You can overlook the many uses of essential oils in the home.
The most common uses for essential oils are creating pleasant smells, used for beauty or for general health and wellbeing.
But there are plenty of uses for essential oils in the home, which you may not have discovered.
Here are 8 simple ways to use essential oils in your home. You may even solve a household problem or two by learning about these natural alternatives.
1. Use a Himalayan Salt Diffuser to refresh rooms
If you’ve only started on your essential oil journey, it can be quite expensive purchasing a diffuser for every room in the house. Alternatively, make a Himalayan salt diffuser and scent with your choice of oil. To refresh the scent, change the salts. Use the scented salt in a hot bath for an aroma therapeutic experience.
2. Use to make your own low-tox cleaning products
There are plenty of low-tox cleaner recipes on the blog. You will be surprised to know most of the ingredients come from your pantry. Citrus oils are best for cleaning as they work to remove grime. Lavender and Tea Tree Oil have antibacterial properties to help clean away germs.
3. Make your own toilet spray
Remove toilet odours by making your own toilet spray. Ensure there is alcohol in the mixture to ensure the contents of the spray doesn’t go mouldy.
4. Remove unpleasant smells from the drains
If you have a pungent aroma coming through your sink, basin or floor waste drains, you can add a toilet fizzy to help dispel the smell. Alternatively, a few drops of citrus oil can do wonders. Here’s a natural way to remove the smell from the kitchen sink drain using vinegar, bi-carb soda and Lime essential oil.
5. Repel ants using peppermint oil
Ants often make a trail in the house, looking for water and food. To prevent an infestation of ants in your home, drop some peppermint on a cloth and wipe in the direction of the trail. (Around window frames and doors)
6. Scent cotton wool buds and place in cupboards to repel mice
There are some scents which can repel mice. Purify oil has been used to repel rats and mice in the home. Place a few drops on cotton wool buds and place these in the dark corners of cupboards – like your linen cupboard, to prevent some unexpected visitors.
7. Remove Cooked Dinner Odours
When you’re cooking dinner, if you want to neutralize the cooking odours, place an extra pan of water on the boil and add spice oils of cinnamon, cardamom or clove. It will help your house smell less of dinner, which your future self will be thankful for.
8. Disperse a pleasant fragrance through the vacuum cleaner
Vacuum cleaners often disperse a terrible odour when vacuuming due to the contents in the bag – which can be an accumulation of pet hair, food crumbs and dust.
When you replace the vacuum bag, or empty the inner cavity in a bagless vacuum, place a few drops of essential oils on a small piece of newspaper, suck it up the vacuum cleaner, and while you vacuum your machine will disperse the essential oil from room to room.
You might also like these other low-tox cleaning recipes.