33 Essential Oil Recipes for the Home

Essential oils have so many uses and can be used in so many way in the home. In this post, you’ll read about 33 essential oil recipes for the home.

These recipes are for the kitchen, bathroom, patio, closet, and laundry.

Let’s begin.

Recipe #1: All-Purpose Cleaner

  • 3 drops lemon
  • 3 drops tea tree

Add your lemon and tea tree drops to a spray bottle filled with warm water. Spray and wipe to disinfect your kitchen and bathroom countertops.

Recipe #2: Anxiety Reducer

  • 4 drops lavender

Add these lavender drops to your diffuser to relieve stress and tension.

Recipe #3: Natural Mosquito Repellant

  • 1 drop lemongrass
  • 1 drop citronella
  • 1 drop eucalyptus
  • 1 teaspoon carrier oil

Mix your essential oil drops with your carrier oil. Apply topically to repel insects.

Recipe #4: Meditation

  • 4 drops frankincense

Diffuse frankincense essential oil in your diffuser while you are studying, reading, praying, or anytime you want to feel more connected with your thoughts.

Recipe #5: Sports Gear

  • 2 drops tea tree
  • 2 drops lemon
  • Sprinkle of baking soda

Add these ingredients to your sports gear to keep them smelling fresh.

Recipe #6: Bathtub and Sink Cleaner

  • 5 drops bergamot or lime
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup vinegar

Mix these ingredients and use as a cleaning scrub for your tub and/or sink. The baking soda and vinegar will react and create lots of bubbles and fizz. Use this fizz to help you scrub away dirt.

Recipe #7: Air Freshener

  • 4 drops cinnamon

Diffuse cinnamon in your diffuser to help clean the air.

Recipe #8: Trashcan Freshener

  • 2 drops lemon
  • 2 drops tea tree
  • 1 cotton ball

Add lemon and tea tree to your cotton ball and then place it at the bottom of your trash can. Lemon and tea tree are anti-bacterial, so this combination not only deodorizes, but also detoxifies your trash can.

Recipe #9: Super Peppermint Extract

  • 1 drop peppermint
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Add peppermint essential oil to coconut oil and use it in place of peppermint extract in your peppermint patties recipe.

Recipe #10: Fruit and Vegetable Cleaner

  • 2 drops lemon

Fill a bowl with of fruit and/or vegetables with water and add your drops of lemon essential oil. Scrub your fruits and vegetables to get rid of pesticides and other toxins.

Recipe #11: Shower Curtain Cleaner

  • 4 drops eucalyptus
  • 4 drops tea tree
  • 16 ounce spray bottle (glass is best)

Fill your spray bottle with warm water and add your drops of eucalyptus and tea tree or melaleuca. Shake to spread the oils in the water and then spray on your shower curtain to help keep it clean and mold free.

Recipe #12: Fall Kitchen Deodorizer

  • 2 drops clove or cinnamon or citrus

Simmer water on a pan and add these oils to the pan to get rid of kitchen odors.

Recipe #13: Vacuum Cleaner Freshener

  • 10 drops of your favorite essential oil

Add your essential oil drops to your vacuum bag to keep your vacuum cleaner smelling fresh and awesome.

Recipe #14: Bathroom Freshener

  • Lime or lemon
  • 1 cotton ball

Soak a cotton ball with your essential oil and place it behind the toilet to keep your bathroom smelling nice and citrusy.

Recipe #15: Homemade Natural Sunscreen

  • 10 drops lavender
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp zinc oxide
  • 2 tbsp shea butter
  • 1 plastic squeeze bottle

In a small saucepan, combine coconut oil, lavender, and shea butter. On low heat, stir until everything melts together. Then turn off the heat and stir in the zinc oxide. Let it cool a little before pouring into your plastic squeeze bottle.

Recipe #16: Refrigerator Freshener and Cleaner

  • 3 drops lime, grapefruit, or bergamot

Add your drops of essential oil to  your rinsing water to help give your fridge a final cleaning as well as freshener to help it smell nice.

Recipe #17: Laundry Freshener

  • 15 drops of your favorite essential oil

Add your essential oil drops to a load of laundry in the washing machine to help your clothes come out smelling nice.

Recipe #18: Mint Tea

  • 1 drop peppermint

Add just a drop of peppermint oil to your tea for that extra kick of mint flavor.

Recipe #19: Clean Burned-on Food on Pots and Pans

  • 5 drops lemon

Add 5 drops lemon to boiling water. Apply this mixture to your pots and pans. Let them sit in it for a while and then use the same mixture to help you scrub away the burned-on food.

Recipe #20: Eliminate Smoke Smell

  • 4 drops rosemary
  • 4 drops tea tree
  • 4 drops eucalyptus
  • 1 spray bottle

Fill a spray bottle with water and add your essential oils to it. Shake and then spray it around the home to get rid of the smoke smell and to help freshen the air.

Recipe #21: Bright Home Smell

  • 2 drops clove
  • 2 drops rosemary
  • 2 drops orange

Diffuse these essential oils for a great smelling home.

Recipe #22: Paint Detoxifier

  • 4 drops peppermint
  • 4 drops eucalyptus

Add these essential oils to a gallon of paint to keep the fumes at bay.

Recipe #23: Carpet Cleaner Powder

  • 20 drops tea tree
  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup baking soda

Combine all ingredients and then dust it all over your carpet before vacuuming. Let it sit 10 minutes before vacuuming it up.

Recipe #24: Shoe Freshener

  • 2 drops tea tree
  • 2 drops lemon

Add your drops of tea tree and lemon directly to your shoes to keep them smelling nice.

Recipe #25: Basic Physician’s Kit with Essential Oils

  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
  • Tea tree
  • Oregano
  • Frankincense

These are your basic essential oils to include in your everyday kit.

Recipe #26: Romantic Lotion

  • 20 drops sandalwood
  • 4 drops cocoa
  • 4 drops vanilla
  • 4 drops rose
  • 1 unscented lotion bottle

Add your oils to your unscented lotion to make a romantic smelling lotion with all natural scents.

Recipe #27: Lavender Cake

  • 1 drop lavender

Add 1 drop of lavender to any cake mix to give it a hint of lavender flavor.

Recipe #28: Calm Baby

  • 3 drops lavender

Add lavender drops to a diffuser to help babies sleep calmly.

Recipe #29: Mold Killer

  • 3 drops tea tree

Diffuse tea tree essential oils to kill mold particles in the air. Tea tree oil will also kill off other pathogens as well.

Recipe #30: Lemon Water

  • 3 drops lemon
  • 1 cup water

Add lemon essential oil to your water for your morning cleansing lemon water drink.

Recipe #31: Homey Fireplace Scent

  • 1 drop pine, sandalwood, or cedarwood

Add just a drop of your oil to your fireplace wood 30 minutes before you burn it.

Recipe #32: Spot-Free Dishwasher Rinse

  • 3 drops lemon

Add lemon essential oil drops to your dishwasher rinse container for spot-free dishes.

Recipe #33: Natural Insecticide

  • 1 teaspoon orange
  • 3 teaspoons clove
  • 1 small spray bottle

Combine your orange and clove essential oils in a small spray bottle and use it as a natural insect spray.


Dilution Chart

Please refer to this dilution chart when diluting your essential oils. It is recommended that you dilute any essential oil that you use regardless of brand. Essential oils are strong and very potent and many can and do cause skin sensitivity, especially with children.

Plant Therapy has this awesome dilution chart you can reference.

You can download a free PDF version here or purchase the magnet here.

For babies, dilute at 0.5% or even 0.25% (half of the 0.5% amount. So, use 3 drops of your essential oil and dilute it in 4 teaspoons of carrier oil for 0.5% or 8 teaspoons of carrier oil for 0.25%.

Use the 1% dilution ratio for daily use. Mix 3 essential oil drops for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.

If you need a stronger dose for a short period of time, use the 5% dilution ratio by adding 15 essential oil drops for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.

For really, really severe situations, you can up it to 10 percent dilution ratio for small acute areas of concern. For this, you would mix 15 essential oil drops for every teaspoon of carrier oil.

Recommended Essential Oil Brands

Because essential oils have therapeutic properties that make them so useful in our lives, you want to make sure that the essential oils you purchase are pure and contain all of the healing components that you are looking for. Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous companies out there that sell diluted oils or even fake oils that will do you harm if you use them for therapeutic purposes.

The companies that I recommend and who consistently receive positive reviews on their essential oils are these:

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