Using Essential Oils Around the House

Around-homeHave you thought about utilizing essential oils around the house? Here are a few ideas to get you going. Half the fun is putting together a special blend that really says home to you.

Wipe down kitchen surfaces with a blend of germ busting essential oils. Put about 500ml (2 cups) of distilled water into a spray bottle and add 8 drops of lavender, 15 drops of lemon and 5 drops of eucalyptus. Shake well before spraying.

When wiping out fridges, microwaves etc. add a couple of drops of essential oil to the rinse water. Any of the citrus oils would be a good choice.

To get rid of cooking smells add 3 drops of lemon and 3 drops of orange to an aroma lamp.

Bathrooms can also be wiped down with a blend of germ busting essential oils. Again add 500ml (2 cups) of distilled water to a spray bottle and add 20 – 30 drops of your own special essential oil blend. Essential oils with germ busting properties include: basil, bergamot, eucalyptus, ginger, lavender, lemon, patchouli, petitgrain, rosewood and thyme.

To clean glass and mirrors mix 1 cup (250ml) of distilled water, º cup (62,5ml) vinegar in a spray bottle then add 20 drops of lemon. Shake well before using. This cleans well and leaves a lovely fresh smell. Most of the citrus oils are great for cutting through grease.

Laundry Cupboards
For sweet smelling linen add 1 – 2 of drops of essential oil or blend of essential oils to a cotton ball and pop it onto your linen shelves. I use a cotton ball on each shelf. A blend I enjoy using in my linen cupboard is 10 drops Lime, 4 drops Orange, 3 drops Cinnamon, 1 drop Patchouli. I also use cotton balls in my clothing cupboards, here I use a mixture of Patchouli and Cedarwood. Experiment a little and find a blend you really enjoy.

Potpourri is often used to fragrance various rooms in the house. Gather dried leaves, flowers and small wood shavings. Crush the plant materials to desired size. Place in a wide mouthed glass jar and add your essential oil or blend of essential oil to the mixture. The amount of essential oil you add will depend on the size of your jar. Try 7 – 10 drops. Stir contents well and tighten the lid on the jar. Let the potpourri rest for several days as this will allow the plant material time to absorb the aroma. Lavender on its own is great. For a floral type blend try 4 drops geranium, 2 drops grapefruit and 2 drops petitgrain and for a more exotic blend try 5 drops sandalwood, 2 drop patchouli and 3 drops lime.

Make your own carpet freshener. Put 1 cup of cornstarch into a container and add 15 – 30 drops of essential oil or blend of essential oil. Mix well and leave to set for a couple of days. Sprinkle over carpets, leave for 30 minutes – 1 hour the vacuum up. The blend you use will depend on personal taste you could try any of the blends mentioned above. I often use a blend of 10 drops lime, 6 drops mandarin and 4 drops patchouli for my carpets.

To keep your vacuum cleaner smelling fresh add 1 – 2 drops of essential oil to the outside of the dust bag.

Blends to try around the house

Blend 1 Blend 2 Blend 3 Blend 4
4 drops of Rosewood 5 drops of Lime 5 drops of Grapefruit 5 drops of Lemon
3 drops of Geranium 3 drops of Bergamot 3 drops of Bergamot 3 drops of Lavender
3 drops of Lemon 2 drops of Lavender 2 drops of Rosemary 2 drops of Geranium