How to Neutralize Essential Oil Scents

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Things You'll Need

  • Fan

  • Cotton balls

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Oxidizer

  • Deionizer

In small amounts, essential oils can freshen up your rooms, but if you use too much, the odor can be overwhelming.

Essential oil scents can be very strong because they are concentrated and they can linger a long time in a closed room because they are highly volatile. Mass-market products usually are not effective enough to remove the smell of essential oils because they merely cover up odors with other scents. The overload of odors makes our nasal passages insensitive to odors. A few natural products remove strong scents by neutralizing them.

Step 1

Open the windows wide and put a fan in the window to blow in fresh air. Open two windows, one at each end of the room, to create an air current. Place a bowl of baking soda or coffee grounds in the room affected by the scent; these household products will absorb the odor.

Step 2

Saturate a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol if you accidentally spill essential oil on your skin or on the floor, then rub the spot with it. The rubbing alcohol removes the oils and then evaporates in the air quickly. Let the area air dry.

Step 3

Use an oxidizer. Oxidizers contain an ingredient that reacts with the scent molecules in the air and weigh them down. The molecules then fall to the ground. Examples of oxidizers are Expel Odor Neutralizer, NosGuard SG, MMS, ClenAir and OdorXit. These products use chlorine dioxide gas as an oxidizer.

Step 4

Use deionization. Products that use deionization bond with the essential oil scent molecule and change its structure, effectively neutralizing it. X-O and Air Technologies use this technology. The results are instantaneous and permanent.


Use a dropper to dispense essential oils. Leave the room while your scent neutralizer is working.


All these products are safe around children and pets, except the rubbing alcohol. Even though these products are safe, keep them away from children and pets. Secure electronics' cords. Do not touch essential oils with your bare hands. Use precaution and always wear gloves. Some essential oils can burn your skin or make you sick. Avoid smelling strong concentrations of essentials oils. Wear a mask while disposing of them and put the trash outside.

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Soumy Ana

Soumy Ana started writing professionally in 1995. She has written for “Al Jumuah” and various Web sites. Ana is the winner of the 1999 IWA Short Stories Contest. Ana holds a Master of Arts in TESOL from Southern Illinois University, a Maîtrise des Lettres et Arts from Pau, France, and an International Montessori Teaching Diploma from the North American Montessori Center, Canada.