Sunday, February 26, 2012

Natural carpet refresher sprinkle

I went into my youngest sons current room (which in a couple of months will be the nursery) and it didn't smell awful per say but it didn't smell great. So I picked up a few clothes from the night before off the floor and emptied the diaper pail but it still smelled a little musty. Really quick I put together a carpet sprinkle that normally calls for aprox 1/2 cup - 1 cup of baking soda and 5-10 drops of essential oil. However I am running low on baking soda from sheer over use so I replaced the baking soda with borax powder and voila! Worked amazing!

1 cup (More depending on the size of the room or rooms you're deodorizing) of baking soda OR Borax powder

5 drops each of essential oil.

For my 1st batch I used lemon but for the living room I made a citrus blend of lemon and orange.

Lemon oil is an antiseptic as well as having an aroma that is refreshing and rejuvenating; it inspires and clears the mind while bringing a fresh energy into the environment .
Lemon Oil is very uplifting, yet relaxing.

Orange oil is also an antiseptic and creates and inner and outer atmosphere of cheer
Citrus oils generally help to eliminate emotional confusion and increase ones sense of humor and well-being.

The house smells very light and clean with just a quick vaccum. Also much cheaper and eco friendly than tradtional carpet refreshing sprinkles.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

My homemade disinfectant recipe

After finding out about my sons allergies to processed food I started reading about chemicals in cleaning products and decided to start making as much all natural products as I could. Besides being better for us and the environment it's pretty easy on the wallet too.

Here's my recipe for my homemade disinfectant:
3 tbs of liquid castile soap (I use unscented so I can add the oils but any will do)
And add water.
Add 5-10 drops of you choice of essential oil.
In this batch I used eucalyptus and lemon essential oil (not perfume oil)
Eucalyptus has Antiseptic, Anti-biotic, Antifungal, and Anti-infectious properties. While the lemon has all the above plus Antiparasitic properties and they both smell nice :)
Pour into an empty spray bottle (I get mine at Walmart or the dollar store for about $1 each) and label it well. Shake well before each use.

It cleans in my opinion better than commercial cleaners but without the harsh chemical smell or exposure. My kids eat off the counters or drop snacks, pick them up and keep going so it gives me comfort knowing that its clean without chemical residue.