The heat is on high, the windows are sealed shut, and the staleness lingering in the air – welcome to your home in the dead of winter. Having no fresh air without freezing your family and overworking heating systems, getting rid of those persisting odors feels impossible. Thankfully, there’s a simple solution using two things you probably already have: your vacuum and your favorite essential oil.
The idea here is to turn your vacuum into a diffuser while you clean. Depending on the type of vacuum you have, there are a few ways you can do this:
- Place a few drops of your favorite essential oil on a cotton and place it into the dust canister
- Put a couple of drops of oil on your vacuum’s filter or collection bag
- Using a napkin, tissue, or paper towel, place several drops on what you’re using and then vacuum it up.
Regardless of the method you use, once you put the essential oil within your vacuum, you’ll immediately notice the difference. The motor in your vacuum will heat as you work, helping diffuse the oil as you move from room to room and freshening your home.
Not only will your house smell incredible, but the essential oils will disinfect the air as well. With the dry air and spending more time inside, it’s much easier to get sick during the winter. That makes disinfectants during this time of year incredibly important. As the weather gets warmer though, be sure to continue using essential oils with your vacuum, because it will act as a natural repellent for bugs.
This is something I’ve been doing for years. So far everyone I’ve recommended it to has loved the results. It helps make cleaning feel like a relaxing treat to yourself, rather than a troublesome chore. So this winter, why not treat yourself and your family to a cleaner, wonderful smelling home.