Ways to use essential oils
Here are ways I use essential oils:
1) Put 5 drops of your Peppermint or Lemon essential oil on a cotton ball and place it in a vacuum cleaner bag. This creates an aromatic home while cleaning.
2) To clean and increase shelf life of fresh fruit, fill a bowl with cool water and 2-6 drops of Lemon essential oil. Drop washed fruit into the water and stir. Your fruit will be luscious for days longer than usual.
3) Here’s one that has been a life saver of mine, with these kiddos. For sticky messes, use 1-2 drops Lemon essential oil to remove gum, oil, glue, adhesive or crayon from most surfaces.
4) Clean the carpet with an all-natural carpet deodorizer. Add 5-10 drops of Lemon, Lavender or Peppermint to a box of baking soda. Mix well and sprinkle over the carpets. I usually let the mixture sit for an hour or more and then vacuum.
5) To rid the bathroom of unpleasing scents, I use Lemon or Lavender on a cotton ball and place behind toilet.
6) When I’m washing out the fridge, freezer or oven, I always add Lemon to the final rinse water to leave a refreshing aroma.
7) To help keep spiders away I always place 3-6 drops of Peppermint on a cotton ball at the place they enter. In one of the bedrooms it’s through the window so I rub the cotton ball along the window trim. It’s a great way to get rid of those pesky spiders without harmful chemicals. I have heard this works with squirrels and mice as well, although I haven’t had to try it (knock on wood).
8) To help keep flies away mix 25 drops of Peppermint or Lavender with 16 oz. purified water in large spray bottle. This mix can be used on countertops, windows and doors. Remember to shake well before each use.
9) To create a calming environment for overactive kids (aka my boys), I diffuse Lavender essential oil in their room and play area. When they’re having a really hard time winding down I apply it to bottom of their feet at bedtime.