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.

Amanda Thomas
5-minute read
Episode #100

Tip #5: Furniture Dusting Spray

Instead of using an aerosol spray, why not make your own furniture spray? This saves money and is a much healthier alternative. Here’s the easy recipe: mix 2 teaspoons olive oil, ½ teaspoon lemon oil, ¼ cup vinegar, and 1 ¾ cup filtered water into a spray bottle. Mix well and start spraying.

Tip #6: Antibacterial Room Spray

Using essential oils to make your own room spray is a terrific option. Not only are you saving the ozone, but you’re saving money, too! It’s so easy, just mix 10 drops of your favorite essential oil and 1 cup filtered water in a spray bottle. Spritz every time you want a clean fresh scent. You can also spray this on the toilet and let air dry so you get more of the antibacterial component of this mix.

Tip #7: Mouse Repellant

Did you know that mice hate peppermint? It's true and can be used to your advantage. Mix 2 teaspoons of peppermint oil with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Spritz this mixture anywhere you see mouse droppings or you think a mouse might have been. The peppermint should deter them and you won't have to deal with toxic chemicals typically used for killing rodents.

You can also use essential oils to get rid of spiders using a similar method. 

Tip #8: Bathroom Deodorizer

This is so simple! Just squeeze a drop or two of your favorite scented essential oil inside the toilet paper roll before putting it on the holder. Every time you roll the paper you will release the fresh scent of the oil into the bathroom.

Tip #9: Sleep-Inducing Scented Sheets

Lavender is a very relaxing, sleep-encouraging scent. Even if you don't suffer from insomnia, you will enjoy the calming scent of lavender on your bedding. Mix 10 drops of lavender oil with 1 cup of filtered water and add this to a spray bottle with a very fine mist option. Spritz this mixture on your pillowcase and sheets about 30 minutes before going to bed. This gives the mist time to evaporate so your sheets aren’t moist, but leaves the wonderful lavender smell to lull you into a restful night’s sleep.

Tip #10: Dish and Dishwasher Cleanser

A few drops of lemon oil sprinkled in the dishwasher before running a load will make the dishes sparkle and will cut soap and mineral deposits on the interior of your dishwasher. Double duty from a couple of drops of oil. Quite a bang for your buck!

I have barely scratched the surface of all the ways to use essential oils.

Purchasing a starter kit of essential oils is a wise first step in implementing these multi-purpose oils into your everyday life.  Here's a link to a great starter kit of high quality oils for quite an affordable price. Once you start using essential oils in your home, you’ll be amazed at the many uses you will find for them. If moving towards a fresher, cleaner, and more organic way of living is your goal, essential oils are a must!

Do you have some other ideas or tips on how to use essential oils? If so, post them in Comments or on my Facebook or Twitter pages. Also, check out more affordable, creative ideas for your home on my Pinterest page.

Until next time, I’m the Domestic CEO helping you love your home.

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