It's no secret I am a money saving mama! I like a good deal just like anyone else. I saved tens of thousands of dollars by general contracting when we built our house. So when it comes to essential oils, I had to find ways to squeeze every last bit out of those little bottles of goodness.
It takes experience to figure these little tricks out. Let me save you some time and show you my top four ways to put every last drop to good use!
My favorite way to clean out my "empty" bottles is to bury them in epsom salts. You would be surprised to find how much oil is actually left behind in a seeminly empty bottle. I was shocked to find my quart sized mason jar smelled amazing with just one empty bottle of lavender sitting inside for a week. The true test though is a nice relaxing bath! I used about a 1/2 cup of salts in my tub and found it to be just as good as when I make my own! Because I use whatever topical safe oils that I have, I have made some great combinations like Frankincense and melalueca or eucalyptus and Balance(grounding blend).
I just recently started using this next method. Not all oils are safe to use in bath salts such as wintergreen or cinnamon. I didn't want to miss out on the oil that I knew was still lurking inside those bottles. So to solve this problem I submerge these bottles in water and voila! You now have diffuser water! Once again, you will come up with fun new diffuser recipes because you're using whatever you have on hand. Another pro-tip, I always use distilled water in my diffusers! We have very hard water on the property, something I plan on fixing down the road. For now I purchase gallons of distilled water to keep my diffusers free of build up. A good diffuser is an investment! You want to protect that investemnt and extend its life!
A few years ago, I had a basket full of empty essential oil bottles that i didnt want to say good bye too. I am sort of a hoarder, but in a good way, ya know! I was so excited when I found the spray tops that fit right onto my 5ml or 15ml bottles. Now I can fill an empty bottle with fractionated coconut oil and slapa spray top on. The bottle has a new life and the residual oil didnt go to waste. I love to do this with peppermint and create a cooling mist on a hot day. Lavender is also a great one for this! You can also get rollers that fit onto these bottles and create your own rollerbottles. It's a littel cheaper than buying a whole rollerbottle when you can pop a roller top onto a bottle you already have!
My last tip is a spin off of the previous one. Instead of filling the used bottle with oil, you can also fill it with water. I have done this with spearmint and then added a drop of cinnamon and created a breath freshner for my purse. I get all my toppers at OilLife.com. They have so many to pick from! I also love to grab my labels there becuase they are pretty and water/oil resistant. Theres nothing worse than a label you cant read because the water/oil messed it up!
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If you have any more ideas to add to this list, drop a comment below! I would love to hear your thoughts.
Francesca, wife and mother of three, eagerly shares day-to-day life on her ten acre farm in northern Colorado.