In this post we look at alternative ways to use essential oils around the home! Learn 10 essential oil everyday uses that may astound, surprise and amaze you! You won’t want to miss this!
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Cleanse – Essential Oil Everyday Uses.
1. Deodorize And Remove Unwanted Odors.
To eliminate odors in the fridge simply make a mix of lemon essential oil and baking soda! Add 15 drops of lemon essential oil to a small open topped container of baking soda. Give it a mix and place on a shelf in your fridge. This will help keep your fridge fresh and deodorized for the entire month!
Lemon essential oil everyday uses continues as a cleaning agent for eliminating smells of last night’s dinner that may still be lingering in the room.
Using lemon essential oil you can freshen up the room and eliminate the odors fast! Set a small saucepan of water on your stovetop and bring it it a boil. Once the water is boiling reduce the heat to a slow simmering boil. Now add a 10-15 drops of lemon essential oil to the simmering water.
The lemon scented steam coming off your saucepan will quickly eliminate any food smells. It is also effective for pet odors
Having an issue with smelly shoes? You can eliminate shoe odors using tea tree oil!
Add 5-10 drops of tea tree essential oil to 5-6 tablespoons of baking soda and mix to combine. Then get an old sock, or any fabric you have on hand, and fill it with the baking soda mix.
Close the sock or fabric off with a rubber band, to prevent the baking soda falling out, and place it into the smelly shoe for a few hours.
The baking soda will absorb any moisture causing the odor and the tea tree oil neutralizes those unpleasant odors by killing the bacteria.
2. Homemade Hand Sanitizer.
With Covid-19 taking center stage we have all, no doubt, got a bottle of hand sanitizer close at hand. The trouble is that most commercially prepared hand sanitizers include unwanted and even harmful ingredients such as alcohol, which is very drying and triclosan.
Commercial hand sanitizers are prepared to simply kill most bacteria. The problem with this is it can lead to the development of resistant strains. And they are often worse for health and can make us even sicker. And there are some good bacteria out there! We don’t want to kill them!
What we want is a way to quickly cleanse our hands when soap and water is not available.
This homemade hand sanitizer is really easy to make. It is safe, effective and won’t leave your hands dry and scaly!
Lemon Hand Sanitizer – Essential Oil Everyday Uses
Add the essential oils to a clean, dry and airtight pump cap bottle. Then add the aloe vera gel and mix or shake well. It’s ready to go.
When you first use the sanitizer it may feel like it is sticky, but don’t worry as you’ll find it soon soaks into the skin and leaves no residue.
This sanitizer has added benefits. It softens your hands and is safe for children. The amount of essential oils in this mixture is considered safe for use in the sun and should not cause any photosensitive reactions.
To be on the safe side, I always do a small patch test on the inner side of the wrist. If no reaction occurs within 30-40 mins it’s good to go!
3. Tea tree oil Every day Uses
Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is one of the most potent cleaning aromatherapy oils. It eliminates bacteria, viruses, and other nasties. Studies1Melaleuca alternifolia concentrate inhibits in vitro entry of influenza virus into host cells show that it can help to prevent influenza and the norovirus. One study found it was able to kill the influenza virus up to two hours after exposure.
This antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral oil is the ultimate solution for helping keep the health of your family in top condition.
Tea Tree Essential Oil Everyday Uses: Tea tree oil is a perfect choice for your everyday cleaning throughout the home. It works especially well when needing to remove musty or mildew odors from bathrooms, attics, and those places that have little airflow.
Tea Tree All purpose Cleaner
- 2 cups of white vinegar
- 2 cups of water
- 30 drops of lemon essential oil
- 20 drops of tea tree essential oil
Mix all ingredients in a clean spray bottle. Replace the lid tightly and shake to combine. Use as an anti-bacterial spray cleaner in the kitchen or bathroom.
4. Essential Oil Everyday uses – Lavender oil
Lavender oil is naturally antibacterial and great for removing nasty odors. Lavender has well known calming properties, which makes it ideal for use around the home.
Its soothing aroma works well in bedrooms as it reduces stress and induces sleep. It is powerful anywhere in the home you want to keep fresh and bacteria free.
Lavender Essential Oil Everyday Uses: Use lavender oil to cleanse your mattress and linens of odor and benefits from adding a relaxing fragrance. It is also a great cleanser for toys because it is highly effective for killing viruses and bacteria, but safe for the kids.
Lavender Linen spray:
- 1/4 cup of distilled water
- 3 tablespoons of vodka
- 20 drops of lavender essential oil
- 10 drops of peppermint oil
Add all ingredients to a small and clean spritzer bottle. Make sure the top is on tight and shake to combine. You can use this to spray onto sheets, pillowcases, linens, fabrics, and mattresses.
Don’t over wet or soak the fabric.
Lavender Air freshener:
- 3/4 cup of distilled water
- 2 tablespoons of vodka
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil
- 5 drops of chamomile essential oil
Combine all ingredients in clean spray bottle and shake to combine. Spray throughout the house to eliminate odors and freshen the room.
5. Thyme oil Essential Oil Uses
Thyme oil, produced from the medicinal herb thyme, is not only a powerful antiseptic and antibacterial, it also has very effective calming properties. It has been a very popular essential oil for aromatherapy for years largely due to its cleansing properties.
It is so potent, it is able to clear up fungal and bacterial infection and many skin conditions. If you find you’re having skin rash, fungal growth etc. give thyme oil mixed into a carrier oil a go!
Thyme Essential Oil Everyday Uses: Thyme is very effective for eliminating foodborne pathogens such as salmonella. It is especially effective for cleaning cutting boards and kitchen utensils.
Thyme Oil Dishwash and cleaner:
- 1 cup of distilled water
- 10 drops of a good dish soap
- 20 drops of thyme oil
Mix the ingredients together in a clean bottle or bowl. Use with a clean sponge or microfiber cloth to wash kitchen utensils.
If you want to sterilize utensils just add Thyme essential oil to water, without soap, and soak for a few seconds. Remove and let air dry on a clean cloth.
Energy Boost – Essential Oil Everyday Uses
Aromatherapy has become increasingly popular for combating fatigue and moments of low energy. Research shows that aromatherapy impacts our heart rate, blood pressure, sleeping patterns and even our anxiety levels.
Aromatherapy, when teamed with the correct choice of essential oils, can directly influence areas of the brain responsible for making us feel tired and lethargic. Therefore the benefits of aromatherapy are clear. They offer a powerful way to re-energize your body and mind while giving you a little “pick-me-up” if you’re feeling down.
Whether you use an oil diffuser or aromatherapy inhaler, the following 5 essential oils can help you gain motivation and focus. While many oils can enhance energy these 5 essential oils are our top choice of those that help you feel focused, more energized, and prepared to take on the day ahead.
6. Peppermint Essential Oil uses – Energy Boost
There is a reason that peppermint is one of the most popular of all essential oils. Just one small sniff of this minty aroma has been shown to enhance energy and help you feel rejuvenated.
A great essential oil to keep on hand for those days where you missed a little sleep the night before.
7. Rosemary Essential Oil Uses – Energy Boost
Rosemary oil contains cineole, which is known to be an effective energy boosting agent. In a 2013 clinical study2Effects of inhaled rosemary oil on subjective feelings and activities of the nervous system titled “Effects of inhaled rosemary oil on subjective feelings and activities of the nervous system”, the adult participants were found to have become more active and stated that they felt “fresher”.
The study noted that 30% of subjects were more mentally alert and 25% less drowsy compared to the subjects who were inhaling a placebo oil.
Rosemary essential oil also helps with digestion, clearing mucus and lessening nervous tension.
8. Cinnamon Energy Boost
The aroma of cinnamon is often associated with the holiday season, but its oil is known to be key in maintaining a healthy immune system and metabolic function. Cinnamon essential oils warm and deep aroma can immediately boost your energy and improve your mood.
Note: Due to the high levels of cinnamaldehyde, it should always be used with a carrier oil if applying to the skin. This will prevent irritation of the skin as well as the nose and eyes.
9. Lemon Energy Boost
Lemon Essential Oil offers us an instant mood boost! It is commonly used in aromatherapy for alleviating pain, stimulating the immune system and is said to be beneficial for losing weight!
It is one of the most popular oils used in aromatherapy. The citrus scent of lemon essential oil is very effective for anxiety and stress, known for having an anti-stress impact on the body. Using lemon essential oil in your cleaning products or in your massage oil for the skin will result in a natural energy and mood boost.
10. Orange Essential Oil Uses For Energy
Orange essential oil is wonderful for enhancing the energy boost effects of most other essential oils. This is why it is used in most energy enhancing blends. The naturally sweet citrus aroma is perfect for enabling deep focus, so great for energizing your study.
There we have it! I hope you have found something that surprised you about one or more of our essential oil everyday uses. We would love to hear from you if you have other uses that you’d like to share!
- 1Melaleuca alternifolia concentrate inhibits in vitro entry of influenza virus into host cells
- 2Effects of inhaled rosemary oil on subjective feelings and activities of the nervous system