When it comes to essential oils, what you probably think about most is aromatherapy. Even if you’re a newbie to essential oils, there are still a lot of amazing applications for essential oils that are worth knowing about! Here are 5 ways that you can clean your home with essential oils -it may surprise you!

Disinfect surfaces with lavender oil

Lavender is more than smells great and looks lovely—the purple plant has natural antibacterial properties, too. From the kitchen to the bathroom, you can use lavender essential oil to disinfect any questionable surfaces in your home, with an added bonus: It’ll leave your apartment with a fresh floral scent. Try almost-filling a spray bottle with water and adding about 10 drops of lavender oil. Shake the mixture (since oil and water separate) and spritz it around, letting it disinfect while it dries.

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Degrease your kitchen with lemon oil

Lemon essential oil is actually an effective natural degreaser, so you can use it to clean any greasy grossness in your kitchen, like oily dishes and that pesky film on your stovetop. Mix one cup water with one cup vinegar in a spray bottle and add 10 drops of lemon oil for an easy, green cleaning spray. For stubborn stuck-on food on your stovetop, sprinkle baking soda on the affected areas, then spray with the mixture until it fizzes and wipe clean.

Clean brushes with eucalyptus oil

Can you remember the last time you actually disinfected your hair tools? If not, you can clean your combs and hairbrushes easily with eucalyptus oil. Combine one and a half cups of water, a half cup of distilled white vinegar, and 20 drops of eucalyptus oil (you can also use tea tree oil or lavender oil) in a container, then allow your combs and brushes to soak for 20 minutes. Once they’ve soaked, rinse them off thoroughly and let them air dry.

Fight roaches with peppermint oil

Found a roach in your apartment? Good news—peppermint oil is an easy, natural way to keep them away. You can spray a peppermint oil mixture directly onto a roach to use it as an insecticide, otherwise, prevent them from returning by spraying a mixture of two parts water, one part white vinegar, and 10 drops of peppermint oil. You can also mix peppermint oil with soap, spray it around the exterior of your home to keep them from getting in.

Remove gum with orange oil

If you’ve ever accidentally gotten chewing gum stuck to your clothes or any other surface in your home, you know how annoying it is to remove. Orange oil is great at handling sticky situations, so apply it to the affected area with a cotton ball to loosen it up, then launder fabrics it’s come in contact with.