3 Ways to Use Essential Oils at Home
When it comes to filling your house with soothing aromas, the best option is of course a scented candle. But this isn’t always a possibility, so when you’re unable to light up your favourite candle, it’s worth turning to essential oils instead.
Essential oils have far more uses than just smelling nice. Many of a plants most useful properties are contained in essential oils, whether this is antibacterial or heightening your mood. Here are 3 ways to use essential oils at home that you might not have considered.
- Make your vacuum cleaner smell nice
One great way to make your house smell nice is to use essential oils in your vacuum cleaner. Considering you’ll be disturbing dust, cleaning can often leave the air smelling a bit stale.
Put a few drops of essential oil on a small piece of cotton wool and then suck it up into the vacuum cleaner. Alternatively, put a few drops directly onto its filter. Now, when you clean, it’ll disperse lovely scents as it pushes air out of its exhaust!
- Refresh your carpet
While the best option for refreshing carpet is to use some shampoo, this is too much hassle to do regularly. If your carpet smells a bit, particularly if you have pets, there’s a really easy solution to give it some new life.
Mix 200g of baking soda with 10 drops of your favourite essential oil and leave in an airtight container for a few days. Sprinkle it onto the carpet and leave for a few hours before removing with a vacuum cleaner. The baking soda neutralizes bad odours, which are replaced with the fresh scent of essential oil.
- Replace your air freshener
While air fresheners are obviously very useful, traditional aerosol varieties leave a lot to be desired. Most of the time they only mask a bad smell, and both the can and the ingredients are harmful to the environment. If you’re trying to go green in your home, then switch over to a homemade air freshener.
The easiest option is to put a few drops of essential oil into a spray bottle of water, which you can spritz in a room for a quick and easy refresh. Alternatively, put a few drops of essential oil onto some cotton wool balls and hide somewhere in your bathroom. This makes an easy and discreet alternative to traditional air fresheners. Essential oils such as pine, fir, or citrus are best for this.
Essential oils are a great way of keeping your home smelling fresh whilst also lifting your mood. Importantly, most of the cleaning products you buy will have essential oils in them, so save yourself time and money by making your own at home.
These 3 ways of using essential oils at home are a great start, but they’re so versatile that you won’t have a problem thinking of many more. But of course you can never beat a good scented candle for really creating a good mood at home.