5 Essential Oil Hacks You Have To Try!


We talk about cleaning with essential oils quite a bit here at Clean My Space and for good reason. They smell amazing and they have a lot of wonderful properties, and there are so many ways you can use them! Here are five essential oil hacks that prove essential oils go well beyond just cleaning.

Eliminate Shoe Stink

If you have stinky shoes, don’t be embarrassed, it’s part of the human condition and there is a great way to get rid of it. Take a couple of cotton balls and your favorite essential oil (or a mix of your favorites) and dash about 10 to 15 drops on each cotton ball. Then, place them in the shoes, leave them overnight and when you take the cotton balls out in the morning, your shoes will smell like fresh essential oils… and nothing else!

Insect Repellent

No one likes bug bites, end of story. Get yourself a cloth or a bandana (something you don’t care about) and put up to 10 drops of one of the following, or a combination, of these essential oils: tea tree, lemon, lavender or peppermint. By wearing the cloth or bandana you’ll repel those annoying bugs for good! So, the next time you’re camping, hiking or just sitting out on your patio, tie it make yourself a DIY insect repellent and just watch the bugs buzz off.

DIY Poo Pourri Spray!

One of the things that unites us as a human race is that we all go in the bathroom – and while it’s not always the most pleasant experience, there’s a solution for making it smell a little bit better. Check out my video on making this DIY Poo Pourri spray, it involves essential oils and they are crucial to making the spray work.

Car Air Freshener

If you want to take the wonders of essential oils with you on the road there’s an easy way to bring them into your car. All you need is a raw wood clothespin; that means no varnish and no paint. Take your favorite essential oil, or essential oil blend, and place a few drops on your clothespin – just two or three drops will do, you don’t want the scent to be overwhelming. Clip the pin on to one of your air vents and crank the A/C! The next thing you know, you’ll be driving, listening to great music, and smelling your favorite essential oil.

Nail Strengthener

If you find that your nails are brittle, weak and you can never quite grow them, essential oils might be able to help. Tea tree and lavender oil are both strengtheners, so you can use one of them, or a combination of the two.

On a clean nail bed, simply drop one drop of your preferred essential oils onto your cuticle and rub it in gently, working the oil up your nail. Make sure to place the drop on your cuticle to help stimulate future nail growth. This will of course take time, you don’t just sprout nails overnight, but you’ll start to see stronger healthier nails, all thanks to your favorite essential oil.

With essential oils come one small caveat. You need to check with your health care provider or your vet, if you’re a pet parent, to make sure that they are safe for you. If you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, if you have a certain illness or you are on a certain medication, they might not be best for you. Just make sure that you check it out before you start getting heavily involved in the EO movement.

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Melissa Maker is an entrepreneur, cleaning expert, founder of Toronto’s most popular boutique cleaning service, and star of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube (but she still hates to clean!). Every week, Melissa delivers new videos dishing expert advice on cleaning products, tools, DIY substitutes, and practical, timesaving solutions to everyday problems. Melissa has appeared on the Today Show, and has been featured in InStyle, Real Simple, and Better Homes and Gardens.


  1. I don’t know what brand of Essential Oil to buy. I notice I can find all prices’s. Is the cheap just as good as the other?

  2. Hi, Melissa and Chad! Melissa, I hope you are feeling well during your pregnancy. This isn’t a cleaning question, but I know you’ll have an answer! What can I do, hopefully with essential oils, to get rid of gnats, fruit flies, whatever those irritating flying bugs are called? My garbage disposal is clean, but there’s always at least one flying around my kitchen!! Any suggestions? Thank you!

    • Sarah,
      You can make a homemade fruit fly trap by mixing a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 5 or 6 drops of dish soap. Mix it up well in the bottom of a glass and leave it out next to your sink. The flies smell the vinegar and land in it but get stuck (because of the soap) and cannot fly out.

      Also, the reason most kitchens have fruit fly problems is not due to having fresh fruits and veggies lying around. It’s because the flies can breed in the sink drain.

      There are two things you can do to reduce the fruit flies you might have hanging out in there. 1) pour boiling water down your sink. And 2) keep the plug in the drain to stop them from possibly flying back into your kitchen. It might seem like a pain to keep the sink plugged and only unplug it when you need to, but it does work.

      Best of luck,

      • Wow! Thanks, Melissa. I also occasionally have one or two fruit flys flying around my kitchen. Now I know how to get rid of them! I love your YouTube channel, by the way. Thanks for all the great cleaning tips. You actually make cleaning fun. 🙂

  3. Hi melissa my two year old son loves drawing and latley he has been been drawing on the walls. I have managed to get the crayons and pencil marks off but im having trouble with the pen marks.

  4. Hi Melissa,
    My daughter spilt clear nail polish on our new synthetic carpet. Do you have any suggestions as to how I might remove it please?
    Thank you for your help and great tips!

    Kind regards Audrey


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