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Are you into green cleaning? It’s fun creating your own products that are not only safe for the home, but effective – plus you get to scent them the way you want to. Unlike fragrance oils, essential oils tend not to trigger allergies in the same way, and many people who are sensitive have no problem with most essential oils, if any.
Here’s a list of the more popular essential oils that are commonly used in cleaning products.
Essential Oils Used In Natural Cleaning Products
Cinnamon Essential Oil – Cinnamon essential oil, also known as cinnamon leaf essential oil, has a spicy and sweet scent, like cinnamon. It blends well with sweet orange and tangerine but should be added in small quantities as it is a skin irritant.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil – Eucalyptus essential oil has a sharp, fresh camphorous scent. Eucalyptus oil blends well with lavender, lemon, pine, rosemary and tea tree.
Geranium Essential Oil – Geranium essential oil has a strong floral scent with a note reminiscent of roses. It blends well with lavender, lemon, rosemary and orange.
Grapefruit Essential Oil – Expressed from the peel, grapefruit essential oil is bright and strong, and smells like fresh grapefruit. It blends well with other citrus oils, lavender and rosemary.
Lavender Essential Oil – Lavender essential oil has a slightly camphorous, fresh calming scent and is the most popular floral for cleaning supplies. It blends well with most other essential oils, including the citruses, other florals, herbaceous, and woody oils. It is safe if it comes into contact with skin when undiluted.
Lemon Essential Oil – Offering a clean, fresh scent that is often associated with house cleaning, it is a common scent of household cleaners that blends well with many other essential oils. It is useful in those cleaners used to cut grease.
Lemongrass Essential Oil – This has a lemony, grassy scent that blends well with most floral and citrus essential oils, and also with rosemary. Because of its insect repelling and deodorizing properties, it is quite popular but it is usually blended with other oils, as it can trigger people with allergies to grass.
Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil – With a strong lemon scent, some believe it smells more like lemon than lemon. It has all the properties of Tea Tree Oil, but more so, and is excellent in disinfectants and as a substitute for those who do not care for the woody scent of Tea Tree.
Lime Essential Oil – Lime essential oil has the sparkling, fresh scent of the fruit, and it blends well with other citrus essential oils as well as geranium, lavender, and rosemary.
Peppermint Essential Oil – Good for products requiring minty freshness and insect deterrent, blends well with certain other essential oils such as eucalyptus, lemon and rosemary.
Pine Essential Oil – This is very commonly used in homemade cleaning products, and smells exactly like pine needles when pinched. It has antimicrobial and deodorizing properties, and blends well with eucalyptus and lavender.
Rosemary Essential Oil – With a strong herbaceous scent, it is antiseptic in nature. Not as popular as other oils, it blends well lavender and pine.
Sweet Orange Essential Oil – Sweet orange is expressed from the peel and has the sweet, fruity scent of oranges. It blends well with other citrus essential oils, as well as geranium. Like lemon, it cuts grease well and is used in many household cleaners.
Tea Tree Essential Oil – Tea tree is an all-purpose essential oil with a woody camphorous scent. It has antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic properties, and blends well with eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, and pine. It is safe if it comes into contact with skin when undiluted.
Thyme Essential Oil – This has a strong, herbaceous scent. It is antiviral and antibacterial, and excellent in disinfectant products for the sickroom.
Vanilla Essential Oil – With a warm scent that smells like a resinous vanilla, it blends well with citruses and lavender, and such a scent blend is pleasant when cleaning children’s surfaces. However, because it is an oleoresin, it does not always dissolve easily.