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7 Easy Ways To Use Essential Oils Around Your House

Is there anything these oils can't do?

As you may know, essential oils are amazing, not only for aromatherapy, but also to help with everyday issues. For instance, essential oils can help improve your healthpeppermint oil in particular can help get rid of headaches and lavender oil can help you sleep. But did you know that there are several uses for essential oils around the house, too?

1. Air Freshener

Let’s face it—who doesn’t like to walk into a room and smell fresh oranges or lemon? With a few drops of essential oils, you can make your very own air freshener. In fact, you can make a new scent each week or so. AromaTools has a recipe we love. In a spray bottle, simply combine 10-20 drops of the essential oil of your choice with ½ tsp. of alcohol and some purified water. They recommend orange, grapefruit or lemon, and we agree. They also recommend using peppermint, eucalyptus or rosemary to get rid of stronger smells, like cigarettes.

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2. Drawer Deodorizer

If you want sweeter smelling clothes, you can try putting essential oil onto a cotton-wool ball or tissue, then place it into your dresser drawers full of clothes, according to the Quinessence blog. You can choose the scent you like best, from rose to lavender.

3. Mask Cooking Odors

You may already know that cinnamon has many uses around the house, from deterring moths to masking unpleasant smells in your kitchen. But did you know that cloves can help with the latter, too? Just add a few drops of essential clove oil to a simmering pan, The Essential Oil Company states on their blog. Problem solved! However, it may make you crave a pumpkin pie, so you should probably have one on hand, just in case.

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4. Antiseptic, Antibacterial And Anti-Fungal Agent

Essential oils like lavender help act as antiseptics, so the next time you think you need to rush to the drugstore for an over-the-counter one, think again. You can just make your own instead. The Gentle World blog recommends building your own “natural medicine cabinet” with these three essential oils—tea tree, peppermint and lavender. Each one has many uses—for instance, you can use tea tree oil on an insect bite, dab peppermint oil onto your chest if you have a cold and use lavender oil as a topical agent if you burn yourself in the kitchen.

5. Deter Bugs And Rodents

If you’re not into pesticides, did you know there’s a more natural way to deter mice, spiders, mosquitoes, ants and bugs overall? Yep: peppermint oil. If you want to see this in action, Alex at UpNature tried it for himself and it worked wonders. He recommends applying small amounts of peppermint oil to insect-prone areas, like clothes, skin, furniture, you name it. You can also apply the oil to cotton balls and put them in places that insects and rodents like, too. You can watch Alex talk more about the peppermint oil process here.

6. Freshen Up Your Shoes

Shoes no longer smell brand new? Essential oils to the rescue! The Essential Oil Company recommends Geranium essential oil—you just add a few drops into each shoe. They also say you can place a cotton ball with essential oil into the shoes. I recently tried putting a few drops of lavender oil into each of my running shoes, and it worked. So get creative with shoe scents!

7. Bath

After all of the above, you may want to relax and take a bath. Jolene Hart has a great beauty and wellness blog and spoke to essential oil expert Robin Block of Wyndmere Naturals to get some ideas for how to incorporate those oils into bathtime. She recommends everything from rose and sandalwood to lavender and jasmine. The key is using a 100 percent essential oil and filling up your tub with warm water first. Then add a few drops of the oil you’ve chosen to a cup of whole milk or a few tablespoons of olive oil. Pour the combination into your warm bath and enjoy! (Note: If the water is too hot, Block says, the oils will evaporate too quickly.) As an alternative, if your muscles are feeling achy, you can also add a few drops of essential oils to two cups of Epsom salts and dissolve that into your bath. Either way, you can’t go wrong!

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As a bonus, this short HGTV video gives you five additional ways you can use essential oils around the house, from making your own dryer sheets to your own hand sanitizer.

I know we’re feeling inspired. How about you?