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Living with four dogs and a cat requires daily cleaning and diffusing essential oils takes my cleaning up a notch. Here are my favorite essential oil recipes.

If you live with dogs then there are times when your home could use a bit of a refresh.  I clean our house daily, sweeping and vacuuming up all of the dog hair from the floors and furniture, and we still occasionally have that pet smell.

When the house needs a little more than just cleaning, I open the windows to bring in the fresh air, I burn Pet House candles (the only ones I trust around my dogs), and I diffuse essential oils.  I came across this DIY lava rock diffuser recipe that made me want to try something new.  It’s easy, it doesn’t require a large investment, and it’s safe to use around pets.

Ingredients for a DIY Lava Rock Diffuser

  • Lava beads
  • Bowl(s) or fake plant(s)
  • 5 drops of your favorite essential oil

Instructions to Make a Lava Rock Diffuser

  1. Place the beads in a small bowl or in the pot of a fake plant.
  2. Choose your favorite essential oil or blend. Drop the essential oil on the beads.  Use this diffuser to scent a  small space such as a bathroom or office.  Refresh the aroma with essential oils as needed

Why You Should Use a DIY Lava Rock Diffuser for a Small Room

1 – Freshen the Air in an Office, Laundry Room, Bathroom, Cat’s Room, or BedRoom

Although my pets are clean, there are times when the pet smell becomes more noticeable. We have four dogs and a cat and although I clean daily, sometimes a room needs a little more.  The diffuser is for smaller rooms and I mainly use it in rooms where the dogs hang out.  My dog, Zoey, and my cat are a little more sensitive to essential oils than the other dogs.  They don’t get sick, they’re just not a fan of strong scents, so I always leave a door open to prevent them from being overwhelmed, and I use essential oils and blends that aren’t overpowering.

2 – Create a Calming or Healing Atmosphere for Everyone

Whether I’m choosing essential oils that are known for calming or healing, I try to choose a scent that does more than just make the room smell nice.

Lavender, chamomile, and Warmth (by animalEO) are great for calming.  Sunshine in a Bottle (by animalEO), a citrus blend, or a floral blend is great for creating a happy energy.  And Germ Fighter by Plant Therapy, frankincense, and Clarey Sage are my favorite essential oils for healing.  And I’m all for calming, happy, and healthy energy when I’m relaxing at home or working from home, surrounded by my dogs.

3 – A DIY Diffuser is an Affordable Way to Enjoy Scents Safely in a Pet Home

I love Pet House candles but they are expensive and I only splurge on them when I can get a discount or I have some extra funds, which isn’t often.  I recently stocked up on Pet House candles and I probably won’t get more unless they go on sale.

A DIY diffuser is easy to make and use, it takes a minute to make, and it lasts forever, only requiring me to refresh the essential oil when needed.

I was able to make 6 bowls for less than $40.  I already had the essential oils on hand and just needed to buy the lava beads (or rocks from a local hardware store) and I Living with four dogs and a cat requires daily cleaning and diffusing essential oils takes my cleaning up a notch. Here are my favorite recipes. a few cute bowls from the dollar store.

10 Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes to Freshen a Home with Dogs 

Want to create your own diffuser, but need recipes to help you get started?  I usually start with a single oil that I enjoy but if you’d like a mix of oils for a purpose, try these recipes.  Keep in mind that the amount of each essential oil you use is up to you; feel free to adjust up and down based on your needs. The following recipes are for humans, but I've diffused the blends around my dogs and cat with no issues.

To learn more about using essential oils with pets, check out Dr. Melissa Shelton's book.

1 – Whimsy Diffuser Recipe

2 – Joy Diffuser Recipe

3 – Winter Wreath Diffuser Recipe

4 – Summer Day Diffuser Recipe

5 – Calming Diffuser Recipe

6 – When You're Feeling Down Diffuser Recipe

7 – Freshen the Car Diffuser Recipe

8 – Stress-Free Diffuser Recipe

9 – Spirit of Christmas Diffuser Recipe

10 – Mood Lifting Diffuser Recipe

11 – Refreshing Diffuser Recipe

What You Need to Know About Diffusing with Pets

If you're new to using essential oils around your pets, then keep these things in mind.

  1. Only diffuse in a room if there is an exit so if it's too much for your pet, they can choose to leave. So when I'm diffusing, I leave doors open or diffuse in larger rooms (living room / dining room area, the family room, the entry way, etc.).
  2. Go slowly with new essential oils, starting with a couple of drops and working up. This will gauge our dogs' tolerance for different oils, keeping us from adding too many drops.
  3. I've read that we should avoid “hot” essential oils when diffusing, but I think “hot” oils are more risky when applying them to the skin, which is why we should always use a carrier oil. When diffusing, I just start small and slowing build with “hot” essential oils.

To learn more about using essential oils with pets, check out Dr. Melissa Shelton's book.

Living with four dogs and a cat requires daily cleaning and diffusing essential oils takes my cleaning up a notch. Here are my favorite essential oil recipes.

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