Using Essential Oils to Clean & Freshen Your Kitchen

Essential oils can be used in the kitchen in a variety of ways –from cleaning and purifying to creating a mood. If your desire is to create a calm and soothing home, then setting the tone in the kitchen is the perfect place to start.

When diffusing essential oils in the kitchen, warming and grounding types are a great choice for inviting people in. Think of oils such as nutmeg, clove and cinnamon – especially during colder months – to bring a little spice to your space.

Lemon essential oil has a fresh, clean scent that's perfect for DIY natural cleaners.

Another great use for essential oils in the kitchen is to create your own simple cleaning solutions.  Suggested oils include:

Sweet Orange  Add a few drops to olive oil and you have a great way to polish and shine stainless steel appliances.

Tea Tree Makes the perfect addition to mop water for cleaning floors, or add to white vinegar for a simple countertop spray.

Lemon  Known to be used in a variety of cleaning products, lemon makes a wonderful addition in this recipe for creating a simple, eco-friendly furniture polish.

Furniture Oil

A natural and aromatic solution for dusting wooden furniture and floors.


4 ounces  jojoba oil
12 drops  lemon essential oil
4 drops  lemongrass essential oil
8 drops  sandalwood essential oil


Combine jojoba and essential oils in a spray bottle. Shake and apply lightly to wood surfaces or onto dusting cloth and wipe.

A note of caution: It’s always a good idea to keep your oils away from too much heat, so an ideal place for storage is a pantry or a cabinet/cupboard away from appliances. Keep your oils in a cool dark place, and they will serve you well not only in the kitchen, but throughout your home.

About Aura Cacia

Charlynn Avery is an aromatherapist and educator for Aura Cacia and Frontier Natural Products Co-op. Ms. Avery has spent her career practicing and teaching in the arena of holistic health and wellness as a licensed massage therapist and aromatherapist and currently holds additional certifications in holistic nutrition, thai massage, life coaching and hypnotherapy. In her work, she travels around the U.S. teaching about safe and effective essential oil use and is passionate about those powerful oils. Her life’s mission is to empower each individual to be in charge of their own health and healing. To get in touch, email Ms. Avery at

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