Did you know there are a ton of ways to use essential oils in your home for freshening, cleaning and purifying? Ditch the chemicals and start using all natural essential oils for a cleaner, fresher smelling home that is safe for your family.
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Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
1. Add a few drops of oil to the toilet paper roll every few days to keep your bathroom smelling fresh.
Recommended oils: Peppermint, Lemongrass or Eucalyptus
2. Add a few drops of oil to the toilet bowl before you “do your business”. This will help disguise any odors and keep things discreet, especially useful when traveling.
Recommended oils: Peppermint or Eucalyptus
3. Add a few drops of oil to a pot of water on the stove and simmer to freshen and purify the air. This is a great alternative to traditional air fresheners that contain chemicals.
Recommended oils: Clove & Cinnamon or Lemon & Rosemary
4. Use a diffuser to add a gentle scented vapor to the air. Essential oil diffusers are made for use with the essential oils, so they keep the temperature of the water low to maintain the therapeutic benefits, while adding some moisture to the air like a humidifier. Certain oils will help remove airborne bacteria and odors from the air.
Recommended oils: Thieves/OnGuard, Lavender (for relaxation), Lemon & Peppermint (stimulating)
5. Use a car diffuser to freshen your car. Did you know they also make these!?
Recommended oils: Peppermint (good if you have a headache), Lemon or Lemongrass
6. Add a few drops of oil to a few cotton balls and tuck under the seats in your car.
I have also seen people put the cotton balls in the air vent grates.
Recommended oils: Peppermint (also good for deterring mice and spiders, always good) or Clove & Orange
7. Use water with a few drops of oil in your electric candle warmer (ex. Scentsy warmer). This makes the house smell wonderful, but you may lose some of the therapeutic benefits, so use your less expensive oils.
Recommended oils: any of your favorite scents
8. Use a lamp ring to slowly warm and distribute scent. Lamp rings sit on top of your lightbulb. This may also eliminate the therapeutic benefits of oils so use solely for fragrance.
Recommended oils: for cold weather, Cinnamon & Clove, for warmer weather, any citrus scent
9. Add a few drops of oil on a wooden hangar to keep your closet smelling fresh and avoid a musty smell.
Recommended oils: Eucalyptus or Lemon
10. Make an all natural air and fabric freshener, instead of using Febreeze. Add 1/4 cup of vodka or rubbing alcohol to a spray bottle and fill the rest up with distilled water. Add 10-20 drops of essential oils of your choice. Spray onto fabric, clothing or in the air to not only clean but gently disinfect.
Recommended oils: Melaluca/Tea Tree oil (a natural anti-bacterial), Lavender, Lemongrass or a combination of them all
11. Add a few drops of your favorite oil to a cotton ball or small scrap of paper towel or tissue and place in the canister/bag of your vacuum cleaner. As you vacuum, you will release the fragrance and freshen the air.
Recommended oils: any of your favorite scents
12. If you use an unscented laundry detergent, add a few drops of essential oil to your laundry detergent before you wash to help remove stains and odors from laundry.
Recommended oils: Purification blend, or Lemon
13. Mix a few drops of oil to a cup of baking soda and sprinkle in the bottom of your garbage cans. You can also use this mixture in an open container in your refrigerator to absorb odors, or sprinkle a little on your carpet before you vacuum.
Recommended oils: Lemongrass, Lemon, Grapefruit or Peppermint
14. Add a few drops of oil to vinegar or epsom salts and use a fabric softener in your wash. Vinegar and epsom salts both work beautifully as fabric softeners, and you can infuse a gentle scent by adding the oil(s).
Recommended oils: Lavender, Lemon
15. Add a few drops of oil to your pillow to encourage relaxation and a good sleep, and leave your room smelling fresh. You can add it to the bottom or corner of your pillow to avoid any eye or skin contact.
Recommended oil: Lavender
16. Make your own hand soap or add a few drops of oils to an unscented hand soap. For foaming hand soap, add a couple of squirts of liquid soap (I like Dr. Bronners liquid castile soap) and a few drops of essential oils to an empty foaming hand dispenser. Fill the rest up with water.
Recommended oils: any of the antiviral or antibacterial oils, including Lavender, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Clove or Lemon
17. Make my “toilet drop-in cleaning cubes” to freshen up your toilet bowl. No scrubbing required!
Recommended oils: Lavender, Peppermint, Eucalyptus or a combination of all
18. If you use a steam mop for your floors, add a few drops of essential oils to the pad before mopping to scent the room while you mop. (Just don’t put it directly in the water tank, you could damage your mop. Some oils will break down plastic.)
Recommended oils: Clove or Cinnamon
19. Combine a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water, and 10-20 drops of essential oils in a spray bottle, and use as a daily shower spray to keep mold and mildew at bay.
Recommended oils: Tea Tree, Eucalyptus or Lavender (all of these have anti-fungal properties)
20. Make your own essential oil reed diffuser (via The Prairie Homestead). So easy to make and would make a great gift!
Recommended oils: see her post for some great oil combinations!
Two of my most favorite essential oil scents for our home are Lemon Verbena and Vanilla. If you are using the scents simply for fragrance and not for topical or internal use, there are less expensive options available. Plant Therapy or Piping Rock.
How do you use essential oils in your home? Do you have any ideas to add to this list?