Organizing Essential Oils and Other Make Your Own Ingredients
A few months ago, not long after we moved into our farmhouse, I noticed a few little yellow dots on the floor in the bathroom. Upon closer inspection I realized they were some of my beeswax pastilles. I figured they must have just fallen out of the bags when I had gotten them out last, so I cleaned them up and moved on. The next day, there were more on the floor and this time I hadn't had my ingredients for my homemade things out recently. A little further searching led me to what I thought was a rather surprising conclusion.
Apparently, mice like beeswax.
After the beeswax all over the floor incidents, I was determined to clean up my ingredients and make a special place for them in the house. My essential oils had been stored in a small tote and they kept falling over and leaking. It wasn't a good solution. And, I obviously needed to get the rest of the ingredients up and away. Who knows what else a hungry mouse will chew on!
With the farmhouse being so small, it's hard for me to find a central location for all of my things, so I have a few different storage places instead. Essential Oils are stored in the kitchen where there is room for them to be upright, and carrier oils and other ingredients are stored in the bathroom linen closet so they can be a in a cool, dark area. Here's how everything is stored and neatly put away!
For my essential oils, I like to store them in a kitchen drawer. They are easy to access and they still stay in a cool, dark place. I purchased this Bamboo Drawer Organizer. I like it because all of the sections are adjustable so I can make them smaller or larger depending on what I need room for. In this drawer I store my essential oils (upright!) and small, loose containers that I use for homemade things. I also have a few extra oil bottles, droppers, and lids for homemade concentrates.
The other items for making my homemade goods got their own shelf in the bathroom linen closet; way up off the ground. I have a few different tubs that I use to store these items so they can also sit upright and of course, like I said....off the ground. 😉
I picked these little totes up at the dollar store. I like that they have tall sides and they are perfect for storing larger bottles that need to stay upright (such as carrier oils, soaps, etc.). I also use them to store bags of add-in items such as special sea salts, bentonite clay, and special waxes. I prefer these containers without lids so the items can sit upright.
I use this larger tub for storing large containers (such as deodorant tubes, lip balm tubes, etc) and for storing beeswax, since I tend to have a lot of it at one time.
These ideas are simple, but they keep all of my ingredients and oils organized, off the ground, and in cool places to maximize storage length. Plus, they are all easy to access (but still away from little one's wondering hands) and when you are making homemade things all the time, this is a must!
Are you started to get into using essential oils? Here are some Uses for Eucalyptus Oil, Uses for Peppermint Oil, and Uses for Grapefruit Oil that you should try.
Where do you store your essential oils and other ingredients for making homemade goods?
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