Creative Household Lemon Oil Uses

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This delightfully uplifting scented essential oil makes for some wonderful homemade household products. Come discover all of the lemon oil uses!

This delightfully uplifting scented essential oil makes for some wonderful homemade household products. Come discover all of the lemon oil uses!

Household Lemon Oil Uses

Lemon Oil is such a versatile and fresh smelling essential oil. Its powerful cleaning power makes so many wonderful household products that will not only keep your home clean but also smelling fresh and uplifting!

Have you bought some Lemon Essential Oil recently and ready to put it work? Here are some creative household lemon oil uses that you need to try!

All Purpose Lemon Oil Uses

In our house, our favorite use for lemon essential oil is for a simple “goo remover”. We just place a bit of oil on a rag and wipe at the sticky substance until it goes away. It works wonderfully for stickers and other stuck-on goo.

Lemon Oil Uses

Lemon All-Purpose Cleaner

Can’t get enough lemon scent? Make your own All Purpose Lemon Oil Cleaner with this easy recipe. Use it all over your home to get things clean and leave them smelling fresh.

Use it as a Crayon Remover

Yes, lemon essential oil will help remove crayon marks on walls! (Just ask me how I know ; ) ) It can also remove permanent marker or ink pen marks as well. Just add a few drops to a rag or paper towel and it will wipe right off.

Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover

Uses for Lemon Oil in the Kitchen

If you made something smelly this week and just can’t seem to get the smell out of the fridge, place a few drops of lemon oil in a box of baking soda and set it in the fridge to remove odors and leave your fridge smelling fresh and clean.

Do you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen? You can use lemon oil to clean your garbage disposal! We had one in our first house, and we always had trouble with it getting smelly after a little while. I could have definitely used this recipe for Lemon Oil Garbage Disposal Cleaner.

Homemade Lemon Lavender Dishwasher Tablets

Lemon Dishwasher Tabs

Have a dishwasher? Make your own Homemade Lemon Lavender Dishwasher Tabs with this simple recipe!

Use a few drops of lemon essential oil on an old toothbrush and a sprinkle of baking soda to polish your silver. The oil will help remove the tarnish and you can use a polishing rag or cotton ball to restore its shine.

wash board

Uses for Lemon Oil in Your Laundry Room

Lemon Oil can work wonders in your laundry room since it’s particularly helpful at removing stains. Here are some ways to use it!

Lemon Scented Laundry Crystals

If you want to add a little of that uplifting lemon scent to your laundry, you might be interested in checking out this recipe for Eucalyptus and Lemon Scented Laundry Crystals. Such a simple way to make detergent!

If you don’t want to make your entire laundry detergent from scratch but still want the benefits of the lemon oil, add a few drops right into your load before you turn on the machine.

Lemon Laundry Stain Remover

Lemon Oil isn’t just great at cleaning up a sticky mess but also useful as a stain remover! Here’s a recipe for a DIY Laundry Stain Remover.

Lemon Oil Bleach Alternative

Do you have a need for bleach in your home but you’d rather use anything but bleach? Never fear! There is a great Homemade Bleach Alternative recipe that uses Lemon Oil on my friend Kristie’s blog!

Peppermint Oil

Uses for Lemon Oil in other areas of your home

Like peppermint oil, spiders aren’t a big fan of lemon oil. Put a bit on a cotton ball and use it around your doors and windows to keep unwanted spiders out.

We can’t really pull out the stuffing in our mattresses anymore as they did in the pioneer days to keep our mattresses clean. So, if you feel like your mattress could use a little freshening up you might be interested in this recipe for a Mattress Refresher with Lemon Oil.

Last but not least, use lemon oil to clean your toilets with this recipe for Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner. It’s not super exciting, but it’s very necessary and effective!

Lemon Essential Oil in a Bottle

More about Essential Oils

If you are looking for a wonderful source for oils, I highly recommend Rocky Mountain Oils. After careful consideration of all the companies selling essential oils, I’m happy to share that Rocky Mountain Oils has become my main source of oils for many different reasons.

**Note: Like with all essential oils, test first to ensure you are not allergic. Do not use on young children, do not use if pregnant, do not use around pets, and do not use if you have certain medical conditions. Nothing here is meant to diagnose, treat, or prevent diseases; please ask your doctor for that kind of advice. These are simply tips to give ideas. Do not ingest oils or use them on the skin without diluting them.

More Uses For Common Essential Oils

Plus, make sure to check out my posts on Organizing Essential Oils and how to Make Your Own Essential Oil Diffuser in Minutes!

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What are your favorite Lemon Oil uses? Please share them with us in the comments section!

Me and KadyMerissa has been blogging about and living the simple life since 2009 and has internationally published 2 books on the topic. You can read about Merissa’s journey from penniless to now on the About Page. You can send her a message any time from the Contact Page.


This post on Lemon Oil Uses was originally published on Little House Living in September 2016. It has been updated as of September 2023.

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  1. Love these ideas! I’m going to try the all purpose cleaner and the dishwasher tablets! Maybe I’ll give the mattress freshner a shot too!

  2. I’ve never used essential oils before, but I really want to start. I love the dishwasher tablets!

  3. Lemon oil can be added to your shampoo and use as a furniture polish. Thank you for the list of other ways that I didn’t recognize. I love getting tips from this site. ( peppermint oil for spiders….don’t work on wolf spiders) Please keep sending me tips, always a pleasure to read!

    1. Gosh, if you find something that gets rid of those huge, scary wolf spiders I would love to hear it! I’m not prone to burning down the house LOL!

  4. Would you be fearful the lemon oil could “bleach” clothing? I love the lemon, lavender and many other essential oil smells, but I am weary of where I use them!

  5. Hi Merissa! I’ve been learning more about lemon oil lately, so I’m glad to have these ideas to add to my arsenal. This week I tried out a new recipe for a glass stovetop cleaner that works really well. You just make a paste of baking soda, water, and lemon essential oil. Smear it on the stovetop and rub with a damp sponge. I also used it to clean the oily residue off the little stainless steel oil pitcher I keep by my stove. Made me very happy!
    Pinning and sharing this post. Thanks!

  6. I love all the uses for lemon oil! However, I have trouble with essential oils staining my clothes and bedding. I have tried everything I can think of to not have the oils stain anything but to no avail. Would love to have others give me ideas.
    Also, those wolf spiders are a problem in our house. In early October, I go around the house outside and pull out or hoe or get rid of anything that is close to the house. Then I take anything lemony smelling (even Pledge will do) and spray all around the base of the house outside. This totally helped me with the nasty things!

  7. Merissa, these are fantastic! I’m going to share one more with you, though – it will SAVE you if morning sickness strikes!!! I kept one in my purse (the vial under one nostril, the cap under the other, I swear!!), 1 in the glove box, 1 in the kitchen “junk drawer,” you get the idea. I went into Sam’s Club around Christmas and between the food smell of all the samples they had, and the rubber from the tire section, I hit the cement! Lemon oil was the only thing that got me off that floor!!! lol