4 Essential Oils you need in your kitchen

Most cleaning products that are used to clean kitchens contain harsh chemicals and toxins that are not safe for our skin or food.  Essential oils are an easy and safe alternative to harsh cleaning chemicals and can be used throughout your kitchen to clean, disinfect, help fight odours and to even clean your pots and pans.

Often people think of using essential oils in their diffuser, bathroom or for personal use, but there are endless ways to use essential oils in your kitchen. There is no better time to use them for the first time than during the holiday season when kitchens get more ware and tear than they do at other times of the year.

To start your essential oil kitchen apothecary we put together our top 4 essential oils to use in your kitchen this holiday season.


Sweet Orange Essential Oil:   A favourite essential oil for quickly and efficiently removing grease and grime from pots and pans.  

How to use: To clean your dishes the natural way simply add 15 – 20 drops to your pots and pans and add a thin layer of warm water to the dishes. Allow the dishes to sit for a approximately 5 minutes or as long as you can spare and and then wash away the grease and dirt.

Lemon Essential Oil: The essential oil extracted from lemon skin has natural antiseptic properties and often a synthetic reproduction of this oil is added to chemical containing kitchen products to create the ultra-fresh ‘lemon fresh’ aroma of we associate to cleaning.

How to use : To keep your fridge smelling fresh this holiday simply add 30 drops of Lemon Essential Oil to 1 Cup of baking soda and store in an open tin of jar in your fridge. Using real essential oil of lemon you can accomplish a completely lemony fresh kitchen without the chemicals.


Tea Tree Essential Oil: Disinfect chopping surfaces and your kitchen sink as well as kitchen faucet completely naturally.   

How to use: To create your own countertop disinfectant spray add 30 drops of Tea Tree (Spruce is a great alternative) to 20 drops of Grapefruit and 1 TBSP of white vinegar to 2 cups of water in a spray bottle.  Kitchen faucets and sinks can be some of the dirtiest and most germ populated areas of a house, so cleaning them the natural way is great alternative.

Grapefruit Essential Oil: Grapefruit oil has antimicrobial effects that help reduce or eliminate bacteria.

How to use: Keep your trash can smelling fresh this holiday by adding 20-30 drops of essential oil to 1/2 a cup of baking soda. Sprinkle this in the bottom of your trash can and add the trash bag as your regularly would.  The baking soda helps to absorb odours and the grapefruit kills bacteria and keeps the can smelling fresh.


Our intention in putting this selection together was that hope that it will help you to both pair down the number of products under your kitchen sink as well as simplify your cleaning rituals in a completely natural way.


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Sara Panton
Sara Panton

I created VITRUVI with my brother Sean and for the past three years we've spent a significant portion of everyday surrounded by things that smell pretty awesome. Most of my posts are written late in the evening from my bathtub after working long hours with the crazy awesome team at VITRUVI. Also... you can always find Geranium essential oil and Balance Roll on in my bag :)

  1. These are great! I’ve started using baking soda as a natural cleaner and will be adding some essential oils to the mix. Can’t wait for my kitchen to smell beautiful!

    1. So excited to hear Jenna! Let us know what your favourite essential oils are for cleaning. Ours are Spruce, Peppermint and Lemongrass 🙂

  2. Hi Sara, can I put oils like geranium and lemongrass in food? Are they ok for consumption in very small quantities?

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