Recently I purchased a few essential oils without a diffuser. Though I have a diffuser now (that works great and surprisingly came from the dollar store), I discovered a plethora of other uses for essential oils while researching. I’ve already tried these methods and listed them specifically because they do work!
Try dabbing it on potpourri or dried flowers. They really soak up the scent. Decorative pinecones work great but you can make your own just by baking ones you find in nature. Kill two birds with one stone by putting decorative potpourri pieces in the window sill with essential oils on them; the breeze really brings in the scent.
Spot the oil on the inside of your pillow cases, especially sleep and relaxation promoting oils like lavender.
Plenty of oils battle against mold and fungus. For example, clove bud oil. Use a cotton ball or Pom Pom to soak up the oil and clip it on a vent or AC with a clothes drying clip.
You know that cardboard tube inside the roll of toilet paper? Drop some essential oil inside and when people unroll paper, a nice scent of your chosen oil accompanies.
Dilute the essential oil with water. Use an empty spray bottle full of water with 10-15 drops of essential oil. Spray around your room for a nice natural “febreze” or linen spray.
You can add a few drops to the dryer with your clothes, boil some drops in water on the stove for a real DIY diffuser or inhale it directly from the bottle or rub on your hands and then smell.
Reed diffusers never really worked for me but if you have a double layered candle holder you can make a diffuser by placing the candle at the bottom and filling the top holder with some oil.
Add a few drops to the bath or steam up the bathroom (using sink and/or shower) and place a hot, wet towel with essential oil soaked into it over your head. This works best over the sink.
Here is a post on how to make a clay necklace diffuser.
Put a few spots on your furnace filter. Make your car smell nice by soaking something you would hang on the mirror (old scented trees, cotton based decorations, the Pom Pom on the clothes hanger, etc).
Add some to a stuffed animal. Make sure to dilute correctly especially if for a child (and to look up the benefits/safety information of the oil you want to use).
Add to a bath with epsom salt. Only a few drops are needed. Make a mason jar oil candle with these instructions.
Adding baking soda with essential oils in a mason jar works as well. Baking soda really absorbs the fragrances.
Hope this post was useful! My diffuser is still going and working great with a tiny bit of oil but I’m still going to take advantage of these uses I’ve learned as well!