Do you find that you waste those last few drops of essential oil?…Well I saw this on Pinterest and tried it…

????????????? While preparing for the Sustainable Living Fair, we were wondering what interactive activities we could do with the children, and what practical tips we could give to the public on reducing, re-using and recycling.

One day, while looking through Pinterest, this idea was presented: –

What do you do with your  used up essential oil bottles?
There are always those few drops that just won’t come out the bottle and there is always the residue left on the dropper and on the lid.
Find a larger bottle which has been washed and remove the old label (This just looks prettier I think).
Put the opened bottles, the lids and the droppers into the bottle.

?????????????Fill the bottle with Bicarbonate of soda (or Epsom salts if you want to make bath salts)
Put the lid on and shake the bottle. Get those salts into every ‘corner’ of the bottle.
Leave it for about two weeks to give the bicarb time to absorb the oils and for the smells to blend.
Empty it out, remove the bottles and knock the salts out of the bottles. These salts will be saturated with the oils.

?????????????Sprinkle the salts over your carpets and leave for about an hour to absorb the old smells in the carpet.
Vacuum or sweep the carpet with a hard broom.
You now have a fresh smelling room.

It does not end there: What do you do with the empty essential oil bottles?
Take off the old label. Soak in boiling hot water and the sticky labels will roll right off.
Put the bottles in a pot on the stove, cover with boiling water from the kettle, boil on high for 10 minutes.
Drain off the water, place the bottles on biscuit pan and place in the over at 100deg C to dry.
The bottles have now been sanitized and can be used again.

Well that’s all for this week.

Have an awesome, wonder-filled week.

Lots of love

Sue and Christine

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