If you’re reading this blog, you probably already know that essential oils are amazing plant-based magic from this beautiful planet.
They have so many incredible magickal and practical uses, and today we’re talking mainly about their practical uses!
You’re probably conscious of the foods you put in the body and the products you use on your skin. But do you ever think about the products you use to clean your clothes and home? These products can be laden with chemicals and toxins that you would never want in or on your body, but many of us use them on our clothing and in our sacred living spaces without even thinking about it.
It’s almost spring, so now is the perfect time to start brewing and mixing up some natural, essential-oil based cleansing products to make your space as fresh and magical as you are.
Best Essential Oils for Cleansing
In general, some great essential oils for cleansing are:
- Wild orange
- Tea tree
These oils have naturally antibacterial, antiviral, and/or antiseptic properties— and they smell amazing, too!
RECIPES & USES
All-purpose cleaning spray
This is your new go-to, all-purpose cleaner. You’ll need:
- 2 cups of white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of natural dish soap (not castile soap!)
- 2 cups of water
- 15 drops lemon essential oil
- 15 drops peppermint essential oil
- 20 drops tea tree oil
Mix all the ingredients, pour into a glass spray bottle, and use everywhere, like your tables and kitchen counters!
You’ll want to use glass bottles for all of these recipes, because although they are highly diluted, it’s always recommended to store oils only in glass (plus, let’s save the environment!).
Trash can freshener
Three days until trash day and your trash is smelling up your kitchen? Put 2 drops of lemon oil and 2 drops of tea tree oil on 2 or 3 cotton balls and place them in the bottom of your trash can under your trash bag to freshen it up.
There are so many options for air fresheners! Choose from the combinations below or make your own, and spray throughout your space (or car, if you have one) whenever it needs a fresh boost.
Simple peppermint spray
- 1 cup of water
- 10-15 drops of peppermint oil
Tea tree, eucalyptus & lemon spray
- 1 cup of water
- 7 drops of tea tree oil
- 7 drops of eucalyptus oil
- 7 drops of lemon oil
Wild orange, sandalwood & cinnamon spray
- 1 cup of water
- 7 drops of wild orange oil
- 7 drops of sandalwood oil
- 7 drops of cinnamon oil
The combinations are endless! Get creative and try mixing and matching from the list of cleansing oils above to hit on a combination you love.
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of liquid Castile soap, like Dr. Bronner’s
- 2 teaspoons of baking soda
- 10 drops of lemon essential oil
- 5 drops of rosemary essential oil
- 5 drops of thyme essential oil
If you’re dealing with more grease, use extra lemon oil or add some wild orange oil.
Polish your chairs, bookcases, desks, and any other wooden furniture with this super easy furniture polish.
- 6-8 drops lemon essential oil
- 1 cup olive oil
Add to a spray bottle, and spray on any wooden surfaces to clean, polish, and protect them.
Use this cleaner to freshen up carpet, couches, and rugs in your home. Combine:
- 1 cup of baking soda
- 30 drops of lemon essential oil
and cover in a container with a lid. Shake well and sprinkle on your carpet, couches, or rugs. Let it sit overnight and vacuum it up in the morning!
This will get your clothes clean and make them smell amazing. If you’re new to essential oils, I would recommend trying one of the easier recipes above before you give this one a go.
- 2 cups washing soda (a simple, natural detergent booster you should be able to find in your health food store or online— it looks like this)
- 1 cup simple Castile soap like Dr. Bronner’s
- 1 cup of baking soda
- 15 drops lavender essential oil
- 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 8 drops peppermint oil
Use about 1/4th of a cup for a large load, and as little as 1/8th of a cup for a smaller load.
Natural linen spray
This linen spray works perfectly for sheets, curtains, pillowcases, pillows, and any other fabric things you can think of. You’ll need:
- 1/4th cup of water
- 3 tablespoons vodka, rubbing alcohol, or witch hazel
- 15 drops of lavender essential oil
- 10 drops of frankincense essential oil
- 5 drops lemon essential oil
Clear negative energy
Of course, no cleansing is complete without an energetic cleansing. To clear negative energy from your space, diffuse 1 drop of frankincense oil, 2 drops of yarrow oil, 1 drop of juniper oil, and 1 drop of white sage oil.
Frankincense raises the vibration of your space, yarrow provides psychic protection, juniper brings in positive energy, and of course white sage cleanses and purifies.
After you clean your space physically and energetically, it’s always great to place a few crystals around your home to bring in the energy you do want (or carry that energy with you with one of our custom crystal point necklaces!).
About Eryn Johnson
Eryn Johnson is a breathwork facilitator, tarot reader, and Reiki Master based in Fishtown, Philadelphia. She is also the host of the Living Open podcast for mystics and seekers, a storytelling tool here to help facilitate soul evolution. The foundation of her work is energetic and based on the belief that there's nothing wrong with you- we are simply programmed from a young age to forget the truth of who we are. She uses energy work, storytelling, and breathwork to guide you back to you - your heart, your power, your magic. Find her work at www.living-open.com and @erynj_ on Instagram.