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Creative Uses for Your Empty Essential Oil Bottles. Storage, lights, blends, air freshener and more!

Creative Uses for Your Empty Essential Oil Bottles

Creative Uses for Your Empty Essential Oil Bottles. Storage, lights, blends, air freshener and more! www.paintedteacup.comIf you are an essential oil lover like me, you probably have some empty essential oil bottles kicking around. I love my oils so much that I just can’t get rid of the bottles. For a while they were just lying around… but there was also no way I was getting rid of them. Eventually I started to look for ways to use them. As I have mentioned before, when I have an essential oil question I turn to my grandma as she is like the essential oil queen!

Removing Essential Oil Labels

The first thing she taught me was how to take a regular bottle and make it look like the ones in the picture above.

  1. Simply peel off the sticker label
  2. Put a drop of lemon essential oil in your palm and roll the bottle across your palm to remove the sticky residue

That’s it… it’s that easy!

Ok so now you have removed the label, let’s talk about the ways you can use your empty bottles!

Uses for Empty Essential Oil Bottles

Use the Bottle as a Sneaky Air Freshener

Even when your essential oil bottle appears empty, the fragrance is still there! Take off the lid and place the bottle in a concealed place to keep things smelling fresh. Here are some ideas:

  • Under the kitchen sink near the garbage can
  • In your linen or clothes closet
  • In your laundry room
  • In your car
  • In your coat/shoe closet


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Make Your Own Blends

The essential oil company I get my oils from makes their own blends but I like to make my own too! One of my favourite blends is equal parts of lemongrass essential oil and white fir essential oil mixed with some fractionated coconut oil. I use this blend to help with the discomfort I get in my legs from time to time and it works amazingly well!


Make Diluted Oils for the Little Ones

Sometimes diluting essential oils can be a pain. Use your empty bottles to dilute the essential oils you use more often on the kids. For infants dilute I drop of essential oil in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. For children, dilute one drop of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. Great carrier oils are facationated coconut oil and grapeseed oil.


Have Your Favourite Essential Oils in Every Room of Your House

I have storage boxes for my essential oils and while some oils live in that box, the others seem to migrate to other rooms of the house like the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. The problem with that is when they are scattered, it can be hard to find the bottle when I need it.

Solution: Take an oil you use in multiple rooms of your house such as lemon. Use your empty essential oil bottles and create small bottles of lemon to have in your bathroom, kitchen etc.


Make Sample Bottles

We all want our friends and family to be able to have essential oil experiences. Use your empty bottles to create a small supply of essential oils for your loved ones to have.


Essential Oil Travel Kit

Instead of taking full bottles of essential oils with you on your next trip, make small bottles to take with you. These are my favourite essential oils for road trips!


Carrier Oils To Go

If you have ever used a carrier oil you know that it can get messy. Taking a carrier oil with you somewhere can be a nightmare! Simply fill your empty essential oil bottles with a carrier oil and save yourself the mess!


Make Your Own Epsom Salts

Even when you think your bottles are empty, they usually still have some oil in them. My grandma also taught me that you can put your empty bottles in a container of Epsom salts to have an essential oil infused bath. Tiffany from Stuff Parents needs explains how to do this here.


Cute Christmas Tree Ornaments

Any essential oil lover would love an essential oil ornament on their tree! Find a pretty ribbon, loop and tie it around the neck of the bottle and voila, you have a cute ornament in less than 2 minutes!


LED Essential Oil Lights

Now this is creative! I would have never thought to use my empty essential oil bottles to create a pretty string of lights! Check out this easy how to video!

I would love to hear from you! How do you use your empty essential oil bottles?

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21 thoughts on “Creative Uses for Your Empty Essential Oil Bottles”

  1. Whoa, these are great ideas! I hate to throw those old essential oils bottles away! I love to reuse things. And we go through so many bottles of essential oils at my house, I always feel guiltly about those little guys! Great ideas!

  2. I was just talking to a friend tonight about this! I was telling her I couldn’t believe that there wasn’t some sort of recycle program through the oil company. Thank you for the great tips. I love the lights!

  3. I usually use my empty bottles as shampoo and conditioner containers when I’m traveling. This is a great list you have shared with us. I love the string lights! I would never have thought to use them as a string light either.

  4. We donate our used/empty bottles to a Buddhist organization and they recycle them for money. It’s also a nice idea to reuse them for something else and take advantage of the fragrance left inside. Making our own blends sounds interesting. I hope we can try this soon.

  5. Excellent ideas! I’ve added the metal roller balls to my old bottles as well as the spray tops. Will try some of your ideas too. Pinning….

  6. Thank you for sharing all these! I LOVE my EO and use them daily. I attach spray tops to my bottles , such as ones for big spray! Perfect for carrying in your purse for an outing

  7. When you put a carrier oil in an empty essential oil bottle do you put the plastic part back in and then screw the top on? Does the carrier oil still come out of the tiny hole?


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