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7 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil Around the Home

Happy Friday, Moppers! Another week is almost in the books, and in a few short hours the weekend will be upon us. Hopefully you’ve got something in the works to make it a memorable one, but hey, even if you’re just lounging on the couch with a cup of tea and a good book, that’s okay too.

We’ve done a lot of cleaning this week, both for clients, and for ourselves. While cleaning around the home, though, we ran out of the one thing we love almost as much as we love tidying up: lavender essential oil.

It’s no secret that we’re kind of crazy about essential oils around here, but lavender is definitely in our top 3. It has so many uses! Not just for cleaning, but for personal hygiene, and for freshening up the home. Needless to say we stocked up in a hurry, and you should, too, because today we’re going to show you SEVEN ways you can use lavender essential oil around your home.

1. Odor Deodorizer

We love our pets, right? From the cuddles to the kisses to the soft fur…they’re awesome. What’s not so awesome is the odors they can sometimes leave behind though, right? Sure, you can clean a stain, but sometimes that isn’t enough to get rid of the funky odor left behind. Here’s a handy tip: grab a couple of tablespoons of baking soda, add a few drops of lavender essential oil, and sprinkle it over the stench, let it sit for an hour, and then vacuum it up. Voila! That odor should now be gone, and it’s all thanks to lavender.

2. Ironing

There’s nothing worse than grabbing some clothes to wear only to discover that they’re all wrinkled. Ugh. Talk about a real pain. When you break out the iron to get rid of those wrinkles, put 3-4 drops of lavender essential oil into the water if you not only want to smooth out your garments, but make them smell fresh, too.

3. Headache Relief

Headaches are…well, a pain in the neck. When you have one, it’s almost impossible to get anything done, because all you want to do is just close your eyes and will it to go away. Well don’t think on it too hard, instead grab your lavender essential oil and massage a couple of drops into your temples. We do this everytime we feel a headache coming on and let me tell you, it works like a charm!

4. Refresh Your Bed

There’s nothing like crawling into a freshly made bed with clean sheets on it, right? They’re so fresh, and  new, and they smell amazing, which makes for a pleasant night’s sleep. Want to turn that freshness up to 11? Before putting those clean sheets on your bed, place a few drops of lavender essential oil onto your mattress for an even better night’s sleep, and a highly intoxicating scent.

5. Closet Treat

We all know that when things are stored away in our closets for an extended period of time, they can start to get a little funky. To combat this, and to help keep moths and insects away, place a few drops of lavender essential oil onto a some cotton balls, and stick them in your closet. They’ll help keep the creepy crawlies at bay, while making your closet smell fresh, along with the items in it.

6. Vacuuming

Sometimes when you vacuum there’s a noticeably musty scent left behind caused by your dust bag or container. To leave behind a fresh, clean scent instead, soak some cotton balls with lavender essential oil and place them in your vacuum bag or container, and now when you suck up all that dirt, you’ll also freshen your rooms.

7. Spray Your Linens

Finally—and perhaps one of our most favorite uses for leander essential oil: linen spray. From freshening up your sheets, to bringing a calming scent to your upholstery, lavender linen spray can do wonders for your home. The best part? It’s super easy to make, and you can check out the recipe we use right here.

Lavender, is there anything it can’t do? Trust us, once you start using it around your home, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it, because not only will the place smell great, but the calming effects of lavender will have a tremendous impact on your mood.

That’s all for today, Moppers. We hope you enjoy your weekend, and we’ll talk to you again next week. Until then, stay safe, and stay clean!

3 DIY Linen Sprays to Freshen Your Home

Good Monday morning, Moppers. We hope the weekend treated you well, and you’re now ready to face a hectic week head on.

We went on the hunt for some new bedding this weekend, because one can never have too many clean sheets, especially with the holidays coming up and guests coming over to spend the night. Thankfully we found a couple of nice sets, and of course the first thing we did when we got home was wash them.

And then we sprayed them down with our homemade linen spray.

Don’t get us wrong, clean sheets fresh out of the dryer smell great, but we like out sheets and pillow cases to smell even better with some essential oils.

Plus, if you have some larger fabric items around that don’t do so well in the wash (or just won’t fit), you can use this spray to freshen them up in a hurry.

Therefore we thought we’d start the week off smelling great with these recipes for some fantastic linen sprays you can make yourself.

Lavender Linen Spray

What You’ll Need:

  • Small jar with a  lid
  • 2 tablespoons of vodka or witch hazel
  • 6 tablespoons of water
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Funnel
  • Small spray bottle

This lavender linen spray is super easy to make. Simply put the vodka or witch hazel in the small jar, followed by the lavender essential oil. Tighten the lid, and shake everything around to combine.

Next, add the water, and give it another good shake.

From there you can transfer the solution to your spray bottle using the funnel.

Now you can use it to spray on all your linens to give them the nice, calming scent of lavender, which will surely make you sleep better. Just remember to give it a good shake before spraying.

Refreshed Linen Spray

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 tablespoon of vodka or witch hazel
  • Water
  • 25 drops lavender essential oil
  • 35 drops lemon essential oil
  • 30 drops fir essential oil
  • 30 drops cypress essential oil
  • Spray bottle
  • Funnel

Like the lavender linen spray above, this one is also super easy to make, only this time it combines a few different essential oils to give your linens and fabrics a wonderful, refreshing scent.

Using your funnel, place the vodka or witch hazel in the spray bottle, followed by all the essential oils. Cap it, and give everything a good shake to combine.

Next add the water, filling the bottle until there’s about a 1/2 inch of space left at the top. Put the cap on, and give it a good shake once more.

That’s all there is to it. Now it’s ready to use with a hearty shake each time before spraying it on all your linens.

Recharge Linen Spray

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups of vodka
  • 15 drops of Douglas fir essential oil
  • 15 drops of grapefruit essential oil
  • 15 drops of juniper berry essential oil
  • Spray bottle
  • Funnel

This linen spray is great for spritzing around the home on all your fabrics such as your couch and chairs to bring a nice, aromatic scent to your home that will work to help relieve mental fatigue and any anxious feelings you might be experiencing.

Simply combine everything into your spray bottle using your funnel so you don’t spill anything, cap it, and give it a vigorous shake.

The recipe for this one is to make a bigger batch, because we like to use it so often around the house, but you’re free to cut it in half if your spray bottle isn’t big enough, or you don’t need as much to suit your needs.

There you have it, Moppers. Three, fantastic recipes for homemade linen sprays that you can make today!

As for putting vodka in linen sprays…we do this because alcohol evaporates much faster than water, so therefore when you use vodka, everything will dry much quicker, which is better for the overall health of your linens and fabrics.

Hopefully you learned something new today, and if not, hey, at least you now have three more recipes to add to your repertoire of linen sprays that you use around the home, and as we like to say the more fresh scents, the merrier.

That’s all for today. Enjoy the start to your week, and we’ll chat with you again on Wednesday. Until then, stay safe, and stay clean!

How to Make Your Own Essential Oil Diffuser

Good Monday morning, Moppers. We hope you all had a fabulous weekend and managed to do all the things you wanted to do. We kept pretty busy on our end, shopping, baking, and of course there was a little R&R time in there with a glass of wine or two.

All-in-all it was a pretty good weekend, except for the part where our essential oil diffuser decided to go on the fritz.

Yeah, that was a bummer.

But being the crafty, creative people we are, we decided to ditch the store bought one in favor of making our own diffuser this time around, and so far the results have been pretty darn good. It took literally no time at all to make, and now we’re back to smelling the wonderful aroma of essential oils that we love so much.

Therefore today we’d like to show you all how to make your own essential oil diffuser using three different recipes, so that this holiday season you can have your home smelling fantastic on a budget.

1. Carrier Oil & Essential Oil

For this first recipe you want to use a ratio of 70% carrier oil to 30% essential oil. Simply add your carrier oil (we like using either sweet almond oil, or safflower oil) to a glass jar or ceramic container, and then add your essential oils. You can mix them up for a combo scent, or you can just add one, like lavender, or peppermint. Either way, when you’ve done that, swirl it all around to combine.

2. Carrier Oil, Alcohol & Essential Oil

Like above, you want to use a 70%-30% ratio between your carrier oil, and essential oil. So add those to your glass or ceramic container, only this time you’re going to add 2-3 tablespoons of vodka. Why? Because alcohol evaporates fast, which means it’s going to work quicker to get your room smelling nice with whatever essential oils you decide to use.

3. Water, Alcohol & Essential Oil

If you don’t have any carrier oil on hand, and can’t be bothered to leave your home to get some, you can use water instead. Simply pour 1/4 cup of hot tap water into your glass jar or ceramic container, followed by 1/4 cup of vodka, or rubbing alcohol. Then add 25 drops of your chosen essential oil, and swirl everything around to combine.

Now What?

Either one of the recipes above will work fine, though we usually just stick with number 3 because everyone always has water on hand, right?

From there you want to grab some dried twigs from outside (peel the bark off), or some bamboo skewers (cut the pointed ends off). Take those, and drop as many twigs or skewers as you can into the opening of your glass or ceramic container. We go with anywhere between six and ten, depending on how big the opening is, but if you can’t get that many to fit, don’t worry about it.

Let the end of the twigs or skewers soak in the oils for a few hours, allowing everything to be drawn up through them so that they emit that essential oil aroma you’ve been craving. When you notice the scent beginning to dwindle, simply take them out and flip them around. You can also top up the mixture with more essential oil if you notice that you’re not getting as much scent after a few days, but for the most part this homemade essential oil diffuser will last you quite a long time. The only reason to ditch the twigs or skewers would be if you want to replace them with a different scent.

We told you it was easy, right? Of course the scent given off from your DIY essential oil diffuser probably won’t be as powerful as the aromas given off by those store bought ultrasonic ones, but the upside is that you won’t have to replace the oil mixture as often, and you won’t have to clean it out as often either, save for when you want to replace the scent. Depending on the size of your room though, you might be surprised by how much scent these homemade ones can release. We definitely were.

That’s all for today, Moppers. Enjoy the start of a brand new week, and we’ll chat with you again on Wednesday. Until then, stay safe…and stay clean!

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