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How to Make Your Own DIY Gel Air Fresheners

Good Friday morning, Moppers! It’s been a long week, but the good news is it’s almost over, and pretty soon we’ll all be able to punch out and welcome in the weekend with open arms. The summer is slowly winding down, so get as much fun in the sun as you can before we switch to a different kind of pleasure, involving pumpkin spice, warm blankets on chilly nights, and things that smell awesome!

Speaking of things that smell awesome (how’s that for a segue?), we’ve been dealing with some pretty unruly scents as we go about our cleaning routine. No, that’s not the awesome part, but what we have to show you today is.

We’ve been talking a lot about toxic chemicals in the things we use everyday, and one of the things we’ve mentioned is air fresheners you buy in the store. Whether it’s a spray, a candle, a gel, or one of the many other commercial air fresheners on the market, chances are one of the chemicals included in it is formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is classified as a Group 1 carcinogen, which are toxins that have definitively been proven by research to cause cancer in humans.

Yes, you read that correctly. The air fresheners you buy in the store contain a carcinogen that has been known to cause cancer. Is that something you really want to put in your home just to get it to smell nice? Of course it isn’t.

Thankfully we’re here today to show you how you can easily make an awesome gel air freshener that’s long lasting, smells great, and uses the power of essential oils.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
  • 1 pot
  • 1 splash of vodka
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 cup of water (divided)
  • Heat-safe container
  • 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil

Step 1: Heat & Dissolve

In a pot, bring 3/4 cups of water to a boil over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of salt and stir until dissolved.

Step 2: The Gel

Remove the pot from the heat and add 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin. Stir it all around until it’s dissolved, then add a splash of vodka and stir once more.

Step 3: More Water

Once everything is nice and dissolved in your hot water, add the remaining 1/4 cup of cold water, and allow the mixture to cool a little until the temperature reaches 100 degrees celsius.

Step 4: Transfer

Transfer the cooled mixture into your heat safe containers. It could be one big one, or several little ones depending on how you plan to distribute them throughout your home.

Step 5: Essential Oils

Now that you’ve got everything in your heat safe container, it’s time to add the oil. Drip in 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil, and stir everything around. If you’re using smaller containers, use your judgement with how much oil you’d like to add to each one depending on their size.

Bonus Tip: You can also add some food coloring at this point to give your gel air fresheners some color.

Step 6: Cool & Cover

Let everything cool, then feel free to cover with a vented lid to preserve the life of your air freshener.

That’s all there is to it. Pretty easy, right?

These will last you about a month before completely drying out, and they’re perfect for when you want to add a fresh scent to anywhere in your home that might not have a diffuser in it. The bathroom, the kitchen…wherever your little heart desires.

You can even play around with the scent by mixing and matching your essential oils. Rosemary and orange, basil and lemon, peppermint and orange. The decision is yours since you are the one now in control of how your home smells.

Say goodbye to toxic commercial air fresheners, and hello to the power of essential oils with these DIY gel air fresheners, and you’ll soon forget why you were ever buying them at the store to begin with.

Enjoy your Friday, and the weekend, Moppers. We’ll chat with you again on Monday!


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15 Essential Oil Hacks to Improve Your Life

Happy hump day, Moppers! Congratulations on making it through the week thus far. We hope it’s been kind to you, and that the rest of it goes off without a hitch and you all manage to make it to the weekend safe and sound.

A few of us got to making some more sugar scrub this week in our down time, so of course that got us talking about the subject of essential oils, and while we’ve been mentioning them a lot around here lately, we thought it’d be fun to drop a few essential oil hacks your way for day-to-day living.

Similar to the cleaning hacks we share from time to time, these essential oil hacks will work to freshen your home, keep monsters at bay, and might even help with those hiccups!

So without any further ado, here are 15 essential oil hacks you can try right now!

1. Put a drop or two of your favorite essential oil onto a cotton ball, and place it in your shoe. The stink will disappear!

2. Eat a lot of fish, but don’t like the smell it leaves lingering in your home? Place some lemon essential oil in your diffuser to get rid of it.

3. Want to add a little extra oomph to your fireplace this fall? Place 10 drops of your favorite essential oil onto a dry log a couple of day before you burn it so the oil has a chance to seep in, then when you light a fire the smell will be intoxicating.

4. Want your dishes to sparkle? Place a few drops of lemon essential oil in the soap dispenser on your dishwasher before you run it, and you’ll definitely notice a difference when the cycle is over.

5. Need help with those hiccups? Grab some carrier oil like coconut, and place 2 drops of peppermint oil in your palm before rubbing it all over your chest. The minty smell will help to stop your diaphragm from spasming by resting your breathing patters.

6. Want help improving your focus? Keep some rosemary essential oil on hand near your desk, and take a few whiffs of it throughout the day.

7. Do you experience sore ears after wearing a cheap pair of earrings? It happens to all of us, but the next time you find it happening to you just rub a drop of tea tree oil on your lobes for quick relief.

8. If you’re like us and love butterflies but you don’t ever see enough of them, put a couple of drops of lavender, or wild orange, essential oil onto a few cotton balls and toss them in your flower garden.

9. Are your children having nightmares and complaining about monsters in the closet or under the bed? Have no fear, Monster Spray is here! Put a few drops of lavender essential oil in a spray bottle marked MONSTERS, and let your child spray it all over their room. Not only will it get rid of the bad guys, but it will help them get a restful sleep.

10. Looking to de-stress after a long day? Fill a bowl with steamy hot water and drop in some lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, and lemon essential oil before breathing it in nice and deep. You can even drape a towel over your head for added effect.

11. Have company coming and need to freshen up your home in a jiffy? Grab a spray bottle and pour in equal parts water and vodka, then add 20 drops of your favorite essential oil before spritzing it all around your home to infuse it with a fresh scent.

12. Got some sticky residue on your skin left behind by a Band-Aid, or some medical tape? Rub 2 drops of lemon essential oil over it, and that stuff will disappear in no time.

13. Rub some tea tree oil into your nails if you suffer from weak or brittle nails, and over time you’ll notice them get stronger, and stronger, and stronger.

14. Want a fresh scent inside your car? Rub a few drops of your favorite essential oil into a wooden clothespin, and slip it to the air vent in your vehicle.

15. Dealing with a spider infestation? Add 4 drops of peppermint essential oil into 2 ounces of water, put it in a spray bottle, then spritz it around your baseboard, and in your cupboards.

Pretty neat, right? As most of you know we swear by the power of essential oils here at Mop Up Your Mess. So much so we add them to our very own cleaning supplies that we make.

These are just a a few more ways you can bring the power of them into your home, to help stay happy, and healthy.

Enjoy the rest of your week, Moppers. We’ll see you all on Friday!

Cleaning When You’re Depressed

Good Monday morning, Moppers. The week is just getting started and already it’s shaping up to be a busy one for us here on the ol’ MUYM homestead. There are homes to clean, businesses to shine, and supplies to make, as we say goodbye to July, and hello to August!

With the summer slowly winding down, all those kids you see on the streets now will soon be back in school, and over the weekend we were talking to a couple of mothers who told us that while they can’t wait for their little ones to go back, they tend to get a little depressed at the thought of not having their offspring around as much.

It’s understandable. Parents get used to having their kids around all day listening to the sound of them laughing, playing, and yes—arguing—but the thought of them going off to live their own lives can be sobering, to say the least. After all, these tiny humans were growing inside you for nine months, and soon they won’t be so tiny anymore, and their lives truly will become their own when they leave the nest.

It’s a depressing thought for some people, which leads us into today’s blog on cleaning while you’re depressed. Whether it’s your kids going back to school, a love gone wrong, or a job prospect not panning out, depression can set in when you least expect it, and when you’re down, the thought of doing anything is the real chore, though it’s important not to let those household ones slide.

So if you do nothing else today because you’re depressed, at least read these tips on keeping clean when you’re feeling blue.

On the Go

Even when you’re depressed you still have obligations to fulfill, and while they might not be any fun, most of us still manage to do them. We go to work, we shop for food, and we feed our pets. It’s purely going through the motions, sure, but those things are ones we know we must do in order to survive, or to keep others alive.

Think of cleaning as an obligation at this point. You don’t have to clean everything all at once, but instead clean on the go while you’re going through the motions of those other things you have to do. Wash your dishes after you’re done eating. Put away the laundry after you’ve taken it out of the dryer. Put the cap back on the toothpaste so it doesn’t get all over the bathroom sink. By relegating your cleaning chores to obligations and doing them piece-by-piece, things won’t get as messy in your depressed state, because as some of you might know—a messy home can lead to feeling even more depressed.

Procrastination is a Big No

When you’re depressed it’s easy to say that you’ll take care of things later. Heck, it’s almost a given that you’ll do this. Dirty clothes? Meh, you’ll wash them later. Spill some coffee grounds on the kitchen floor? Who has time for that?

Procrastination is the enemy, not just when you’re depressed, but all the time. Fight this urge to let it all go until you’re feeling better, because as mentioned above, the messier things get, the longer it’s going to take you to feel like a person again. Wipe those spills up as they happen, and feel good about doing so. Drink in that sense of accomplishment that comes with doing small tasks, and soon you’ll want to get that same feeling from doing bigger ones.

Break Things Down

One of the feelings that comes with depression is that sense that everything in life is so overwhelming. From bills and work, to even getting up in the morning…it can all seem so daunting.

Break your cleaning down into little tasks that can make a big difference. Do one room, or a specific area. Set a timer for 5-10 minutes and do what you can in that amount of time. Start somewhere, and eventually you’ll find your home a lot cleaner than you’d thought you’d be able to make it, potentially giving you a self-confidence boost to do more.

We understand that depression is a serious subject, and for some it’s a struggle just to make it through the day. When it comes to keeping your home clean, do what you can to manage the work load, even if it’s something small here and there. It may or may not help you out a little, but at the very least you’ll be keeping active, which will hopefully benefit you in the long run.

We love you, Moppers! Stay safe, and we’ll chat with you again on Wednesday.

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