As you begin to use essential oils in your home, there are a few things that may come in handy.
Diffusing essential oils is a great way to get started. Simply add water to the diffuser, along with a few drops of essential oil, and you’ll notice the scent of the essential oil fill the room. You can find some of my favorite diffuser blends for fall and winter here… spring and summer here.
When using essential oils in your DIY Cleaning Recipes, it is important that you use glass containers and spray bottles for storage. The reason for this is that some essential oils will break down plastic, and no one wants that in their cleaning products, right?!
I use glass jars to store everything from DIY Cleaning Wipes to DIY Carpet Deodorizer to Toilet Bombs. I also love using glass spice jars for Room Fresheners and Refrigerator Deodorizer.
When choosing spray bottles, go with a darker glass, like amber or cobalt. Sunlight can break down essential oils over time, making them less effective.
These are my favorite spray bottles for my all-purpose spray. I have had them for years and they are still going strong.
And these are my favorite spray bottles for DIY Room Spray or Linen Spray.
Here are options if you want to make your own DIY soaps and lotions, or if you want to add a few drops of essential oil to your shampoo or conditioner. Also included favorite roller-balls if you want to try your hand at making your own perfume.
I’m a label lover, and if you are too, you have got to see all the fabulous labels available on Etsy. I also did a round-up post with several free printable cleaning labels you can print off at home.
Whether making a roller ball or body butter, you are going to need a carrier oil. Carrier oils work to dilute essential oils so it can be applied to larger areas without waste, while also reducing the possibility of an adverse skin reaction.
The carrier oils I use most often are fractionated (and regular) coconut oil, as well as jojoba oil.
Soap for Personal Care and Cleaning Recipes
I always have a bottle of Dr. Bonner’s Castile Soap because I use it (all the time!) to make foaming hand soap. Castile soap is perfect for personal care recipes… but not so much for cleaning purposes. For that, I use Sal Suds.
As your essential oils collection begins to grow, you may need some extra storage. Essential oils should be stored away from heat and sunlight. Here are a few ideas for you.