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How to Make Your Own Shampoo Using Essential Oils

Happy Saturday, all you fantastic Moppers. Unfortunately we were under the weather yesterday so there was no Friday post as usual, but we’re in high spirits and back on the horse today to bring you a special Saturday edition of the Mop Up Your Mess blog.

This weekend we’re all about the shampoo, because recently we were given a recipe to make your own shampoo using essential oils, and you know we just had to try it before passing it along to you. Well, we’re happy to report that the results were fantastic!

The best part is there’s different combinations of essential oils you can use for various types of hair, so you can switch it up every now and again should you need to, like in the winter when our scalps tend to be more dry and flaky.

We won’t keep you long because we know you have important weekend chores to attend to, so without further ado, here’s how you can make your own shampoo using the power of essential oils.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/4 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 liquid castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon of Vitamin E oil
  • 2 tablespoons of fractionated coconut oil
  • 40 – 50 drops of essential oils
  • Step 1: Combine

Step 1: Combine

Pour all the ingredients into a container with a lid. Personally, we like to use an old shampoo bottle that’s been thoroughly rinsed and clean, along with a funnel to make for easy clean up.

Step 2: Shake

Pop the cap back on the bottle, and give everything a good shake so those ingredients mix up really well.

Step 3: Use

Use this homemade shampoo just as you would any other shampoo you’ve used in the past. Before each use, make sure to give the bottle another good shake so that any ingredients that may have settled get a chance to combine together.

That’s all there is to it! Now here’s the best part we were talking about before: the essential oil combinations.

If you’ve got a flaky scalp, use 10 drops of lemon essential oil, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, 10 drops of tea tree oil, and 10 drops of rosemary essential oil.

For dry, fragile hair, use 15 drops of wild orange essential oil, 15 drops of lavender essential oil, and 20 drops of clary sage essential oil.

To help stave off hair loss, use 10 drops of peppermint essential oil, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, 10 drops of cedarwood essential oil, and 10 drops of rosemary essential oil.

If you have none of those problems and are just looking for a shampoo that smells great, try any one of these 3 combinations:

  1. 15 drops lavender essential oil, 10 drops lemon essential oil, 25 drops lemongrass essential oil
  2. 30 drops lavender essential oil, and 20 drops peppermint essential oil
  3. 20 drops lavender essential oil, and 30 drops wild orange essential oil

Voila! You’re all done. This homemade shampoo with essential oils will last about a month before having to be replaced. If you find yourself having to discard a lot of it after 30 days, try halving the ingredients so you’re not wasting as much.

See, we told you we wouldn’t keep you too long. Now get on out there and enjoy your weekend, Moppers. We’ll chat with you again on Monday!

5 Ways to Clean Your Ears Without Using Cotton Swabs

Happy hump day, Moppers! This has been a most excellent week so far for us, since we’re getting closer to showing you some new and exciting changes happening around here. For now mum’s the word, but we’re hoping the week has been treating you kindly, as well.

Earlier on we were speaking with a friend of ours who’s been having a lot of hearing problems lately. He went to the doctor and it turns out there was a whole lot of wax lodged in his ear, as well as some damage to his eardrum. How does that relate to cleaning, you ask?

It relates to cleaning in the personal hygiene sense, because he’s been cleaning his ears with cotton swabs for as long as he can remember. Most likely you have been, too. We all have, at one point or another, but did you know medical professionals actually advise against cleaning your ears with cotton swabs for the very reason that they can cause damage to your eardrums? It’s true. Cotton swabs have been known to puncture eardrums, impact wax, and cause extensive hearing damage, which is what happened to our friend.

So how are you supposed to clean your ears if you don’t use cotton swabs? There’s lots of ways, actually, and today we’re going to show you a few of them!

1. Use Your Finger

One of the most effective ways to clean your ears is with your finger. After you’ve taken a shower, the wax in your ear is nice and soft thanks to all that hot water and steam, so simply place some tissue over your pinky finger, and wiggle it around your ear. You don’t want to jam your finger right into your ear canal, of course, but if you wiggle it around the outside and just on the inside, it will do the trick just as good as any cotton swab.

2. Hydrogen Peroxide

Don’t be scared, this won’t hurt a bit. Seriously, it won’t. Lay on your side and place 3-4 drops of hydrogen peroxide in your ear. It will fizz and pop, but that’s just the solution going to work at breaking up all the wax. Let that sit for about 15 minutes, then tilt your head over the sink or a bowl, and let everything drain out of your ear. Repeat the process with your other ear, and you’re good to go.

3. Ear Wax Drops

There are some over-the-counter ear wax drops that are a great alternative if the idea of placing hydrogen peroxide in your ear freaks you out a little. Follow the recommended usage, but most of them work the same way. Lay down, place a few drops in your ear, and let it sit for a few minutes. When you’re done, simply flush the ear with warm water, and use the finger/tissue method to get any remaining wax residue that might be present.

4. Olive Oil

If you have a lot of wax in your ears, chances are it’s because of dry skin in your ear canals. To help combat this problem, place 3-4 drops of olive oil in your ears on a regular basis to help moisturize your skin, and cut back on the body’s need to produce wax. This will also take care of any wax you currently have by loosing it up, making it easier to remove with the finger/tissue method.

5. Visit Your Doctor

If you’ve done all that and you’re still having trouble with your ears in the sense that you can feel a waxy build up in there that is affecting your hearing, it’s time to pay a visit to your doctor. Make an appointment with your ear, nose, and throat professional, who can see to your issues by giving you a more thorough cleaning than you can get at home. They’ll also be super helpful at providing you with more tips and tricks to clean your ears without using a cotton swab.

Keeping your body clean is just as important as keeping your home clean. While we’ve been taught that cotton swabs are the way to go when it comes to cleaning our ears, they really aren’t. We like to use them to clean small areas around the house, not small areas inside our head.

So the next time you want to clean out your ears, try one of the methods above. If all else fails, your doctor will definitely help you out, and set you on the right path to keeping those ears clean.

That’s it for now, Moppers. We’ll chat with you again on Friday!

How to Wash Dishes When You’re Camping

Good Monday morning, Moppers. We hope this past weekend treated you well, and you’re sufficiently rested to tackle another week. Pretty soon the kids will be back in school and everything will return to its regular routine, but for now there’s still a couple of fun weekends to look forward to.

The question is: what are you going to do with them?

You could go to the drive-in, spend some time at the beach, or lounge around by the pool. Those are all great options.

As for us? We’re planning on going camping!

It’s certainly not for everyone, but camping is a great way to reconnect with nature, spend some time with your loved ones, and get a chance to unwind for a few days away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Of course just because you’re away from all the amenities you’re used to doesn’t mean you should skimp when it comes to cleaning. We never do, especially when it comes to dishes, because not only is it good for your health, but it also helps keep wildlife from infringing on your good time.

So how do we wash our dishes when we’re out in the woods? We’re glad you asked…

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 large pot
  • 3 wash buckets
  • 1 brush or sponge
  • Bleach
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Metal strainer
  • Clean cloth/towel

Step 1: Warm Up Your Water

Nobody likes washing their dishes in cold water, right? While you’re having your meal, put a big pot of water over the fire to heat up while you’re eating. This will give the water ample time to heat up, and get to the desired temperature.

Step 2: Prep Your Dishes

After you’ve finishing eating, it’s important to scrape as much food residue as you can into the trash. The more food you remove, the easier those dishes will be to clean.

Step 3: Prep Your Buckets

Set up your three wash buckets one after the other. Pour the biodegradable soap in the first bucket, and a cap-full of bleach in the third bucket. Take the pot of water that’s been heating over the campfire (make sure to grab those handles with a towel, because the pot will be hot), and distribute the water evenly in all three buckets.

Step 4: Wash

Start by washing the plates that have the least amount of food residue on them in the first bucket. This will cut back on the amount of scraps in your water as you go. Simply wash your dishes one by one, using the brush to clean them.

Step 5: Rinse

When you’re done washing, put the dishes in the middle rinse bucket, and get rid of any remaining suds that are lingering behind. They should be completely free of soap after that.

Step 6: Sanitize

Once your dishes have been thoroughly rinsed, dunk them in the third sanitizing bucket that has the cap-full of bleach in it to make sure any gems that might be hanging around are properly disposed of.

Step 7: Dry

Use your clean cloth or towel to dry those dishes. You’ll probably be tempted to air dry them at this point, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, it just prolongs everything because you’ll still have to put them away later. You may as well take care of all that now since you’re already there.

Step 8: Consolidate/Strain

Once you’ve dried and put everything away, consolidate your murky water into one bucket, and place the metal strainer over top of an empty once. Strain the water through it, being careful to catch any food bits that are in there. Dispose of those in the garbage, and if your campsite doesn’t have any drain water basins, spread that murky water over the ground at least 200 feet away from any water source, such as a stream or river. Cover as wide an area as you can to allow it to seep into the soil quicker.

That’s all there is to it. It might seem like a lot of work, but really it’s not. Considering you don’t normally go camping with a large group of people, taking the time to properly wash a few dishes, cups, and utensils really won’t take much time at all.

This is a much better alternative to paper plates, too, because while it might look like a good idea to just toss everything in the trash when you’re done with it, it’s wasteful, and does more harm than good to the environment. Plus, the whole reason you’re out there is to get back to nature. Do you really want to have a hand in destroying something you’re trying to appreciate? Of course you don’t!

That’s it for now, Moppers. Have a marvelous Monday, and we’ll chat with you again soon.

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