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101 Best Household Uses For Essential Oils

Numerous cultures have been using essential oils for thousands of years to treat diseases, promote better health, and for numerous household purposes. In the past few years, essential oils have grown in popularity and understanding as more people are embracing a holistic approach to cleaning, healing, and wellness. 

These non-toxic, inexpensive, natural products have hundreds, if not thousands, of uses, and smelling great is just the tip of the iceberg.

Adding essential oils to your cleaning cupboard, medicine cabinet, and beauty regimen is easy, and we’re here to help you find the best uses for you and your family. The vast and varied uses for these botanical extracts may astound you, so keep reading to learning some of the many different ways you can use essential oils around your home.

What Are Essential Oils

Various parts of plants are distilled and then extracted to create essential oils. This yields compounds from the resin, roots, bark, leaves, and flowers of hundreds of species of plants. These highly concentrated oils not only have a strong scent but powerful healing and wellness capabilities.

There are so many choices today when it comes to buying essential oils. From basic, pure oils to blends, they are easy to find in today’s marketplace.

101 Household Uses For Essential Oils

Cleaning and Freshening

1. Add a few drops of grapefruit, bergamot, lime, or lemongrass essential oil to a refrigerator box of baking soda the next time you clean your refrigerator. You’ll have a fresh, clean-smelling refrigerator for several months.

2. If you have lingering food odors in your home, place a pot of water in your stove to simmer, then add a few drops of cinnamon, clove, or any citrus essential oil to clean the air.

3. Get a fresh burst of clean scent every time you vacuum. Place a few drops of your favorite essential oil on a cotton ball, then drop it in your vacuum’s filter container or bag. You’ll get clean carpets and fresh air every time you vacuum.

4. To keep your trash bins smelling fresh, sprinkle the bottom of the bin with baking soda, add a few drops of lemon, grapefruit, or geranium essential oil, then place your bag in as usual. No more food odors!

5. Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to your dish sponge after every few uses to keep it fresh and disinfected.

6. Create your own pet deodorizer spray. Fill a small spray bottle with apple cider vinegar, then mix in ten drops of lemon, lavender, or geranium essential oil. Shake well, then spritz on carpet, pet bedding, in the air, or anywhere pet odors are a problem.

7. Kill mold spores in the air by using tea tree oil in your favorite diffuser.

8. You can use lemon or orange essential oil to dissolve sticky or stubborn substances. Add a few drops to glue, chewing gum, wax, or other hard-to-remove stains, and rub.

9. Create a homemade countertop disinfectant by combining three ounces of warm water with three drops each of tea tree oil and lemon oil in a spray bottle. Use this to spray countertops to create a germ-free kitchen.

10. Make your own produce wash using grapefruit or lemon essential oil. Add water to a large bowl or your sink, add several drops of oil, then soak or rinse fruits and vegetables before storing them in your refrigerator.

11. Remove soap scum from your shower naturally. In a large spray bottle, add four drops of tea tree oil and four drops of eucalyptus oil to warm water. Spray your shower, then wipe down to reduce mold and eliminate residue on surfaces.

12. You can also create your own bathroom scrub. Add one-half cup of vinegar and five drops of lime or orange essential oil to one-half cup baking soda, then immediately scrub your bathtub, shower, or sink.

13. If you already use natural cleansers, you can boost their cleaning and deodorizing powers by adding just a few drops of either grapefruit, lemon, or orange essential oil.

14. Sprinkle a few drops of citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, lavender, or peppermint essential oil around doors and windows to keep flying insects at bay.

15. If you have unwanted pests that you want to eliminate, combine clove and orange essential oil together, then spritz on pests to kill them on contact.

16. If you have burnt-on food stuck to cookware, add water and a few drops of lemon essential oil, then bring to a boil. Allow to sit until the water cools, then the food should come right off.

17. Clean your carpets with your own carpet powder. Add several cups of borax and 20 drops of tea tree oil together, then shake onto carpet before vacuuming or using a carpet cleaner.

18. Keep your bedding mite-free by adding several drops of eucalyptus essential oil and water to your next load of sheets or blankets.

19. Add lasting fragrance to your sheets or towels, as well. Start with a clean rag or washcloth, then sprinkle this with ten to fifteen drops of your favorite essential oil. Place this in the dryer when you are drying your linens to infuse a fresh scent that will last until your next washing.

20. Keep your carpets smelling fresh with homemade carpet deodorizer. Add baking soda and several drops of lavender, lemon, peppermint, or bergamot essential oil. Sprinkle the mixture over carpet, allowing it to rest for at least 15 minutes. Vacuum and enjoy fresh, clean carpets.

21. If you have a child or adult in your home who plays sports, you know how smelly sports gear can get. Start with two quarts of warm water, then add two drops each of lemon and tea tree essential oil. Add four tablespoon of baking soda to this, and use this mixture to clean sports equipment, uniforms, and other musty or stinky gear.

22. To assist your dishwasher in giving a spot-free rinse every time, add three drops of lemon essential oil to your dishwasher before beginning the wash cycle. You’ll be amazed at the difference.

23. Painting your home can give you a fresh, beautiful new look but also leave you with lingering paint odors. Add ten to twenty drops of peppermint essential oil to your can of paint before applying, and lingering odors are a thing of the past.

24. If you have a space that smells of cigarette smoke, try this natural solution. Combine four drops each of eucalyptus, tea tree, and rosemary essential oils into a small spray bottle. Spritz this around your home wherever smoke smells linger, and you’ll notice the difference.

Beauty Care

Some essential oils are not appropriate to be used directly on skin, teeth, or hair. You may see instructions that call for them to be added to a carrier oil, which is a neutral oil that dilutes the concentration of the essential oil, making it safe for application to the skin, mouth, or hair.

The most common and popular carrier oils include coconut oil, almond oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, rosehip oil, and almond oil. Other oils that have specific health or beauty benefits can also be used, depending on the purpose of the application.

25. Create your own acne facial wash to help heal blemishes and prevent new ones. Start with raw honey and then add several drops of tea tree oil. Rub this mixture onto your face, especially in blemish-prone areas, then rinse with warm water.

26. Freshen your breath naturally with just a single drop of peppermint essential oil on your toothbrush or on your tongue.

27. Do you have discolored areas of skin or age spots you’d like to remove? Use a cotton swab to apply frankincense essential oil to age spots, sun spots, or other areas of discoloration up to three times per day. You should notice an improvement in a few weeks.

28. If you have dandruff and would like to treat it naturally, you can create your own scalp treatment. Start with three tablespoons of jojoba oil, coconut oil, or the carrier oil of your choice. Add five drops of lavender and rosemary essential oils. Massage this mixture into your scalp, leaving it to sit for at least ten minutes. After this time, shampoo and condition your hair as you normally would. Repeat daily for up to five days, then use once or twice a week to maintain a dandruff-free scalp.

29. When you get a blister, essential oils can help. Combine one tablespoon of coconut or other carrier oil with several drops of tea tree oil. Massage this mixture into your blister up to five times per day to prevent infection, heal skin, and moisturize the affected area.

30. Exfoliate your face and enjoy softer skin with these facial scrubs. Start with almond oil, then add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Next, add brown sugar, raw sugar, or rock salt to create your own sugar or salt scrub. Or, you can combine five drops each of lavender, patchouli, and grapefruit essential oils to one-fourth cup of cornmeal and one-fourth cup yogurt to create your own facial scrub/cleanser. Both will leave your face feeling clean and soft.

31. Make your own healing, moisturizing body butter with this simple mixture. Combine several drops of the essential oil of your choice with equal parts coconut oil, magnesium oil, and shea butter. Mix thoroughly, then apply to arms, legs, torso, neck, hands, and wherever else might need a little extra moisture. 

32. If you have oily hair and would like a natural remedy to help reduce the grease, combine two drops each of rosemary, lime, and ylang-ylang essential oil with two ounces of any carrier oil of your choice. Use this mixture to massage your scalp three times per week, shampooing your hair after each application.

33. For dry, chapped lips, create a natural lip balm using beeswax, coconut oil, and three drops of lavender essential oil. Combine thoroughly and apply to your lips as needed for softer, smoother skin.

34. When you need a refresh to your scent in the middle of a long, hot day, try this natural body spray. Combine four ounces of water with ten drops of your favorite essential oil in a spray bottle. Keep this in your bag, briefcase, or tote and apply as needed to repel body odor and keep you smelling fresh all day.

35. Freshen your feet and keep your skin and nails healthy with this refreshing foot bath. Combine several drops of eucalyptus or lemon essential oil with a large tub of warm water. Soak your feet for at least fifteen minutes, or until the water turns cool. Pat dry.

36. You can make your own shampoo using essential oils and just a few ingredients. Start with one cup of coconut milk, then add one-half cup aloe vera gel. Add three drops each rosemary and lavender essential oil, then combine well. Use this mixture as you would regular shampoo.

37. You can also make your own conditioner! To provide moisture to your hand after washing, combine one to two cups of an unscented carrier oil of your choice with 15 drops of rosewood essential oil and five drops each of lavender and sandalwood essential oils. Warm this mixture slightly before applying by placing the container in warm water, then apply to your hair before wrapping in a shower cap or plastic wrap for at least 20 minutes. After this time, shampoo as you normally would.

38. If you have bruises you would like to heal faster, you can create a holistic compress to help them heal quickly. Start with four ounces of warm water, then add five drops each of frankincense and lavender essential oils. Dunk a washcloth in this mixture, squeeze out the excess water, then apply this to the bruise or injury for up to 15 minutes. You can place a dry towel over the washcloth to keep the heat in, as well.

39. Use lavender oil directly on bug bites to soothe itching and relieve the sting.

40. If your teeth are not as white as you would like, try essential oils. Combine two fresh strawberries with coconut oil and lemon essential oil. Mash this together, then rub on your teeth. Wait for five minutes, then rinse with fresh water.

41. You can also make your own natural toothpaste. Combine coconut oil, sea salt, and baking soda with several drops of peppermint oil. Dip your toothbrush in this mixture, then brush as you normally would. This will provide your teeth with much-needed minerals as well as remove plaque and kill germs.

42. If you have a burn, you can boost the healing power of aloe vera by adding a few drops of lavender essential oil. This will calm burns and heal skin faster.

43. If you would like to have stronger nails, try this natural remedy. Start with two tablespoons of Vitamin E oil, then add ten drops each of myrrh, lemon, and frankincense essential oils. Rub this mixture into your cuticles daily for two weeks, then weekly after that time.

44. To get toner skin, start with eight ounces of water, then add two drops each of frankincense, geranium, and lavender essential oils. Spritz onto your face to tighten skin when needed.

45. Reduce the appearance of wrinkles using essential oils, too. Mix your favorite carrier oil with five drops each frankincense, lavender, geranium, and sandalwood essential oils. Apply to your face, avoiding close proximity with your eyes.

46. If you would like to detoxify your skin and relieve tired muscles, soak in a warm bath that includes sea salt, Epsom salts, and lavender essential oil. This will rejuvenate and cleanse your body and skin, leaving you feeling refreshed and relaxed.

47. Help fend off the harmful UV of the sun with this natural sunscreen. Combine lavender essential oil with shea butter, zinc oxide, coconut oil, and helichrysum essential oil. Store the combined mixture in a squeeze bottle and apply as needed. This non-toxic, homemade sunscreen can protect sensitive skin and moisturize at the same time.

48. If you get a little too much sun, though, you can also use essential oils to calm a sunburn. Combine one tablespoon of coconut oil with a few drops of either chamomile or lavender essential oil, then apply to your skin using a cotton square. This will reduce pain and swelling.

49. Women can make their own natural deodorant. Combine beeswax and coconut oil with several drops of either tea tree or lavender essential oil, or the scent of your choice. Apply as needed.

50. Men can make their own natural deodorant, too. Combine the same beeswax and coconut oil and opt for scents like clove or cedarwood essential oils, or the scent of your choice.

51. If you want to make your own perfume using essential oils, you’ll get a fresh scent that is good for your skin. You can just apply a few drops of oil to your wrist for a natural fragrance, or you can dab your favorite scent behind your ears or sprinkle in your hair. Common and popular scents include jasmine, lavender, and vanilla essential oils for women and clove, cypress, or patchouli essential oils for men.

Health and Wellness

52. If you have nausea, try rubbing wither nutmeg or ginger essential oils into the soles of your feet, then relaxing for a bit until the sickness passes.

53. If you are having trouble breathing, due to asthma or a respiratory infection, you can inhale the scent of lavender or eucalyptus essential oils to open your airway. Create a chest rub by mixing equal parts carrier oil and essential oil, then rubbing into your chest and on the soles of your feet at night when you lay down, as well.

54. Essential oils are also helpful when coping with menstrual cramps. Start with four parts carrier oil, then mix one part of your choice of rosemary, basil, or sage essential oil. Massage this mixture into your abdomen, then cover this with a warm compress for about 20 minutes. Repeat as needed to alleviate menstrual pain.

55. Give your immune system a boost when you are exposed to others who are sick by running oregano essential oil into the soles of your feet.

56. If you are traveling and will be exposed to recycled air and lots of people, make your own immune-boosting spray by combining equal parts rosemary, lemon, eucalyptus, clove, and cinnamon essential oils. Dilute this in water using a small spray bottle. Always shake well before using.

57. If you are experiencing hair loss, stop it in its tracks with this hair treatment. Combine carrier oil with several drops of yarrow, thyme, rosemary, and burdock root essential oils.

58. If you have a headache, get relief fast by combining six parts carrier oil with two parts each lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint essential oils. Massage this mixture into your temples, on your neck, across your forehead, behind your ears, or under your nose for swift relief from pain and tension.

59. Your tired muscles will feel better when you soak in a bath that includes Epsom salts as well as safe, basil, and eucalyptus essential oils.

60. If you have stiff joints, try this massage treatment. Combine one teaspoon of carrier oil with two drops of either vetiver, juniper, or wintergreen essential oil. Massage this mixture into your achy joints for a cooling, relaxing sensation.

61. If your stomach is upset with indigestion, or if you have a leaky gut, try swallowing a few drops of ginger, fennel, or peppermint essential oil.

62. To help boost your mood when you are feeling depressed, try rose essential oils in your diffuser or bath. This can enhance your spirits and relieve depressive feelings.

63. If you are feeling nauseous due to morning sickness, inhale ginger, lemon, or orange essential oils. Place a drop on your palms, rub together, then place over your nose, or place a few drops on a handkerchief, then inhale.

64. For those who suffer from motion sickness, essential oils can help, too. Use ginger, lavender, or peppermint essential oil and inhale in the same way described above.

65. If you have a sore muscle, create your own muscle rub by combining coconut oil with cayenne pepper and several drops of ginger, peppermint, and cypress essential oils. Massage into sore muscles for quick relief.

67. For those with seasonal allergies, inhale deeply from lavender or frankincense essential oils rubbed into your palms. This will quiet itchy throats and eyes quickly.

68. To reduce a fever, apply three drops of lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus essential oils to a cool washcloth. Sponge onto your body, reapplying as needed.

69. To clean and disinfect scrapes or cuts, use tea tree or lavender essential oil diluted with the carrier oil of your choice.

70. If you overindulged on alcohol, essential oils can help your hangover. Take a warm bath and add six drops each of rosemary, lavender, lemon, grapefruit, cedarwood, and juniper berry essential oils.

71. For those having trouble sleeping, lavender and chamomile are excellent sleep aids. Sprinkle a drop or two on your pillow to help you get to sleep faster or place the oil on a cotton ball you place near your head while sleeping.

72. For those with arthritis, you can get relief from your pain and inflammation by combining two drops each of lemongrass, cypress, and wintergreen essential oils with the carrier oil of your choice. Massage this into your achy joints or affected areas as needed.

73. Migraine sufferers can try combining two drops of peppermint and lavender essential oils, then applying to the temples with migraine symptoms start to appear.

74. If you have tension that may be causing you pain or just anxiety, massaging a few drops of lavender essential oil behind or under your ears. Focus on the area just behind your jaw. You can also try rubbing this into your stiff neck muscles or temples to relax you.

75. Boost your weight loss efforts by combining equal parts cinnamon, ginger, and grapefruit essential oils. Take two drops three times per day as a weight loss supplement to boost your metabolism and help you reach your weight loss goals.

76. If you find yourself dealing with head lice, you can use essential oils to treat your scalp. Start with coconut oil, then add three drops each of eucalyptus, lavender, and thyme essential oils. Apply this to your scalp, cover with a shower cap, and leave the mixture on for at least a half of an hour. Shampoo as you normally would, then comb with a nit comb to remove lice and eggs.

77. Ringworm is another insidious invader that you want to get rid of quickly. Combine coconut oil with tea tree oil, then massage the mixture into the areas affects. Repeat this twice per day until the ringworm is gone.

General Aromatherapy Uses

78. If you want your next indoor fire to smell even better, place ten drops of your favorite essential oil onto dry firewood, allowing it to soak in for a few days before burning. When you light the fire, the aroma will permeate the house and add depth to your fire experience.

79. Silk flowers are pretty but don’t add much atmosphere to your home. Spruce yours up by spraying them with water that contains several drops of your favorite floral essential oil. Refresh as you like.

80. If you have a long drive or night of intense studying or work ahead of you, get energized by inhalations of sage, frankincense, peppermint, basil, lemon, lavender, or lemongrass essential oils.

81. Refresh the scent of your car by sprinkling your upholstery and carpet with baking soda that also includes either ylang-ylang, peppermint, lemon, or geranium essential oils. Use a small bit to deodorize, or use more, then vacuum, to clean your car of odors.

82. If your favorite candle still has lots of wick left but not more scent, try adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the hot melted wax close to the wick. Wait for a few minutes after lighting the candle before adding essential oils.

83. If the air conditioner in your car has a sour or musty odor, dab a cotton ball with cedarwood, lavender, or lemon essential oil, then clip it to your air vents.

84. The next time you take a bath, try adding chamomile, bergamot, cedarwood, or lavender to your water to relax your spirit as well as your body.

85. If you want to give your office mates an energy boost, try jasmine, orange, basil, or ylang-ylang essential oils in your desktop diffuser.

86. To create a general air freshener, add 20 drops of your favorite essential oil to a spray bottle filled with water. Shake well, then spray as needed to add aroma, tamp down bad odors, or provide energy or relaxation to the space.

87. If you are looking to enhance your mood, add rose, chamomile, orange, or lavender to your diffuser.

88. If relaxation is your goal, though, bergamot, cedarwood, and chamomile are excellent diffuser choices.

89. If you have a favorite scent you would like to use to infuse your whole home, sprinkle several drops onto your furnace filter. Be sure to refresh each month.

90. Add a personal touch to all your written correspondence by adding a drop of your favorite essential oil to all your cards and letters.

91. If you have an upset child, create a soothing toy by sprinkling their favorite stuffed animal with chamomile or lavender essential oil.

92. If it’s time for a workout and you need a little boost, inhale some peppermint essential oil to reduce fatigue and get you ready to sweat.

93. Spritz your yoga mat with equal parts citrus and clove essential oils to kill germs and remove odors. If you need to relax before a meditation or yoga session, try inhaling sandalwood or lavender essential oils.

94. If you are seeking spiritual enlightenment through meditation, prayer, or reading, put frankincense in your diffuser to focus your mind.

95. Calm anxiety by adding lavender essential oils to your diffuser.

96. To help your body and mind relax, massage a mixture of equal parts peppermint, lavender, and chamomile essential oils into your temples.

97. To relax after a hard day, add equal drops of grapefruit, peppermint, and basil essential oils to your diffuser.

98. To cleanse the air in small spaces, like a bathroom, add several drops of your favorite citrus essential oil to a cotton ball, then tuck this away in a small space, such as behind the toilet.

99. To boost your concentration, such as before a big test or important meeting, inhale grapefruit, peppermint, or bergamot essential oils.

100. To curb your cravings for food, especially sugary treats, inhale cinnamon and peppermint essential oils.

101. The next time you have a massage, add a few drops of lavender or cedarwood essential oil to the massage oil to enhance the relaxing effect.

Using Essential Oils

The list of uses for essential oils seems endless, and there are so many more oils to choose from than ever before. Many people make their own blends based on what works best for them, and others find the type of use to be important for getting the full effect. 

Whether you are ingesting or inhaling oils, using them in your beauty or cleaning products, or just putting them in your diffuser occasionally, there is sure to be a use for essential oils in your home.