Natural Cleaning Tips

by Andrea Butje on December 12, 2011

natural cleaning tips from Essential LivingHere are a few fun natural cleaning tips from my eBook, Essential Living: Aromatherapy Recipes for Health and Home.

Cutting Boards
To keep wooden and plastic cutting boards free of bacteria, use a few drops of Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon). First, wash the board with hot water and castile soap. Then put about five drops of Lemon essential oil on a clean sponge and wipe the board vigorously, front and back. A nice side effect is that the sponge is now also clean and bacteria free!

Use hydrosols and hot water on the floors. Any mop will do, but we suggest mops with a removable terry cloth cleaning surface. They’re great for cleaning hardwood floors, ceramic tile, marble, and vinyl. They also work well on ceilings, walls, and windows. The terry cloth cover is removable and machine washable.

When cleaning floors, soak the terry cloth cover (or regular mop) in hot water. Squeeze the water out, then pour a cap full (a few tablespoons) of Lavender hydrosol or Sweet Grass hydrosol directly onto the mop.

Deodorizing Spray for Trash
Makes: One 16 oz (480 ml) spray bottle


15 oz (450 ml) water
1 oz (30 ml) white vinegar
20 drops Peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita)
30 drops Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
30 drops Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon)


16 oz (480 ml) plastic spray bottle


1. Simply add the drops of essential oil directly into the spray bottle full of water.
2. Close well, shake, and you’re ready to spray.


I like to spray the trash can in my bathroom and kitchen each time I empty the trash bag. I simply take out the bag, spray the can three or four times, and add the new bag. I recommend making this product fresh every few weeks.

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Natalie April 15, 2016 at 2:40 pm

I love your website, blogs, & emails! Essential oils are a new pascion for me. I have 3 young boys & want 2 switch 2 more natural remedies & cleaners. Could I use the deodorizing trash spray in the car & for cleaning (non kitchen/bath) in general. It’s very close to your sponge/ all purpose cleaner [minus the hydrogen peroxide and switching the eucalyptus]. I’d like to use it on my oldest son’s (8yrs) shoes – would tea tree be a good addition to kill the germs in his shoes?

Thanks 4 all your recipes!


Andrea Butje April 17, 2016 at 11:31 am

Hi Natalie! So glad you’re enjoying all the blends. The trash spray is really meant for using in the trash itself. I would make different blends for the car and shoes. We have a free online class where you can learn more about blending that I think would be great for you if you haven’t signed up already: 🙂


cohdia June 22, 2013 at 11:21 am

Cant wait to try these natural cleaning methods. In the process of gathering all the oils.. Chemicals affect my allergies. So it will be a welcomed change.


Bonni Rice June 20, 2013 at 9:15 am

I used the trash deodorant spray but I amped up the lemon & lime oils. I sprayed my entire bathroom & kitchen down and the entire house smells AMAZING! It’s so fresh! I LOVE IT! THANK YOU for all the tips & recipes!


Andrea Butje June 20, 2013 at 9:59 am

Hi Bonnie,
How great, more lemon is perfect!!


David padilla December 12, 2011 at 11:06 am

Hola, soy de México, no hablo ingles y me interesan sus cursos . Imparten cursos en español ?


Andrea Butje December 12, 2011 at 11:09 am

Hi David,
I am sorry-we do not have classes in Spanish at this time. Thanks for asking.


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