20 Everyday Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

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New to essential oils? I’m learning so much about the medicinal uses for essential oils, and I want to tell you all about it. This post is part of a series of blog posts to introduce you to essential oils and how they can really make a difference in your life. I’ve been using essential oils to create my holistic medicine kit and make my own cleaning products to get of the chemicals in my home.

This week, I want to introduce you to lemon essential oil. It’s an incredibly versatile essential oil that can be used every day for everything from personal care to cooking to cleaning.

Why I Choose Young Living Essential Oils

Young Living Essential Oils are 100% pure therapeutic-grade essential oils – which means they can be used for therapeutic use, not just for smell. I use these essential oils as part of our holistic medicine kit. For instance, I use peppermint for fevers, Purification for bug bites, and lavender for minor cuts. I also make homemade beauty and natural household cleaners.

Young Living Essential Oils sets the standard for purity and authenticity. They carefully monitor every step of the production of their oils from Seed to Seal – from the time the first seed is planted to the time the bottle is sealed.

Everyday Essential Oils for Your Home

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If you’re new to essential oils, I recommend the premium starter kit. It’s the best value for you money and a great way to get introduced to the most popular essential oils from Young Living. The kit includes the 10 basic everyday essential oils: Thieves, Peace & Calming, PanAway, Joy, Purification, Lavender, Valor, Peppermint, Lemon and Frankincense – plus a quality diffuser and other goodies.

Another great resource to get along with these oils is the Essential Oils Pocket Reference.

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2o Everyday Uses for Lemon Essential Oil 

1. Gunk Removal

If you have kids, you probably have gunk – that sticky residue left behind from tape, glue, adhesive and even gum. I used 1-2 drops to get out the gunk left over from a bandage on my son’s knee (which would usually take 5-10 minutes of scrubbing to get it off). It literally took about 3-4 swipes and everything was gone. Plus, he smelled great afterwards. It works for grease spots, oil and crayon marks too.

2. Degreaser

Got grease or oil spots on clothes or other surfaces? Add a few drops of lemon essential oil with a mild soap (I like liquid castile soap) to get grease and oil stains out.

3. Carpet Cleaner

Clean your carpets naturally with lemon oil. Just use 10-15 drops in one gallon of water in a carpet cleaner or steamer (I just bought this one and it works great). The lemon oil will help to clean, freshen and brighten carpets.

3. DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

Keep your kitchen and bathroom clean with this DIY All-Purpose Cleaner. Just mix 5-6 drops of lemon oil with about 1-2 cups of filtered water in a spray bottle. Clean and sanitize with to get rid of mold and mildew. And if you need a little extra cleaning power, just add 1-2 tsp of apple cider vinegar to degrease and clean up surfaces.

4. Polish Furniture

In a spray bottle, add 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar to 2/3 cup olive oil. Then add 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil. It’s the perfect, all-natural furniture cleaner and it smells amazing.

5. Detox Water

Wake up with a refreshing cold glass of water with 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil. It helps to flush toxins out of the body and supports the liver and kidneys.

6. Keep Skin Clear

Got breakouts or oily skin? Use a drop of lemon essential oil to balance oil glands and help to heal acne. You can also add a few drops to your favorite moisturizer. Just note to avoid sunlight or UV light within 24 hours as lemon essential oil is UV sensitive.

7. Fruit and Vegetable Wash

Add 3-5 drops of lemon essential oil to a sink full of water. Wash your produce to remove the waxy residue as well as sanitize fruit and vegetables.

8. Air Freshener

Add 5-6 drops of lemon oil with about 1-2 cups of filtered water in a spray bottle to make a DIY air freshener. Spray rooms, closets, cabinets, drawers and even mist on furniture cushions to eliminate odors.

9. Sanitize a Dishwasher or Garbage Disposal

Add 1-2 drops in your garbage disposal. Wait a minute and then turn on warm water to flush out odors. You can also sanitize and freshen up the dishwasher. Just add it to the detergent container and run a load of dishes. Your dishes and dishwasher will smell amazing.

10. Freshen Laundry

Got stinky laundry? Add a few drops to the detergent container of your washing machine to freshen up laundry and eliminate odors. This works great for brightening laundry too.

11. Freshen Stinky Areas

This is one of my FAVORITE uses for lemon essential oil. Just put 1-2 drops on a cotton ball and place in a stinky trash can, diaper pail, dirty clothes hamper (affix to the lid of a hamper), shoe closet, etc. The lemon essential oil helps to freshen the air and eliminate odors.

12. Bug Repellant

Mix 5-6 drops of lemon oil with about 1-2 cups of filtered water in a spray bottle to make a DIY bug repellant. Great for keeping ants, aphids and other bugs away.

13. Cooking

Add a few drops of lemon essential oil in place in your favorite foods that call for real lemons. I believe 7-8 drops is the equivalent of one lemon. Try it out to test for yourself. It’s delicious in a roast chicken, pasta tossed with olive oil and garlic, and even in baking recipes that call for lemon extract.

14. Sore Throat Relief

Add 1-2 drops in a mug of warm water with raw honey to soothe a sore throat. The lemon essential oil is soothing and helps to fight bacteria.

15. DIY Facial 

Mix 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil with about 1 tablespoon of baking soda and a few drops of water. Create a grain paste and exfoliate your face for a few minutes. Rinse and moisturize with your favorite facial lotion. The lemon essential oil helps to brighten skin and makes it softer. Just note to avoid sunlight or UV light within 24 hours as lemon essential oil is UV sensitive.

16. Boost Your Mood

Feeling down? Add 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil to a diffuser. The uplifting and revitalizing scent help to banish the blue and boost your mood. Works great for cranky kids too.

17. Disinfect a Cutting Board

Rub 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil on a cutting board and let sit for a few minutes. Rinse with hot water and wash with a gentle soap (I like liquid castile soap).

18. Instant Lemonade

Make lemonade without the elbow grease of squeezing lemons yourself. Just add 1-2 drops to a tall glass of water with 1 tablespoon of raw honey. Makes one serving.

19. Corn and Callus Removal

Rub 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil on corns and calluses morning and night until they disappear. The lemon essential oil helps to soothe and soften skin while removing corns and calluses.

20. Dry Erase Marker Removal

Can’t get out all the dry-erase marker ink off your white board? Use a few drops of lemon essential oil on a cotton ball or cloth and wipe off marker residue. You’ll get a clean, fresh board to use.

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Source: How to Use Lemon Essential Oil, Young Living

Photo credits: Young Living

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About Tracey Black

Hi, I’m Tracey. Welcome to Don’t Mess with Mama. Join me to stand up against junk food, processed food, and anything artificial. I’ll show you how to cook wholesome, gluten free (and grain free) meals with real food ingredients to nourish your family. Plus, learn how to get the toxins and chemicals out of your home for good with my favorite DIY and homemade recipes for beauty, personal care and cleaning products.


  1. i’d love to make body scrubs with this! would also like to put it in my magnesium baths.

  2. I am working so hard in my life right now to get in the best health/shape I can due to a hip replacement and just some health issues that run in my family. I am really enjoying all these helpful hints and would use lemon oil for sore throat, air freshener and the many other ideas mentikned

  3. Elizabeth Lamontagne says:

    I would love to try lemon oil as a detox drink and to sanitize my kitchen!

  4. Lemon oil is great and used for many things. I would use it in cleaning my kitchen floor

  5. Shelly Schulte says:

    I really want to get more involved with essential oils and everyday health!

  6. I want to try it for fruit and vegetable wash as well as all purpose cleaner because I have a 10 month old and I love everything to be natural for her.

  7. I’ve been wanting to get some lemon oil. With all these uses now I definitely need to pick some up.

  8. I would love to try it in some homemade cleaners.

  9. Angela Hewitt says:

    Would like to put this in my drinking water to help encourage me to be a better water drinker!

  10. I’m trying to stay away from coffee. The lemon essential oil would be so nice to use as a detox in my water in the morning.

  11. April Tvinnereim says:

    We love it in lemon water, a few drops to put in hand soap to liven things up and to diffuse to brighten the long winter mood.

  12. I am looking to change my brand of essential oils and see that you like Young Living. Was there any other reason besides it being therapeutic grade that made you choose this brand?

    • I love that YL is involved from seed to seal. That means they use their seeds, on their own farms, reap it themselves, distill onsite and seal in bottles. With other brands, the seeds might be from one company, while another company grows it, and another distills it. You never really know what you’re getting. Seeds could be GMO or could be grown with pesticides. With YL, you get a wholesome product. I’m replacing it for many things in my medicine cabinet such as cough medicine, flu relief, headaches and more.

      I’m still learning about it too. Feel free to join my Facebook group all about essential oils: http://bit.ly/DontMesswithMamaEOs. I’d love to have you there!

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