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9 Easy Recipes for Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

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It’s that time of year again. I think nature purposefully makes us all crazy to clean this time of year. I want to open the windows, and get every spot in my house clean. Whether I actually do it or not is another story. When I do get busy, I hate using fake smelling, chemically nasty cleaners. Long long ago when I was in college I worked in a perfume store. Some of my friends thought I was lucky, but can you imagine spending 8-10 hours around fake nasty chemical perfumes? After I graduated college and left the job, I could NEVER stand the smell of fake chemical smells again. Thank goodness for the pure power of natural essential oils. After cleaning with these products my house smells so fresh and clean.

Most of these cleaners have a shelf life of 1-2 months unless otherwise stated. They don’t have all the chemical stabilizers that store bought cleaners have, so making them in smaller batches that you will use in that period of time makes the most sense.  Because oils have a tendency to separate, it also makes sense to shake them before you use them.

So, shameless plug here. I just so happen to really love essential oils, so much that I have my own store. However, retail buying is not the best way unless you want to get like…just one. So, if you’d like to get some amazing oils to go along with these cleaners just email me. I promise, I’m a horrible salesperson and just a better educator so you won’t feel like I’m pushing you. Like, ever. /endshamelessplug

 

Onward to having a clean house!

 

 

Dusting Spray:

1 cup of olive oil

3/4 cup vinegar

15 drops of Lemon Essential Oil or Wild Orange Oil

To use: Add contents to a glass sprayer bottle.I spray this directly on a dusting cloth (usually an old washcloth) and wipe down any and all surfaces.

 

All Purpose Surface Cleaner:surfacecleaner

1 cup of water

5 drops of Protective Blend

5 drops of Wild Orange Essential Oil

To use: Add contents to a glass sprayer bottle and spray surfaces that need disinfecting.  This is my go-to spray for my kitchen counters, bathroom counters, and my infant son’s diaper changing table. I use it every day.

 

Wood Floor Cleaner

1 gallon of warm water

2 tbsp liquid castile soap

15 drops of Citrus Essential Oil (Lemon, or Wild Orange)

**For a pine scent use 5 drops each of Cypress, White Fir, and Cedarwood.

To use: Mix in a bucket and mop on the floor, or use a sponge to scrub.  No rinsing needed. Make a new batch each time you scrub the floors, no storage necessary.

 

Laminate Countertop Cleaner (deep cleaning)

1 Quart of water

3 tbsp castile soap

2 drops of lemon essential oil

To use: Remove everything from your counter tops and and spray this cleaner to clean.  This is a one time use product, so no storage is necessary.

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Window and Mirror Cleaner

1/2 cup white vinegar

1 cup water

10-15 drops of lemon essential oil

To use: Put contents in a dark glass sprayer bottle, and use when needed.

 

Daily Use Shower Spray

2 cups of water

1 cup vinegar

10 drops of Melalecua Oil (aka, Tea Tree a well known anti-fungal)

5 drops of Protective Blend

To use: Spray in tub or shower after each use.

 

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

1/4 cup castille soap

1 cup water

3 tbsp baking soda

10 drops of Protective Blend

To use: I put this in a mason jar.  When I make this I shake it all up in the jar, and then pour some in when I need it. Usually about 1/4 of a cup per scrubbing.

 

Toilet Bombs: (for the big job)

1/2 cup baking soda

1/2 cup white vinegar

5 drops Melalecua

To use: Pour contents directly into toilet bowl.  There will be fizzing! Let it sit for 30 minutes, then scrub as usual and flush away.

 

Homemade Bleach

1 cup hydrogen peroxide

1 tbsp lemon juice

3/4 cup of water

5 drops of lemon essential oil

5 drops wild orange

To use: Put in a dark sprayer bottle. Use to disinfect surfaces, pull stains out of clothes (works best if the stains haven’t dried or set in yet), and even lightens grout stains. This bottle will last 2-3 months and this recipe is easily cut in half. There is a slightly different recipe I use in the washing machine for laundry, so check back soon for my post about using essential oils for the laundry room.

PS: If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils in a friendly no pressure setting, please check out my cozy little Facebook group

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Photo credit: Windows cleaning supplies

Lavender Rosemary Bathsalts

Monday, December 15th, 2014

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I love getting and receiving home made gifts during the holiday season anytime, and if you’re still scrounging to get a thoughtful gift together here’s a quick easy one that anyone can do.

 

First, to make this gift you’ll need a cute little jar. One of my favorites are these green Ball Jars, you can find them here.

Those are a little big, so if you’d rather make stocking stuffer size gifts, check out these.

Don’t have time to make fancy pinterest worthy labels?  That’s ok, I’ve got you covered.  These are the cutest little chalk board labels and you can just write right on them, too.

Now for the salt mixing. 

DIY Lavender Rosemary Bath Salts
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Epsom Salt
  2. 1 cup Himalayan Pink Salts
  3. 1/2 cup baking soda
  4. 10 drops of Lavender Oil
  5. 5 drops of Cardamom Oil
  6. 3 drops of Rosemary Oil
  7. Optional: Dried Lavender, and dried rosemary
Instructions
  1. Put it all together, screw your lid on your jar and shake it up! Label them and give them away. Make sure you keep one for yourself too.
Notes
  1. I use and recommend dōTERRA essential oils for my projects. They are therapeutic grade oils that I'm confident won't have adverse reactions on my skin like other oils have in the past. If you'd like to learn more about these oils you can read here. Or shoot me an email. I will happily help get you set up. :)
Nearly Natural Momma http://www.nearlynaturalmomma.com/
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How to make home made organic hand soap…cheap

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Lately I’ve been doing research on what’s in our hand soap, and it gets frightening when you start to dig a little deeper.  It encouraged me to find an easy way to make hand soap easily at home with out needing a ton of ingredients and that would be worth the price.

Well, I found it.  I started with a small bottle of castile soap I purchased from the travel section at Target a while back.  It was 89 cents.  Organic castile soap, is very inexpensive.  I’m happily surprised too at the ingredients listed in them.  Here they are:

Ingredients: Water, Saponified Organic Coconut*, Organic Palm* and Organic Olive* Oils (w/Retained Glycerin), Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Essential Oils**, Citric Acid, Vitamin E

I grabbed an empty bottle of foaming soap and added in 1 part castile soap, 4 parts water.  Gave it a little swirl and was done.  Each push comes out just like the soap that was in it before.  It smells wonderful and does a fantastic job getting your hands clean.

Castile soap is so safe for your skin that you can use it with out diluting it as a shower soap.  I’ve even heard of some people brushing their teeth with it.  I don’t know if I’d go that far.

I probably won’t be buying a smaller bottle of castile soap anymore, but I’m hanging onto the little bottle to use for travel, and to make more hand soap when I run out.  The big bottle next to it goes for about 5 dollars.  That’s pretty cheap for organic hand soap if you think about how many times you can refill the bottle.

 

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