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How to use essential oils around the home

We cover everything you need to know when it comes to essential oils for cleaning and scenting your home.


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Do you love their scent but sometimes wonder how to use essential oils? There are many essential oil uses – from relaxation to home fragrance – but did you know you can even use some antibacterial oils for cleaning? To learn more, let’s look at how you can integrate essential oils into your cleaning routine for the best results.

Whether you use eucalyptus oil for cleaning or another essence, use it sparingly. A little goes a long way!


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What are the best essential oils for cleaning?

  • There are lots of different essential oils available on the market but our favourites for cleaning are:
  • Tea tree – a great dirt buster, use it to clean makeup brushes and stay blemish-free.
  • Peppermint – strong and hygienic, use it to add freshness to the bathroom.
  • Eucalyptus – a natural antibacterial, use eucalyptus oil for cleaning surfaces and leaving a fresh, clean scent behind.
  • Lavender – a great sleep aide, use it on bedroom sheets and linens to drift off easily.
  • Lemon – a tough cleaner, there are lemon essential oil uses all around the home from neutralising food odours to antibacterial kitchen care.

How to use essential oils for cleaning

To clean with your chosen oil, follow these steps:

  1. Add a few drops of your essential oil onto a cleaning cloth.
  2. Rub over lightly soiled surfaces to clean dirt and add a soft fragrance.
  3. Mix white vinegar with your essential oil in a spray bottle.
  4. Spray liberally onto dirtier areas – like the bathroom and kitchen – to cut through grease, soap scum, and other stubborn marks.
Wild orange essential oil is tough on grease. Combine it with castile soap and water to wipe down grimy surfaces.

How to use essential oils to scent a room

Just want to use essential oils to fragrance your room? Try one of these options:

  • Add essential oils to a diffuser. Plug the diffuser in and select an appropriate setting to release regular fragrance or use a reed diffuser that works by placing wooden sticks in a bottle of essential oil and water.
  • Add essential oils to linens. A few drops on curtains, cushions, and bed linen can help bring a stronger scent to your room. Use carefully to avoid stains.
  • Add essential oils to potpourri or decorations. This is a great way to get lasting fragrance but make sure the essential oil won’t damage the item first.

Those are our top tips on how to use essential oils around your home for both cleaning and fragrance. There are a lot more essential oil uses than just smelling good so get inspired and see how using antibacterial oils for cleaning could work for your home.

Key steps

To use essential oils around the home, follow these key steps:

  1. Choose the best essential oils for cleaning different areas: there are lots of lemon essential oil uses in the kitchen while lavender is better for the bedroom.
  2. Add a few drops to white vinegar to create a sweet-smelling cleaner.
  3. Wipe surfaces with a cloth with a few drops of oil to clean and add a nice scent.
  4. Use essential oils in a diffuser, on fabrics, or in potpourri for long-lasting fragrance.

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