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How to Make Your Own Fizzing Bath Bombs

Good Friday morning, Moppers. It’s officially our favorite day of the week, and in just a few short hours you can all say hello to the weekend, which means you have a couple of days to do whatever you want!

Of course if you’re anything like us you’ll be doing all sorts of cool things, like cleaning, organizing, and making stuff. This weekend that stuff will include some homemade bath bombs, because there is nothing like coming home after a long day of work to soak in a nice, hot tub.

And it’s even better when you can get the benefits of an all natural bath bomb.

The bath bombs we make include epsom salt, which is great for detoxing the skin, coconut oil, which acts as an anti-viral while smoothing and moisturizing, and of course essential oils, which we are absolutely crazy over.

Plus, we love the way they fizz up when dropped in water!

Want to make your own all natural bath bombs this weekend? Then read on for our recipe, and we’ll show you how.

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 30 drops of your favorite essential oil
  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 3/4 cup of corn starch
  • 1/2 cup of epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup of citric acid
  • 4 – 5 drops of food coloring (optional)

Step 1: Mix

Pour all of the dry ingredients (baking soda, corn starch, epsom salt, and citric acid) in a  large bowl, and mix well. Use a whisk to break up any clumps.

Step 2: Shake

Place the wet ingredients (coconut oil, water, and essential oils) in a jar, close the lid, and shake well to mix. If you want to add a little color to your bath bombs, feel free to add 4-5 drops of your favorite food coloring before closing the lid and giving everything a shake.

Step 3: Combine

Slow, and we mean SLOWLY, pour the wet ingredients into the dry with one hand, while mixing it with a whisk in the other. Adding too much of the wet ingredients at once will cause everything to start to fizz up. If that happens, stop adding, increase the speed of your stirring to stop it from fizzing, then continue to pour.

You’ll know everything is just right when you can pinch some of the mixture and it retains its shape. If you need to add a little more liquid, splash in some coconut oil.

Step 4: Mold

Once you’ve got everything mixed well, it’s time to shape it into bath bombs. For that we like to use some mini muffin tins, but you can use anything from an ice cream scoop, to ice cube trays.

Step 5: Dry

Once you’ve got your bath bombs looking the way you want, take them out of their respective molds, and let them dry. Depending on where you live and the climate, they might dry out in a few hours, but we like to leave ours overnight just to be safe.

Step 6: Store

It’s important that you don’t store your homemade bath bombs in an air tight container, such as tupperware, or a sealed plastic bag. These bombs release air, and if they’re in a sealed container eventually it will  bulge and pop open.

We like to store our bath bombs in some open cellophane bags, and keep them in a little basket in the bathroom. This will also work well if you’re planning to give them as gifts, too. You can use colored cellophane bags, loosely tie them with some decorative ribbon, and voila! They’re ready to be passed on to you friends.

When you’re ready to use your bath bombs after a long day on your feet, simply drop them in the tub after you’ve filled it, and watch them fizz up. Then you can soak until your muscles are no longer sore, your skin is nice and smooth, and the scent of those fabulous essential oils has mellowed you out. Heck, bring a book with you to relax, because trust us—once you start using these bath bombs, you’ll want to spend a lot of time in the tub!

Happy soaking, Moppers! We hope you enjoy your weekend, and we’ll chat with you again on Monday.

5 Toxic Items to Remove from Your Home

Hooray for hump day, Moppers! Monday’s in the rearview, which means if things are going as planned, you should be coasting into the weekend by now. If not, we hope your day gets better and you manage to make it through the rest of the week in one piece.

As for us, our week has been a busy one. We’ve been on a bit of a purge lately to rid our home of toxins, and that means getting rid of a whole lot of stuff safely. We’re going completely fresh, completely green, and eliminating as many harmful things as possible.

Thankfully most of the items we’re getting rid of have easy replacements. Who knew there were so many toxins in the everyday things we use? It’s mind boggling to think about how these chemicals have been affecting our quality of life. We’re talking toxins that can cause everything from asthma, to infertility. Scary stuff, right?

Want a hand in getting rid of some of these products in your home? Here are just 5 things we’ve ditched recently, and you can too!

1. Canned Food

This is something we didn’t think we had a lot of to begin with, but when we opened up those cupboards…whoa. There they were.

Canned goods (and some plastic bottles) contain Bisphenol-A, or BPA, which is a chemical linked to aggressive behavior, heart disease, infertility, and diabetes. No thank you!

As such, we’ve ditched as many cans as possible, and switched to fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. To be on the safe side we’ve also stopped storing leftovers in plastic containers, too.

2. Fragrances

Probably the most widely used chemical in the house, when you see the term ‘fragrance’ on a product, it can cover literally hundreds of harmful chemicals that can include carcinogens, reproductive toxins, and endocrine disruptors. There is no telling what’s in something that just says fragrance. These products can cover a wide area, too. Laundry detergents, disinfectants, air fresheners, soaps…pretty much anything scented.

We’ve ditched all of that in favor of either using unscented products that don’t have fragrance listed as an ingredient, or we’ve just gone ahead and made our own. You’ll be surprised at how easy some of this stuff is to make, and once you switch, you’ll even find yourself having some fun with all the different scent combinations you can make!

3. Pesticides

Whether it’s a can of spray under the sink, or bug killers that you spray around the perimeter of your home, it’s time to ditch those because not only have pesticides been linked to cancer, but they’ve also been known to cause brain damage in children.

Instead, take a few minutes to make sure everything is clean when you’re done using it to help keep bugs away. Scoop up those crumbs, wipe down that counter, and look into using a blend of essential oils to keep insects away, rather than spraying a toxin in your home, because nobody needs to be inhaling cancer.

4. Harsh Cleaning Supplies

We already make our own cleaning products here at Mop Up Your Mess, but the harsh products we’re talking about include drain cleaner, and oven cleaner. Basically anything that has ‘ammonia’ on the label is out! These can trigger asthma attacks, respiratory damage, and can burn your skin should you come in contact with them.

Instead we’ve switched to the tried and true cleaning power of vinegar for most of these jobs, mixed with baking soda, lemon, water, and anything else that is all natural. Not only is it a heck of a lot safer, but it’s also much, much cheaper, too.

5. Nonstick Pots & Pans

Sure, the convenience of cooking with nonstick pans is awesome, but that slick and shiny coating is big trouble. Made from perfluoroalkyl acid, the chemicals in nonstick cookware are linked to high cholesterol, ADHD, and thyroid disease. Not to mention they can contribute to female infertility, and are known sperm killers.

Instead we’ve switched to either stainless steel cookware, or cast iron pans, which are about as versatile as you can get. If you’re currently using nonstick cookware, be sure to replace them when they start to chip and scratch, and trust us—they will!

Toxins are slowly becoming the bane of our existence, and they should be for you, too. These things have no right being in the products we clean with the, the items we cook with, and the items we trust to keep us safe.

Some of these are easier to replace than others, so you don’t have to get rid of everything all at once. Over time you should definitely work to eliminate them from your home, though, if you want to live a safer, healthier life.

We certainly do!

Enjoy what’s left of the week, Moppers, and we’ll chat with you again on Friday.

5 Hacks to Get You Excited About Cleaning

Good Monday morning, Moppers! We hope the majority of you have managed to pick your jaws up off the floor after last night’s episode of Game of Thrones. Wasn’t that awesome? We were on the edge of our seats the whole time, and now we’re super excited for the next episode, and the next, and the next, and the…well, you get the idea.

Of course all that enthusiasm left us wondering, “How can we get that excited about other things in our life?” More specifically, how can we get that excited about cleaning?

Truth be told, we’re already pretty darn excited about it, but you might not be. The thought of picking up after yourself might make you groan, and roll your eyes. If so, we’re here today with some simple little hacks that will hopefully get you excited to clean, or at the very least get you on track to becoming a tidier person, so that when you have friends over to watch the next episode of Game of Thrones, everyone isn’t stepping over pizza boxes.

1. Music

Music can soothe the savage beast, but it can also kickstart your enthusiasm for pretty much anything. Take a few minutes to create a Spotify or iTunes playlist of some of your favorite upbeat songs that always gets your booty shaking. The next time you need to clean, crank that playlist up to 11 and get down with a mop, and your bad self. It’s amazing how excited you’ll be to vacuum that rug, wash those windows, and put away the laundry, all while dancing like nobody is watching.

2. Try Something New

We all love the feeling of a new pair of shoes, or a new book we can curl up and read, right? Well the next time you’re out and about shopping, pick up a new cleaning product you’ve been meaning to try. It could be something as simple as a new sponge, or elaborate as a new vacuum cleaner. Whatever it is, by brining something new into the mix, you’ll get excited about using it, and in turn you’ll get excited about cleaning.

3. Make a Game of It

If you’re the type of person that loves video games, board games, or any type of game, it’s time to bring gamification to your cleaning routine. You can set a timer to see how much you can get done in 20 minutes, of you can give certain tasks an amount of XP, and when you’ve “leveled up” you can reward yourself with something you’ve been putting off, like seeing a movie. If you’re excited about games, and you turn cleaning into a game, then it stands to reason there’s good chance you’ll get excited to tidy up your home.

4. Two is Better Than One

Have a best friend that you love hanging out with? The next time you need to clean, ask them to come over and help you out by enticing them with pizza and wine. If they really are your best friend, they’ll be there in a hurry, and you won’t have to worry. The two of you will laugh, clean, and get excited about being in one another’s company for an afternoon, all while doing something productive.

5. Social Media

In the age of likes, retweets, and shares, we tend to find ourselves getting excited when our online friends approve of our social media posts. Not that you need anyone’s approval, but if that’s the kind of thing that gets you excited, apply it to cleaning. If you’re brave, post before and after pics of your apartment, or at the very least clean it up, and post an after shot so people can see how neat and tidy your home is. Those incoming likes will be a shot of adrenaline to the heart, and you’ll just want to clean more and more, and there’s nothing wrong with that!

Getting excited about Game of Thrones is easy. Getting excited about cleaning? Not so much…but it can be. Whether it’s music, games, or the company of good friends, there are lots of ways to get yourself pumped up to clean, you just have to find the ones that work for you.

It might take a few tries, but trust us, when you find something that gets your motor running, you’ll wonder why you ever thought of cleaning as a chore.

We hope you have a marvelous Monday, Moppers. We’ll talk to you again mid-week!

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