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How to Use Essential Oils in Your Home

Are you considering jumping on the essential oils bandwagon? Here are Domestic CEO's 10 quick tips on using essential oils around the house.

By
Amanda Thomas
March 6, 2014
Episode #100

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You've probably been hearing more and more about essential oils and how useful they can be. But what exactly are essential oils?

The easiest to understand definition I found is this: “Essential oil is a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted.”

In other words, it’s the important essence or “liquid gold” of a plant.

The uses of essential oils are endless! From cleaning your home to healing your body, essential oils are versatile and completely natural - a characteristic that’s very attractive. I know I am always interested in finding a natural, more chemical-free way of living my life. Essential oils are…well…essential in reaching that goal.

Using essential oils in your home is easier than you think.  Here is a list of my 10 favorite uses:

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Tip #1: Natural Carpet Deodorizer 

To create a clean, natural carpet deodorizer, combine 1 cup of baking soda with 5-6 drops of essential oil; orange or lavender oil are good choices for this. Mix the baking soda and oil well; then add to a shaker (a parmesan cheese container works well). Sprinkle all over your carpets and let sit for 15 minutes. The baking soda will absorb funky smells and the oil will freshen and deodorize your carpets. Vacuum as usual.

Tip #2: Plug-In Air Freshener Refill

You know those glass plug-in air freshener containers? You don’t have to throw them out when they’re empty. Refill and reuse them!

Simply pry out the wick with a sharp knife. Fill the reservoir halfway with your favorite essential oil. Add filtered water to fill. Shake to mix the oil and water. Replace the wick and plug in as usual. Using essential oils as an air freshener is not only a money saver but it’s a much healthier, natural alternative to the original ingredients in a plug-in air freshener.

Some of my favorite oils to use are cinnamon, peppermint, orange, and lemon. You can get creative by mixing your oils, too. Try cinnamon and orange or lemon and vanilla. See what other combinations you can come up with!

Tip #3: Homemade Fabric Freshener

Those spray fabric fresheners you see at the store are a nice thing to use around the house, but what’s exactly in that plastic bottle? Exactly.

If you make it yourself, you have control over the ingredients.

Here is what you need to make your own:  1 empty spray bottle (16 ounces or larger), 1 tablespoon baking soda, 2 cups filtered water, 10 drops of essential oil. Mix the baking soda and essential oil in a small dish. Use a fork to mix. Add this to the spray bottle and top off with 2 cups of water. Gently shake the mixture before using it. Choose your favorite essential oil or try your own combination. You really can’t go wrong. If you like the scent, then you’ve got a winner!

Tip #4: Mold Killer

Tea tree oil is the perfect solution for killing mold in those little cracks and crevices in your shower or tub area. Mix 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil in 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Spritz the affected areas and let dry. Do not wipe off. This should do the trick.

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