How To Freshen Your Home With Eucalyptus

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This is one of mother nature’s most powerful disinfectants, what better option to clean with!

BottleHere are a few different homemade cleaners I have on file that incorporate Eucalyptus oil and can be used to freshen your home.

For Floors:

  • Add 1 tablespoon of liquid castile soap to 1 gallon of hot water and 1/3 cup Borax. Mix in 1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp of oil.

All Purpose:

  • Mix 1/2 cup vinegar with 1 cup hot water, add 1/8 tsp liquid dish detergent (nothing with bleach), 6 drops oil. Pour into a spray bottle and shake before each use.

Soft Scrub:

  • Mix baking soda and liquid castile soap until you have a smooth paste (some water can be added), stir in a few drops of the oil. Take a damp sponge, dab into the paste and use to scrub over stained areas. Wipe off with a damp, clean cloth.

Kitchen Countertops:

  • Fill a small spray bottle with lukewarm water and add 3 drops oil (ratio is about 1 drop oil to 4 ounces water). Shake. Use on freshly washed surfaces as a fragrant rinse. Store away from sunlight.

For Linens:

1/2 cup Distilled Water
1/2 cup Vodka
10 drops oil

  • Mix ingredients and pour into a spray bottle. Shake before use.

For Carpet & Upholstery:

2 cups Distilled Water
20 drops Oil

  • Mix and pour into a spray bottle. Shake before each use. Can be used as an air freshener, a carpet or upholstery spray. Test a small area first for fabric discoloration and do not use on wood surfaces.

Garbage Pail Deodorizer:

  • Mix 4 teaspoons oil with 4 cups of baking soda. Store in an airtight plastic container. After cleaning garbage can, sprinkle a handful of baking soda mixture on the bottom (once dry).

Tub Scrub:

1 cup Baking Soda
15 drops oil

  • Mix the baking soda and oil well then scrub onto bathroom tub and sink with a damp sponge. Leave sit for a bit before rinsing off with clear warm water.

More ideas:

Add Eucalyptus oil to your homemade laundry detergents and fabric softeners to add an extra level of disinfectant cleaning.

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Published: April 20, 2009

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12 Comments to “How To Freshen Your Home With Eucalyptus”
  1. nexeida says:

    love , love your page love it

  2. Sarah says:

    I’m sure this has been asked before, but where in the grocery store do you find eucalyptus oil?? With the laundry?? Cleaning?? Baking??

    • TipNut says:

      I’ve never seen them at local groceries or department stores here (small city Canada), but I do get mine at a bulk food/health store locally.

  3. Faith says:

    another use for eucalyptus is to keep fleas away they hate it. you can make a natural flea collar for your pets by adding the oil to a cloth and tie around their neck.

  4. kel says:

    Eucalyptus, a smidge of lemon balm, dash of peppermint distilled water and just enough rubbing alcohol to hold it in suspension = bug spray

    Eucalyptus is the most effective against mosquitos and unlike citronella, not yummy to bears

    with bergamot, lemon grass, geranium etc… it starts to smell all girly, this can be great on a date at a play in the park…

  5. Bob Biga says:

    I save my dryer sheets to clean my glass sliding shower doors. While the glass is still wet wipe the glass with several used sheets. Glass will be very soapy just use a squeegy and viola no more soap scum.

  6. Susan says:

    It seems bad to me to use any kind of oil on fabric, like for the a carpet or upholstery wouldn’t it make the carpet sticky?
    Would the dryer sheets work on a fiberglass shower stall too?

  7. Carol says:

    Where can I find “castile soap”? I’ve never seen it in my local grocery store. Is “castile” a brand name or name of soap?

  8. LuAnn says:

    I clicked in here because it was stated even a section how to use this E oil to clean the toilet. It was not there. Anyone know the recipe?

    • Tipnut says:

      Hi LuAnn, is it the peppermint cleaners article you’re thinking of? That one has a recipe for toilets. You’ll find that page here. You can substitute the peppermint EO for eucalyptus if you like.

  9. Laurie says:

    Eucalyptus is very toxic for cats. Never use ON or NEAR cats. Make a VERY dilute solution of just a VERY few drops eucalyptus essential oil with a LOT of water (like a quart), and only spray it in places where you cat will not get it on fur or paws.

  10. candy says:

    A lot of pests do not like the smell of eucalyptus. Mice, ants, and roaches to name a few. I soak cotton balls in eucalyptus oil and toss them in the corners of my cabinets, to keep pests away. Never seen a pest in my kitchen or bathroom. So it works for me.


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