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Top Ways to Use Essential Oils Around the House

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the many benefits of essential oils. Chances are, you’ve even used some yourself. Or maybe you’re a self-proclaimed “oily mum” with a whole cupboard full of every essential oil from Bergamot to Ylang Ylang. No matter how much information you have or how long you’ve been using essential oils, one thing is for certain - there’s always something you can learn to get the most out of your products! There’s no denying that essential oils are great for aromatherapy and natural remedies, but did you know they also have some of the most effective disinfectant and deodorising properties known to man? It’s true. Cinnamon essential oil, in fact, has been shown to be effective against staph, strep, E. coli and influenza bacteria. Some other essential oils known for their powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties are Ylang Ylang, Tea Tree, Lemon, Frankincense, Lavender and Peppermint. Add to that the de-greasing and stain-removing properties of any the citrus essential oils and you have the perfect cleaning product for almost any situation. Putting all this knowledge to the test, we’ve listed here some of the top household uses for essential oils…and some recipes you might be eager to try.

For Odours

  • Carpet Deodoriser
For a natural carpet and upholstery freshener combine 240 mL baking soda with 5-6 drops of the essential oil of your choice. Sprinkle lightly throughout the home and let sit for 20 minutes before vacuuming.
  • Vacuum Freshener
Speaking of vacuuming, why not freshen the air each time you clean your rugs? Put a few drops of cinnamon essential oil onto a cotton ball and drop into your vacuum cleaner bag. The warm scent will deodorise the entire house, demolish dust mites and eliminate mildewy odours from your vacuum.
  • Fabric Freshener
In an empty spray bottle, combine 475 mL purified water, 15 mL of baking soda, and 10 drops of the essential oil of your choice. Gently shake the mixture and spray it on to upholstery, carpets, or other fabrics that need attention. Use Tea Tree and Eucalyptus essential oils in this mixture to banish the sweaty gym shoe stench your teenager left in the entryway. Spray the mixture directly into their gym bags and shoes to help prevent the odours from returning.
  • Air Freshener
Instead of using toxic room sprays to lighten the scent of your rooms, try mixing 10-20 drops of the essential oils of your choice into a spray bottle of purified water. Citrus scents like Orange, Lemon and Grapefruit essential oils make great light and airy aromas, while oils such as Cinnamon and Frankincense are warmer scents you might associate with Christmas. To eliminate lingering cooking smells such as fish, defuse a citrus oil such as Lemongrass or Grapefruit to cleanse the air. Eucalyptus, Rosemary, and Peppermint oils are great for banishing the smell of cigarette smoke.
  • Trash Bin Freshener
Drop some tea tree oil and orange essential oil onto a cotton ball and place in the bottom of your trash bin to eliminate odours and bacteria.

For Kitchen and Bathroom

  • Mould Spray
Mix 10 drops of Tea Tree and 5 drops of Lemongrass or Lemon essential oils into a spray bottle full of water. Spray directly onto moulded and stained areas in the bathroom and kitchen and let dry. No need to wipe off. The anti-bacteria properties of the tea tree oil will kill and prevent future moulding problems and the lightening power of the lemon will help lighten pesky stains.
  • Bathtub Scrub
Add 5 drops of bergamot essential oil to 120 mL each of baking soda and vinegar for a powerful soap scum fighting sink and tub scrub.
  • Dish Washer Booster
Add 2 drops of Lemongrass or Grapefruit essential oil to your dishwasher before each use. The citrus oil will help cut grease and soap build-up and your dishes will dry sparkly clean.

For Laundry

  • Fabric Softener
Putting a few drops of an essential oil such as Lavender onto a damp cloth and tossing it into the dryer with your clothes will naturally remove static and give your laundry a fresh clean scent that will last for days.
  • De-greaser/Stain Remover
For a de-greasing stain remover, apply 1-2 drops of Lemongrass essential oil to grease spots, gum, oil, or crayon on fabrics, let set for 10 minutes, and launder as usual. For stronger stains, use a brush to scrub the stain away before washing.
  • Laundry Booster
Add 5-7 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to the water before your wash cycle for great smelling linens and a deterrent for dust mites. Also add 3-5 drops of lavender essential oil for a spa-like smell and sleep-inducing aromatherapy.

For Pests

  • Spiders and Rodents
Mice, rats and spiders hate the smell of peppermint! That’s great news for you if you enjoy the smell – you can freshen the air in your home while driving away pesky critters. Drop a few 10 drops of Peppermint essential oil into a spray bottle of water and spray liberally at entryways and baseboards once every fortnight or so.
  • Flies
If flying insects prove to be a nuisance, diffuse Lemongrass essential oil by your doors or windows to keep those unwelcome intruders from entering your home.

That’s a Wrap!

Essential oils are quickly becoming a household staple as families are starting to seek more natural alternatives to toxic products. If you’ve ever tried to pronounce some of the chemicals listed on your bathroom cleaner, you know exactly what we’re talking about! We’ve only touched the surface of some of the many ways to use essential oils around the house. But hopefully getting started with some of these recipes for common household uses will help you get started on a path to a more natural lifestyle. What are some common household issues you need solutions for?

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