Lemon is one of the best essential oils to start with, and that’s for several reasons. One, it is a scent that everyone is familiar. Two, it has a very uplifting and cheerful aroma that many people already have positive associations with (like a clean house, or a dessert, or maybe even a sunny day). But it’s also one of the best essential oils to start with because it has so, so many applications. So, if you have a bottle of lemon lying around your house, but haven’t done all of these things yet, you are really missing out! Here are forty hacks, DIY projects, and uses for lemon essential oil that everyone must know. But, before we get to the list, here are some other posts you might enjoy:
And now, here is the list:
40 Hacks, DIY Projects, and Uses
1.) Use 1-3 drops to remove sticky grease stains and chewing gum!
2.) Create your own nail strengthener.
Please be sure to check out this recipe as you need several different oils to make it.
3.) Add 1-2 drops to wool dry balls to freshen your laundry.
4.) Add 2-3 drops to hot tea to add lemon flavor and soothe a sore throat.
5.) Make your own face scrub.
The lemon essential oil will help to brighten your complexion, and the coconut oil will help moisturize your skin.
From Primally Inspired.
6.) Sanitize your toothbrush by applying one or two drops to the brush head and then rinsing it off.
7.) Eliminate the itchiness of bug bites by applying 1-2 drops directly onto the skin. (Remember that citrus oils are photosensitizing though, so be sure to apply sunscreen afterward.)
8.) Make your own linen spray.
Yes, you can make a linen spray with any essential oils you would like, but lemon and lavender together create a relaxing, but still clean, scent.
From Living Locurto.
9.) Make any facial moisturizer a brightening one by adding a couple of drops of lemon oil.
10.) Add a couple of drops to a wet paper towel and place the paper towel inside the microwave. Nuke for 15 seconds, and then use the paper towel to quickly clean inside the microwave.
11.) Use lemon oil to provide lemon flavoring in cookies (and other baked goods).
From The Country Muffin.
12.) Add a couple of drops to a cotton ball and place it inside your refrigerator (or trash can!) to help neutralize odors.
13.) Apply 1-2 drops of lemon to a cold sore to help provide relief to that area.
14.) Use lemon oil to help stay more alert while driving.
From The Savvy Oiler.
15.) Place 8-10 drops in a diffuser for an afternoon pick-me-up or a morning burst of energy.
16.) Apply lemon essential oil to athlete’s foot to help clear up the area.
17.) Make your own lip scrub.
18.) Reduce the pressure of veins by rubbing a couple of drops onto the affected area. Again, make sure you apply sunscreen afterward.
19.) Place 1-2 drops in a vegetarian capsule or add to drinking water and digest. The lemon oil will help to boost your immune system.
20.) Make your own toilet bombs.
Simply drop one of these in the toilet in between scrubbings to help keep the toilet fresh and clean. Not to mention, the lemon will make your bathroom smell lovely!
From Humblebee and Me.
21.) Make zero waste toothpaste by adding together equal parts baking soda and coconut oil. Add 2-3 drops of lemon oil to the paste to create a natural teeth brightener.
22.) Put a drop or two into 8 oz. of drinking water and ingest to help relieve heartburn.
23.) Make your own super moisturizing, super delicious smelling body butter.
Not only will you smell amazing, but making your own body butter is way cheaper than buying a store-bought version. Plus, it is healthier for you too. The recipe includes nothing but naturally ingredients that you can pronounce.
24.) Lighten your hair naturally by placing 1-2 drops on the palms of your hands and running them through hair.
25.) Create your own dusting spray.
Take care of your wood furniture by creating your own inexpensive, but still effective, dusting spray. It will smell just like Pledge. Plus, this recipe comes with its own free printable label so you can have your own beautiful bottle like pictured above.
From Pink When.
26.) Apply 1-2 drops onto an infected nail bed to help remove nail fungus.
27.) Mix 16-24 drops of lemon essential oil to 1 c. of baking soda. Sprinkle over carpet, let sit overnight, and then vacuum. Viola, fresh carpets!
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28.) Create your own delicious, lemon flavored lip balm.
You can make several of these, save a ton of money, and have an awesome gift to give your friends.
From Pretty Handy Girl.
29.) Place 1-2 drops onto bleeding gums to help disinfect the area.
30.) Fill the rinse aid compartment of your dishwasher with vinegar and add one drop of lemon essential oil to ensure streak-free dishes.
31.) Make your own citrus scented body scrub.
There are a whole bunch of lemon body scrubs listed here, including the one above.
Picture from Simply Southern Sunshine.
32.) Rub 1 drop of lemon essential oil onto a wart twice a day to help it disappear.
33.) Make lemonade by adding 2 drops of lemon oil to 2 cups of water. Sweeten as desired.
34.) Create your own foaming hand soap.
This recipe is super effective but will also make your hands smell pleasantly clean.
From The Taylor House.
35.) Apply 3-5 drops to a bunion, corn, or callus to help soften the area.
36.) Soak a rag in lemon oil and use it to clean silver jewelry.
37.) Use a couple of drops as hand sanitizer.
38.) Mix 5 drops of lemon essential oil with a Tbsp. of honey and 1 c. of Epsom salts. Use a detox bath. Read the instructions and warnings associated with detox baths here.
39.) Add 5-6 drops to sweet almond oil or fractionated coconut oil for an invigorating massage oil.
40.) Place fruits and veggies in a bowl filled with cool water and add 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil. Briefly soak. This helps to extend the shelf life of the produce.
A Word About Curated Posts
The above is a curated post. Some people call them round-ups, but I like the phrase “curated post” a lot better because I have spent hours putting each of these lists together. I have been a Pinterest junkie for years, and I am always looking for the newest or best or most interesting DIY project out there. Finding these items, testing them, and then using them on a daily basis is so much fun AND, I have discovered, helps save me money.
So if you enjoyed this post, here are some others that you might like:
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