The Best Herbs for Cleaning

From treating seasonal colds and sore throat to spicing up a recipe, there are many reasons to reach out for these lovely green plants.

We are familiar with the many benefits of herbs on human health and their numerous applications in our daily life. These healthy plants have been praised since ancient time for their healing properties and rich flavor.

From treating seasonal colds and sore throat to spicing up a recipe, there are many reasons to reach out for these lovely green plants. Surprisingly, herbs not only work great in your morning tea or home remedies, but they also make safe and effective domestic cleaners.

Many of the conventional cleaning products on the market impose potential risk to your health.  There is a wide variety of natural ingredients that can help you keep your home clean and sanitized without the strong chemicals. It turns out that some herbs have potent disinfectant qualities, especially when combined with other eco-friendly products. With just a few ingredients you can make safer and cheaper “green” cleaners.

  • Distilled white vinegar contains acetic acid that has with antifungal and antimicrobial properties and. In addition, vinegar can also remove mineral deposits from the bathtub fixtures, the sink and the cookware.
  • All-natural castile soap contains olive oils and not only washes away the dirt from your body, but also from your household surfaces.
  • Lemon juice works just like vinegar. The citric acid kills the germs on your cutting boards or countertops. Mix it with some baking to dissolve dirt and grease or to get rid of pesky odours.

Among the most effective herbs for cleaning are basil, peppermint, coriander, ginger, hyssop, lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, sage, oregano, spearmint, thyme, clove, cardamom and bay. These plants possess multiple antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic qualities. Simply adding a bit of herbs will boost the power of your homemade cleaning products and will give them delightful fragrance. Here are some recipes to get you started.

Spearmint scrubber

This chlorine-free paste is ideal for countertops, cookware, porcelain sinks and tubs. If you don’t have spearmint at the moment, you can replace it with lemon or lemon verbena essential oils.


  • 1 tablespoon liquid castile soap
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 10 to 12 drops of spearmint essential oil
  • warm water


In a small, dark jar, mix all the ingredients and add enough water to make a thick, but pourable paste. Stir well before you apply it. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then scrub with a sponge. Use warm water to rinse off the residue.

Bathroom Cleaner

Disinfect the bathroom surfaces with a fragrant and eco-friendly spray.  With its antiviral and antifungal powers, tea tree helps fight the mildew. The same goes for lavender and hyssop.


  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ½ cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons liquid castile soap
  • 8 to 10 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 8 to 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 8 to 10 drops hyssop essential oil


Combine all the ingredients in a dark jar. Pour a small amount in a spray bottle and use when needed.

Grout Cleaner

This all-natural paste will remove the mildew without the harsh fumes.


  • 10 drops tea tree oil
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • water

Mix the baking soda and the tea tree oil in a dark glass jar with enough water to form a thick paste. Apply the paste where needed and way an hour or two. Then scrub with a stiff nylon brush and rinse with water.

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