How to use essential oils around the home

How to use essential oils around the home - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

I discovered essential oils about three years ago and in that time I have started using them more and more around the home.

Not only is it a more natural and environmental friendly way to keep your home clean, it’s also a great saver for the family budget.

One small bottle of essential oil can go a long way and be used in so many ways round the home that it’s well worth the initial investment.

You will find that you will be able to remove cleaning sprays, floor cleaners, air fresheners and more from the shopping list with some of these simple ideas for using essential oils around the home.

All you really need is water, white vinegar and a few essential oils in your favourite scents (lavender, lemon, orange, tea tree, eucalyptus and peppermint are a few great choices to get you started) and you’re well on your way!

Cleaning sprays

I have previously posted about how I make my own cleaning sprays to use around the home. Not only are these a more natural alternative than some store bought sprays, they are also more economical and can help cut the family budget. I honestly can’t remember the last time I actually bought a cleaning spray to use around my home.

Since that post, I have simplified my approach somewhat. For my kitchen, I use a 500ml spray bottle filled water (about 3/4), white vinegar (about 1/4) and 5-6 drops of both orange and lemon essential oils. In the bathroom, I use a similar mix but add about 8-10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil.

Floor cleaning – vacuum and mop

When vacuuming, I add about 4-5 drops of essential oil (usually lemon, but lavender and geranium are also great choices) to the vacuum cleaner bag so it diffuses and freshens my home as I clean.

You can also ditch the store bought floor cleaner with a simple mix of hot water, a good splash of vinegar and about 4-5 drops of lemon essential oil. I use this mix to clean both floating timber and tiled floors in my home and it leaves them streak free and squeaky clean.

Room and wardrobe air fresheners

Fill a small organza bag with a drawstring with some rice and a few drops of your favourite essential oil to the bag. Pull the drawstring close and hang the bag in your bedroom or wardrobe for a beautiful smell every time you enter. Add a few more drops of essential oils to the rice inside the bag as needed to top up the fragrance.

Sleep spray

For some time my daughter has been using lavender sleep spray to help her relax and drift off to sleep at night. I use a small spray bottle (about 100-125ml) and fill it with water then add about 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil and shake well. Simply spray on your pillow and in your room before bed for sweet dreams!

Head lice preventer

Head lice are horrible little critters and I’ve spent a lot of time removing them from Miss 11’s hair. For some reason, she seems to be the only one in the family to catch them … I hope I haven’t jinxed myself by saying that!

I find a preventer spray is useful for both of my school aged children. Once again, I use a small spray bottle (about 125-150ml) and fill with water then add about 5-6 drops of tea tree oil to help keep the head lice away, as well as another 5-6 drops of lavender oil to make the mix smell a little nicer (peppermint is also another option if your prefer).

Just spray on your children’s hair when styling in the morning to help keep the critters at bay.

Car air freshener

Make a scented salt dough decoration using this tutorial to hang in your car. Add your favourite essential oil to the back of the decoration to keep your car smelling fresh and top up the fragrance as needed.


I also diffuse essential oils in my home as needed depending on my mood. I find lavender is great for relaxation; orange and peppermint to uplift and put a bit of a spring in your step; and tea tree and eucalyptus helps to relieve cold symptoms and congestion, however there are so many combinations you can try.

Do you use essential oils? What is your favourite way to use essential oils in your home?

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20 thoughts on “How to use essential oils around the home

  1. Essential oils are wonderful things. So glad to hear you have embraced them in your life.
    I am a qualified aromatherapist from BC (before children). I studied and practiced on the side as a release from my advertising career. I still use them weekly in our home.

  2. I know more than you write about and use these essential oils with great success. I am not able to as I am highly sensitive to aromas. I am really glad you have found such good uses for these. We are commenting on each other’s blogs today as part of #teamIBOT!! Go us! D xx

  3. Great ideas, Erika. Thank you!! I’ve recently gotten into essential oils to see if I can combat my headaches. Peppermint seems to be helping. I also use wild orange for anxiety and lavender to calm the kids. I will definitely give your floor cleaning ideas a go. I’ve also bought tea tree oil to create a head lice spray ready for school to return.

    • I diffuse peppermint and orange to relieve tension headaches and it works really well and lavender is definitely great to relax both me and the kids! Enjoy cleaning your floors while enjoying the smell of your essential oils and good luck with keeping those horrible head lice away!

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