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Frugal Ways to Use Essential Oils Around the Home

November 11, 2020 (Last Updated: November 25, 2020)
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There are countless frugal ways to use organic essential oils around the home. From the kitchen to your yoga mat, essential oils are a beautiful way to infuse those feel good vibes throughout your home.

While organic essential oils may seem expensive at first glance, a little goes a long way. It’s worth investing in high quality oils from a sustainable, reputable brand – not only is it better for you, it also helps the environment and they last much longer than cheap options.

We’ve been using essential oils at home for years. While Laura is more of the essential oil queen than me, I reap the benefits from all the awesome smells around the place.

So if you’ve just bought some oils, or are looking to get more out of the ones stored in the cupboard, read on friend!

Frugal Ways to Use Essential Oils Around the Home

Spicy Room Scent Bowls / Modern Potpourri

Bowl of spices and flowers scented with essential oils.

These bowls make a great feature addition to a room and smell fantastic. We made ours a mix of dried rose buds, lavender and chrysanthemums, topped with star anise and cinnamon sticks. We then added drops of frankincense, sandalwood, lavender and peppermint essential oils.

Homemade Kitchen Spray

If you make only one change from this list, this one will have an immediate impact! Regular kitchen sprays are full of chemicals, but it’s so easy to make a completely natural kitchen spray that works just as well. The primary ingredient is vinegar, which is pretty much the king of all natural cleaning products. It’s a natural disinfectant, work’s great against mould, and is super cheap to buy.

Use a clean spray bottle and fill it with 1/4 white vinegar and 3/4 water, along with around 30 drops of essential oils. The following are some common oils to pair with white vinegar in homemade cleaning sprays:

  • Lemon – It not only smells amazing, but also helps to lift grease, which is why it’s our number one choice for cleaning sprays. Use on its own, or mix it with other oils, including these next suggestions.
  • Tea tree – Naturally antibacterial with a beautifully clean, refreshing scent.
  • Lavender – A wonderfully soothing, calming scent with antibacterial and deodorising properties.

P.S. If you don’t have any essential oils on hand, you can get the same result by filling a jar with orange or lemon peels and soaking them in vinegar for around a month to let all the oils from the peel absorb into the vinegar. After the month, strain out the peels, top up with water and you’re ready to start cleaning!

Freshen Up the Air

Add a few drops of pine or citrus essential oils to a clean spray bottle filled with water and spray the mist around your home. The scent of pine is known to calm and relax the nervous system, while citrus is clean, refreshing and uplifting.

Use it to freshen your linens or keep a small bottle in the toilet!

Yoga Mat Cleaning Spray

Laura doing a headstand on her yoga mat.

If you love practicing yoga for self care as much as we do, essential oils are a great way to add a beautiful aroma while also cleaning your mat. All you need is a small spray bottle filled with water, a tablespoon or two of witch hazel and 2-3 essential oils.

Choose a base oil known for its antibacterial properties (such as eucalyptus or tea tree), then layer a few different scents to create your own blend. Add lavender, sandalwood or clary sage for a calming and soothing blend, or lemongrass and ginger for a burst of clarity and energy.

Then simply spray your mat and rub down with a wet cloth. It’s best to work in small sections at a time so it doesn’t dry out before you reach every corner of your mat. You could also give your mat a quick spritz before your practise to set the mood.

It’s much cheaper to make your own yoga spray at home – plus you get to experiment and create your own unique blends.

Massage Oil / Moisturiser

Like a lot of the suggestions in this post, this is so much easier to make than you might think, and much cheaper than buying a branded oil!

All you need is equal parts (120 ml) olive oil and coconut oil (warmed until it’s a liquid if it has set) plus your essential oils.

Laura made a batch of this for my birthday, and we’ve been spoiling each other with it ever since! We also love using it as a moisturiser for our hands.

We used the following oils blend – it’s so calming and relaxing, feels amazing and leaves your skin silky soft without being oily, since it absorbs so well. Not to mention it smells divine!

Laura’s Homemade Massage Oil / Moisturiser Recipe:

  • 35 drops eucalyptus
  • 35 drops lavender
  • 15 drops peppermint
  • 10 drops tea tree
  • 10 drops sandalwood
  • 10 drops frankincense

We love using this on our hands, as the smell is like something you’d get from Aesop or a day spa at a fraction of the price.

Essentially oils of yuzu, spearmint, lavender and cedarwood.

Roll-on Perfumes

You’ll need a carrier oil for this one – the cheapest and most effective in our experience is fractionated coconut oil. It absorbs quickly, leaving your skin nicely scented but not oily.

We created three blends based on 10 ml roller bottles filled with fractionated coconut oil:

  • Sleep – 3 drops lavender, 3 drops frankincense, 2 drops clary sage, 2 drops cedarwood
  • Meditation – 3 drops sandalwood, 3 drops frankincense, 2 drops ylang ylang, 2 drops juniper
  • Calm – 3 drops lavender, 3 drops orange, 2 drops geranium, 2 drops clary sage 

Homemade Deodorant

This is definitely one of our most favourite frugal and sustainable swaps around the home. Spray deodorants can be so expensive, not to mention full of chemicals that are far too easy to inhale. Swapping for homemade deodorant means we’re no longer buying the spray bottles or plastic bottles, which just feels so much better for the environment.

This homemade deodorant is made from a base of baking soda and cornstarch which help to absorb moisture, with a few drops of essential oils added for their deodorising and antibacterial properties. We used a few drops of lavender and tea tree in our blend and used this awesome recipe.

Fabric Softener

If you run the numbers on fabric softener, it can be surprisingly pretty expensive. The best frugal option in our opinion is straight vinegar added to the fabric softener section of your machine. It leaves your clothes wonderfully soft, and once dried out in the sun there’s no lingering vinegar smell.

Another option is epson salts mixed with baking soda and lavender essential oil for a nicer aroma that lingers on the clothes.

Room Diffusers

Whether via steam, sticks or even stones, there’s a number of ways to diffuse oils around the house. We’re a little obsessed, so we have all three varieties throughout the house.

We keep the steam diffuser in the lounge for while we’re reading on the couch, to freshen the home for guests or while Laura is doing her yoga.

We love using stick diffusers in the bathrooms, to keep more of a constant fragrance in the room. They don’t require as much care and their scent lasts much longer.

The diffuser stone we actually found in Japan in a store called Muji, where they’re known as Aroma Stones. We’ve found it cute to use in small spaces, such as at your office desk. They need to be filled more frequently than both the steam and stick diffuser varieties, but still offer a nice subtle fragrance in the air.

Essentially yuzu oil with aroma stone.

Organic Essential Oils

When we first started purchasing essential oils, we’d go for the cheapest as we thought it didn’t matter for the price, but boy were we wrong. Having used essential oils for a few years now, we realise the difference in the quality between brands and choosing organic blends vs cheap synthetic knock-offs from eBay.

Discovering Hinoki Essential Oil & Where We Get Our Oils Now

I’d been reading The Nature Fix which mentions forest bathing amongst hinoki cypress trees in Japan known as shinrin-yoku, and being able to replicate the effects at home by using hinoki essential oil. So of course I immediately Googled if it was even available in Australia. That’s when we discovered Essentially – a local small biz start up from an awesome lady called Silke.

What her and her team have created is so cool – from their colourful periodic table of essential oils to the gorgeous artwork, incredibly detailed info on each and every oil and a good range of really different oils (as well as favourite staples). We’re SO glad we stumbled upon her, as she’d only opened her store a few days prior to us discovering the site on our hunt for Hinoki essential oil (thanks Google!).

We actually reached out to Silke and mentioned about this post we were putting together, and she’s given even us a link for you guys (thanks Silke!) – so use FRUGAL10 to get 10% off any of their essential oil range. Quick Note: This isn’t a sponsored post or an affiliate link, we just wanted to help out a fellow woman in business, and spread the word about good quality, local essential oils that aren’t sold from MLMs…

Our Next Order – Hinoki & Yuzu Essential Oils

Hinoki and Yuzu essential oils.

While we not so patiently wait for the Hinoki stock to arrive from Japan, we were stoked to see that Essentially also has another one of our favourite Japanese scents – Yuzu!

If you haven’t heard of yuzu yet, it’s like a lemon and lime had a baby, with a good deal more fragrance – making it the perfect replacement for lemon scents around the house for something with a little more oomph!

Personally, we think both of these are going to go great as a pair in our diffuser, and can’t wait to experiment once they’re in our hot little hands!

Update: The yuzu was just as awesome as we’d hoped. So fresh, with hints of lemon and mandarin in scent.

Essentially oils of yuzu, spearmint, lavender and cedarwood with plant and diffuser in background.

Where do you use essential oils at home? Any ideas we should try next? We’d love to know, tell us in the comments below.

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