Are essential oils really better than chemical cleaners?
A study in the journal Molecules explains that these plant essences are widely accepted for their antimicrobial qualities, and have been for a long time. Essential oils destroy microbes like bacteria and viruses with the compounds they contain – which include phenylpropanoids and terpenes, explains the Phytotherapy Research journal.
Essential oils offer a fantastic alternative to harmful chemical cleaners, as a study in the journal Support Care Cancer found that essential oils are safe for fighting certain microbes. Of course, like most researchers will say, more study is needed.
Which essential oils are best to kill viruses and bacteria?
All essential oils seem to have the compounds to fight microbes, that's part of the purpose they serve within the plant: to protect the plant. Nonetheless, some essential oils may work better than others in regard to using them within your home to kill and prevent bacteria and viruses in the air and on surfaces. Citrus essential oils have benefits of killing food-borne bacteria. The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy recommends using eucalyptus, lemon, lemongrass and tea tree essential oils as natural antivirals and tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) to fight bacteria.
Other suggestions for essential oils include within DIY home cleaning products include: oregano, thyme, cinnamon, melissa and hyssop as strong virus fighters. Many studies have shown that additional essential oils fight viruses, bacteria and fungal infections. For instance, peppermint, lavender or clove oils.
How do I use essential oils to disinfect the home?
Simply add a few drops of essential oils to a spray bottle filled with water to create a simple, effective and natural cleaner. You can use this to clean countertops, sinks and other areas in the bathroom, kitchen and throughout the home. They also work great at cleaning and purifying the air to eliminate odors. How simple is that?
Try this Citrus Splash Surface Cleaner recipe... you'll love it!