09 July 2018

20 Essential Oil Hacks (For Beginners or Advanced Users)

I just dove right in with essential oil information, but based on keywords, I think many of you are essential oil beginners.  It's time to go back to the beginning and learn more about the basics of essential oils, like these essential oil hacks.  

Even if you've been using oils for a while, you'll probably learn a thing or two from this post.  I've been using essential oils for years, and I still learn new things all the time.

These are all things that I've done in the past to use my oils in creative ways.  I don't use all of them all the time though.  There are several hacks to diffuse oils in your home or car.  You don't want to diffuse several oils or even the same oil in so many ways at once.  Just use the one that works for you and your home.

There is one hack that you might find on other sites that you won't find here: adding essential oils to storebought products like lotions or body washes.  

That's because these formulas are created with just the right amounts of water, fats, and emulsifier.  They also have preservatives that keep them shelf stable for months.  

Even adding a few drops of essential oils can disrupt the balance.  At best, the product can get watery.  At worst, the preservative can break down and allow bacteria to grow.

So I don't recommend adding anything to a storebought product.  If you want to make your own lotion semi from scratch, I'll be working on a post for that soon.


Diffuse For Your Entire Home

Place a few drops of essential oils on your furnace's air filter.  Every time your furnace turns on, it will diffuse oils throughout your home.  

Freshen the Air in a Room

Freshen the air in any room in your home or car with an easy DIY natural air freshener.  

Clothespin Diffuser For Your Home

If you don't have a diffuser available, use your home's heating or cooling system to diffuse oils.  Just put a few drops of oil on a clothespin and clip to the register.  When your heat or AC turns on, it will diffuse the oil through the room.

Refill Your Plug Ins

If you use plug ins to scent your home, you can save money and use natural essential oils when you refill them yourself.  Each model is different, but you'll want to remove the wick and then fill with essential oils diluted 1:1 with distilled water.  Replace the wick.

Clothespin Diffuser for Your Car 

Make an easy clothespin diffuser for your car with a clothespin and either felt or cork.  Get the full directions here.  

Freshen the Air While You Vacuum

Freshen your home and your carpet each time you vacuum.  Put a few drops of your favorite essential oil on a cotton ball or on a tissue and put inside the bag.  

If your vacuum doesn't have a bag, put a drop or two of oils directly on the filter.    

Freshen Your Clothes Naturally

Add 10 to 15 drops of your favorite essential oil to a washcloth.  Toss it in the dryer when you dry your clothes.

Aromatherapy in Your Bedroom

If you want to use essential oils to reduce stress or help you sleep, put a drop of oils on the underside of your pillowcase.  Just remember to not put it where your skin will be in contact all night and always do a spot test.  

Keep Your Bathroom Fresh

Keep your bathroom fresh by putting a few drops of essential oils on the inside of a toilet paper tube. When the roll spins, it will freshen the room.  I like lemon essential oil.

Aromatherapy Tissues

This is a great essential oil hack for cold and flu season or when we are fighting allergies.  Carefully open the sides of a box of tissues.  Put two drops of essential oils on each side, then tape or glue closed.  The oils will make each tissue smell wonderfully.  Learn about the best essential oils for cold and flu here.

Freshen Shoes

Freshen your shoes overnight by putting a few drops of oils on a cotton ball and stuffing it inside your shoe.  My favorite oil to use is actually the Breathe Easy blend because it helps get rid of odors fast.

You can also use tea tree oil, lemon essential oil, or eucalyptus essential oil.

Repel Moths

If you have clothes stored for the long term, repel moths by placing a few drops of cedarwood essential oil on a cotton ball.  Put a cotton ball in each drawer or a few in a cabinet or closet.

Repel Pests

If you have ants, flies, or even mice, peppermint will scare them away.  Place peppermint essential oil on a cotton ball and place in areas where you want to repel pests.

Freshen Your Trashcan

Your trashcan holds a lot of ick each day, so it's bound to get funky smelling.  Put a few drops of lemon essential oil or tea tree oil on a cotton ball.  Put it in the bottom of the can.  Replace as needed.

Solid Carrier Oil Stick

Nearly all essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil before you apply it to your skin.  I like to make roller bottle, but there are some oils that I don't use often enough to have a roller bottle for.  I made this solid carrier oil stick as an easy way to apply oils.  

Remove Grease From Clothes 

Grease stains on your clothes are so stubborn!  Add a few drops of lemon essential oil and rub on the stain.  Wash, but do not dry.  Inspect it to make sure the stain is gone before you dry it.

Freshen Clothes

If you need to refresh a piece of clothing but can't or don't want to dry clean it, put it in the dryer with a few drops of lemon essential oil.  Just be careful that there are no stains on the clothes because the heat could set in stains.  

Don't Rewash Clothes

If you don't want to rewash your clothes after they've sat in the washer too long, add 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil to the clothes and dry as usual.  The funky scent should be gone.

Remove Grease From Pots and Pans

If you have stubborn grease on a pain, add a few drops of lemon essential oil to your dish water.  It will help dissolve the grease.

Get Every Last Drop of Oils

When your bottle is empty, it might still have some oils in it.  Remove the dropper part and add a few drops of a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil.  Put the cap back on, give it a good shake.  You should be able to get the last few drops out now.

Have you used any of these essential oil hacks?

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