Home Care

5 Surprising Uses For Essential Oils

These can do more than keep spaces smelling fresh!


It's not unusual for people to associate essential oils with aromatherapy—after all, the sweet scents alone can send you off to dreamland in minutes. However, did you know that these spa staples can be used for a lot of other things, too? From cleaning the kitchen to curing headaches, check out the new ways you can utilize them around the home:

1. Disinfect kitchen countertops with Lavender oil. 

This purple shrub isn't limited to helping you get into a relaxed state, it has natural antibacterial properties that can keep your cooking corner germ-free, too. Fill a spray bottle with water and add about 15-30 drops of lavender oil, shake, and spritz on any surface that needs disinfecting. As an added bonus, it will leave your home smelling like a bouquet of fresh blooms!

2. Nurse a headache with Birch oil. 

Do you consistently get headaches, or worse, bouts of migraine? Ease the pain by adding 5-10 drops of Birch essential oil to a quarter-sized amount of shampoo when washing your hair. Alternatively, you can dab it on your temples, neck, and sinuses with a cotton swab.

3. Keep pests away with Peppermint oil. 

As one of the oldest European herbs used for medicinal purposes, the smallest amount has the power to keep rodents away. Start by mixing two parts water, one part white vinegar, and 15 drops of Peppermint oil in a spray bottle and use it an insecticide or insect killer. This recipe can help keep your home minty fresh, too! 

READ: Freshen Up Any Space With One Simple Trick

4. Keep your gym shoes odor-free with Melaleuca oil. 

Melaleuca oil or Tea Tree oil is well-known for its antiseptic properties and ability to kill odors caused by bacteria. To keep your workout wear from smelling funky, combine one part water with 2-5 drops of Tea Tree oil and spray it on your shoes after a long gym session. 

READ: 4 Must-Try Shoe Hacks That Will Keep Your Closet From Getting Smelly

5. Take out old gum with Orange oil. 

Have you ever experienced getting gum stuck to your clothes? If you ever find yourself in the same sticky situation, pour a small amount of orange oil on a cotton ball to loosen it up before throwing your clothes into the wash. 

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