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If you use a diffuser with scented oils, you’re probably familiar with at least one way to enjoy the benefits of these fragrant liquids. But you don’t necessarily need a diffuser to enjoy them. In fact, there are so many more incredible things you can do with scented oils than just pop them into a little machine.

Here are the most handy and surprising ways to use them.

Deodorize the fridge

Most of us know to pop a box of baking soda into the fridge to remove unpleasant odours, but adding in few drops of essential oil (with a refreshing scent like basil, grapefruit or lemon) will also add a pleasant smell every time you open it.

Make shower pucks

If you’re feeling under the weather, a batch of lavender and eucalyptus-infused shower pucks will help to soothe your sinuses. Place one in the tub, run a hot shower and let your little pucks get to work on your clogged sinuses.

Rub them on your kid’s feet when they can’t sleep

When counting sheep just isn’t cutting it, massage a calming scented oil, like chamomile or cedarwood, into your kids’ feet. The smell and action is extremely calming (for both of you).

Place a few drops on your yoga mat

Striking a pose is even more satisfying when you inhale and are rewarded with a smell that you adore rather than a sweaty rubber mat. Consider lavender for soothing properties, or peppermint and orange to feel more energized.

Add them onto your pillow

A few drops of oil on the underside of your pillowcase will help you fall asleep by signalling your sense of smell to shut down. Consider using ylang ylang, rose and lavender scents since they all calm the nerves.

Put them on flip-flops or inside of smelly shoes

So your spouse’s feet are on the stinky side? Don’t ditch their footwear just because it reeks. Instead, replace the sour smell with something easier on the nose like geranium or mint.

Sports equipment could use a few drops

Just like stinky shoes, sports equipment like hockey skates, cleats or rollerblades can be given a new lease on life by dousing them in essential oil.

Hide some in vacuum bags

Soak a cotton ball in a fragrance of your choice — frankincense is known to be calming — and add it into your vacuum bag. Cleaning doesn’t seem so bad when everything smells good, right?

Students can add them to their study notes

While some public spaces are fragrance-free, a few dabs of rosemary is known to stimulate the brain for at-home study sessions.

Scent your bath

A steamy bath with bubbles and candles is relaxing in itself, but add some oil and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the spa. Just lock the door so no one can disturb you.

Add them to a facial mask

Beauty buffs who reap the benefits of a weekly face mask will be pleasantly surprised to learn that they can improve the product’s scent with a few drops of their favourite oil. Hello, coconut!

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And add some on towels

Keep the spa vibe alive by placing a few drops of oil on your bath towels after they’ve been washed.

Scrub them on sinks and enjoy a sweet-smelling finish.

A citrus scent like lemon, lime or orange makes for a simple and inexpensive cleaning detergent when mixed with a bit of baking powder. Use it anywhere and everywhere.

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