Did you know that you can use essential oils throughout your home? From the kitchen and bathroom to bedroom and living area; essential oils can help clean and fragrance your home to the T.
Have a look at these creative uses!
- All purpose cleaner – Mix 1 cup white vinegar, 1 cup distilled water, 30 drops lemon or lemongrass oil and 10 drops of lavender oil in a spray bottle. You can also, instead of the lavender, add 10 drops of rosemary or tea tree oil. Use it in the kitchen and bathroom.
- Extra greasy surfaces? Use a few drops of lemon or lemongrass oil straight on the surface to break up the fat.
- Shower drain and other maybe-mouldy places taken care of by using ½ cup distilled water, 10 drops eucalyptus and 10 drops of tea tree oil to spray onto your shower or bath drain to prevent mould. And it smells wonderful!
- Disinfectant spray – ½ cup white vinegar, ½ cup distilled water, 15 drops lemon or lemongrass oil, 10 drops tea tree oil.
- Make linen spray by mixing a cup of distilled water with a few drops of lavender, rose geranium, tea tree, and lemongrass oil. Either spritz your bed linen before ironing, or when making the bed. Heaven!
- No need to buy carpet powder when you can make your own, personalised scents by mixing bicarbonate of soda with a few drops of your favourite essential oils. Sprinkle onto the carpets and leave for 15 minutes before vacuuming. Try cinnamon, orange, and clove oil for a seasonal scent, or rose geranium and tea tree for a fresh, all-year-round scent.
- No time for carpet powder? Then drip one or two drops of your favourite oil onto some cotton balls and put them in your vacuum’s canister before starting to vacuum, and your home will smell divine in no time.
- Freshen your garbage disposal by mixing some lemon zest and a few drops of lemon and tea tree oil with water, pouring this into an ice tray and freezing it. All you need to do is put one or two down the disposal to freshen it right up!
- Shine your sink by putting a drop or two of lemon or lemongrass oil on a lint-free cloth and wiping down the kitchen sink.
- Clean your tiled floors by mixing white 1 cup of vinegar, 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda and 1 cup water with a few drops of tea tree oil – you can also add a drop of rosemary, lemongrass or peppermint. (To clean the grout, make a paste of white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda.)
- Say farewell to ants and bugs by mixing peppermint oil and distilled water in a spray bottle and spraying that in your house instead of poison. To keep ants at bay, you can use cotton wool dipped in peppermint oil.
- Keep that trash can fresher for longer by combining bicarbonate of soda with a few drops of lemon and peppermint oil and sprinkling it in the bottom of the can before putting the trash bag in.
- A drop or two of your favourite oil on the inside of a toilet roll will release a light scent to keep your bathroom smelling wonderful.
- Keep your pillows and mattress fresh-smelling by mixing some bicarbonate of soda with a few drops of lavender, rose geranium and tea tree oil. Sprinkle it onto the mattress and pillows and leave for 15-30 minutes before vacuuming with the upholstery attachment.
- Make wax melts using soy wax, beeswax, or coconut oil and your favourite essential oil and relax to your favourite scent or create a diffuser using almond oil, rubbing alcohol, and a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Pour everything into a beautiful bottle, add some rattan sticks, and you’re done!
- Clean your fridge inside and out with a mixture of vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, water, and a few drops of lemon or lemongrass oil.
- For sparkling stainless steel, go ahead and grab some lemon or peppermint oil. Drip a drop or two on a lint-free cloth and simply wipe the stainless steel clean!
- Use lemon and lavender or rosemary on your cutting boards. Add some bicarbonate of soda if you need some extra scrubbing power. Goodbye stains and icky smells.
- When you’re washing towels or dishcloths, rinse them with a few drops of lemon oil for extra freshness.
- After dinner, put some water on the stove to boil and add a few drops of lavender and lemon to take care of any lingering cooking smells.
There you have it, our practical list of suggestions for using essential oils in your home.
You might have noticed that the usage of essential oils is quite diverse, as it is not only for cleanliness and fragrance but also for health and wellbeing. This is something we’ve gone through in a previous article where we list the potential healing benefits associated with many different essential oils.