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Where Do I Put Them All?!
It’s the best of problems. You’ve finally gotten started with essential oils and love them, but the more oils you try, the more oils you have to store. What should you do with them all? How do you preserve their quality? How can you keep them organized?
The good news is that essential oils are fairly hardy. There only a few main things to remember.
- Keep the lids tightened to prevent leaks or evaporation.
- Avoid direct sunlight.
- Avoid extreme temperatures or high humidity.
- Keep essential oils away from unsupervised children.
The harder part is keeping your oils organized. They are so versatile! I use them in every room of my house and for many different types of applications. It makes it difficult to categorize and keep track of them.
Thankfully, I’ve learned a few tricks.
Use cap labels.
These essential oil labels fit both the 5ml and 15ml caps and make it easy to identify your oils from above.
Use open shelving.
I keep my oils on three wooden Ikea spice shelves with a chalkboard nearby for my oily shopping list. I painted them white with black chalkboard paint on the ends for easy labeling. One holds oils that can be used internally. Another holds oils that aren’t for internal use, and the third shelf holds extras and small supplies. They are hung away from direct light and high enough that my youngest can’t reach them. All of my children know not to touch oils without permission, but I like to stay on the safe side.
Use a box or drawer.
If you have the right-sized drawer or box, this can be an excellent way to store oils out of sight. You can stand them up with cap labels. You could also buy this storage rack that lets you lean the oils back so the main label is visible.
Use a cabinet with risers.
It’s difficult to find what you’re looking for when you have too many bottles on the same level. As with spices, it helps to have risers to make the bottles more visible.
Use a travel case.
There are many cases made specifically for storing oils. They’re a wonderful option at home or away if they fit in your budget. If not, any water tight bag will work for traveling. I often use a disposable zip-top bag.
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Taming your cache of oil bottles isn’t always easy. It is important though. Keeping your oils well organized maintains their effectiveness, prevents unnecessary ordering, and lets you find what you need, when you need it.
How do you store your oils?
What problems do you have keeping them organized?