I hate to even risk speaking {writing} the words out loud, but the warm weather is making me feel like spring might actually be right around the corner. And for real this time. At lease I can hope. And in my house, along with the spring season comes a lot of spring cleaning as well. Cleaning out old clothes and closets really makes me feel ready for a fresh new season and having a clean a fresh house feels just as amazing. If you, like many others, share in this sentiment, then you might appreciate a different way to clean. Now a days, as we can all be a bit sensitive to what chemicals we might be exposing ourselves and families to, it is nice to have a few alternatives to the over-the-counter chemical cleaners that you can pick up at the super market. Did you know that essential oils can provide a great, all-natural way to clean? If you didn’t, get ready, because I’m about to cover three different essential oils that can assist in all your cleaning needs, keeping your house glistening and your family safe.

1. Lemon: Some of the over-the-counter cleaning supplies that you already own may be scented with lemon. It’s refreshing and strong, and the citrus scent gives you a true feeling of clean. But being pleasing to the ole’ nose isn’t the only thing that makes lemon a great option to use when cleaning. It’s a natural disinfectant, and also holds detoxifying properties. Adding a few drops of lemon essential oil to your laundry will leave your clothes feeling fresh and smelling wonderful. It will also prevent your washer from taking on that musty scent that sometimes makes its way into your laundry room. As a disinfectant, lemon is a great option for cleaning wood cutting boards, or even sponges and dish rags, without all the harsh chemicals. So, when life hands you lemons, use it to clean… or something like that.

2. Rosemary: This outstanding oil has natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties, so it’s another great option for cleaning. This recipe for homemade dish soap from hellonest.co is an all-natural and all powerful against fighting germs and bacteria:

Rosemary-Infused Dish Soap

Ingredients

 1 1/4 cups distilled or filtered water

 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary or 1 heaping Tablespoon dried rosemary

 2/3 cup liquid castile soap

 1 tablespoon pure aloe vera gel

 1 1/2 teaspoons super washing soda (optional)

 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin

 1 teaspoon olive oil

 20 drops rosemary essential oil

 5 drops tea tree oil

Instructions

1. Boil the water and pour over the dried herbs. Cover and let steep for several hours. Remove the rosemary from the water. Strain if using dried herbs.

2. Dissolve the super washing soda, if using, in the warm rosemary-infused water.

3. Add the castile soap, aloe, glycerin, olive oil, and essential oils.

4. Transfer to a glass bottle.

5. If washing soda was used, the soap will start to thicken as it cools, and even more so the next day. Otherwise, the liquid is fairly runny.

6. It’s pretty concentrated - a little goes a long way. Use as desired.

7. Make this in small batches because it won’t last forever.

3. Wild Orange: Much like lemon, this powerful little oil has that strong citrusy scent that perks up our nostrils and makes us think of “clean.” Similarly, it is also great at fighting grease in the same way as lemons are, so orange is a wonderful option for cleaning wood floors. Combining 1-2 gallons of hot water with a cup of white vinegar and 10 drops of orange essential oil will leave your floors sparkling and your home smelling as fresh as… well, as fresh as a freshly picked orange! These are just a few options of the ways that essential oils can provide you with cleaning products that will leave your house sparkling and smelling wonderful. And you can rest easy knowing that you aren’t exposing yourself or others to harsh chemicals that might be found in many other cleaning products. So, head on down to The Tea Tree this weekend, and get started on that spring cleaning!

You will feel so much better after you do!

Liz Hartmann is a DIY blogger and Home Stager from North Aurora. You can find more of her at ww.misslizdidit.com, www.misslizzystaging.com, and on social media at @misslizdidit