I use orange oil every time I change the bag in my vacuum (I buy it by the quart at Lowes in the garden section). It keeps the vacuum from getting that horrible old vacuum smell and freshens the room air at the same time. I use it for other things too, both indoors and out.
Hello Maggi, Le Anne and Melissa!! Thanks for visiting and I love your idea of putting the EO into the vaccuum bag as that is one of my favorite things to do too!! Everytime I change the bag in goes a few drops and it is an excellent natural way to freshen the air and depending on the oil it can also kills germs! Orange EO is so refreshing and uplifting for the spirit, an excellent choice .
What a good way to recycle bits and pieces Lee Anne so none is wasted! I wouldn't of thought of that.....smart!! Mixing lavender with coconut oil would be so very healthy and nutritious for the skin Melissa and keep it soft and supple into the bargain and lavender is such a wonderful EO to have around because so much can be done with it. It is one of the #1 choices of oil to use for relaxing, plus if you happen to burn yourself you can apply some neat (directly onto skin) and it will heal your burn up beautifully! But remember many EO's cannot be used directly on our skin but lavender can. Always check first.
Lavender can be mixed with a number of different oils Melissa such as geranium, rosemary & bergamot, it would always depend on the type of smell that appeals to you. Such as perhaps in the citrus or floral group. I am making up a list of some of the most popular oils and their uses, so make sure to check back again!
I have used Tea Tree oil in areas where there has been moisture (under the sink). I mix a bit with water in a spray bottle and mist the area lightly, then turn on the fan and dry the area thoroughly. It seems to help control the spread of mold and mildew.
I have also used the water/tea tree oil mixture on the animals' "hot spots". We get a lot of drop-off animals here and many of them have skin problems. Sadly, we have no animal rescue in this county and some of the worst animals have to be put down, but we do the best we can with the ones we can save and find homes for.
Just a few more quick ideas for EO's in the home. When we are doing our laundry we can take the unscented dryer sheet and add a 2 -3 drops of our favourite oil onto that and it will lightly scent our clothing with a soft, natural scent. Or if you don't use dryer sheets just take an old square of cloth and do the same thing...you will have the scent but of course not the softening effect. Need to kill somes germs lurking around? Mix 5 parts lavender, 3 parts eucalyptus and 3 parts pine EO together in a small bottle and you can add this to whatever you are cleaning. An example is, you have decided to wash the floor so into your bucket of hot water you add 5 -10 drops oil and you have an awesome cleaning product, plus a wonderful smell! Or you could make it into a room mister by adding 6 drops eucalyptus, 6 drops pine and 10 drops lavender into 4 ounces distilled water and you have an aromatic, cleaning mist. More ideas coming, so keep checking! And please let me know anything you might like to see here!
I have stopped using dryer sheets since I found the spiny plastic balls [that look like pet toys!] work well for softening clothes. Using the essential oils on a piece of cloth as described would bring back the scents I missed by not using the dryer sheets. Good idea.
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