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The Simple Tissue Box Hack Your Nose Will Thank You For

How To Make Your Own Aromatherapy Tissues

With colds, flu, RSV, and Covid currently making the rounds (not to mention early spring allergies on the not-too-distant horizon), we’re in the midst of a perfect storm for runny noses and congestion. I’ve already stocked up on tissues, but I’m also keeping a few congestion-busting essential oils at the ready.

Why? Because I recently came across a brilliant tip about using essential oils to make “aromatherapy tissues!” It involves infusing a box of tissues with the aroma of beneficial essential oils to give you a boost of aromatherapy every time you blow or wipe your nose.

In this post, you’ll find out exactly how quick and easy it is to make your own aromatherapy tissues at home.

Check out this tissue box hack in action in my video at the end of the post!

How To Make Your Own Aromatherapy Tissues

Which Essential Oil Should I Use?

These simple aromatherapy tissues are totally customizable, so you can use whichever essential oil you want, depending on the benefits you’re looking for.

You can’t go wrong with Defend Essential Oil Blend — it contains several antibacterial and immunity-boosting oils, making it an easy choice if you’re recovering from (or trying to avoid) illness.

How To Make Your Own Aromatherapy Tissues

Other oils you could use in your aromatherapy tissues include:

  • All Clear Essential Oil Blend: With eucalyptus, peppermint, and rosemary, it’s ideal for naturally clearing your sinuses with each use.
  • Complete Relief Essential Oil Blend: Its unique mix of marjoram, black pepper, basil, spike lavender, and copaiba is specially formulated to alleviate sinus headaches.
  • Slumber Essential Oil Blend: Combining the soothing scents of lavender, cedarwood, and marjoram with subtle notes of lime, bergamot, and vetiver, perfect for unwinding at bedtime.

Choosing an oil is the hard part — the rest of it couldn’t be easier! Here’s how it’s done:

How To Make Your Own Aromatherapy Tissues

How To Make Aromatherapy Tissues With Essential Oils

You’ll need:

How To Make Your Own Aromatherapy Tissues


Carefully open the cardboard flaps on one side of the tissue box.

How To Make Your Own Aromatherapy Tissues

Add 2 drops of essential oils to one of the inner flaps (the ones that sit closest to the tissues when the box flaps are shut.)

How To Make Your Own Aromatherapy Tissues

Close the tissue box up again by securing the outer flaps with a piece of tape, and you’re done! The aroma and benefits of the oil will infuse into the tissues, and the scent will be reactivated as the tissues are removed.

How To Make Your Own Aromatherapy Tissues

Brilliant, right? :-) I’m so happy I stumbled upon this simple tip!

A little skeptical about giving this tip a try? It might help to know that all of my essential oils are backed by my 100% money-back guarantee. If you’re not completely satisfied for any reason, just contact me within 90 days to receive a full refund. So, there’s absolutely no risk in trying it out!


4 More Clever Tissue Box Hacks

How To Make Your Own Aromatherapy Tissues

1. Tissue Box Trash Can

Use a rubber band to attach an empty tissue box to the side of a full box of tissues. The empty box makes the perfect place to stash used tissues for someone with a cold!

How To Make Your Own Aromatherapy Tissues

2. Grocery Bag Dispenser

Repurpose an empty tissue box by using it to store plastic grocery bags. To make them pop up just like tissues, slide the bottom of each bag into the handles of the next bag before placing them all in the box.

How To Make Your Own Aromatherapy Tissues

3. DIY Desk Organizer

An empty tissue box also makes a great base for a DIY desk organizer! Simply add a few toilet paper tubes and decorate for instant office supply organization.

How To Make Your Own Aromatherapy Tissues

4. Upside-Down Tissue Dispenser

One clever way to store tissue boxes is to place them upside down in an under shelf basket. This makes it much easier to grab a tissue with one hand, and it’s more sanitary too.

Do you have a favorite brand or variety of tissues?

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Get a little boost of essential oil goodness every time you blow or wipe your nose.

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • As a word of precaution, the tissue box with EOs should be labeled as such. I’m sure many, like myself, use tissues for things other than for noses. We often use tissues to wipe our own eyes, as well asthe eyes of our pets. Folded tissues go in my purse. Some may grab tissues to wipe up a small spill or splatter. Also, EOs can be damaging to many surfaces. There are so many uses for tissues that extend beyond their obvious use, so it would be wise to label appropriately to prevent injury and contact with unsafe/unwanted surface contact. I do love this suggestion for those noses though!

  • This tip may already have been shared, but thought I would mention it anyway. On #4, if the rack is in a pantry or somewhere else you could put repurposed grocery bags in the tissue box. Sometimes when you want to recycle things it can be difficult to store things that don’t take up too much space.

  • I would be very cautious regarding how essential oils are used on cardboard i.e., tissue box, then placed on a wooden table. The oils can soak through cardboard, even layers and ruin wood. Using a non porous base is suggested.

  • This has absolutely nothing to do with infused tissues, I just wanted to tell you that I think you’re the absolutely neatest person around and that I genuinely wish I could know you. I’m sure beyond a doubt that I would count you as a friend — in the original and truest sense of the word.


  • I use my large tissue boxes as dividers and containers in drawers, cupboards and shelving, especially in the pantry. They are pretty nowadays, too. So that’s a plus.

    • With the tissue box that I find attractive in color to blend in rooms, I carefully remove the bottom and slide the box cover over another tissue box. At the store, when I buy tissues, it doesn’t matter what pattern or color I get, because I can just use my box cover

  • I’ve always bought my Kleenex in the big boxes. I use the Puffs with lotion brand. Definitely going to try this with the oils. The origami fold I think is what my Aunt uses for her plastic bags. If your That concerned about germy tissues just flush them. Problem solved.

    • Not to be one of those people, but even the Kleenex brand people suggest you not flush your tissues as they don’t break down very well. Also, if you (I do) have a septic system, you don’t want to flush anything other than toilet paper down your toilet. :)

  • I use my empty tissue boxes for my trash can at my sewing machine. This helps me keep my work area much neater. I’m going to try your essential oil tip. Thanks

  • I definitely agree with Gail. As an RN I know that bacteria and viruses are sneaky little things. Better idea would be to buy a small covered trash bin, line it with a plastic bag and empty it often. The up the liner and put in regular garbage. Humans can be sneaky too.

  • Some good tips except for #1, the trash box. I do NOT want my “dirty” tissues anywhere close to my clean ones, to close to transfer germs. Would be fine BUT don’t fasten them together. Just to many germs. Just my opinion. Thank you.

    • I shuddered when I read the tip about putting clean box of tissues next to tissue disposal box…nasty! There is way too much chance of contamination of new tissues. Just throw them in a waste basket that has bag liner so you can dispose of the waste without touching anything!

    • I’ve discovered for myself if my eyes are watery or stinging (sometimes from accumulated oil on the eyelids, for some, a daily occurence.) you can take a cotton pad/makeup remover cloth, etc. and dampen with warm water and gently wipe your eyelids, Don’t be rubbing too hard, as this could make the situation worse! This idea really helps me out!

  • I buy tissues in the large box, I have one small decorated box for the small box of tissues. When the large box is quite low on tissues I open up the end of it and slide the tissues out. I fold the tissues as they are in half to fit into the small dispenser box with the next tissue coming out the opening of the small dispenser. This saves money since the small box cost is about the same as the large box.

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