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Remove Odors With Essential Oils

Essential oils, the pure essences of plants, have been used for thousands of years as perfumes, flavorings and medicines. These oils are squeezed out of plants using expression methods or distilled through water and steam, reports HealthLine.

Use essential oils to remove offensive odors.

Things You Will Need

  • 4 ounces water
  • 20 drops lemon essential oil
  • 6 drops patchouli essential oil
  • 5 drops white thyme essential oil
  • Spray bottle
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 18 drops essential oils (bergamot, lavandin or coriandor seed)

Essential oils, the pure essences of plants, have been used for thousands of years as perfumes, flavorings and medicines.  These oils are squeezed out of plants using expression methods or distilled through water and steam, reports HealthLine.

Unlike synthetic air fresheners, essential oils don't just mask odors, they appear to break down and remove odor molecules from the air.  Essential oils are concentrated, and while they may seem expensive will last for a long time.

Essential oils known to have a cleansing effect include lemon, peppermint and eucalyptus. 


Air Cleaner

  1. Mix water with lemon, patchouli and white thyme essential oils in a spray bottle.
  2. Mist the air whenever foul odors are present, as you would an air freshener.
  3. Open windows to provide ventilation.

Carpet Freshener

  1. Mix 1 cup of baking soda with 18 drops of essential oils. Try lemon, bergamot, lavandin or coriandor seed essential oils.
  2. Sprinkle the mixture on carpets. Wait an hour.
  3. Vaccuum the carpets for a fresh, clean smell.
  4. Tip

    Store essential oils in a cool, dark place to extend their usable life.

    Warning

    Always dilute essential oils before use. Undiluted essential oils are so strong, they can cause skin rashes or irritations. Never ingest essential oils. Keep them out of the reach of children.

Things You Will Need

  • 4 ounces water
  • 20 drops lemon essential oil
  • 6 drops patchouli essential oil
  • 5 drops white thyme essential oil
  • Spray bottle
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 18 drops essential oils (bergamot, lavandin or coriandor seed)

Tip

  • Store essential oils in a cool, dark place to extend their usable life.

Warnings

  • Always dilute essential oils before use. Undiluted essential oils are so strong, they can cause skin rashes or irritations.
  • Never ingest essential oils. Keep them out of the reach of children.

About the Author

Julie Christensen is a food writer, caterer, and mom-chef. She's the creator of MarmaladeMom.org, dedicated to family fun and delicious food, and released a book titled "More Than Pot Roast: Fast, Fresh Slow Cooker Recipes."

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