Make Lamp Oil From Household Products

Oil lamps are good to have during power outages.

In case of an emergency power outage or a need for patio or outdoor lighting, oil lamps can be an inexpensive alternative to electrical lighting. You may recall the old fashioned oil lamps with the hourglass-like case on top of a glass container holding oil. These lamps, along with candles, were the only means of lighting for many people for hundreds of years ago. Today, you can still use oil lamps to create a nice ambiance in any room. You can even make the oil and lamp yourself.


1. Clean a few glass jars. Make sure there is no debris on the inside and outside of each jar.

2. Mix about 1/2 cup of olive oil with aromatic herbs such as lavender or tea tree in a jar. Let them soak to the bottom of the oil.

3. Pour 1/2 cup of vegetable oil into a second jar. Unlike olive oil, vegetable oil doesn’t burn odorless. You need something stronger to add a nice aroma, such as essential oil, for a scented light.

4. Add a few drops of essential oil to the vegetable oil and stir. For a stronger smell, keep adding drops until you are happy with the aroma. Good quality essential oils are potent and may only need two or three drops.

5. Mix 1/2 cup of heavy mineral oil in a third jar. Do not use baby oil, which is a light mineral oil; it is too thin and burns fast. You can get heavy mineral oil at a pharmacy.

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6. Add a high quality essential oil to the mineral oil and mix well.