handy Cleaner ~

This cleaner works on everything! Spray it on counter tops, cabinets, tables, interior and exterior of fridge, floors and the sink (porcelain, stainless steel).

2 tbsp white vinegar

1 tsp borax

1/2tsp liquid castile soap (peppermint, lavender or unscented)

1/2tsp L-ascorbic acid powder or crystals (or washing soda crystals)

2 cups hot distilled water

20 drops tea tree essential oil

Glass bowl

24 oz spray bottle

Spoon

Mix the borax, L-ascorbic acid, castile soap and vinegar to bowl. Gradually add the near boiling water slowly, mixing well. Allow to cool and add the tea tree oil. Do a final stir and pour into your spray bottle. Secure top and give a good shake before each use.


DIY Kitchen Wipes Cleaner ~

1 cup distilled water

1 oz liquid castile soap

7 drops essential oil of choice

Recycled square container with lid (large ice-cream tubs or large margarine tubs are good)

Add the ingredients to the tub and give a light stir.Cut the cloths or sponges to size if needed. Add in multiple cellulose sponges or cotton cloths and close the lid tightly. Whenever you need one, open, rinse excess and use. After using give it a rinse and pop back in. Keep tightly sealed in-between use.

Gorgeous Thieves Oil Natural Oil Cleaner

Scent of Citrus

powers through dirt and grease
powers through dirt and grease | Source

Bergamot Essential Oil

classic fragrance with a fresh uplifting scent
classic fragrance with a fresh uplifting scent | Source

Fresh Citrus All Purpose Cleaner ~

Use on fridge, microwave, and oven tops, other appliances and counter tops.

1 tsp liquid castile soap (unscented or peppermint)

1 tsp borax

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/8 cup white vinegar

2 cups distilled water

6 drops citrus seed extract

2 drops lime essential oil

2 drops lemon essential oil

Recycled spray bottle

Combine all the ingredients in the spray bottle and give a good shake. You can use any citrus essential oils. if you wish use 4 different ones at a drop each or use single oil. Use on fridge, microwave, and oven tops, other appliances and counter tops. Spray the surface liberally and wipe with a damp cloth or sponge. Wipe it dry with a soft cloth or towel.


Fridge Odor Buster ~

Take a sheet of newspaper and sprinkle with 15 drops of essential oil. Choose any of the citrus scents (orange, grapefruit, lime, lemon or bergamot or a mix of them. Place it on the bottom shelf of the fridge and leave for 2-3 days.

Another way is to put a slice of bread on a plate add a few drops of a citrus essential oil and leave it to absorb the odors.


Oven Grease ~

For any fresh grease spills inside the oven sprinkle on salt or baking soda and leave until oven has cooled. Wipe off with a cloth.

Something very useful is to line the bottom of the oven with tin foil to cut down on spillage.

Pots and Pans Cleaner ~

Ideal for that baked on or burnt food which has been left on a pot.

1 cup distilled water

3 tbsp baking soda

5 drops lemon essential oil (cedarwood is another good one to use)

Add ingredients directly into the pot or pan and boil on the top of the stove Allow cleaner to settle and cool. Leave until the offending baked goods can be removed easily.


Sink Stain Remover ~

3/4 cup white vinegar

1/4 cup baking soda

1/4 cup borax

8-10 drops tea tree, rosemary or eucalyptus essential oil

Recycled container with lid

Sponge

Add the borax, baking soda and essential oil to your container. Secure lid tightly and give a good shake to blend ingredients. Leave it for 24 hours. Sprinkle powder on the stains in the sink and scrub well with a damp sponge. Pour the vinegar over the stain and sink. Run the hot water tap for 5 minutes to rinse.

Kitchen Antibacterial Spray ~

Use this disinfectant spray to freshen and clean the air and to wipe down counter tops.

4 fl oz distilled water

35 drops bergamot

45 drops lemon

70 drops clove bud

4oz fine mist spray bottle

Add all the ingredients and give a good shake to combine ingredients.

Spray a fine mist into the air or clean down countertops. Remember to give a shake each time you use it.

Forrest Floor Cleaner ~

1 gallon hot water

2 tbsp liquid castile soap

8 drops pine essential oil

4 drops cypress essential oil

4 drops spruce essential oil

Add all the ingredients into your bucket and wipe the floor with your mop. You can mix and match different scents if you wish for variety from the list above. For an extra kick if floor is unusually stained or has grease, add 1/4 cup washing soda and a cup of white vinegar to your mix.


Spot Cleaner ~

For bad marks or scuff marks on the floor apply a few drops of essential oil direct to the mark. Wipe away with a cloth and then apply a drop of vinegar to rinse off.

Food for Thought . . .

Have you ever considered how much we spend on cleaning products in order to maintain a germ free, clean and safe environment for us to live in? It runs into hundreds of dollars annually for the average home. The use of essential oils is not a new concept but it is one of the great examples of when we lived a simple lifestyle hundreds of years ago.

The oils have been used throughout history from cleaning to treating skin conditions. These little bottles are packed with qualities we look for in our chemical laden cleaning products, are healthier, more effective and definitely more cost effective. Step back in time and avail of these versatile oils once used by our ancestors and enjoy their simple but effective benefits.

"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"

Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @ Suzie HQ

Credit to homesteadbound ~

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      You will get the hang don't worry! I am not on that much now but see the amount of pins in my gmail of all the different things I have pinned.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Suzie,

      I completely know how it is to need time out!

      Pinterest is addictive, although I need to go on the actual site more often. I haven't been on that end for a while, so I am probably not utilizing it very well.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      Some are okay, I did include a few for floors and the hub on wood has some tips too! Vinegar works great too! You must be happy having pinterest now, it is amazing how views can add up from there too but it is soo addictive to keep pinning great stuff!!! LOL

      Thanks for your continued support I have missed HP just needed some time out, you know how it can go.

      Glad you are well and settling in!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Hi, Suzie. I am revisiting this hub.

      As far as the sprays that work for cleaning floors, do they work for wood floors? I'm never sure what to clean wood floors with. The room in this old house has the hardwood floors (I love it!), and I want to take good care of them. It hasn't been washed in a while, and I want to make it look great, without damaging it.

      I am going to pin this to Pinterest, now that I have an account! I am going to use some of these, and that is a handy place to "keep" them.

      Have a great day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Paula,

      Better to have a nice smelling room than a bleach one, I agree!! Essential oils are soooooo much the business!! So darn useful and definitely worth investing a few cents or two in! Glad you have similar thoughts! Appreciate your great support!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Suzie.....It doesn't get any better than having a clean home, that smells FABULOUS!..Thanks....you "natural" genius!...UP+++

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rajan,

      Many thanks my friend for your comments! So good hearing you found useful. Appreciate your votes, shares, tweet and pin!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi,Suzie! These homemade cleaning solution recipes do sound so good. Thanks for sharing such a wide variety of cleaning recipes. As always you do a fantastic job of putting up a wide array of natural things that can be used by the family.

      Voted up, useful, interesting; shared, tweeted and pinned as well.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi GTF,

      Just over at yours!! LOl Many thanks, oh goody more of your gems on the way, can't wait as I am such a fan and admirer of your work!! Summer has raced by and I am sure you will enjoy some free time to write more, i know it is hard finding time with all that goes on in our lives. Appreciate your interest on this!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Another useful hub pinned for future use. Now that my daughter is going back to school, I will be doing a major cleanup as well as hopefully getting back to writing hubs.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Many thanks for your lovely comment. it just shows you how useful everyday ingredients can be with so many useful benefits. Hope you try a few out sometime! Cheers for your votes and share, much appreciate as always!!

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Suzie,

      You never stop impressing me with your knowledge. I love these natural cleansers and would imagine they produce such a better scent than chemicals! I'm glad I knew at least about the vinegar...but some of the others left me pleasantly surprised. Thanks for putting so much into these hubs!! You always provide a wealth of information!

      Voted up and shared.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      Many thanks for your enthusiasm as always, you are such a great friend here and support. The fact you have tried a variety of my recipes is testament to your genuine interest and I do thank you it does mean so much when others try these out for themselves and find they work with great results!

      Have a great weekend, keeping fingers crossed for the job hunting :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      How good you are! Always here with your encouraging words, thanks so much Rose, much appreciated!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      Delighted you enjoyed! You are a superwoman in the cleaning dept! No need for extra help but I would be delighted to hop on over for the demo (any excuse!!) over a coffee, always wanted to visit your great state!!! By the way just got confirmation yesterday, have a tenant that sounds perfect moving in today into my apartment!! Yeh!

      So happy about that, all the hard work paid off that MJ in particular did. 50% that viewed my place wanted it (amazing success rate) so we had to consider different things and weigh it up.Anyway, this guy sounds great.

      Cheers for your support in pins, shares - as always have a great weekend!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Yep another that not designed for the face but you know what many of these ingredients would whip up some beauty recipes too! LOL So glad you found it appealing and visually stimulating, I enjoy being a bit creative and love color so it is hard not to include some elements rather than just text. It is the type of article i enjoy reading and I try take that approach to what it looks like. Would I enjoy it? What don't I like? Whether it is right is another story! Line dividers may not be the HP way or way recommended for views but it has not harmed me in fact I think it has benefited my work. Just my ol opinion!

      Off to Dublin (alone) today for my nephews christening so driving up about 2.15pm. Looking forward to seeing family there and having a break.

      Thanks as always my friend now go to some cleaning in that kitchen of yours you never know when visitors will rock on over!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Shauna,

      Apologies for delay too some time out as I got my quota for hubs completed and was in need of some down time!LOL Thanks for that, have a few that I have tried and love finding new ones to try!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      You are awesome, Suzie! More household recipes for cleaning products that I look forward to trying.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a wonderful weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Well done as always, Suzie! I love the range of recipes here. There is something for everyone.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      are you going to send someone over to use these wonderful cleaning solutions. So we make them and then have to use them...no fair! Seriously these are great and I love the use of the oils and other products. GOing to try them if you promise to come over and clean the house. Pinning and sharing on facebook...for all those people who keep putting off cleaning like me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hooray! Another hub that I can actually use. :)

      You know, you really do put together a visually pleasing article. This is done perfectly so that the eyes are treated as well as the mind. Well done, Irish!

      Now, let's us enjoy our Fridays and the weekend beyond.

      hugs

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      That's good to know. I'll email you. The recipe for furniture polish is actually published in one of my Green Tips.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Shauna,

      i swear since using castile soap it is so damn useful and versatile! Cosmetics to cleaning ir is incredible, and Dr Bromner is best! Available unscented or a range of gorgeous scents. I have laminate wood floors in the apartment and nothing beats hot water, vinegar and a couple drops of lavender or eucalyptus oil!! Try it you will love it!! Have an effective wood cleaning with essential oils in pipeline too and would love to use your recipe if I may (full credit, links etc) email me if okay with recipe or any other wood ones you feel! I am a wood NUT, love it and have some gorgeous things in wood I do take extra special care with. Thankfully I hooked up with a similar wood nut so we have a collection now from tables to lamps in wood! LOL

      Thanks so much for your comment, query and recipe!! Go buy some castile NOW!! LOL

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Suzi, I have a friend who has been a hippie all of her life. Natural everything is the way she lives. She uses Castille soap in the shower and even shampoos her hair with it. It's fresh and invigorating. Every time I read one of your recipes calling for Castille soap, it reminds me to switch from bar soap.

      I leave a box of baking soda in the fridge to absorb odors and keep the air dry. I never thought of using essential oils. Interesting. I love these cleaning tips. I use vinegar, baking soda, lemon and olive oil (mix 2 tbsp olive oil with 1 tbsp white vinegar and 1 qt warm water as an alternative to commercial furniture polish) for cleaning but have not experimented with the essential oils. Do the oils leave a film on laminate flooring?