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Best Essential Oils for Bacterial Infection and for Sanitizing your Home


We aren’t alone - the world is filled with endless amounts of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. It’s increasingly important to keep your space clean, especially as more cities are enforcing shelter-at-home orders for the COVID-19 pandemic. Luckily, there are antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial essential oils that can help get rid of germs on your body, your precious things, and the surfaces in your home. Read on to find out which are the best essential oils for bacterial infection!

You may be asking yourself, “can essential oils really kill germs?” And yes, actually they can! Nature was always here before scientific progress was made and there have long been botanicals that help to sanitize germs away! Natural antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal products are good things to use in addition to, or in replacement of, more mainstream cleaners. Keeping your spaces clean and sanitary has always been a good practice, but certainly worth paying closer attention to during a worldwide pandemic. 

If you're new to essential oils, our Winter Essential Oil & Blend Kit is a must-have for combating cold + flu symptoms. It comes with a beautiful Silver Dream Catcher Diffuser Necklace and four pure essential oils to diffuse with! 

WOW Skin Science Winter Essential Oil & Blend Kit

Eucalyptus Essential Oil is frequently used in cold soothers to soothe inflammation, congestion, muscle pain with its antibacterial properties. Peppermint Essential Oil features menthol, a popular ingredient to reduce congestion and fevers. In addition to that, peppermint oil can kill germs due to its natural antibacterial properties. Our unique Breathe Easy Essential Oil Blend contains 7 super oils (eucalyptus, lemon, grapefruit, chamomile, frankincense, peppermint and tea tree oil) known to soothe headaches, sinuses, and congestion. Our Cold Soother Essential Oil Blend does just that, soothes cold symptoms, coughs, and helps clear up congestion!

Clothes carry germs

Clothing is a secret keeper of germs and viruses, which can be trapped in the cloth's fibers. Be aware that while you are out, even with social distancing, your clothing can come into contact with germy surfaces and act as a vessel for viruses and bacteria to travel around on, potentially causing bacterial infections. As soon as you get home, you should sterilize your shoes with isopropyl alcohol and remove all clothing to wash. Enhance your regular detergent’s germ-fighting power, and also add a great scent to your laundry with WOW Skin Science Rosemary Essential Oil.

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What essential oils kill airborne bacteria?

We love purifying our space with a diffuser and delicious essential oil blends. WOW Skin Science Immune Lift Essential Oil Blend helps you stay healthier by eliminating germs, preventing bacterial infections and boosting the body’s natural immunity. Formulated from eight purest therapeutic grade essential oils, all known for their antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial activity, this blend helps keep infections at bay.  

Smudging your home with essential oils is a tradition proven to help remove harmful bacteria from the air. The most effective method for this is to use a diffuser, for more detailed information, you can check out our blog post on Smudging with Essential Oils for some great pointers. 

Keep your space clean

The most effective way to kill viruses is hand-washing for 20 seconds. If you’re on the go, hand sanitizer is a wonderful item to have on hand (pun intended). If you already have some hand sanitizer, boost its antibacterial power and scent by adding in a few drops of antibacterial essential oils. Close the bottle and shake it to thoroughly mix before using it.

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There has been a scarcity of hand sanitizer lately, make your own with pure Aloe Vera gel!

do it yourself hand sanitizer recipe

It is vital to keep your living and work surfaces clean. Whether you are in an office setting or working from home, you can easily transfer these germs to your hands, and most likely your face. Touching your face is a bad habit that’s hard to kick, so be safe and clean all surfaces regularly. This can make for a great group activity if you are isolating with others or homeschooling! It only takes a few minutes but cleaning high-traffic surfaces once a day can make a difference in preventing the spread of infection.

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Here are some high-touch surfaces in your home:

  • Doorknobs

  • Countertops

  • Light switches

  • Refrigerator door handle

  • Kitchen appliance handles 

  • Drawer pulls

  • TV remote

  • Toilet handles

  • Faucet handles


We hope these tips help keep you and your loved ones safe in a clean home. Remember that this isn’t the time to panic. Have preventative measures against the Coronavirus by staying inside, cleaning every day, and washing your hands thoroughly. If you do go outside to pick up some essentials, remember to keep social distancing, bring hand sanitizer along, and wash your hands and clothes as soon as you enter your home. We wish you good health! 

Akhila Jerripothula

Akhila is a Lead Copywriter with a passion for helping others become their best selves. She lives and breathes beauty by sharing must-have tips and tricks to achieving your self-care goals. Her fervor for skincare, haircare, and wellness is expressed through relatable rituals, quick-quitted words, and video content. Check Akhila out on WOW's blog, TikTok, and Facebook Live's for product features and guides to perfect your lifestyle.

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