Spring is here!

Spring is here, and we’re been happily enjoying some warm afternoons and extra hours of sunlight. Like many of you, we’ve also been busy tidying up the garage, tackling home organization projects and working through spring-cleaning tasks.

Lately, we’ve been using a lot of eucalyptus to clean.

It’s a multipurpose oil with a clean, crisp scent, and it packs some great disinfectant and anti-microbial powers. Our Cleaning Essentials Aussie Blend, which includes eucalyptus, tea tree and a bit of lime, has been a great addition for our kitchen tile sprays and reusable wet wipes.

We were curious how others put eucalyptus to use,

so we clicked around the web for other ideas. Here are five that really stood out:

  1. The folks at Rodale’s Organic Life use eucalyptus to fight household mold issues and freshen things up. For an extra-clean punch, they recommend combining eucalyptus oil with vinegar.

  1. Over at Little House Living, there’s a recipe for a DIY fly spray that mixes eucalyptus essential oil, vinegar and dish soap. They’ve been using the creative blend to keep pests away from a few Nubian milk goats and pygmy goats.

  1. Sustainable Baby Steps has a delightfully simple suggestion for making garbage cans less stinky. Just sprinkle a few drops of eucalyptus oil in the bottom of the container. Once it’s dry, replace the trash bag and carry on as usual. The fresh scent of eucalyptus has some staying power, and counterbalances offensive odors.


  1. DIY Natural does something similar, but applies the idea to freshening up the household carpets. To create a basic air freshener, mix three or four drops of eucalyptus oil into one cup of baking soda. Sprinkle a little over the carpets before you vacuum to activate the fresh fragrance.

  1. My Merry Messy Life shared this recipe for a non-toxic toilet bowl cleaner that uses liquid castile soap, baking soda, water and eucalyptus oil. Click on the link for the measurements – then pour the ingredients into a large bottle, shake things up to mix, and then squirt and scrub just like you would with a traditional cleaning solution.

We’d love to hear what works for you.

Any suggestions on eucalyptus mixes that are keeping your house clean? Let us know in the comments below!

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