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Home Living: how to make the most out of essentials oils 

Essentials oils are widely used in homes for their fragrant and calming properties. Put a few drops in a humidifier or use it with a candle burner to fill the home with natural fragrance. But that’s not all essential oils are good for. They have plenty of other useful purposes that are often overlooked. Here are the different ways to make the most out of your essential oils at home:

As a Natural Deoderizer for Carpets
Stained carpets are a pain to clean and even more so when you just can’t seem to get the smell out. Instead of harsh chemical cleansers that might even damage carpets, try adding six drops of lavender essential oil with a cup of baking soda. Sprinkle this over your carpet and let it sit for 15-20 minutes before vacuuming off to neutralize odors.

As an Organic Anti-Bacterial Cleanser
Tea tree has anti-bacterial properties that isn’t just a great ingredient in skincare products. You can use to disinfect surfaces as well. This works especially well when you have kids around the house or if you want a greener option. You can even mix this with some lemon oil for a fresh citrus scent.

As an Insect Repellent
Synthetic insect repellents have harsh chemicals that may not be ideal for constant exposure. Burning some citronella oil is a great way to keep the insects at bay. If you need a topical repellent for camping trips and such, try adding 6-15 drops of citronella per ounce of unscented lotion or cream.