How to Clean Up Spilled Aroma Oils

Aroma oils are used to make homemade perfumes, bath salts, candles and other relaxation and beauty products. When working with these potent oils, spillage can occur. Cleaning up spills immediately ensures that the oils don't damage surfaces with which they came into contact.

Keep caps tightly sealed to prevent spills of your aroma oils.


Step 1

Cover the spill with vegetable oil and wipe away all oil with a clean towel. This prevents the aroma oils from seeping into your skin.

Step 2

Repeat step 1 three times, using a clean area of the towel each time to thoroughly remove the oils.

Step 3

Wash the area on your skin with mild hand soap and water three times. If you can still smell the aroma oils, rinse the area with white vinegar. Wait five minutes and rinse with water.

Hard Surfaces

Step 4

Soak up aroma oils immediately with a clean towel. Mix 2 parts dish soap and 1 part warm water in a spray bottle. Spritz the area thoroughly with the mixture and let sit for one minute. Wipe up with a clean towel.

Step 5

Repeat step 1 two times, using a clean area of the towel each time to thoroughly remove the oils. Rinse with water and wipe with a clean area of the towel to remove any soapy residue.

Step 6

Pour white vinegar on the area and let sit for five minutes. Wipe up the vinegar with a clean towel. Repeat this step to help soak up aroma oils and prevent scents from setting.


Step 7

Run the fabric under cool water for two minutes to push out oils and prevent them from infiltrating the fabric fibers.

Step 8

Spray a pre-laundry stain remover on the stain and wash fabric as directed with laundry detergent.

Step 9

Repeat step 2 if fabric still smells of aroma oils. Dry as usual once smell has lifted.