5 Great Essential Oils for Keeping Your Kitchen Clean
Essential oils can reduce stress, promote relaxation, soften and moisturize your skin and even help you fall asleep during bouts of insomnia. But did you also know that certain essential oils double as incredibly effective household cleaning products?
From scrubbing pans to cleaning countertops, essential oils can be diluted into useful solutions for a variety of household cleaning tasks. Below, we’ve listed five essential oils that you can put to use cleaning, freshening and improving your home’s kitchen:
Do you need to freshen up your kitchen before a party? Bergamot essential oil is widely used in perfumes and colognes as a “top note” scent, making it a great tool for removing bad odors from your kitchen before dinner parties.
Bergamot oil has a distinctive scent that’s ideal for removing the smell of steamed vegetables, grilled meat and other foods from your home. To most people, the scent of bergamot oil mixes Earl Grey tea with hints of citrus (which isn’t a surprise, considering the oil’s origin).
To freshen up your kitchen after cooking a meal or emptying the rubbish bin, add a few drops of bergamot oil to a candle oil diffuser and let the scent spread for 10-15 minutes. Make sure your internal doors are open to help the scent spread throughout your home.
Got a dirty oven? Instead of cleaning your oven using a commercially prepared formula that’s likely packed with chemicals, you can create a homemade oven cleaning formula using lemon oil, baking soda, white vinegar and other natural items.
To make your own oven cleaning solution, mix one cup of water with 10 drops of lemon oil and spray it throughout your oven. Sprinkle a mix of salt and baking soda (at a 50:50 ratio) on dirty area. Finally, use liquid Castile soap to scrub the entire interior of your oven.
Let this cleaning formula sit overnight, then rinse it off with water the next morning. Wipe it off, heat your oven to a moderate heat (140°C is a good start) and leave it for five minutes to give your oven a fresh, lemony scent.
Did you know that lavender oil, which is famous for reducing stress and anxiety, also doubles as a great countertop cleaner?
Making a lavender oil countertop spray is a very simple process. Start by filling a spray cleaning bottle with a 50:50 mix of water and white vinegar. Add five to 10 drops of lavender oil to add its powerful scent and freshening properties to your cleaning spray.
Once you’ve mixed your cleaning solution, spray it directly onto your kitchen countertop and let it sit for two to three minutes before wiping it off. The white vinegar and water mix will take care of dirt and grime, while the lavender oil will give your kitchen a calm, refreshing scent.
Ylang Ylang Oil
Need to clean your dishes in a hurry? Most of the dish soaps you’ll find in the supermarket use strong chemicals to strip away food and stains from your dishes. Fail to rinse thoroughly and it’s possible that these chemicals could stick around and make their way into your next meal.
By switching from a commercial dish soap to a homemade ylang ylang oil solution, you’ll enjoy cleaner dishes with none of the negative effects of chemical-filled dish cleaning products.
Using ylang ylang essential oil to clean your dishes is simple. Mix three drops of ylang ylang oil with three drops of lemongrass oil and two tablespoons of baking soda, then apply this solution to your dishes for a fresh, natural smell and clean, stain-free tableware.
Do you have a problem with mosquitos, ants and other pests getting into your kitchen? While essential oils aren’t as strong as commercial pest killers, they can be used to get rid of nasty, annoying bugs without the negative effects of stronger sprays and poisons.
To keep ants and mosquitos out of your kitchen, spray a mix of cinnamon oil and water near doors, windows and other areas where insects congregate. Five to 10 drops of cinnamon oil offers more than enough repellent properties to keep most small insects at bay for weeks.
If you’re cooking outside, you can also apply a mix of cinnamon oil and your favorite lotion to your skin to naturally repel mosquitoes. This essential oil is a great help during garden parties and barbecues where mosquitoes are a common annoyance.