There are many excellent uses for essential oils which may be past their use by date. Usually after about 2 years, essential oils no longer have strong therapeutic properties, however their beautiful aromas will last for many years.
The kitchen is a great place to use any old essential oils to freshen things up.
Probably the most obvious use is to make a kitchen spray for everyday use. Keep this handy and use to wipe down surfaces or simply to spray in the air to cleanse any bad smells. You can make this up using a spray bottle, fill with water and add 20-30 drops of either one essential oil or a blend of a few. You will find a list of essential oils suitable for the kitchen below.
You can add a few drops to your dishwashing up liquid which will make this chore more pleasant when washing dishes. You can even add essential oils to your dishwasher. Before adding the powder, add a few drops into the dispenser and the wonderful aroma will be released during the washing cycle.
Essential oil drops can be added to a bucket of hot water for mopping the floor, not just for the kitchen but the whole house. You’ll have a pleasantly smelling house for a few days when you do this.
For freshening up tea towels and kitchen clothes, soak them in very hot water with a few drops of essential oils added to the water.
Pouring a few drops of essential oils down your drain each day will leave the kitchen sink deodorised.
There are many essential oils suitable for the kitchen including Pine, Thyme, Tea Tree, Basil, Lavender, Geranium, Eucalpytus, Rosemary and all of the citrus oils such as Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange and Petitgrain. Use these essential oils on their own or make up a blend.