Essential oils offer amazing benefits for moms and families. I use essential oils daily for various purposes in my home. Through the use of diffusers in our living spaces, we’re able to easily enjoy the aromatherapy properties that oils have to offer.
But did you know that a diffuser is not your only choice? Today, I am sharing fun ways you can use essential oils in your home in addition to the diffuser you already love.
Use Essential Oils to Make DIY Household Cleaners
Okay, I’ll admit cleaning isn’t my favorite thing, but it is a whole lot better when you incorporate essential oils into the daily grind. Citrus essential oils are my absolute favorites for DIY household cleaners, especially for the kitchen and bath. Lemon is a powerful antibacterial and is the most commonly used essential oil for household cleaning.
I prefer orange essential oil personally, for the delightful scent, and love using this DIY orange wood cleaner on my floors and furniture. I also add orange oil, or seasonal oils like peppermint, to my steam mop cover right before I mop to fill the entire kitchen with a lovely scent. It’s aromatherapy while I work!
This DIY soft scrub is another great way to use the power of essential oils in cleaning. Or if you prefer – just use the Ava Shield Hard Surface Cleaning Concentrate from Rocky Mountain Oils. (Purchase the AVA Shield set in the next few days and get an extra hand soap for free!)
Use Essential Oils for a DIY Spa Day
Essential oils have been used for centuries to enhance beauty and it’s quite fun to make on your own DIY beauty treatments. Scrubs, bath bombs, shampoos, and facials can all be made using essential oils and other natural ingredients. We actually have an entire DIY Spa Day for Moms planned for you with recipes so you can treat yourself from head to toe!
Add A Personal Touch with Essential Oils
Add a drop of your favorite essential oil to the outside of an envelope when gifting or mailing a card, letter, or package. The recipient will enjoy the extra effort you put in and the personal touch, and the scent will add an extra bright spot to their day. My personal favorite oil for sharing in this way is peppermint.
Fireside Aroma with Essential Oils
Bring your fire to life by adding in the aroma of essential oils. Simply apply a few drops of your favorite oil to a dry log; allow it to permeate for a few days and then burn as usual. (For safety, it’s important that you allow the oil to rest for at least three days prior to burning.) A few favorite scents for fires include Cinnamon Bark, Sandalwood, and Vetiver essential oils.
Scented Light Bulbs with Essential Oils
Make sure your light bulb is cold and not in use. Apply 1 or 2 drops of essential oil to the top of the bulb. Next time you turn it on, the heat will warm the oil and give off a pleasing scent. You can also buy lightbulb diffuser rings to carry the oil.
Use Essential Oils for Homemade Potpourri
This one is super fun to throw together. First you’ll want to gather an assortment of dried flowers, leaves, petals, pine cones, or wood chips and place in a decorative glass or ceramic bowl or basket. Or just purchase an unscented pinecone mix like I did.
Using a dropper, add in 5-9 drops of essential oils or a blend and mix gently. Voila! You have both a beautiful and inviting potpourri that’ll last ages (just keep adding oils as the scent starts to fade). Potpourri also makes a wonderful inexpensive gift for giving, especially during the holidays.
Refresh Everything using Essential Oils
With a piece of terry cloth or cotton balls and a few drops of essential oils, the possibilities are endless. You can apply the oils to either the terry cloth or cotton ball and place in a drawer or closet to freshen up the wardrobe. Use a piece of terry cloth or a wool dryer ball with 2-3 drops of essential oil in the dryer and it can replace those expensive dryer sheets.
Put 1-2 cotton balls with oil applied inside your vacuum, laundry bin, or garbage cans. Whip up a homemade air spray and spritz to your heart’s content to brighten up a room. Stick a treated cotton ball in your towel closet, stinky kids’ shoes, or anywhere you need a little freshness.