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Best Essential Oils for Disinfecting and Cleaning

1. Cinnamon Essential Oil

Cinnamon essential oil has beautiful sweet and spicy aroma that can be used for deodorizing and purifying air at home. Natural cinnamon essence is a better alternative to the scented candles that have been a topic of concern for quite some time now.

Cinnamon essential oil is not only known for its pleasing scent but for its powerful antibacterial mechanisms as well. The rise of drug-resistant bacteria has forced the medicine to start exploring and embracing the antibacterial activity of cinnamon essential oil.

According to the recent 2018 study published in the Microbial Pathogenesis, cinnamon essential oil and its two constituents called cinnamaldehyde and cinnamic acid successfully inhibit bacteria by damaging their cell membrane.

Once the membrane is destroyed, all cell processes and motility of given microbe are altered. Using cinnamon essential oil in your daily cleaning routine will help you kill those stubborn, disease-causing germs.


  1. Diffuse cinnamon essential oil into the air. Dispersed particles of essence will help you deodorize the air and help you fight the common cold and flu.

  2. Mix 3-4 drops of cinnamon essential oil in 1 gallon of water. Use this solution to clean the hard surfaces of your kitchen and bathroom (tiles, floors, sinks etc.)

  3. Cinnamon essential oil mixes well with ylang-ylang, sweet orange, and peppermint essential oils.

2. Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree essential oil is a staple cleaning product in many households. Due to its purifying properties, melaleuca oil can be found as an ingredient in many skincare products and shampoos. It cleanses the skin and purifies the air.

Research published in the Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics showed that tea tree oil in combination with eucalyptus essential oil was successful at fighting staph infection and E. coli. Both essential oils caused the microbes to leak their vital fluids.

A number of medical studies point to the powerful antibacterial and antiviral qualities of tea tree oil. This essential oil can be used as a household cleaner and as a treatment for various infections, from athlete’s foot to cold sores and warts.


  1. Add 1-2 drops of tea tree oil to a teaspoon of coconut oil or raw honey. Use this balm to disinfect and treat the affected areas on your skin.

  2. Diffuse few drops of tea tree oil to purify and sanitize the air in your home.

  3. Tea tree oil blends well with lemon, lavender, and ylang-ylang essential oils.

  4. Clean any hard surfaces in your home with this all-purpose tea tree oil cleaner.

All-Purpose Tea Tree Oil Cleaner


  • 3 cups of water

  • ½ cup of apple cider vinegar

  • 10 drops of tea tree essential oil


  • Add all ingredients to a spray bottle and shake well.

  • Use this cleaner on floors, sinks, and countertops.

Try disinfecting your toilet with a homemade toilet bowel scrub.

Toilet Bowel Scrub:


  • 1 cup vinegar

  • ½ cup baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon tea tree essential oil


  • Mix vinegar and essential oil in a glass spray bottle.

  • Spray the inside and the outside of your toilet with the solution. Let it sit for a couple of minutes.

  • Evenly distribute baking soda on the surface and start scrubbing it with a toilet brush.

  • Use a dry or damp cloth to wipe down the toilet seat.

3. Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano essential oil is packed with bactericidal phenols that can help you improve your cleaning routine. You can feel free to substitute your store-bought bathroom chemical cleaners with oregano essential oil. The potent essence of oregano is strong enough to inhibit E. coli and bacterium called Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This germ is mostly found in hot tubs, pools and other standing water as well as on the objects that are regularly exposed to moisture.

Oregano essential oil can disinfect and refresh the nooks and crannies of your bathroom and your kitchen. Antiseptic nature of oregano will help you keep harmful E. coli out of the kitchen.


  1. Diffuse oregano essential oil into the air. Dispersed oregano essence will help you refresh your home and fight the symptoms of seasonal respiratory illnesses.

  2. Oregano mixes well with other antiseptic essential oils especially tea tree, rosemary, and lavender essential oils.

  3. Disinfect your bathroom and kitchen with this all-purpose oregano oil cleaner.

All-Purpose Oregano Essential Oil Cleaner


  • 2 cups of water

  • 2 teaspoons of castile soap

  • 20-30 drops of oregano essential oil


  • Mix all ingredients in a glass spray bottle.

  • Feel free to substitute oregano essential oil with a mix of different essential oils.

  • Use this solution to clean your shower, kitchen countertop, and trash cans.

  • Keep the cleaner in cool, dark place.

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