5 Smart, Easy Ways to Use Essential Oils in the Home

During the time of the Black Plague a family of perfumers robbed the dead.

As perfumers they knew well the antiseptic essential oils, and they infused them in vinegar and rubbed them on their bodies; by doing so they protected themselves from certain death. The famous Vinegar of The Four Thieves recipe, sometimes called Grave Robber’s Blend, is a result of this practice.

That aromatic plants possess antiseptic properties has been known for some time from scientific tests. These plants include (from the most potent to least): thyme, rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint, orange blossom, maize, poplar, pine, Indian hemp, tobacco, belladonna, hop, and poppy.

Try some of these essential oil formulas in the home when you need their antiseptic qualities:

1. Antiseptic Bathroom Spray
Combine 10 drops of essential oils to 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray on area of concern, but don’t rinse.

2. Peppermint Spray for Mice
Mice hate peppermint. Add 2 teaspoons of peppermint to 1 cup of water and spray in areas where you think that mice might frequent.

3. Air Freshening Spritz
Sometimes an area of the home can smell stuffy, and spraying a little essential oil blend in the area can brighten the feeling of the space. Combine 1 teaspoon of essential oils to 1 cup of water in a spray bottle, and spray into the air.

4. Sick Room Spray
If someone in the family has an infectious illness such as strep throat, you can spritz some antiseptic essential oils in the room where they are staying.

5. Essential Oil Deodorizer
Place a drop or two of antiseptic essential oils in odor areas of your home.

Caution: Note that you should check with your doctor before using essential oils if you are pregnant or if your immune system is compromised.

By Annie B. Bond


William C
William C1 years ago


W. C
W. C1 years ago

Thank you.

Philip Costa
Philip Costa2 years ago

I am interested in the appropriate method of making homemade thieves oil. Please email me ASAP. Thank you so very much. Philip and Annie Costa

Robert Goldring
Robert Goldring4 years ago

Brilliant article, every year we have a family of mice move in, i'll have to try the peppermint to see if they move next door.

Whin Audrey
Whin Audrey8 years ago

j'utilise souvent des huiles essentielles pour tout nettoyer ,et dans mon alimentation.

Tina Scislow
Tina Scislow8 years ago

Thank you very much for the suggestions. I'm going to put them into practise.

Santanita G.
Santanita G8 years ago

I am so happy for making the switch to essential oils, and no longer use any more chemicals in our home. The chemical feel, and smell has gone away and, it feels more like a home should.

Glamour Girlcat
Glamour Girlcat8 years ago

Yes, she is. Thanks, Mum!

Nicole W.
Nicole W8 years ago

thanks for all the great info Christina and others :) isn't mother nature amazing?? :)

Wendy G.
Wendy G.8 years ago

I'm a catch & release spider person, so don't mind having them in my house! However, I have a friend that swears by Lavender for keeping spiders out of her house. She does a 15% solution in water and sprays the small areas they enter her home. Makes a great linen spray too!