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    15 Easy Essential Oil Tricks That You Should Actually Try

    Get rid of ants, odors, permanent marker, and more!

    You've probably heard a lot of hype about essential oils lately, and you may be wondering how to actually use them in your everyday life.

    And while there are a lot of things essential oils can't do, there are still plenty of ways to use them around the house that are safe and handy! Here are some ideas:

    (BTW, a lot of essential oils can be toxic to cats, so cat owners, proceed with extreme caution, or not at all.)

    1. Add a couple drops of essential oil inside a toilet paper roll to freshen your bathroom.

    2. Tap a little cedarwood, lavender, or eucalyptus essential oil right into the wood shelves in your closet or the drawers in your dresser.

    3. Fill a microwave-safe bowl with water and four drops of lemon essential oil, and "steam clean" your microwave.

    4. Scrub off permanent marker stains with lemon essential oil.

    5. Use lemon essential oil to remove sticky stuff, too.

    6. Save money on a diffuser, and instead put several drops of your favorite essential oil on a clothespin and clip it to an air vent.

    7. Or, clip the clothespin to a vent in your car for a simple DIY air freshener.

    8. Sprinkle baking soda and several drops of your favorite essential oil into smelly shoes.

    9. Spray peppermint oil to keep spiders, ants, and other critters away.

    10. Soak a cotton ball in your favorite essential oil and place it at the bottom of your trash bin to eliminate gross odors.

    11. Or, soak a few cotton balls in your favorite essential oil, and drop them in the vacuum bag before you start cleaning.

    12. Rewash that musty load of laundry you forgot to put in the dryer (it happens to the best of us!) with several drops of lavender or tea tree essential oil.

    13. And for a homemade fabric softener, add a drop of lavender or tea tree essential oil to a cup of white vinegar, and pour it into your load of laundry.

    14. Put a couple drops of lavender essential oil on a tissue and tuck it inside your pillowcase.

    15. And clear your congestion by putting a few drops of eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil into a bowl of just-boiled water.

    If you're ready to test out some of these hacks, you can get this highly rated set of essential oils from Amazon for $22.97.