Since discovering how to make my own cleaners I have fallen in love with two things! Castile Soap and Essential Oils! So today I decided to run over a few simple ideas on how to use your essential oil, other than in the regular everyday cleaners. I love essential oils so much I started to collect all the different ones, and I soon had so many I had to figure out what to do with them all!
My favorite recipe with just essential oil and water is the air freshener. It works great around the house and in the car! Pick your favorite smelling essential oil. Place about 20-30 drops in a spray bottle of water, shake well, and start spraying where ever you want a pretty smell. I remember having the store brand air freshener sprays and wondering what I was inhaling as the spray would just hit me in the face; it was a bit scary to think about. Now lemon essential oil is known to be a good deodorant so if I feel like it actually smells bad somewhere I use that. The lemon also smells wonderful, but if I just want things to smell refreshing I tend to go for my orange essential oil as I love that smell! You can also just drop a few drops on a tissue or pad of some sort and leave that in your car, kitchen or where ever and let that infuse your space with a wonderful smell. Make sure to keep out of reach of children so they do not attempt to eat it.
Humidifiers. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to your humidifier. I like to add a few drops of tea tree essential oil as it is known to fight mold and as we all know mold can be very dangerous when in a humidifier. Another good essential oil for your humidifier is lavender as it is calming and relaxing, so if someone in the house is sick it will help relieve them.
Baths! If my children are really sick I stick them in the bath with a few drops of lavender essential oil, you really only need 2-5 drops, I would not put more as it will get pretty strong smelling. After my kids always seem renewed giving us enough time to get them to sleep before it starts getting really bad again.
Mold fighting spray and shower daily cleaner. Place 15-20 drops of tea tree essential oil in a bottle of water. Spray on any walls where you worry about mold and wipe down. You can also spray your shower with this. Tea tree essential oil is known for two things, fighting bacteria and fighting mold. So it makes a great daily shower cleaner to help things stay clean between normal cleanings. It really is more of a preventative measure than an actual fighter of mold. If you already have mold you may need to explore other measures to get rid of it.
If you use fragrance free laundry detergents, or forget about the laundry in the washer for a bit, place a few drops of lemon essential oil in there, and it will remove any odor. You can also use any other essential oil if you just want it to smell like your favorite one.
Good night. If you or your children are having problems sleeping place a few drops of lavender essential oil on a tissue or pad and place it under your pillow. You will relax and be able to sleep in no time!
Enjoy those essential oils! And if you don’t want as many as me, then just get lavender essential oil and tea tree essential oil and you can do about everything between the two.