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15 Surprising Uses Of Essential Oils For Household That You Will Love

Updated on September 5, 2016

Essential Oils

Essential oils are are the purest form of natural oils that carry characteristic benefits of plants, flowers and other sources from which they are extracted. While the use of essential oils can be highly beneficial, at the same time one needs to be cautious in their use as they are highly concentrated in nature and needs to be handled carefully for any type of use.

Through the wide variety of available essential oils few of them do a great job at cleaning, cutting stains or disinfecting. Using their qualities we can boost our house hold tasks and bring a new refreshing vibe to our home. Also, it is necessary to use authentic and therapeutic grade ( highest quality ) essential oils to get their benefits. Market is filled with diluted, adulterated and fragrance grade essential oils which are too low in quality, provides no benefits. So again do your research choose organic certified therapeutic grade essential oils.

In my hunt for high quality therapeutic grade certified organic essential oils i have researched down to Mountain Rose Herbs essential oils ( best quality essential oils till now that i know). If you know any other good trustworthy brand for essential oil quality. Please share via comments section. Any experiences and suggestions are also welcome.

NOTE: Understand and follow the instructions to use essential oils properly. Many essential oils are contraindicated for use during pregnancy and for those with certain health conditions. You will need to carefully BUY, USE and STORE them to get stated benefits.

Let's have a look at various essential oils and what are they best at ( for household ) :-

House Cleaning

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Disinfectant Spray

Got people sneezing and coughing near you? Don’t get sick ! Disinfect the air with this easy-to-make, powerful antiseptic aromatherapy spray. Super useful during cold and flu season and it’s great to use while traveling (just be sure to use a 2 oz. glass spray bottle or smaller so you can pass through airport security).

Kill germs that can cause the flu, colds, and a host of other ailments with a home made natural spray. So many disinfectants on the market use harsh, and sometimes even dangerous, chemicals to eradicate germs. Those products are not only expensive but harmful for your health in long run.

The good news is that there is a natural, homemade solution to store-bought cleanser. You can make an effective disinfectant spray quickly and easily with right ingredients. Less expensive, more effective, all natural and health promoting. In addition to cleaning your home environment, you will also get to enjoy natural relaxing and healing benefits. Spray to mist around your house and disinfect + freshen the air at the same time.

For Air-Cleaning disinfectant spray ( anti-infectious, anti-septic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal ) -

  • Filtered or distilled water
  • 2 teaspoons of high-proof vodka, rubbing alcohol, or vinegar
  • 5 Drops of each essential oil orange, lavender, eucalyptus and tea-tree oil.

In a glass measuring cup, stir the oils into the alcohol. If the oils do not dissolve in the alcohol completely, add another teaspoon of alcohol. Then add water. Pour the solution into a glass bottle with a spray nozzle. To use, spray into the air, avoiding people’s faces.

Note: Use glass bottles for the spray. Best will be colored glass bottles.



Simple way to deodorize your refrigerator without the use of toxic cleaners. Just place this home made refresher in your fridge each month for a fresh and clean scent every time you open up your fridge. Now, there is no excuse for having a smelly fridge!

To get rid of smells and dried-up spills inside your refrigerator, remove the contents, then sprinkle some baking soda ( infused with oils ) on a damp sponge and scrub the surfaces and then rinse with a clean, wet sponge.

Don’t forget to place a fresh box of soda inside when you’re done.

  1. Place baking soda in jar/box and stir in few drops of essential oils like Lime, Grapefruit, Bergamont, or Lemongrass.
  2. Place open jar or box in back of fridge to absorb odors and make fridge smell fresh and clean.
  3. To give it a burst of freshness, periodically stir the baking soda to release the scent from the essential oils.

It's better to use essential oils without scents that are too overpowering, like floral or mint oils. Try citrus or vanilla instead. We want light freshness and not to strong smell. Start with less and add more as needed.


For removing stale odors from closet place baking soda ( infused with essential oils ) filled in jars with porous lids.

Freshen Trash Bins

Its the trash that is causing the entire house to smell a little icky. So how do we have a convenient place to throw out trash and still keep trash can odors at bay?

Your garbage disposal need a little refreshing. With everything that goes into the disposal, odds are that odors could be accumulating in there. Try this simple DIY recipe to make your own garbage disposal refreshers to help freshen, clean, and deodorize your garbage disposal.

Solve all your stinky garbage problems with all natural homemade solution. Baking Soda mixture as for trash bins but with a little more disinfection and odor control. Try essential oils like: Tea Tree, Geranium, Grapefruit, or Lemon oil sprinkled into baking soda. Toss the mixture into the bottom of cans and wipe clean to refresh the trash cans.

Insect Repellents

Deter flying insects from entering your home by rubbing ( insect repellent essential oils ) Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Citronella, Lemongrass or Rosemary oil around windows and doors.

Ants seem to get into absolutely everything. These relentless intruders aren’t too fond of peppermint essential oil, so prepare an aromatic offensive by adding 15 drops of peppermint to 25 ml of water in a trigger-spray. Shake the bottle properly and then spray a defensive line wherever you see an army of them crossing into your territory.

Add few drop of essential oils in your lotion, and apply it to your exposed body parts for a natural insect repellent. Since insect repellent essential oils are not as powerful as the chemical ones you will need to re-apply your blend every 3 hours or so for it to remain effective.

Disinfect Your Dish Washing Sponge

Good house keeping worked with EMSL Analytical testing lab in Westmont, New Jersey, to find out. As consumers used sponges for a week in their kitchens, and the lab tainted others with three common pathogens: salmonella, E. coli, and pseudomonas.

NSF International (an independent public health organization) swabbed various items in homes, the kitchen sponge was by far the germiest, harboring 150 times more bacteria, mold and yeast than a toothbrush holder. Kitchen dish washing sponges are a major source of microbes.

Reducing incidence of food borne illness by just disinfecting your sponge quite regularly. More better enjoy the disinfecting qualities of Lemon Oil by mixing liquid soap with few drops of lemon essential oil for automatic disinfection every time you wash your sponge.

Freshen Bathrooms

The high moisture content in the bathroom makes it the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow, resulting in unpleasant odors coming from the shower, sink and toilet. To fight the odor, we turn to chemical air fresheners that are readily available and easy to use. However, most of them are made with chemicals that can damage both your own health and the environment!

Make your own bathroom freshener with natural essential oils. To neutralize unpleasing scents and freshen up your bathroom. Diffuse essential oils to kill microbes, clean up bathroom air and leave a pleasant scent. With Lemon, Grapefruit, Lavender, Rosemary, or Geranium oil in a diffuser. Non-toxic air freshener is sure to make your bathroom visit a more pleasant one.

Enjoy a relaxing shower by diffusing your favorite essential oil as you take bath.

Toilet Bomb :

Simply, mix half a cup of baking soda with half a cup of cornstarch and lemon juice. Once fully mixed, add in 2 to 3 tablespoons of water in the mixture and knead it. Repeat this step until the baking soda mixture feel like a piece of dough. Add 15 drops of your favorite essential oil in the dough mixture and knead again. Store them in ice trays and leave them to dry for a couple of days. Once dry, remove one of the toilet bombs and throw them into your toilet bowl. Let it fizz up for a couple of minutes before you flush.

Diffuse essential oils

Eliminate Lingering Food Odor

To remove the lingering odor we need to remove the source of the smell. If it can’t be found, there are ways to neutralize it. Bacon fat. Broiled fish. Spicy curry. These are just a few of the food odors that smell so good when dinner is on the table and so awful the next morning when the smell invariably lingers. What can you do to minimize pungent cooking odors, especially in small apartments?

With Clove, Cinnamon, or any citrus oil added to pots of simmering water. The aroma of these oils will eliminate any food odors you don't want in your kitchen especially after finishing cooking and before your guest arrives.

Infuse Your Shoes

Smelly shoes can be irritating and give off the unhygenic vibe even if you are hygenic. Specially in sweaty season. With Geranium, Basil, or Lavender oil keep foot odor at bay. Sprinkle few drops of them to inside shoes, if you find the smell is too strong you can dilute it with carrier oil ( these are not essential oils, they are not too strong and are used to dilute essential oils like almond oil, argan oil or safflower seed oil ) and then sprinkle few drops for light refreshment. It's best to avoid shoe odor in the first place than treating it after it has occurred.

To remove the smell from shoes, add a few drops of tea tree oil and lemon oil to them. It will neutralize any false odors.

Neutralize Pet Odor

You know how it goes: Your pet decides that your new carpet's the perfect place to relieve himself. Or perhaps you walk into your bedroom and catch a whiff of something like ammonia, or worse.

Get the work done with Geranium, Lavender, or Lemon essential oil. Add 5 to 10 drops of essential oil to 1 cup of water and put it in a spray bottle. After blotting and rinsing away dog urine, shake the spray bottle and saturate the area with the solution. The oils will eliminate the pet urine odor and leave a pleasant scent behind. Some essential oils like eucalyptus, cinnamon or sour apple will deter your dog from revisiting the spot to urinate on again.

Dissolve Stubborn Substances

Commercial grease cleaners can do the trick for most messes, but leave behind their own trail of toxic chemicals, what else can you do? Luckily there are ways to fight the mess using all natural things.

Dissolve stubborn substances like wax, oil, chewing gum, or glue with lemon essential oil. Use a drop of lemon as a spot treatment to cut grease and lift stains especially effective with peroxide solution ( use diluted peroxide solution ).

For those who like to admire their reflection in a gleaming chrome appliance will love the natural way to achieve that on just about every single day.

Neutralize Paint Odor

Whether you rolled up your sleeves and did the painting yourself, or if someone else did it for you, it is still important to get rid of the unpleasant paint smell that will linger in the room once the job is complete.

A new coat of paint is an easy, cheap way to make your home look instantly better, but dealing with paint fumes for days afterward isn't so fun, especially if you have kids or pets. After painting a room of your house, you might struggle to get rid of the unpleasant fumes. Add a little bit of peppermint essential oil to your paint box to help disperse the chemical fumes. Quantity of oil should be according to quantity of paint.

Remove Mites from Bedding

Dust mites multiply easily in bedding and mattresses. These can trigger year round allergies with unpleasant symptoms. Find out here how to get rid of dust mites from bedding. Even if you are not actually allergic to dust mites, it's a good idea for the sake of hygiene to periodically remove them.

Researchers at Alexandria University found that rosemary and eucalyptus oils were effective on dust mites. Rosemary and eucalyptus were more effective when left in contact with the mites for 48 hours. These oils are all non-irritating and non-toxic but not recommended for pregnant to women use eucalyptus oil.

Add a few drops of Rosemary and eucalyptus essential oils mixed with water and add it to the washing machine. Bugs don’t like peppermint spritz it on them directly or add to baking soda and powder it around bug entrances.

Clean Cutting Boards

Clean cutting boards with lemon and lavender oils to stop the spread of food borne illness. Not only does lemon oil cleans but takes care of your board too. It's like polish cleaning your wooden board. Avoid plastics in the kitchen as much as you can. The main reason is that plastics can leach into the foods you are preparing or storing. So not good for you and your families health.

Don’t submerge your wooden cutting boards in water, and do not put them in the dishwasher because of the potential for cracking and splitting. Gentle surface cleaning with all natural cleanser will extend their life span and kitchen hygiene.

All natural cutting board cleaner :-

  • 1/2 cup apple cider or white vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 5 drops of Lemon essential oil.
  1. Simply add essential oils to vinegar/water mixture. Spray cutting board and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Gently rise and allow to completely dry.
  3. After completely dry, follow with a light oiling with coconut oil to protect the surface.

Dish Washing

Yes essential oils can also do dish washing. They can boost your dish washers ability to give more disinfection and shine to your utensils. The best essential oil here is lemon. Cut grease effectively with lemon oil added to your dish soap. Burned pan? No worries. Add some lemon oil to a bit of water and boil to loosen burnt residue. Mix a few drops of lemon oil in your dish soap and your dishes will be more shiny and germ free than ever before.

Why not make your own dish wash liquid? This super simple recipe is great for removing grease, adding shine, and waking up your senses.

Ingredients: 2 cups castile soap, 20 drops of Lemon essential oil and 10 drops orange essential oil.


  1. Fill a large, clean bottle with castle soap. ( dilute according to instructions if using a concentrate)
  2. Add essential oils. Shake bottle before each use.
  3. You're done! Just add 1-2 tablespoons to dish water for use.

All Purpose Disinfectant Cleaner

If you want to make all natural disinfectant cleaner at home. It's not that difficult and money saving too. All you will need is castile soap, essential oils, vinegar or alcohol.

All purpose cleaner can be mixed up and ready to go. Combine essential oils with castile soap, vinegar or alcohol, and water as an all purpose disinfectant cleaner.

For the high quality castile soap Dr. Bronner is a great choice. Liquid soap with no synthetic detergents or preservatives. Not only the products are certified organic & Fair Trade the company is active in ethical business practices and saving environment. This best seller product is both pocket and health friendly.

Price: $20

Quantity: 32oz

Mix These Ingredients For Single Use All Purpose Cleaner -

3-4 Tablespoons of white vinegar OR rubbing alcohol

3-4 Tablespoons of liquid castile soap

5 drops of each essential oil (lavender, lemon, bergamot, orange, rosemary )

2 cups water


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