10 Fun & Frugal Ways To Reuse Empty Essential Oil Bottles
Once you’ve used the last drop of an essential oil, what to do with the bottle? Sure, you can put it in the glass recycling, but why not upcycle it for another use instead? Here are 10 fun and frugal ways to reuse empty essential oil bottles!
Essential oils are not cheap…
Which is why you want to use every last drop!
And even when you’ve used every last drop, you’re left with the empty bottles, which are pretty cool themselves.
Sure, the glass bottles can be recycled (please don’t throw them in the garbage!). But, why not reuse or upcycle them for something else?
10 Fun & Frugal Ways To Reuse Empty Essential Oil Bottles
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What separates Spark Naturals is their variety of top quality products and competitive pricing. Each oil, whether it is a component of a blend or a pure essential oil, is selected from the best geographic area in the world to cultivate and grow that particular plant or tree.
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Spark Naturals’ Essential Oil product line is made up of oils from just about every corner of the world. For instance, their lavender comes from France, the eucalyptus comes from Australia, the lemon oil is sourced from Italy, and their wild orange is harvested in the Dominican Republic – to name just a few.
They also have custom blends for just about everything! We especially love Shield (for disinfecting and sickness prevention), L.L.P. (for seasonal allergy relief), and Amend+ (for achy, sore muscles).
Here are 10 fun and frugal ways to reuse empty essential oil bottles! These will prevent waste, stretch your oils, and save you money. They’re helpful to the planet, too!
Are you ready to be wowed with these creative and budget-friendly uses for empty oil bottles?
#1 — Store Your Custom Blends
Do you have a custom blend that you love to diffuse or use on a regular basis? Do you pull out all the bottles every time you want to use your blend?
Reuse an empty bottle for your custom blend! When you’re ready to use or diffuse, you’re only pulling out one bottle instead of multiple bottles.
Tip: Make a label for your custom blend(s) and stick it on the bottle so you always have your recipe!
#2 — Travel Essential Oils
Do you travel with your entire arsenal of essential oils? (I used to!)
Unfortunately, I’ve left behind more half-full essential oils than I care to admit. 🙁 That problem is solved with empty essential oils bottles!
Use your “master stash” of oils to refill empty bottles for travel. By filling them only 1/4 or 1/3 full, you’re ensuring that you still have more of that oil left at home, just in case you leave a bottle behind!
Tip: Try refilling like oils so you can save the step of washing bottles. For instance, refill the empty lavender bottle with more lavender rather than rosemary or eucalyptus (unless it doesn’t bother you for them to mix).
#3 — Travel Carrier Oils
If you love to travel with your oils, you probably travel with carrier oils, too, right? Save space in your luggage (or purse) and simply put a smaller amount of your carrier oil in an empty essential oil bottle.
Tip: Wash the bottles out first to remove all traces of the oil that formerly occupied the bottle. Instructions are below. Then, label the bottle with the type of carrier oil it holds.
#4 — Infuse Epsom Salts
This is my personal favorite use for empty bottles… and this one doesn’t require washing out the bottles at all!
All you need to do is add the empty bottles, lids, dispensers, and all into a bag of Epsom salts and leave them to infuse for at least 24 hours. Then, you’re all set with magnesium-rich and aromatherapeutic bath salts with the benefits of essential oils!
Tip: If you plan to use the bottles again after infusing Epsom salts, it’s a good idea to wash them out first. Instructions are below.
#5 — Travel-Size Toner
Once again, downsize from your big bottle of toner and use an empty oils bottle instead. This is especially great if you have an empty bottle of a skin-friendly oil, such as lavender, rose, helichrysum, or frankincense.
Tip: No need to wash out the empty bottle first… unless it’s an oil like oregano, cinnamon, or peppermint that you probably don’t want to rub on your face. 😉
#6 — Tiny Bud Vases
Those tiny bottles may not make a show-stopping dining table centerpiece, but they sure do make adorable bud vases! That they’re in amber and cobalt blue glass makes them irresistible for holding little blooms, especially the dandelions and other flowering weeds tiny tots love to present us. 😉
Perfect for nightstands, guest rooms, small shelves, side tables, a bathroom shelf, and your desk!
Tip: Remove the labels first.
#7 — Add A Roller Ball
The neck of some brands’ bottles is large enough for a roller ball. Therefore, you can mix up your favorite roll-on blend in the empty bottle and put the roller cap right on the bottle! (Spark Naturals’ bottles don’t work for this, unfortunately. Check the bottleneck of other brands if you like this use!)
Tip: Use an empty bottle that contained one of the oils you’re rolling on.
#8 — Infuse Cotton Balls
Stuff 2-3 cotton balls into an empty essential oil bottle and replace the lid. Let it sit overnight to infuse the scent into the cotton balls. Remove the cotton from the bottle, using tweezers if needed.
Now, place the infused cotton balls anywhere that needs freshening… like:
- in a pair of stinky shoes
- at the bottom of the trashcan before adding a new trashbag
- in your car or trunk
- in your sock drawer
Tip: Toss the cotton balls as soon as their smell is weak or gone.
#9 — Make Flavored Salt
This is such a FUN use! Do you have a drop or just vapors of a culinary essential oil left in an empty bottle?
Fill the empty bottle up with quality salt, let sit for at least 24 hours (longer doesn’t hurt), and then enjoy flavored salt!
Think of all the possibilities… Lime salt for margaritas, lemon salt for fish, rosemary or thyme salt for chicken or potatoes, basil salt for Italian food… Endless!
Tip: Make sure you’re using a safe-to-ingest, culinary-type oil. For instance, frankincense, vetiver, or helichrysum would not be good choices for this option.
#10 — Share With Friends & Family
If you’re like me and always recommending essential oils to friends and family, what better way to really encourage them to enjoy the benefits of oils than sharing?!
Use those empty bottles to share a few drops of your favorite oils or custom blends with the ones you love!
Tip: Try to refill with the same oil if possible. Otherwise, wash the bottles first. Instructions below.
How To Wash Out Essential Oils Bottles
This isn’t necessary for every one of these uses for empty oils bottles. In fact, if you plan on infusing cotton balls, salt, or Epsom salts, you definitely should NOT wash out your bottles — or there won’t be a smell to infuse those things with!
Here’s how to wash out essential oils bottles (when you need to):
First, make sure you’ve gotten every last drop out of the bottle you’re washing. If a drop or two remains and you just can’t get it out, infuse Epsom salts or cotton balls, or make flavored salt (if it’s an oil that’s safe to ingest) first.
Next, remove the label on the bottle (if desired). If you’re refilling a bottle with the same type of oil, it’s a good idea to leave the label.
Place the empty oil bottle, dropper top, and lid in a bowl of hot, soapy water. (Use your sink if washing lots of bottles at once.) Make sure the hot water gets inside each bottle you’re washing.
Now, let it sit for a while. You don’t have to time it; at least 30 minutes is about right.
If you have a small enough bottle brush, use that to thoroughly wash the bottle, dropper top, and lid. If you don’t have a small bottle brush, use a pipe cleaner, Q-tips, or a small toothbrush.
Rinse well after washing and turn upside down on a towel to dry.
Depending on the type of oil, this soapy water wash may be enough to eradicate any remaining oil fragrance. If there is any fragrance left, you can do a second wash with water + baking soda.
Do you reuse your empty essential oils bottles? Please share how!
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