8 DIY Recipes for Cleaning with Lemon Essential Oil {plus a free printable}

I do not like cleaning, but I love a clean house.

So the easier the cleaning is, the better.

And these 8 DIY recipes make cleaning very easy!

The lemon essential oil, vinegar, and other natural ingredients do most of the work for me.  Love that!

And it’s so easy to make these cleaning supplies.  They’re made from things you probably already have in your kitchen.

I love that because there’s no stress if I run out of a cleaner.  I simply whip up another batch in about a minute.

 

8 super simple (and effective) DIY recipes for cleaning with lemon essential oil (mold & mildew, soft scrub, daily shower spray, window & mirror cleaner, dusting spray, wood polish, all-purpose cleaner, and wood floor cleaner) PLUS a free PRINTABLE with all the recipes! #essentialoils #essentialoilrecipes #essentialoilcleaning #naturalcleaning #naturalDIY #essentialoilDIY #DIYcleaning

 

8 DIY Cleaning Recipes Using Lemon Essential Oil

  • Mold & Mildew
  • Soft Scrub
  • Daily Shower Spray
  • Wood Floor Cleaner
  • Dusting Spray
  • Wood Polish
  • All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Mirror & Window

 

Here’s all you’ll need to make all 8 of these all-natural, non-toxic cleaners.

You probably have most (if not all) of this already in your kitchen:

  • spray bottles — glass or certain types of plastic (PET and HDPE) work great
  • white vinegar
  • baking soda
  • unscented liquid Castile soap
  • olive oil
  • rubbing alcohol
  • cornstarch
  • lemon essential oil
  • melaleuca essential oil
  • microfiber cloth
  • jar

 

Mold & Mildew Cleaner

To make: to a spray bottle add 1 cup white vinegar, 15 drops lemon essential oil, and 15 drops melaleuca essential oil.

To use: shake to combine, spray on surface to be cleaned, wipe with microfiber cloth, spray again with cleaner and allow to air dry.

 

Soft Scrub

To make: to a glass bowl add 3 Tbsp. unscented liquid Castile soap, 1 cup baking soda, and 15 drops lemon essential oil.

To use: mix together into a paste, take a small amount on a damp microfiber cloth, and scrub the surface. If the stains are really tough, let the mixture sit for a few minutes. Store the remaining soft scrub mixture in a jar

 

Daily Shower Spray

To make: to a spray bottle add 2 cups distilled water, 2 Tbsp. unscented liquid Castile soap, and 10 drops lemon essential oil and 15 drops melaleuca essential oil.

To use: shake to combine, spray it on shower doors and tile every day after you shower and you should have to clean a whole lot less often.

 

Wood Floor Cleaner

To make: to a spray bottle add 2 cups distilled water, 2 Tbsp. white vinegar, and 10 drops lemon essential oil.

To use: shake to combine, squirt a little on the floor, and mop up with a damp mop

 

Dusting Spray

To make: to a spray bottle add 1 cup distilled water, ¼ cup white vinegar,

2 Tbsp. olive oil, and 15 drops lemon essential oil,.

To use: shake to combine, spray on surface to be cleaned, wipe clean with microfiber cloth

 

Wood Polish

To make: to a spray bottle add ¼ cup white vinegar, ¼ cup olive oil, and 10 drops lemon essential oil.

To use: shake to combine, apply to a microfiber cloth, and wipe wood surface clean. Repeat every 2-3 months or as often as needed.

 

All-Purpose Cleaner (great for counters)

To make: to a spray bottle add ¼ cup white vinegar, 1 ½ cups distilled water, and 25 drops lemon essential oil.

To use: shake to combine, spray on surface, and wipe clean

 

Mirror & Window Cleaner

To make: to a spray bottle add ½ cup white vinegar, ½ cup rubbing alcohol, 1Tbsp cornstarch, and 10 drops lemon essential oil.

To use: shake and spray on windows, mirror, or glass. Wipe clean with a lint-free cloth.

 

I use these cleaners almost every day and after years of use, I’ve memorized the recipes.  But if you want to keep these recipes handy to easily whip up a batch whenever you need it, then please bookmark this page and/or print out the handy free PRINTABLES below.  click here to get free 2-page printable of all 8 DIY Recipes for Cleaning Using Lemon Essential Oil

8 super simple (and effective) DIY recipes for cleaning with lemon essential oil (mold & mildew, soft scrub, daily shower spray, window & mirror cleaner, dusting spray, wood polish, all-purpose cleaner, and wood floor cleaner) PLUS a free PRINTABLE with all the recipes! #essentialoils #essentialoilrecipes #essentialoilcleaning #naturalcleaning #naturalDIY #essentialoilDIY #DIYcleaning lemon printable page 1 .

 

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8 super simple (and effective) DIY recipes for cleaning with lemon essential oil (mold & mildew, soft scrub, daily shower spray, window & mirror cleaner, dusting spray, wood polish, all-purpose cleaner, and wood floor cleaner) PLUS a free PRINTABLE with all the recipes! #essentialoils #essentialoilrecipes #essentialoilcleaning #naturalcleaning #naturalDIY #essentialoilDIY #DIYcleaning

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Very cool!! Thank you so much for the recipes. Have ‘liked’ your facebook page as well!

Thanks, Tammy! I appreciate the kind note (and the facebook like as well)! – Sarah

Thanks for the recipes I will make them and enjoy and share them with others.

Hi, it sounds very promising! I am going to try! Have a question. Can I use lemon juice (fresh made) instead of essential oil? If yes, how much? Thanks

Hi, Liza. I wouldn’t substitute lemon juice for the lemon essential oil. The essential oil comes from the peel of the lemon (and not the juice). But one thing you could do for the recipes that use vinegar is make you own lemon-peel infused vinegar and use that in place of both the vinegar and lemon essential oil. It’s very simple to make, but it does take a little time. Fill a clean glass jar (like a mason jar) with lemon peels (or you can use orange peels if you have those) and cover the peels with vinegar. Cover the jar tightly and let it sit for 2-3 weeks. The essential oils from the rinds will infuse the vinegar. Hope that helps a little. – Sarah

I love cleaning my house with natural cleaners! Those receipts are more than helpful. I will try them for sure!

Your recipes refer to a glass spray bottle. What size?

Hi, Deidre. I usually use 16 oz spray bottles, but any spray bottle that’s at least 9 ounces will work. Recycled glass beverage containers (like Perrier bottles) work great as do glass apple cider vinegar bottles. – Sarah

Will the daily shower spray make the shower floor slippery?

Hi, Pam.
It has never made my shower floors slippery. I believe that’s because of the Castile soap in the recipe cuts through the any slipperiness that would have been caused if the essential oils were used alone. But it might be good idea to make a small batch and check with your shower though, as the floors of our showers might be different. (my shower walls are tiled but the floors are a molded plastic with nubby bumps built in to help prevent slipping.) Definitely don’t want any chance of a fall in the shower.
Sarah

Hi Sarah,
Your blog is by far, the best I’ve ever read. You have a great way of making things simple and clear. Your instructions are clear & right-to-the-point. You really have made my life easier. I am telling every one about this community (which makes me feel like family), and I am ordering products from your reccomendations. Whatever I need to order, I’m looking here for the link to be sure you get the credit. Thank you, and please keep up the great work! ? PS, I love that you answer our questions!

Wow! Thank you, Nancy. I’m so happy that I’ve been able to help. I still have A LOT to learn, but I’m having tons of fun along the way. Very thankful to have great people like you with me for this journey! – Sarah

The glass cleaner is great. I have copd and this is the first glass cleaner that I have ever used in all my years that did not make me cough. no streaking and glass is super clean. I could not believe it. thank you so much.

So happy to hear it worked well for you too. I love this glass cleaner. Best I’ve ever used! The cornstarch really makes a big difference- so clean and no streaks, just like you said. – Sarah

Just made the glass cleaner today – it took my breath away after using it! I couldn’t believe how well it worked! So much better even than Windex!! Thank you!!!

I can’t wait to try the all purpose cleaner however you specify a glass spray bottle. Is it possible to use a plastic spray bottle or does that change the chemistry? Thanks for the info, recipes and free printables!

Hi, Kay.
Thanks for the question and kind words!
I try to use glass with essential oils, when possible. But it’s also considered safe to use a couple kinds of plastic (#1 PET and #2 HDPE) with diluted essential oils. I use plastic (#1 PET or #2 HDPE) for jars and bottles around the tub, shower, pool, things kids will use, things I take into parks and beach and other places where glass is not allowed.
Sarah

Can you make lemon essential oil for cleaning instead of buying it? If so how do you do it?

Hi Melissa,
You can make your own lemon essential oil, but it takes a lot of work and expense. Lemon essential oil is one of the least expensive essential oils (it only costs about 2-4 cents per drop), so I just buy it.
However, if you have extra lemon rinds (or orange/other citrus rinds), you can easily and cheaply make an infused vinegar that’s great for cleaning. Simply put your peels in an airtight glass jar and cover the peels with white vinegar, put the cap on, and let the peels and vinegar sit for about 2 weeks. Voila, that’s it. You have a citrus-infused vinegar, that’s great for cleaning counters, wiping down sinks, degreasing stovetops/microwaves, and more.
Sarah

I would like a recipe for carpets. We have dogs and over the last 2 years had poodles that weren’t trained. Selling our house so every little bit of advice helps.

I love cleaning with natural products. I look forward to making and using these! I am wondering if you have a recipe for soap/detergent to be used in the dishwasher? Thanks!

Yes, I have a couple dishwasher detergent recipes that I love. One is a powder and the other is a tab (a little square that you just pop into the detergent dispenser with no measuring or scooping needed). Recipes should be posted on the blog in the next week or two. Please keep an eye out for them.

Love all these ideas! Wondering why you can’t put some of these cleaning products in plastic spray bottles? Thanks.

You can put diluted essential oils in certain types of plastic bottles. Look on the bottom of the bottles for either #1 (PET or PETE) or #2 HDPE. Those are the ones that are considered safe to use.

Sarah, I love all your cleaning Recepies I just SHARE them
On Facebook and On my Messenger I’m already cleaning my Ceramic Floors in the Ckitchen so easy I LOVE it
now I’m going to Clean The Cabinets THANK so
Blessing ??

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