If you’ve ever made a DIY cleaner, chances are you’ve added an essential oil or two to the mix. I primarily use essential oils for cleaning and diffusing but there are oodles of other uses for them as well – but today we’re just talking about SCENT. If you’re looking to branch out past lemon essential oil and customize the scent for your diffuser or cleaners, I have some favorite scent combinations for you. Don’t be afraid to experiment and see what you come up with.

Lemon + Clove – my absolute favorite scent combination and signature scent – it’s homey, warm and inviting.

Lemon + Peppermint + Lavender – this is a great combo – clean and refreshing. I like it heavy on the lemon and lavender with just a drop or two of peppermint.

Eucalyptus + Lavender – if you like the smell of a spa, this is probably the combination they’re diffusing.

Melaleuca + Lemon + Orange – Melaleuca (or tea tree oil) is a natural disinfectant but has a strong scent. I like to offset the scent with a little citrus to freshen it up a bit.

Lemon + Cypress – I love this combination for washing hardwood floors. The woodsy scent of the cypress and lemon are a great combination.

Rosemary + Clove + Orange – If you’re looking for the perfect kitchen scent, this is it. The herbal rosemary pairs really well with the clove and orange.

Cinnamon + Melaleuca – Cinnamon is a spicy scent that does a great job at toning down the melaleuca.


The rule of thumb for scenting DIY cleaners is 3-10 drops essential oil per 16 ounces of liquid (usually water and/or white vinegar).

Here are a couple of recipes to get you started with – simply substitute your scent combo for mine:

If you’re looking for the BEST spray bottles for your DIY cleaners, check out the glass spray bottles and labels in my shop.

I use doTERRA essential oils but also recommend NOW and Plant Therapy.

Always use caution around pets and children when using essential oils.