For many years, the natural properties of essential oils have often been used as treatments for ailments such as respiratory issues, insomnia, dry skin, anxiety, and more. But the true appeal of essential oils is that their uses abound far and wide—from holistic health to essential oil home hacks that you can take advantage of every day. The same oil that helps soothe your cough can freshen your load of laundry, or help disinfect your microwave.
Essential Oil Home Hacks!
The possibilities are pretty much endless and you can get creative when you utilize Essential Oils in your domestic space.
Keep your living space smelling fresh and clean.
Stagnant air? Unpleasant odor hanging around? Essential oils can freshen your home up and leave it smelling lovely. All you need to do is apply a few drops of oil to cupboards, closets, countertops, yoga mats, hampers, smelly shoes, bedding, clothing, furniture, gym bags, vacuums, laundry, mattresses, carpets, rugs, an underwear drawer, or even on a toilet paper roll. You can also add some oil to water in a spray bottle for a natural air freshener and spritz whatever you like.
Suggested oils: any that you fancy
Use them as a natural household cleaner.
The versatility of essential oils make them a chore day staple in many households. You can shine the surface of your countertops, buff leather products and furniture, or add a few drops to your natural cleaning solution and wipe down countertops, the refrigerator, sinks, bathtubs, etc. And since several essential oils fight bacteria and microbes, they act as a natural disinfectant as well.
Suggest oils: Citrus, lemon
Keep creepy crawlers away.
Spiders have the annoying habit of showing up when they’re unwanted (which is pretty much every time they show up). Luckily, with a bit of peppermint or tea tree oil, you can keep the eight-legged nuisances away, as well as fruit flies, mosquitoes, and other insects. And keep your animals flea-free with some well-applied drops of eucalyptus oil (remember to dilute it first!). Dab the oil across doorways and onto window sills, spread it on countertops beside your fruit bowls, or place it in a diffuser to act as an airborne repellent.
Suggested oils: Peppermint, tea tree, eucalyptus (You can also use cinnamon on a cotton ball, like this DIY.)
Neutralize cooking odors.
Is the curry you had for dinner still hanging out afterward? Not to worry. Short of opening all the windows in your house, essential oils are the best way to freshen up potent-smelling air. All you have to do is turn on your diffuser. Or, if no diffuser is on hand, put a few drops of oil such as orange or clove into a pan of simmering water on your stove and let it evaporate into the air.
Suggested oils: Cinnamon, cardamon, citrus, clove, orange, lemongrass
Remove unwanted sticky substances.
Gum on the carpet can seem like the end of the world, but it’s met its match in essential oils. A few drops of orange oil removes gum that winds up in carpets and hair and strip glues and adhesives left behind by labels and stickers from nearly any kind of surface. And if you’ve got a tot that likes to draw on the walls, lemon oil can remove dreaded permanent marker in a flash.
Suggested oils: Orange, lemon
Use them to kill bacteria.
As mentioned earlier, many essential oils have antimicrobial effects, which is good news if you want to kill potentially harmful bacteria hanging around in the air (using a spray bottle or a diffuser) or on household surfaces. You can also add a few drops to the air filters in your house—they’ll kill microbes before they even get to the air while freshening it as it comes out of the vents.
Suggested oils: Orange, tea tree
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