If you use essential oils on a regular basis, you likely have a handful of empty bottles.
While you can definitely recycle them if you don’t need them, you can also clean them super easily and reuse them.
There are plenty of ways to reuse empty essential oil bottles.
Let’s first go over how to clean essential oil bottles, then we’ll show you how to keep using them so they live a long and happy life serving you and others!
How To Clean Essential Oil Bottles
When cleaning your essential oil bottles, it helps to wait until you have at least 5, as it’s much more efficient.
Step 1 – Peel The Labels
To get started, try peeling off as much of the paper label as possible. They don’t come off clean, but the more you can take off initially, the better.
With Young Living labels, you don’t even have to peel. Skip ahead, soak the bottles and the labels come right off!
Step 3 – Soak It Up
Throw everything into a bowl of warm soapy water (using Thieves dish soap of course) and let it all soak for 10-20 minutes (some recommend an overnight soak).
Step 4 – Rub Off Labels With Lemon
Remove the rest of the label by using Lemon essential oil. This stuff works wonders to get labels and sticker residue off of anything.
Simply rub some oil on the bottle until all the sticky stuff comes off.
Step 5 – Rinse and Soak Again To Remove Previous Smells
Throw everything into a fresh tub of warm water and add a capful of Thieves Cleaner if you have it. If not, try some rubbing alcohol or vinegar. Anything that will totally remove the current oil scent.
Let soak for another 10 minutes or even a few hours to be really sure the smell is removed.
Step 6 – Dry Them Out
After they soak, rinse them out with clean water and turn upside on the counter to air dry for a few hours.
Voila – you’ve got clean, good as new essential oil bottles ready for a second chance!
How To Reuse Essential Oil Bottles And Give Them A New Life
There are a handful of ways you can make the most of fresh, empty oil bottles. Here are just a few ideas to keep these out of the trash.
1. Separate Your Oils
I get so frustrated when I go to pour a bottle of oil but it has a rollerball on top.
At the same time, it’s frustrating when you just want to roll a little bit of oil on but the bottle doesn’t have a roller ball.
So if you have a larger bottle of oil, such as 15 ml, you can pour some into an empty bottle to use as a permanent roller bottle, and keep some in the original bottle for pouring.
There are a bunch of oils I would do this with:
Lavender, Thieves, Frankincense, PanAway and others.
2. Make Some Diffuser Blends
If you have some favorite blends that you use regularly in the diffuser, mix them up in a separate bottle so that you don’t have to add multiple oils to your diffuser each time. Just have that bottle next to your diffuser for convenient use!
Check out our favorite Young Living Starter Kit Diffuser blends.
Or try this Anthropologie candle diffuser blend.
3. Share Oils With Friends
If you don’t want to buy extra sample bottles in order to share small amounts of oils with friends or people on your team, just add some to a clean bottle and give it away!
Make them blends or just share some of your extra oils that you think they’ll love.
4. Make Mini Rollers
I mentioned before that you can just add a roller ball to the top of an oil bottle for easily applying a single oil to your skin.
You can also use these instead of roller bottles if you don’t have any or don’t want to buy any yet. Just mix the oils and carrier oil of your choice into one of these bottles!
5. Create A Travel Oil Set
It’s nice when you have different sets of oils for different uses. I love keeping a few oils in my car. I also have some in my oil friendly wallet so that every time I leave the house, I’m good to go.
But it would be so annoying if I wanted to use an oil at bedtime and it was still in the car! (pushes husband out of bed to go get it)
You can use these bottles to create sets of oils for all of the places you like to use them. Keep some in your car to diffuse while driving. Keep some in your purse. Keep some at work.
Take some with you on a trip. I just wouldn’t want to take all my oils incase they get lost or damaged.
You don’t want to lose everything!
6. Share Other Products You Love
Have some Thieves Cleaner that you want your friends to try? Add some to a bottle and include a small card with directions on best use.
Is your friend wondering what carrier oil to get? Make a sample of each of the ones you have so they can try a few.
Have a face serum or other beauty product you made? Again, share everything with your friends and family to help them fall in love with oils and use them daily.
It’s The Little Things
Cleaning and reusing essential oil bottles is pretty simple and it can help to keep these bottles out of the trash and serving a purpose for months and years to come.
It can also save you from buying extra bottles if you don’t need an entire set of something.
Have any other uses for empty essential oil bottles? I would love to hear! Send me a message on Instagram
Disclaimer: The statements on this site have not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to be medical advice. Suggestions here are specific to Young Living and should not be combined with oils from other sources. Examples and experiences do not guarantee similar results. Read our full disclaimer here.