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Love this!! so many creative & practical ideas for what you can do with those empty (or almost empty) bottles! hand sanitizer, pillow spray, make-ahead diffuser blends, owie spray, personal inhalers, "Lysol" disinfecting spray, skin toner, face serum, bath salts, air freshener, anti-itch spray, perfume, and LOTS MORE!!

 

Creative Ways to Use Empty Essential Oil Bottles (continued)

this is part 2 of a two-part post on creative & clever ways to reuse empty essential oil bottles.

find first 15 ideas & recipes here

examples of the ideas & recipes in the first post on ways to reuse empty essential oil bottles –>  hand sanitizer, stink shoe eliminator, oils for travel, roller bottle recipes, homemade “Febreeze”, smelling salts, and recipes for make ahead diffuser blends.  Plus there are lots more ideas and recipes for how to use your empty essential oil bottles.

 

16. No More Trashcan Stink

Trashcans can be one of the smelliest places in a home.  But they don’t have to be.  Use this simple essential oil hack to have your trashcans smell fresh and clean in no time.

  • stuff a cotton ball into almost empty essential oil bottle (lemon, tea tree, pine, fir, lavender, orange, grapefruit, lime, cinnamon, eucalyptus, peppermint, and spearmint all work well for deodorizing)
  • put cap back on
  • let it sit for a day or two so that cotton ball will absorb any leftover essential oil.
  • pull cotton ball out of essential oil bottle (use tweezers if needed)
  • place scented cotton ball in the bottom of trashcan

 

17. Travel Size “Lysol” Disinfecting Spray

I use a much larger version of this “Lysol” disinfecting spray at home, but this upcycled 15ml size is great for short trips away from home.

How to make travel-size disinfecting spray using upcycled 15ml essential oil bottle:

  • start with an empty (or almost empty) 15ml essential oil bottle
  • add 2 drops tea tree, 1 drop lemon, 1 drop lavender, and 1 drop eucalyptus essential oil
  • fill the rest of the 15ml bottle with distilled water or vodka (make sure you leave a little room at the top for the sprayer)
  • put on a spray top
  • gently shake or roll the bottle to mix

To use:

  • shake again each time before use
  • spray on hard surfaces
  • allow to dry

 

18. Carpet & Rug Deodorizer

How to make a mini carpet & rug deodorizer:

  • fill empty (or almost empty) essential oil about 3/4s full with baking soda
  • if the bottle had been washed out and is completely empty of essential oil, then add 3 drops of essential oil.  (if the bottle was empty, but hadn’t been washed out yet and still has the smell of essential oils, then you don’t need to add any essential oil).  I love to use citrus and floral essential oils for this, but any essential oil aroma that you love works great.
  • shake to mix
  • put cap back on
  • let it let sit overnight so the baking soda can absorb the essential oil

To Use:

  • pour baking soda/EO mix into a shaker or into a small strainer (if you want to deodorize an entire room of carpet, you’ll want to use several bottles of this mixture, but one bottle is plenty for a small area and entry rug)
  • sprinkle on carpet/rug
  • then vacuum up
  • the carpet and room will smell amazing!

 

19. Face Serum

It’s really simple to make a face serum.  Just 2 ingredients and 3 very simple steps.

After you see the basic recipe, be sure to click here to see how to customize the face serum to be just right for your skin type.  There’s a list of the best carrier oils and best essential oils for each skin type as well as a suggested face serum recipe for dry skin, sensitive skin, oily skin, acne-prone skin, mature skin, and normal skin.

 

How to make essential oil face serum:

  1. fill 15ml essential oil bottle most of the way with a carrier oil (sweet almond oil, grapeseed, apricot kernel oil, etc)
  2. add 5 drops essential oil click here to find the best essential oils for your skin type (normal, dry, acne, sensitive, oily, and mature)
  3. put cap back on
  4. gently roll bottle in your hand to mix

 

How to use face serum:

Step 1:  cleanse face (find my favorite DIY face wash for your skin type HERE)

Step 2:  apply a drop of serum to forehead, each cheek, and chin

Step 3:  gently massage in using small, soft upward strokes

store bottle in a cool, dark place

 

20. Face Toner

Do you use toner as part of your skincare cleansing routine?  If you give this easy DIY essential oil toner a try, you’re skin will love you for it!!

Why use a toner?

  • remove the last traces of dirt and makeup
  • tighten and shrink the appearance of pores
  • soothe skin
  • restore natural ph balance
  • improve skin texture
  • restore moisture
  • feels refreshing

 

How to make DIY essential oil toner?

  • This is a great use up for the last little bit of oil left in an empty tea tree or lavender essential oil bottle.  If you have one of those almost empty bottles use that, otherwise you can also make this toner using a clean and sterilized essential oil bottle for a travel travel-sized toner.
  • fill a 15ml bottle about 3/4 full with witch hazel
  • add 1 drop of vitamin e
  • add a couple drops of aloe vera gel
  • use 1 drop tea tree oil and 1 drop lavender essential oil (note: if starting with an almost empty tea tree or lavender bottle, then skip that EO and only add 1 drop of the other EO)
  • put on a new spray top
  • roll bottle in your hands or shake to mix

 

To use:

 

21. Flavored Sea Salt

Here’s a great little use-up for those last couple of drops at the bottom of an essential oil bottle –> Homemade Flavored Sea Salt for Cooking

Use these finishing sea salts to boost the flavor in your favorite dishes.  They’re great on popcorn, grilled meats, homemade potato chips, roasted vegetables, baked potato, roasted chicken, baked goods, and more.

Here’s how to make it:

  • add sea salt to an almost essential oil bottle (use a bottle where you can’t get any more drops out of the bottle but you can still smell the essential oil)
    • be sure to only use 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils that are labeled for internal use
    • here some essential oils that would well for flavoring sea salt–>  basil, thyme, rosemary, lime, lemon, grapefruit, and orange
  • shake gently
  • allow mixture to absorb essential oil overnight
  • then spread salt out on a plate and allow it to dry completely (at least a couple of hours)
  • (optional) mix in dried herbs or spice
  • package it up in airtight glass jar

 

22.  Sample Bottles

Do you love to share your oils with friends and family, or maybe even complete strangers you meet in line at the grocery store?  Save yourself a little money, and reuse your empty (or almost empty) essential oil bottles as sample bottles.

 

23. Personal Inhaler

Use an almost empty essential oil bottle as a personal inhaler.

 

Here’s what you do:

  • open the bottle
  • hold the essential oil bottle close to your nose (but not touching your nose)
  • inhale deeply
  • repeat throughout day as needed

 

Suggestions for personal inhaler uses:

  • calm/relax–> lavender, cedarwood, bergamot, patchouli, ylang ylang, geranium, sandalwood, orange, frankincense, eucalyptus
  • uplifting–> bergamot, orange, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon,
  • focus & concentrate–> rosemary, lemon, peppermint, orange, basil. lemongrass, cypress, black pepper, sandalwood
  • more energy–> peppermint, spearmint, grapefruit, lime, lemon, orange, fir, pine, spruce, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon
  • clear breathing–> peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, thyme, cedarwood, lemon, cypress, fir
  • immune support–> cinnamon, clove, orange, lemon, eucalyptus, rosemary, arborvitae, cassia, cardamom, lavender, frankincense, tea tree

 

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24. Owie Spray

Homemade owie spray for minor cuts and scraps

 

How to make:

  • fill 15ml bottle about 3/4 full with fractionated coconut oil
  • add the following essential oils:
    • 3 drops lavender
    • 3 drops frankincense
    • 3 drops melaleuca
    • 2 drops helichrysum
  • put on a spray top
  • shake to mix

 

To use:

  • before use clean scrap and surrounding skin
  • shake well and then spray onto cleaned skin
  • if needed, cover scrap with bandage
  • reapply as needed

 

25.  Class Display

Put almost empty essential oil bottles on display at a class or fair so that people can smell the oils. That way, if someone walks off with one of your bottles, you only lose an almost empty bottle and not a full bottle of expensive essential oils.

 

26. Bath Salts

This is an easy DIY for those essential oil bottles with just a few drops left.

Add almost empty essential oil bottles to a container of Epsom salt.  Cover the essential oil bottles with the Epsom salt.  After a few days the salt will have absorbed the essential oil.

 

To Use:  Depending on the size of your tub, use about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of this salt blend per bath.

 

Here are some ideas for essential oils to use in your bath salts:

relaxing bath salts

–>  lavender

–> lavender + cedarwood

–> patchouli + orange + frankincense

–> lavender + bergamot + ylang ylang

–> eucalyptus + spearmint

energizing bath salts

–> peppermint + orange + lemon + lime

–> lemon + peppermint

–> grapefruit

–> orange + lemongrass

uplifting bath salts

–> lemon + orange + grapefruit

–> lime + spearmint

–> lavender + clary sage + bergamot

–> geranium + lemon + orange

bath salts that support clear breathing

–> peppermint + eucalyptus + lavender

–> rosemary + eucalyptus + lavender

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–> thyme + lime + eucalyptus

–> cedarwood + rosemary + orange + frankincense

–> lemon + eucalyptus

click here for even ideas and recipes for making essential oil bath salts

 

27. Anti-Itch spray

How to make:

  • fill 15ml bottle about 3/4 full with fractionated coconut oil
  • add the following essential oils:
    • 3 drops lavender
    • 3 drops peppermint
    • 2 drops frankincense
    • 2 drops tea tree
    • 2 drops lemon
  • put on a spray top
  • shake to mix

To use:

  • shake well
  • spray onto skin
  • rub into skin
  • reapply as needed

 

28. Refrigerator Refresher

Keep your refrigerator smelling fresh and clean with this simple DIY project.  This is an easy DIY for those citrus essential oil bottles with just a few drops left.

 

How to make:

  • start with add an almost empty bottle of citrus essential oil like lemon, lime, tangerine, orange, grapefruit- whichever is your favorite.
  • fill the bottle about 3/4 full with baking soda
  • put the cap on the bottle
  • shake to mix

 

Set the open bottle in the refrigerator where it won’t get tipped over.  This mini size refresher lasts a few days to a week.

 

29. Air Freshener

You think everything is out of the bottle.  Not a drop left.  But you can still smell the essential oil.  That is a great time to try this ultra simple DIY air freshener.

Just add water to the bottle, shake, and put on a spray topper.  You just made a homemade, all-natural, non-toxic, great smelling room spray!

Spritz it around the room and enjoy.

This size is great to keep in the car, too.

 

30. Perfume

It’s easy to make your own essential oil perfume.  All it takes is two ingredients and a little time.

 

Here’s how you do it:

  • fill a 15ml bottle most of the way full with vodka
  • add 8 drops essential oil
  • put lid on the bottle and shake well
  • place bottle in a cool dark place for several days (or up to several weeks) to let the scent develop.  This allows the alcohol scent to fade and the scent of the essential oils to develop and intensify.

 

Here are a few perfume blends to try:

  • 5 orange + 2 patchouli + 1 clove
  • 3 ylang ylang + 3 orange + 1 patchouli + 1 sandalwood
  • 4 lavender + 4 lemon
  • 4 lavender + 3 lime + 1 Copaiba
  • 3 drops sandalwood + 3 drops grapefruit + 2 drops vanilla extract (not an essential oil)
  • 2 drops spruce + 2 drops juniper berry + 2 drops cedarwood + 2 drops vetiver

note: be careful, and don’t apply citrus oils on any skin that will be exposed to the sun as that can cause phototoxicity  resulting in rash, sunburn, and/or blistering.

 

click here to see ideas 1-15 of ways to reuse essential oil bottles

Some of the ideas and recipes in the previous post include hand sanitizer, stink shoe eliminator, oils for travel, roller bottle recipes, homemade “Febreeze”, smelling salts, and recipes for make ahead diffuser blends.

Plus lots more ideas and recipes for how to use your empty essential oil bottles.

Love this!! so many creative & practical ideas for what you can do with those empty (or almost empty) bottles! hand sanitizer, pillow spray, make-ahead diffuser blends, owie spray, personal inhalers, "Lysol" disinfecting spray, skin toner, face serum, bath salts, air freshener, anti-itch spray, perfume, and LOTS MORE!!

 

You might also like these other posts on essential oils:

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8 favorite cleaning recipes using essential oils

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Love this!! so many creative & practical ideas for what you can do with those empty (or almost empty) bottles! hand sanitizer, pillow spray, make-ahead diffuser blends, owie spray, personal inhalers, "Lysol" disinfecting spray, skin toner, face serum, bath salts, air freshener, anti-itch spray, perfume, and LOTS MORE!!

 

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