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5 Ways to Use Essential Oils for a Sweet-Smelling Home

I am a sucker for a beautiful smelling home. You name the (typically expensive) scent-based product and I've tried it. Lacy bags of imported French lavender in my drawers; scented candles that cost a day's work; room sprays that promised to transport me to Caribbean beaches. I've tried aerosols, plug-ins, candles, incense, room spray, wax melts, scented cleaning products, oil burners, carpet powders, laundry scent boosters and more. This proliferation of perfumed products has not come cheap and has usually left me feeling disappointed. Where are the enchanting scents I've been promised?

For years it would not have occurred to me that using products I made myself was the answer to this conundrum. Not only have I saved a not-so-small fortune along the way, but the products I use are tailored to my own preferences, they're significantly more environmentally friendly and they never irritate my various allergies.

Essential oils have become my go-to product. Their uses are seemingly endless, but today I am going to share five of my favourite ways to use EOs to keep your home smelling fresh and fabulous.

If you are new to essential oils, I would recommend starting with a beginner's kit. These are available to buy online. In the past I have used and loved these brands:

Once you have your essential oils in place, get ready to have the most wonderful, fresh smelling home! Here are my five top tips and favourite recipes.

1. Adding essential oil to candles

Scented tealights and pillar candles can often be a disappointment. Many are lacking in a strong scent or cost an arm and a leg. I use cheap, environmentally friendly unscented candles and add essential oils to them. Simply light the candle, leave to burn for a few minutes then add a couple of drops of oil to the melted wax. This way, one unscented candle can take on a different scent combination on each burn.

My personal favourite is an imitation of Jo Malone's lime, basil and mandarin candle which retails at £45. Yes, really, forty-five of Her Majesty's whole pounds. I add two drops each of lime, basil and sweet orange oil to a cheap fragrance-free tealight and voila! A great imitation for a miniscule fraction of the price.

For safety, please make sure that you never drop oil directly onto a flame! Oils will burn very easily. Make sure to drop just small amounts of the oil into the melted wax, avoiding the flame.

2. Room spray

This tip couldn't be easier if it tried. Mix approximately 30 drops of your favourite oils with water in a clean spray bottle. You can add a little witch hazel if you like. Shake well and use as you would normally use a room spray. That's it. I find these DIY room sprays to be far more effective than traditional room sprays and they really are just a tiny fraction of the cost.

For a summery mojito inspired scent, I mix peppermint, grapefruit, lemon and lime.