How To Use Essential Oils To Clean Your Home Effectively

Have you used essential oils? We love them and in the video and blog post below we are sharing two of our fav recipes and talking a bit about how to use essential oils to clean your home effectively.

This post is a collaboration with Young Living Canada. 

Essential Oils are botanical extracts that have been around for centuries. Distilled from flowers, herbs or leaves they offer a wide variety of natural benefits. Essential Oils are highly effective when it comes to cleaning your home.

Young Living Canada stocks a great selection to get you started.

In the video above, we used two key essential oils, Lemon Essential Oil, and Citrus Fresh.

Lemon Oil works very well as a household cleaner, it freshens and helps purify the air.

Citrus Fresh is a fabulous combination of orange, grapefruit, mandarin, tangerine, lemon, and spearmint and trust us, it smells divine.

Orange Oil eliminates odours and has been known to be a bit of an aphrodisiac as well, this should make cleaning a little more fun! LOL!

Grapefruit Oil is great for cleaning food prep areas in the kitchen and other household surfaces leaving a zesty, uplifting scent. Plus, it is known to enhance relaxation! 

Spearmint Oil has an invigorating minty aroma that helps eliminate odours when wiping down household surfaces, especially around the kitchen where food is prepared.

Vinegar: Versatile and safe to use on almost anything in your home (shy away from granite and marble). Vinegar is an amazing cleaner on its own and when paired with certain ingredients, but not castile soap, baking soda or hydrogen peroxide. Read more about that here.

Thieves Household Cleaner is seriously an all-one-one superstar for cleaning your home. If you have not tried it, we highly recommend it.

It’s made with 100% plant- and mineral-based ingredients, including:

       Biodegradable cutting agents like sodium methyl 2-sulfolaurate and disodium 2-sulfolaurate from renewable sources (both ingredients rated 1 on a 10 point scale on the Environmental Working Group’s health hazard score – the best score on the scale).

       Thieves and Lemon essential oils are very effective for natural cleaning.

Since we can’t control what goes into commercial cleaning products we buy, we can control what we bring into our homes and one of the best ways to transform your environment is to use essential oils to clean. You can read more about how these harmful chemicals affect your health below, after the recipes.

It’s important to pick the right oils, Young Living Canada has an initiative called Seed To Seal, according to them “Seed to Seal is our set of standards that helps ensure that with every pure essential oil and Young Living product your family uses, you’re enjoying the benefits of our global resources, industry leadership, and over two decades of innovation. The result? A pristine final product that you know has been created with conscientious Sourcing, Science, and Standards—the three pillars of Seed to Seal.” You can read more about it here.

You can read more about chemicals and how they affect the respiratory system here, here and here.


 If you try this recipe, we’d love to see a photo, tag @theecohub on social media and use the hashtag #TheEcoHub, we’d love to see your creations.


Print Recipe
All-Purpose Cleaner using essential oils
An all-purpose cleaner that disinfects and cleans your home naturally
The Eco Hub - Natural Blemish Busters - Calendula Oil
Prep Time 5 mins
Prep Time 5 mins
The Eco Hub - Natural Blemish Busters - Calendula Oil
  1. Combine all ingredients in a clean bottle
  2. Shake and Clean


Print Recipe
DIY Mirror + Glass Cleaner
A streak-free mirror and glass cleaner
Prep Time 5 mins
Prep Time 5 mins
  1. Combine all ingredients into a clean spray bottle
  2. Shake + Clean



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Candice Batista

Candice Batista is an award winning Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the stations number 1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.

  1. Hi i was wondering do you have a natural alternative for bleach???? I totally followed your guide with all the white towels in the linen closet but i have a bunch of kids and cant get all the brown stains off

    1. Hi Lemuel, Thanks for your comment. There is nothing that will do exactly what bleach does, but there are lots of great alternatives, that are healtier.
      I suggest trying a few things:
      1 1/2 cups 3% hydrogen peroxide
      1/2 cup lemon juice
      12 cups filtered water
      Add all the ingredients to a large bottle and add half a cup when you launder.

      You can also use Washing Soda, this is different from baking soda and can be found on
      Use 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
      2 cups washing soda
      Mix the two together
      You can either use 1/2 a cup of this mix and add it to your laundry
      Or you can use it to soak the stained clothing
      hope this helps, let me know how it goes

  2. I’ve been using essential oils for YEARS – before it was “cool”. I used to be brand-loyal to an MLM company but was concerned about some of the environmental impact of sourcing some of their indigenous oils, so I did some research and now I use several pure, high quality brands. Some oils are sourced closer to home. I recently invested in a LEVO machine and I’m hoping to make my own with plants sourced from my gardens. Mother Earth offers so many wonderful wellness and natural health and cleaning options.

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