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5 Ways to Use Lemon Essential Oil for Cleaning


There are so many reasons to adore organic lemon essential oil. Its slightly sugary, yet sour citrus aroma is easy to recognize. It is uplifting and energizing. Best of all, it is an easy, cost-effective way to clean around the house, office, garage, and more.

Why We Love This Oil

  • Bright, sugary citrus scent that is slightly sour and reminiscent of cutting into a fresh lemon
  • Packed with up to 76% (+)-Limonene for great cleaning power
  • Easy to use and blend
  • Gentle on the budget

Half ounce glass amber bottle of lemon essential oil for spring cleaning

Tips and Recipes for Easy Cleaning

1. Greasy Messes in the Kitchen

Yep, lemon helps cut through grease! It can be added to surface cleaners for the stove and counter, dish washing soap, or scouring scrubs for oven and glass stove top cleaning.

Lemon Spray for Grease Recipe


  1. Add lemon essential oil and Castille soap to a 3 oz. bottle of lemon thyme hydrosol with a mister (our 3 oz. size already comes with a mister!).
  2. Shake well and use as needed.

2. Sticky Residues

In addition to greasy messes, lemon essential oil breaks down sticky residues and adhesives. It is great for removing stickers and labels!  Recipe can be increased for larger surfaces.

Lemon Sticky Residue Remover Recipe

  1. Combine carrier oil, baking soda, and lemon essential oil.
  2. Apply to sticky area and let sit for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Scrape, clean, and repeat if needed.  

Amber glass mister bottle with lemon spray and lemon essential oil on counter for cleaning

3. Wood Furniture Polish

Lemon is a go-to ingredient for DIY wood polishes. Try our natural lemon furniture polish recipe.

4. Bathroom Cleaning

Another great place for using lemon essential oil is the bathroom. It can be added to surface sprays and tile scrubs, leaving a refreshing, clean scent in your space. Try using them in a DIY toilet bomb for quick, mess-free cleaning.

5. Four Thieves® Oil Blend

Lemon is a classic ingredient in the Four Thieves® Oil Blend, which can be properly diluted in hand soaps, surface cleaners, and diffusers to freshen your space. Find our Mountain Rose Herbs version in the aromatherapy section of our blog.


Glass bottles with organic lemon essential oil with fresh lemon wedges

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Topics: Aromatherapy, Green Living


Written by Christine on April 5, 2018

As Products Manager, Christine Rice has been working with the botanical goodies at Mountain Rose Herbs for over 14 years. With a Certificate in Aromatherapy from The American College of Healthcare Sciences, she works closely with the essential oils and hydrosols that we offer. She connects with the aromatherapy industry through our National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy business membership and contributes on working committees with The American Herbal Products Association. In addition to her love for aromatics and blending essential oils, Christine can be found gardening and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She enjoys canning and preserving food, knitting when she has time, and keeps busy with her energetic daughter.

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