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3 DIY Recipes for All Natural Sunburn Relief

Happy Friday all you wonderful Moppers. We hope you’re ready to shrug off the shackles of work soon, and jump right in to the weekend. It’s shaping up to be a rainy one here in our neck of the woods, but that’s okay. For once we’re not complaining because in all honesty—we could use a bit of a break from the sun.

Why?

Because this past week we spent some time outdoors, and some of us ended up with our least favorite thing about summer…a sunburn.

Thankfully we only received a first-degree burn, where the outer layer of the skin is affected, causing redness and mild pain, but some people aren’t so lucky. These days if you’re out in the sun for too long, a burn can go much deeper than that, causing a possible trip to the doctor for something stronger than just a mild remedy.

Luckily we had some of our homemade spray on hand that we use for sunburns to bring soothing relief fast.

What’s that? You want to know how we make it? We’ll do you one better today, and give you not one, not two, but THREE recipes for sunburn remedies, and the best part? They’re all natural, and contain essential oils!

RECIPE ONE: WIPES

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 container of baby wipes, preferably with aloe
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of witch hazel
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil

Step 1: Mix

Combine the apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, and lavender essential oil in a measuring cup, and give it a good stir.

Step 2: Pour

Pour the mix into the container of baby wipes. Pour slowly, so no splash back occurs.

Step 3: Store

Place the container in an airtight bag for easy storage. If you don’t manage to use all the wipes within 30 days, discard, and mix a new batch.

Bonus Tip: For some extra cooling relief on your sensitive sunburn, store these in the fridge.

To use them, simply grab a wipe and rub it over your sunburn for cooling relief.

RECIPE TWO: SPRAY

What You’ll Need:

  • Spray bottle
  • 1/4 cup of chamomile tea, prepared
  • 1/4 cup of witch hazel
  • 15 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 1/2 cup of aloe vera gel
  • Funnel

Step 1: Mix

Mix the aloe vera gel, witch hazel, chamomile tea, and essential oils in a measuring cup, and stir it all around.

Step 2: Pour

Take your funnel and place it inside the spray bottle, and slowly pour the mix into the bottle. Close the cap, and give it a good shake to make sure those ingredients are nice and blended.

Bonus Tip: Those ingredients will most likely settle over time, so when you’re ready to use your mixture, simply give the bottle another good shake to combine them.

Step 3: Store

Store your sunburn spray relief in a cool, dry place to extend its shelf life by up to six months.

When you’re ready to use it, give the bottle a shake, and spray the mixture onto your sunburn for some soothing relief.

RECIPE THREE: GEL

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • Drops of lavender essential oil
  • 1/2 cup organic aloe gel

Step 1: Combine

Combine all the ingredients listed above, and mix them all around until everything is nice and smooth.

Step 2: Store

Transfer the gel to an airtight container, and store it in the fridge for extra cooling relief. When you’re ready to use it, simply take it out of the fridge, and rub some gel on your sunburn for fast relief.

Pretty simple, right?

All three of these remedies will work great on your sunburn for a variety of reasons. Lavender contains compounds that make it antiviral, anti-inflammatory, as well as antibacterial, so not only will it help to promote the growth of new skin cells thus healing your burn faster, but it will also work to keep infections at bay.

As for witch hazel, it’s a great anti-inflammatory, and it will work to reduce the skins inflammation, as well as prevent any further inflammation from occurring.

Sunburns are pretty much an inevitable part of summer. Even if you slap a whole mess of sunscreen on yourself, there always seems to be a few spots that end up getting scorched. Thankfully you don’t have to suffer much with these all natural remedies that will work fast to calm your screaming skin.

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend, Moppers. Talk to you again on Monday!

How to Clean Your Essential Oil Diffuser

Congrats on making it to the midpoint of the week, Moppers. Hump day is upon us, and we can see the weekend looming off in the distance like the light at the end of a long tunnel.

We’ve been our usual busy selves this week, doing lots of cleaning since that’s our specialty. We love to make people’s home sparkle and smell amazing with our all natural cleaning products, and speaking of smelling amazing, we’re back again today to speak on the topic of essential oils.

Only not really.

At least not in the way you might be used to.

We all know essential oils smell great, especially when used in a diffuser to give your home a fresh, aromatic scent. What some people don’t know, though, is that diffusers need to be cleaned just like any other appliance in your humble abode. If not, they could start to work improperly, or even break down completely.

So today we’re here to share with you tips for cleaning your essential oil diffuser.

What You’ll Need:

  • Clean water
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Clean, dry cloth
  • White vinegar

Step 1: Fill

Once you’ve emptied out your diffuser of essential oil, fill it halfway with clean water. Be sure to stop below the max fill line.

Step 2: The Power of Vinegar

Put about 10 drops of white vinegar into the water. The vinegar will work to remove oil residue that might be stuck inside the diffuser, as well as on the glass or plastic plates of the device.

Step 3: Run

No, don’t run away. Run your diffuser, silly. Turn it on, and let it go for 5 minutes, allowing the water and vinegar to work its way through your diffuser so it can get nice and clean.

Step 4: Drain

Now that you’ve ran it with the water-vinegar solution, it’s time to empty it out. Drain your diffuser completely before moving on to the next step.

Step 5: Swab

Take your cotton swabs that you’ve got on hand, dip the ends in vinegar, and be sure to swab away at all those tight spots of the diffuser that might not have been reached with just a simple run of the device. This will make sure that every inch of it gets clean, leaving no residue behind.

Step 6: Rinse

Now that you’ve done all that, it’s time to rinse your diffuser. Take it to the sink, and give it a good rinse so that the vinegar solution is completely gone. Don’t be afraid to rinse it several times, just be sure that when you’re done you empty it of any remaining water.

Step 7: Dry

We don’t like to let our diffusers air dry, so instead we use a few cotton swabs to get all the nooks and crannies nice and dry before wiping it down with a clean cloth.

Step 8: Reassemble

That’s it, you’re all done. Once you’re confident that your diffuser is nice and dry, you can reassemble the device and start to use it again just like you normally would, by filling it with your favorite essential oils.

Pretty easy, right? It’s not as intimidating as most people might think it is, and really, cleaning your essential oil diffuser is something that you should do often if you want to preserve the life of the device. Most manufacturers recommend that you clean the diffuser after each use, and they’re not wrong. Essential oils left behind can be very corrosive, thus greatly reducing you diffuser’s lifespan. If cleaning it after every use seems like overkill to you, then you should at least try and clean it out after every couple of uses. Trust us, it’s for your own benefit if you don’t want to keep spending money on a new diffuser every so often.

Now that you’ve learned all that, take the time to check out the benefits we’ve shared of essential oils, as well as some of our favorite combinations to use in your diffuser. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the results.

Enjoy the rest of your week, Moppers, and we’ll talk to you again on Friday!

Vinegar: An All Natural Solution to Your Gardening Woes

Good Monday morning, Moppers. We hope you managed to enjoy yourselves this weekend, and got in a little R&R after a tough workweek.

We spent the last couple of days in the garden, picking, plucking, spraying, and doing everything else we could to help maintain some beautiful flowers. People tend to think that you can just plant it, and forget it, but that isn’t always the case. Those flowers need some TLC if they’re going to thrive, and one of the ways we provide them with that is by using vinegar.

Who’d have thought, right?

That same thing you put on french fries isn’t just for eating, and while we’ve discussed in the past that it’s great for using around the home to clean, vinegar can also do wonders for your garden.

So here are just a few ways that you can improve the look of your favorite spot to toil away in, all by using the magic of vinegar.

1. Pest Control

Vinegar is a wonderful thing if you’re looking to eliminate pests in the garden. Moths, slugs, and ants are all susceptible to the power of vinegar, and won’t come near your beautiful flowers once they’ve been treated with a nice dose.

Simply combine 3-parts water with 1-part white vinegar, and add a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent. Mix it all around in a spray bottle, and spritz it over the leaves of your plants and flowers once a week to deter the creepy crawlies from munching on them. You can also spray it around the perimeter of your garden as an added wall of protection to keep them away.

2. Weed Killer

Weeds in the garden can certainly get out of hand fast if they’re not taken care of. They compete with your cultivated plants for everything from sunlight, to nutrients in the soil that your babies need to flourish.

To eliminate those pesky weeds with the power of vinegar, mix a 50-50 solution of water, and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle, and spray it all over those weeds to send them packing. This will also work to kill unwanted grass growth, such as the kind found growing between the cracks in your walkway, or patio.

3. Feed Me, Seymour!

There are certain types of plants that feed on acidic soil, such as gardenias, begonias, and holly. If the acidity level in your soil isn’t up to snuff, you can make sure they’re still getting the same result by mixing 1 gallon of water with 1 cup of white vinegar, then transferring the mix to a spray bottle before spritzing the soil all around your plants.

4. Testing, Testing

Speaking of the pH level in your soil…vinegar is a great way to test to see just where your levels stand.

Take some soil from your garden and place it in a small bowl, then pour 1/2 cups of white vinegar over it. If the soil begins to bubble and fizz, that means your soil is too alkaline, which means the availability of nutrients in it are very limited. You can add sulfur, or peat moss to balance out the soils acidity levels, but if you can’t get some right away, method number 3 above can help, too.

5. Fresher Flowers

Once you’ve snipped enough flowers from your garden to make a pretty bouquet you can display in your home, you can keep those flowers fresher, longer, with the help of white vinegar.

Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, along with a teaspoon of sugar, to one quart of water before you drop your flowers in, and those beauties will stay nice and fresh much longer than if they were just feeding on plain old water.

You see, vinegar isn’t just for eating…or even cleaning! Vinegar can go a long way toward keeping your garden happier, and healthier.

So the next time you’re out there looking to spruce up your flowers, and maintain your soil, turn to vinegar for the answers you seek.

We hope you all enjoy the start to your week, Moppers. We’ll talk to you again on hump day!

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