3 Natural Cleaning and Health Tips That I LOVE (and you will too!)

I try to use natural cleaning and health products whenever I possibly can. The best finds that I LOVE are beauty, health and cleaning products that incorporate natural ingredients and I don’t mind making my own.  I have tried many, many tips/tricks/hacks and some have been successful and some have been fails.   All the work has been done for you by me and I’m posting 3 tips that you will love too!!

clean fresh towels

I don’t know about you, but some of my towels and washcloths get a mildewy smell even after they are washed.  I found a great solution:  Run a load of towels and wash cloths through the washer on a normal cycle using hot water and NO DETERGENT.  Pour 1 CUP VINEGAR on top of the towels and run cycle.  After that cycle is done, pour 1/2 CUP BAKING SODA on top of the towels and run another normal cycle with hot water.  Do NOT USE DETERGENT in this cycle either.  Your towels will smell and feel brand new.  (from Delectable Bake House)

TEA TREE blemish stick

Sometimes I get blemishes on my face and I want nothing more than for them to disappear.  Well, this following recipe does just that.  I use this blemish stick and it works wonders literally overnight.  What is also great about it is it doesn’t irritate the skin like some over-the-counter products do.  Tea Tree Oil is a wonderful, multi use essential oil.

2 Tablespoons apricot oil
1 Tablespoon beeswax
8 drops tea tree essential oil

Melt the beeswax and apricot oils together in a double boiler over low heat.

Once those ingredients are melted together, remove from heat and add the essential oils.  Stir together and pour into a lip balm container.  Let cool. Put a little bit on the blemished area morning and night.  **melting the beeswax and apricot oil together can get a little messy…I bought a pan just to use for DIY projects**

dryer sheets

This is one of my absolute favorites and so easy.  Whether you know it or not, dryer sheets are very toxic.  Simple solution:  get towels or washcloths from the dollar store.  Cut them into small squares.  Pour vinegar and 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil into a mason jar.  Put the cut up towels/washcloths into the jar and turn the jar upside down.  Let stand about an hour.  Throw a bunch of the squares into your dryer with your laundry and you will have fresh, clean smelling items right out of the dryer.  When the towels squares fray or disintegrate, I just throw them away and cut some more:)

It seems like there are more and more natural products on the market, which is a good thing.  However, some of them can be quite pricey so I hope that these easy DIY natural products will help you out.  Let me know about your favorite DIY natural products, I LOVE hearing from my readers.

 

 

Essential Oils – Part V

It is astounding how many chemicals we are exposed to every single day.  In hopes of decreasing that number, I have been making some DIY essential oil products for my home.  The internet has so many great resources for essential oils and it can be overwhelming.  I just wanted to write another post to break it down a little and share the products that have been successful for me.  I hope you try some of them and are as pleased as I have been with adopting an essential oil lifestyle.

Hand Soap

 

Hand Soap : I used the recipe from Happy Mothering.  I got the exact hand soap pump as pictured in the post for $4.99 at TJ Maxx.  I LOVE this hand soap…smells great and makes your hands feel so clean.  A definite success.  I usually pay about $4.99 for each hand soap that I usually buy, so to pay that price for the pump and then I can just refill it for pennies, it’s so worth it.

Carpet Freshener

Carpet Freshener :  This recipe is from the Frugal Girls.  The tip about the parmesan cheese top on a mason jar works like a charm.  You can use any EO that you like.  I am currently using lavender, but can change it as the baking soda is used up.

Dryer Sheets

Dryer Sheets :  I used the recipe from View from the Fridge.  I bought a kitchen towel at Dollar Tree and cut it into little squares.  I used a mason jar to store the liquid and towel squares.  The squares frayed a bit after the first use, but the whole towel didn’t fit in the jar so I have lots of extra squares.  Also, I can just throw them out if they get really bad and buy another towel for $1.  The scent on the clothes after drying them was very subtle, which I like.  Some dryer sheets are just too overpowering for me not to mention they are FULL of chemicals.

Toilet Fizzies

Ice Cube Trays

Toilet Fizzies:  This recipe was from One Good Thing by Jillee.  I bought the ice cube trays from Dollar Tree.  They were plastic with silicone bottoms so that you could easily pop out each fizzy when it was dry.  I put a little bit too much water in mine so they fizzed over the top of the ice cube tray.  They still work fine and they leave a nice clean scent after they fizz.  I bought the citric acid on Amazon .

I buy most of my essential oils from Eden’s Garden .  I have had great luck with this company and they ship quickly.  I have also bought some EOs on Amazon.  Just put the EO you want in the search bar and many choices will appear.  My next DIY is some calming EOs for my dog who has extreme anxiety about fireworks and thunder storms.  Stay tuned for part Vl of my essential oils series. (This post contains affiliate links although the companies I listed within the post have not given me any products to write my post.)

What is your favorite use for essential oils?