5 Essential Oils for Smell Good Green Cleaning

Essential oils derived from plants can add a wonderful smell to your green cleaning activities. Many green cleaning recipes call for the use of white vinegar. Vinegar is an effective cleaner with antiseptic properties but it has strong scent that some find disagreeable. While the odor of vinegar fades as the cleaner evaporates, a few drops of an essential oil in your cleaning recipe can add a fragrant scent that lingers and adds freshness to your cleaning activities. Research has shown that many essential oils also have natural antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties giving you even more cleaning power.



5 Essential Oils for Green Cleaning

Freshen your home and treat your senses with these 5 essential oils. Just add 5 - 10 drops of your chosen essential oil to your spray bottle of basic vinegar and water based green cleaning solution and enjoy a burst of fragrance.


Lemon Essential Oil - Lemon oil has a strong citrus scent. The oil is derived from pressed lemon peels. Lemon oil is commonly used for cleaning furniture as the oil nourishes wood and prevents fine finishes from drying out. Has antibacterial and deodorizing qualities.

Lemon Essential Oil


Lavender Essential Oil - Lavender oil has a sweet, floral scent similar to the lavender flower. The oil is obtained by distillation from the flower spikes of certain species of lavender. Lavender oil has antifungal and antibacterial qualities.

Lavender Essential Oil


Clove Essential Oil - Clove oil has a strong, earthy and bit spicy smell. You may have smelled this in your dentist's office since it sometimes used as an antiseptic and has antibacterial qualities. The oil can be obtained from the buds, leaves and stems of the clove plant.

Clove Essential Oil


Sweet Orange Essential Oil - Sweet Orange Oil has a sweet and clean fresh cut orange smell. The oil is obtained from orange rinds. Sweet orange oil has natural disinfectant properties.

Sweet Orange Essential Oil


Cinnamon Essential Oil - Cinnamon oil has a warm, sweet, spicy smell. The oil is obtained from the bark or leaves of cinnamon trees. Cinnamon oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties.

Essential Cinnamon Oil


References and Further Reading:

For your review: research based information about essential oils and their proven, effective antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties.

In vitro antibacterial activity of some plant essential oils. Seenivasan Prabuseenivasan, Manickkam Jayakumar andSavarimuthu Ignacimuthu.
BMC Complentary and Alternative Medicine, 2006

Lavender Essential Oil: A review
Heather MA Cavanaugh, Jenny M Wilkinson
Australian Infection Control. Vol 10, Issue 1, 2005

Antibacterial activity of selected fatty acids and essential oils against six meat spoilage organisms.
Blaise Ouattaraa, , Ronald E Simardb, Richard A Holleyc, Gabriel J.-P Piettea, André Bégina.
International Journal of Food Microbiology, Vol 37, 1997.

Potential antimicrobial uses of essential oils in food: is citrus the answer?
Katie Fisher, Carol Phillips
Trends in Food Science & Technology Volume 19, Issue 3, March 2008,

A comparison of chemical, antioxidant and antimicrobial studies of cinnamon leaf and bark volatileoils, oleoresins and their constituents.
Gurdip Singha, Sumitra Mauryaa, 1, M.P. deLampasonab, Cesar A.N. Catalanb
Food and Chemical Toxicology Volume 45, Issue 9, September 2007,