Essential oil hacks don't just work for your body, but for your home too!
With the right essential oils on hand, you can care for your home, body, and mind naturally. There are practical uses for every oil, but some are more versatile and potent than others. You may also find that some are more beneficial for your individual needs than others.
To make it easy to select the right essential oils for your homestead, we’re going to share some of our favorite essential oil hacks. Keep those that you find useful and come back later to check out the rest again. You never know when your need for essential oils may change.
1. Use clothespins as a natural fragrance diffuser for every room of your home.
Find an essential oil with a pleasant aroma that you would like to smell in your home. Place a few drops of that oil on a clothespin, and then clip it on the underside of an air vent. Every time the air turns on, that oil will blow into the room and create a pleasant home fragrance.
You can do this for any room of your home that has an air vent. You can also use any oil. Replenish the oil drops as needed to keep your home smelling fresh.
2. Freshen your home by adding essential oils to your vacuum.
Do you have rooms without vents or prefer to freshen up the air without using your vents? If you have a vacuum cleaner with a filter, simply add a few drops of essential oil to the filter. You can also infuse a small piece of paper or tissue with the essential oil and then sweep it up. As you continue sweeping, you will infuse the air with the oil’s aroma.
3. Deter spiders with peppermint essential oil.
Do you have a family of spiders interfering with the happiness of your own family? Whether the problem is in your home, an outbuilding, or garage, you can use a little peppermint oil to turn the spider family around. Mix about 15 drops of the oil in a one-cup spray bottle and simply spray lightly in that area.
You just want to spray a little on baseboards, under doors, and in other choice locations to deter spiders from entering the space. Don’t saturate your home with the oil.
4. Reduce fever naturally with an essential oil sponge bath.
Mix frankincense essential oil with rosemary, peppermint, or eucalyptus essential oils and add to lukewarm water. Dip a soft washcloth or another fabric into the mixture and use it to give yourself or someone else a fever-reducing sponge bath. You can also add the essential oils to milk and add it to bath water.
5. Control flies with lemongrass essential oil in your diffuser.
Diffuse lemongrass essential oil into a room and watch the flies depart rather quickly. This is also an uplifting oil that you can diffuse all day to keep your space fly-free while feeling more energized and productive.
6. Use lemon essential oil to remove grease stains in clothing.
Do you know the frustration of putting on a clean shirt only to notice the dark spots left by grease from a messy dinner? You can prevent this problem if you act fast.
When food or another source of grease drops on clothing, rub two or three drops of lemon essential oil on the spot and toss it in the wash. It will likely come out grease-free. It may take another round of essential oil to remove tough grease stains, especially if they’ve set into the fabric.
7. Ease migraines quickly with peppermint or lavender essential oils.
Simply place a drop of lavender or peppermint essential oil on the back of the neck and each temple to calm a migraine naturally. Or tension headaches, try peppermint oil eucalyptus oil on the temples and forehead.
8. Add disinfectant qualities to your mop water.
This is perhaps one of the simplest essential oil hacks. Before mopping your floors, add a couple drops of pine, tea tree, or lemon essential oil to the water. These oils smell great in the home and have disinfectant properties that will help keep your home clean.
9. Clean your dishes with lemon essential oil.
When you don’t have dishwashing liquid or tabs on hand, use a few drops of lemon essential oil instead. You can place the oil direction into the soap dispenser in your dishwasher and simply turn it on. You only need a few drops to get the job done.
10. Bring the butterflies to your flowerbeds or garden.
Infuse cotton balls with lavender essential oil or wild orange essential oil and place them in your flowerbed or garden. The aroma will naturally attract more butterflies, giving you something pretty to look at or even entertain the kids in the spring and summer.
11. Infuse your tissues with essential oils for instant aromatherapy.
Do you use essential oils to ease anxiety or lift your mood on a tough day? Open the ends of a rectangle cardboard tissue box, and add a couple drops of the essential oil to each flap. Tape it closed and allow the essential oils to naturally infuse every tissue in the box. Just don’t add too much oil. A little goes a long way with this essential oil hack.
12. Rub on the essential oils to help control pain naturally.
Every homestead should have some pain-relieving essential oils on hand. You never know when someone will need fast relief when over-the-counter pain medications aren’t available. You can also use these essential oils in combination with medication to increase the pain relief with no risk.
The following essential oils have pain-relieving properties that may help with certain aches and pains:
13. Make your own essential oil bathroom cleaner.
If you want to clean your bathroom without the chemicals, mix up this recipe in an empty spray bottle to clean the tub and sink while freshening the air:
You can shake this up by using lime or lemon essential oil instead of the bergamot.
14. Wash fresh produce to eliminate pesticides and germs quickly.
Fill a bowl with water and add a couple drops of lemon essential oil to create a natural wash for fruits and vegetables. This is a good way to remove germs for the protection of your family.
15. Make the switch to dryer balls for fresher laundry.
If you’ve learned to make your own dryer sheets, you may want to ditch that time-consuming process and make the move to dryer balls. Either buy some or stuff yarn in an old pair of nylon hose to make your own. Add a couple drops of an essential oil, and you will naturally infuse your clothing with the aroma.
16. Quickly boost energy by inhaling peppermint oil.
Tackling a big project that will take all of your energy? Keep a small bottle of peppermint oil in your pocket and take a quick whiff from time to time. It will instantly boost your energy to keep you going from start to finish. You can also add a drop of peppermint oil to a scarf or other item that you’re wearing during the task.
17. Deodorize your trash cans – or keep the pests away.
Infuse a cotton ball with a few drops of an essential oil, and then place it at the bottom of your trash can under the bag. You can use oils that naturally drive away pests or go with an aroma that beats the smell of trash. About any essential oil will do under those terms.
18. Relieve arthritis with a DIY pain-relieving lotion.
Add the following to your favorite lotion to create a natural pain reliever targeted to arthritis pain:
You can use this lotion along with other pain remedies or in their absence if pain medication isn’t available.
19. Make your own essential oil moth balls.
You don’t have to buy moth balls if you have cotton balls and lavender essential oil on hand. Add a couple drops of the oil to the balls and place them wherever you would use moth balls. Lavender oil certainly smells a lot better than commercial moth balls.
20. Use peppermint oil to plump your lips naturally and quickly.
How do you get that plump lip look without injecting chemicals? Just add a drop or two of peppermint oil to your favorite liquid lip gloss. It will give your lips a little tingle while slightly plumping them up naturally. Just shake the tube to make sure the oil is evenly distributed before you apply to your lips.
21. Soothe burns with lavender essential oil and aloe vera.
Add a drop or two of lavender essential oil to your aloe vera to soothe minor burns and start the healing process. Lavender is also very soothing and calming, so it can help with emotional reactions to painful burns.
22. Clean windows and mirrors without streaks.
Want to make your own cleaner for streak-free windows and mirrors? Try wild orange essential oil mixed with a bit of water in a spray bottle. You’ll infuse your home with an uplifting aroma known to boost energy as well, so choose your cleaning times wisely.
23. Calm asthma and bronchitis with a homemade topical application.
Mix coconut oil with peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils to create a rub-on treatment for asthma and bronchitis. You only need a drop or two of each oil. Rub direction on the skin to improve breathing and soothe many symptoms of bronchitis and other illnesses.
24. Keep bugs out of food with a DIY essential oil cleaning spray.
Before storing food in a pantry, closet, garage, or spare building, clean the shelves with white vinegar mixed with one of the following essential oils:
These oils are known to deter a variety of bugs that may find their way into your food supplies. Simply wiping all areas around the food with this cleaning spray can help keep them away.
25. Use your fan as a room deodorizer.
Do you have ceiling fans in your home? If so, tape cotton balls with up to seven drops of essential oil to the blades. Each spin will naturally infuse your room with the aroma.
When selecting products for your essential oil hacks, it’s important to note the difference between essential oils and fragrance oils. They’re often confused when shopping in local stores because they’re often placed close to one another on the shelf. It’s best to shop online for essential oils because you can see details about the source of the oil and the reliability of the seller.
Most essential oils will last two to three years before they start to degrade. If you want to keep an essential oil on hand for potential future use, keep this expiration in mind before you invest in large quantities that you may not use in time. You can place your oils in the fridge to extend their lives, but make sure to seal them in a bag or you’ll infuse everything in the fridge.