How to use Natural, Non-Toxic Lemon Oil for Cleaning

Lemon Essential Oil
(Citrus Limon)

Lemon essential oil is one of the most versatile essential oils you can use. Not only for cleaning but to help to improve your digestion, boost your immune system, and even improve your mood. And unlike many cleaning products, Lemon essential oil is completely non-toxic. Lemon essential oils are derived from the fruit’s rind and have excellent cleaning and polishing properties. Lemon oil cleaning products have been around for years but are often mixed with toxic chemicals. Knowing how to clean with lemon essential oil can be a game-changer, especially if you suffer from respiratory problems or have small children or pets in the home.
While lemon essential oil has been used for centuries for its antiseptic-like properties, You must not use it on skin exposed to direct or UV sunlight.
You can use lemon essential oils of a therapeutic grade in many ways around the home for cleaning and using in recipes for the body as a natural alternative to harsher products.
Using lemon essential oils for cleaning is an excellent alternative to those harsher products, which may ruin some surfaces and appliances.

Limonene is the active chemical component in lemon essential oil. Limonene has strong antimicrobial actions, which kill microorganisms by stopping their growth. These fantastic properties make lemon oil cleaning perfect for eco-friendly cleaning.

Cleaning with lemon oil makes even the most challenging jobs slightly easier as you breathe in the fresh lemony smell instead of harsh chemicals like bleach. Here are some fantastic uses for essential lemon oil around the home

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Lemon essential oil all-purpose cleaner recipe

For cleaning surfaces:

✔️ Add several drops of lemon essential oil into a spray bottle

✔️ With approximately 1 oz of distilled water

✔️ And use as a general-purpose cleaner in the kitchen or bathroom with a microfiber cloth.

How to clean your home with lemon oil

  1. Air freshener

    Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to a cotton ball or pad and place them in your car vent, air conditioner vents, or vacuum bag to freshen the air. This powerful oil is great at removing unpleasant odors.

  2. Air purifier

    Diffuse a few drops of lemon essential oil into the room to neutralize any stale lingering odors.

  3. Grease spots, crayons, and oil

    Rub the area with a cotton pad moistened with a couple of drops of Lemon essential oil until the grease stain disappears. Be sure to test on an inconspicuous area first.

  4. Kitchen Surfaces

    To sterilize countertops, spritz with water, which has 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil added to it, allow a few minutes to activate, then wipe the surfaces from back to front and from left to right.

  5. Dishcloths

    To kill germs on your sponges and dishcloths, add a few drops of Lemon essential oil to a sink of water and soak your cloths and sponges overnight.

  6. Cleaning wood

    Natural wood loves lemon oil. How to make lemon oil for cleaning wood:✔️ Mix a few drops of Lemon oil with some Olive oil and apply sparingly to the wood using a soft duster. To feed and maintain wood surfaces, allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes, then buff the surface to shine.

  7. Stains on surfaces

    Mix a few drops of Lemon essential oil with some baking soda and use as a poultice on granite stains.

  8. Dishwashing

    Add a few drops of Lemon essential oil to the final rinse when washing dishes by hand to give a extra sparkly shine to glasses and crockery.

  9. Stainless steel

    Using Lemon oil for cleaning stainless steel can help restore dull kitchen appliances like fridges and cookers and help dissolve burnt-on grease around cooker knobs. Add a few drops to a soft cloth and buff the stainless steel to a deep shine. The lemon essential oil works wonders for shining faucets and for removing water stains on stainless steel sinks too.

  10. Cleaning grease from kitchen cabinets

    Add a small amount of Lemon oil directly onto the residue to dissolve the grease.

  11. Removing labels

    Apply a few drops to the label with a cotton pad and allow to soak for a few minutes. You should find that the Lemon oil dissolves the glue, and the label should slide right off. If there is any residue left, repeat the process.

  12. Laundry

    Add a few drops to a wooden dryer ball and add to your drier load to help combat any nasty odors and keep your clothes smelling lemony clean.

  13. Lemon oil for cleaning bathrooms

    Mix a few drops of lemon oil with some Bicarbonate Of Soda to form a paste and clean any stubborn marks.

  14. Dishwasher

    Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to your dishwasher floor to remove odors, give a great sparkle, and to help to remove greasy build-up in your machine.

  15. Floor cleaning

    use a 50/50 vinegar and water solution with several drops of Lemon Essential oil to wash the floors for a streak-free finish.

  16. To clean fruit and vegetables.

    To clean and extend the life of fresh fruit and veg, place the cleaned fruit and veg in a bowl of cool water with 2-3 drops of Lemon essential oil and stir well, then remove and allow to dry.

  17. Sore feet

    Rub a few drops of lemon essential oil into the feet for a luxurious massage.

  18. Body care

    Mix a few drops of Lemon essential oil in a carrier oil such as Almond oil and massage into dry skin.

  19. Haircare

    Lemon is known for its clean, citrus scent and antiseptic properties. If you have greasy hair or are prone to a dry scalp, Lemon essential oil benefits for hair is that it is good for balancing oils and preventing infections. It helps cleanse the scalp and keep dandruff at bay.

  20. Lemonade

    Mix 2 tablespoons of honey with 2 drops of therapeutic-grade lemon essential oil into 2 cups of water, and blend.

Read this post: how I clean my client’s greasy kitchen cabinets using lemon oil.

Read more about How To Remove Ugly Stains On Granite in this post.

What is the best Lemon essential oil for cleaning?

Knowing where to buy lemon oil for cleaning can be confusing as you don’t want to ruin your surfaces or clothes if you use the oils for laundry.
If you doubt, it’s probably best to stick to a therapeutic-grade oil. That being said, I use a basic Lemon essential oil like this one for cleaning around the home, and when choosing oils to use orally, essential oils with a therapeutic grade like this one should always be used.

What is a good lemon essential oil kitchen cleaner recipe?

The lemon essential oil has a fresh aroma, making a fantastic homemade kitchen cleaner. The oil is a mild abrasive and cleaner, as well as an antiseptic to help disinfect your kitchen without using harsh chemicals. Use this DIY lemon cleaner recipe to keep your kitchen fresh and clean!
Mix 5-6 drops of lemon essential oil with vinegar and water 50/50 solution as a sparkly fresh kitchen surface cleaner.

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