Jun 26 2010

Make Your Own Claeaning Products – Essential Oils Guide

Essential Oils  are a great way to add natural fragrance and power to your homemade cleaning products.

They can add a powerful punch of antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties as well as many other benefits.

Here is a quick guide to some common essential oils you can use in home cleaning products.

My advice is use what you like to smell. Lately I’ve been using mainly lavender and the house smells amazing after a cleaning!

I usually buy my oils at our local health food store, or you can buy the same brand on-line at Aura Cacia.

Here’s a quick list of some of the most common Essential Oils used in home cleaning products.

Bergamot    Antibiotic

Chamomile   Antibiotic, Antibacterial

Cinnamon –   Antiviral, Antiseptic

Citronella – Antibacterial

Clove – Antibiotic, Antiviral

Cypress – Antibacterial

Eucalyptus – Antibacterial, Antibiotic, Antiviral, Antifungal

Ginger – Antibacterial

Lavender – Antibacterial, Antibiotic, Antiviral, Antifungal, Antiseptic

(Use Gloves when working with Lavender)

Lemon – Antibacterial, Antibiotic, Antiviral, Antifungal, Antiseptic

Lemongrass – Antibacterial, Antiseptic

Lemon verbena – Antibacterial

Lime – Antibacterial, Antibiotic

Marjoram- Antibacterial

Nutmeg – Antibiotic

Orange – Antibacterial. Most contains d-limonene which has been linked to cancer.

Oregano – Antibiotic, Antiviral, Antiseptic, Anti-infectious

Patouli – Antibiotic, Antifungal

Pine – Antibiotic, Antibacterial, Deodorizer, Antiseptic

Rosemary – Antibacterial, Antiseptic

Sage – Antifungal, Antibacterial

Sandalwood – Antifungal, Antiviral, Antibacterial

Savory – Antifungal

Spearmint – Antibacterial

Tea Tree – Antibacterial, Antibiotic, Antiviral, Antifungal, Antiseptic

(use gloves when working with tea tree oil)

Thyme – Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antifungal, Antiseptic

Vervain – Antibacterial

Wintergreen – Antibacterial