Essential oils have gained tremendous popularity recently. Carefully distilled from plants, fruits and other sources, these powerful oils not only smell amazing, but they also offer a host of benefits ideal for creating your own bathroom bliss.
From cleaning and disinfecting to eliminating embarrassing odors, you can use essential oils in a number of ways to create a better bathroom experience:
Scrub-a-dub tub: Skip harsh chemical cleaners and clean your porcelain sinks, tubs and other hard surfaces with a natural solution. Mix 3/4 cup baking soda, 1 tablespoon water, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1/4 cup liquid castile soap and six drops lemon essential oil. This gentle scrub leaves everything sparkling and smelling oh-so fresh.
Roll out some aromatherapy: Fresh scent rolls out over time when you place a few drops of your favorite essential oil on the cardboard cylinder in the center of your toilet paper roll. Some great essential oil options include grapefruit, peppermint, geranium, lemon or orange.
Create a custom body wash: Thanks to essential oils, you can make your own divinely scented body wash. Simply mix together liquid castile soap and a few drops of your favorite essential oil in your shower’s liquid soap dispenser. Favorite picks include essential rose, peppermint, vanilla and sandalwood.
Spray bad odors away: Let’s face it: every bathroom needs an air freshener. Unfortunately, store-bought varieties are both expensive and full of harsh chemicals. You can find an affordable and natural alternative, however, if you make your own. To do so, fill an 8-oz. spray bottle with 3/4 cup water (tap or distilled), 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol and approximately 15 drops of essential oil. Pick your favorite scent or try tantalizing combos such as tea tree and lime or grapefruit and ginger.
Fully relax in the bath: Transform your drab bath or shower into a relaxing escape by adding lavender or chamomile essential oils. For baths, add one to three drops directly to the water. For showers, add three drops to a cotton ball and place it on the soap shelf or in another location where it won’t get soaked; this will allow the oil to combine with the shower steam. Simply throw away when done.