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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!

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.

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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