My Strange Addiction


So recently I’ve become rather taken with cleaning/organising YouTubers. I watch them (listen, really) while I clean my house, I suppose you could call it my guilty pleasure. It’s not THAT mad when you consider that LOTS of people watch other people do their makeup on YouTube while they do their own.. it just seems crazy (to my husband) to watch other people clean their houses.. but I love it! One thing I kept hearing from the DIY types (and I suppose from most who wanted to offer more original tips than ‘get out the bleach’) was to use essential oils in your own cleaners. I haven’t quite got to adding anything else to the mix yet but I finally ordered some oils last week and I have been OBSESSED with using them in every way possible since.

I can’t believe I’d never thought of it before but all of your favourite scents (I’m thinking candles here) have one or 2 notes in them that are really appealing to you and you can pick them out and use them EVERYWHERE in your home. Something I find really tough to get my hands on are mint fragrances, I had one at Christmas one year and loved it but never found anything else that really hit the spot. When I was ordering my oils I chose peppermint on a whim for a fresh scent in the kitchen.. it’s maybe the best purchase I’ve ever made. It smells exactly like pink rock from the seaside and I’ve been adding it to hot soapy water when I clean down my counters, to my dryer sheets so my clothes will smell of it and even in my BATH! I plan to experiment with lotions and shampoos this week so I’ll keep you posted but I’m a total convert!

I also picked up Bergamot (super energising), Sandalwood (lovely and warm for the living room) and Tea Tree (which I thought I liked more than I do) but you can get so many more, they weren’t expensive from Amazon and came well wrapped. I’ll be buying more for sure.. even if it’s just 4 more bottles of the Peppermint.

Do you use essential oils? I’ll be honest, I used to chalk them up to hippy nonsense and aromatherapy but there are a million ways you can use them other than in massage and oil burners.. I’m just late to the beautiful smelling party on this one!



  1. Bev
    31 May, 2016 / 9:52 pm

    I also love cleaning / organising videos and would love to know which YouTubers are your favourites. I like How Jen Does It, Vasseur Beauty and ClutterBug. I’d love to find some UK-based YouTubers though.

    • missbudgetbeauty
      31 May, 2016 / 10:16 pm

      do you watch clutterbug? I love her.. not english but still lol

  2. Vicky
    1 June, 2016 / 7:08 pm

    I love Clutter bug too…I use essential oils in soapy water to wash down various surfaces…even a few drops when I mop the floor!! I love patchouli and also geranium.

  3. Tia
    5 June, 2016 / 1:20 am

    I’ve been using tea tree oil for years and years, to use as a surface cleaner in hot water and also to wipe around areas like toilet handles,taps etc.
    I use the sandalwood oil to burn in an oil burner.
    I only use organic oils on my skin,much more expensive.

  4. emmashouse02
    6 June, 2016 / 11:13 pm

    I love watching ‘How Jen does it’. I can’t get enough of her routines. Love her house too. I might try some peppermint in my homemade cleaning solution.

  5. Eliza
    7 June, 2016 / 2:31 pm

    You should watch Home Organizing by, she has great tips and ideas!

  6. brenda ellison
    8 June, 2016 / 2:35 pm

    Am so glad you have enjoyed using essential oils, I cant remember which ones, but some are good for the back pain you were talking about. Tea Tree is good for your laundry and a final rinse on hairwash days to deter the dreaded nits! Keep up the good work! Bx

    • missbudgetbeauty
      8 June, 2016 / 2:37 pm

      oooh even more ways to use them!! thanks!

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