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5 Essential Oils and How to Use Them Around Your Home

Happy Friday, all you amazing Moppers out there. Congrats on making it through another week. Just think, in a few short hours you can kiss work goodbye and welcome in the weekend. Hopefully you’ve got lots of good stuff planned over the next couple of days, and if not, that’s okay too. As long as you enjoy the break, that’s all that matters.

As for us, we’ll be stocking up on some essential oils this weekend, and while that may not sound like fun to you…it’s heaven to us. We love essential oils, in case you couldn’t tell, and there’s nothing more calming than walking into a store and smelling all those wonderful scents.

Of course we’ve talked a lot about essential oils here on the blog, and today we’re at it again with some more tips. Some of these might be old hat to you, while others might be eye opening. Either way, here are a few ways to use essential oils around the house, just in case you forgot.

Tea Tree Oil

It might not have the most inviting scent, but tea tree oil is one essential oil you don’t want to be without, especially when it comes to eliminating soap scum and mildew in the shower. All you need to do is fill a spray bottle with 2 cups of distilled white vinegar, 2 teaspoons of liquid dish soap , and 20 drops of tea tree oil. Mix it all around, and use it to spray down your shower after every use. The tea tree oil will work to get rid of all that soap scum, and with its anti-fungal properties it will help keep mold and mildew at bay.

Eucalyptus Oil

You know all those hair brushes you have lying around? When was the last time you cleaned them? If you can’t remember, the time has come to do it, because chances are there’s a layer of gunk on there caused by hair products and hair oil. To properly clean them, fill a container with 1 1/2 cups of water, 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar, and 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Drop those brushes in there and let them soak for about 20 minutes. When finished, thoroughly rinse them off and allow them to air dry. Just like that you’ll have clean and refreshed brushes.

Lavender Oil

Lavender essential oil might be known for its calming properties, but did you also know that it works great as a disinfectant? It’s true! It has natural antibacterial properties that work wonders to get the job done around the home. Just grab a spray bottle and fill it most of the way with water, and then add 10-15 drops of lavender oil. Give it a good shake, and spritz it all around your kitchen, bathroom, and anyplace else that needs disinfected. You don’t even have to wipe it. Just leave it to dry, and enjoy the smell.

Peppermint Oil

One of the worst things you can find in your home is cockroaches. Those little buggers give us the willies just thinking about them. Thankfully with the power of peppermint essential oil, you can combat them without the harsh chemicals included in a bug spray. Mix 1 part white vinegar, 2 parts water, and 15 drops of peppermint oil in a spray bottle. Give it a shake, and spritz it anywhere you’ve seen roaches in your home. This will also work on other nasties you find, such as spiders. Keep in mind this won’t kill them, it will just help keep them away, so if you have a serious infestation in your home, call in the experts to permanently remove them.

Orange Oil

You know what we hate? We hate when we get chewing gum on our clothes. Completely by accident, of course, because no one puts gum on their clothes on purpose. That’s just silly. As much as we hate it, though, we love that it gives us a chance to break out some orange essential oil, because not only does it smell amazing, it’s perfect for removing gum. Just dab it on the area with a cotton ball to loosen all that gum up, and stick those clothes in the wash and launder them the way you normally do. When finished, you’ll notice that all that gum is completely gone! Thanks you, orange oil. Thank you.

Like we said before, some of these you might have already known about, but others…not so much. Lavender for disinfecting things? Who knew? Well, now you do, and with knowledge comes power. The power to use essential oils to clean, repel, and soothe, without all those chemicals from commercial cleaning products you buy at the store.

How great is that?

We hope you all have an awesome weekend, Moppers. Until next week, stay safe, and stay clean!

Make Your Own DIY Air Freshener Spray

Good Friday morning, Moppers. We’re stocked up on caffeine, full of pep, and ready to get this day started. Hopefully you all had a good week, and have big plans for the holiday weekend. Us? We’re heading to an apple and cheese festival on Saturday, and then putzing around the house on Sunday finishing up some DIY projects, not the least of which is a homemade air freshener…and we’re all about the air fresheners.

Why?

Because part of having a clean home is having a home that is pleasing to the senses. No one wants to sit around with the stench of garbage and dirty socks surrounding them, right? Didn’t think so. Which is why we like to make our own air freshening spray, since those ones you buy at the store are packed with chemicals that do way more harm than good.

Hello? Formaldehyde, anyone?

Besides, it’s a lot more fun to do it yourself, so that when people ask you, “What’s that smell?” you can go on and on and on about how you make it from scratch and and doesn’t it smell nice?

Want to know how we do it? Here’s our super easy recipe that will have your home smelling awesome in no time!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (orange is one of our favorites for this)
  • 1 cup of filtered water
  • 1 reusable spray bottle
  • 1 funnel

Step 1: Fill

Grab your reusable spray bottle (preferably one that is opaque, as direct light weakens essential oils over time), and place your funnel into it. Next, pour in the purified water, and witch hazel. The witch hazel will work to keep the water purified so your homemade air freshener spray will last longer.

Step 2: Add the Oils

This step is pretty self explanatory. Simply drop in your favorite essential oils. This spray is so easy to make that you could do up different batches and have them placed around the home. Lemon for the kitchen, lavender for the bedroom, peppermint in the bathrooms…it’s totally up to you. Whatever scent is most pleasing to your senses.

Step 3: Cap

Put the cap back on your reusable spray bottle. Easy, right?

Step 4: Shake

Now give everything a good shake to mix it all together, and voila! You’re all done.

This homemade air freshener spray is completely safe to use anywhere in the home. Witch hazel dissipates quickly, and doesn’t leave behind any sort of residue on your furniture or floors, so you don’t have to worry about slipping on a slick surface the way you do with commercial air fresheners.

Not only that, but essential oils last quite a long time in terms of odor power, so this spray will linger long after you’ve used it, something those commercial air fresheners never do.

And finally, if you’re not into spray fresheners, but would rather make something that’s a little more stationary, you can check out our recipe for making your own gel air fresheners using the power of essential oils.

That’s all for today, Moppers. We hope you have a wonderful weekend, and until next week…stay safe, and stay clean!

5 Natural Ways to Help Repel Fleas from Your Home

Happy hump day, Moppers! We hope you’re all having a fabulous week so far filled with fun and laughter. We’ve certainly been enjoying ourselves, being the busy little bees that we are.

Last night we got to spend some much needed time with friends, though, and the subject of fleas came up, as one of them had just discovered that their dog—unfortunately—has them. Ugh, what a pain in the butt, right? Fleas are absolutely the worst, because they infest everything. Carpets, beds, furniture…and of course, your animals.

While most people tend to turn to commercial flea products to get rid of them, a lot of those products can cause more harm than good, especially to your pets. You have to be very careful with what you buy, otherwise the chemicals and toxins in them could have a lethal effect on your furry friends.

That’s why when it comes to fleas we prefer going a more organic route, and sticking to methods that involve safe, non-toxic ingredients to help repel fleas before they can gain and even bigger foothold in the home.

1. Citrus Spray

Fleas don’t want anything to do with citrus, so it stands to reason that you can use citrus as a repellant, right? You betcha! To make a citrus spray flea repellant, all you have to do is place a few, thinly sliced pieces of lemon in some water, and let it boil for about 10 minutes. Once everything has cooled, steep the lemons in the water overnight so that the juices and oils can have enough time to blend with the water, and the next day transfer the solution to a spray bottle. From there you can spritz your carpets, furniture, and pet bedding to help get rid of those fleas. Don’t soak, just dampen, and remember…don’t spray your pets!

2. Homemade Flea Trap

One of the easier ways to help combat fleas in the home is to make your own trap, and it’s super easy to do. Simply mix a little bit of water with some dish soap, and pour the solution into a shallow tray. From there you can set it in any room of the house that has fleas, and wait for them to jump in. The soapy water acts like a glue, and prevents them from escaping. Pretty neat, right?

Bonus Tip: Fleas are nocturnal, so do this at night for maximum effect. Also, a small light source will help attract the fleas, you if you can setting the trap under one of those plug-in night lights would be ideal.

3. Vinegar Spray

Much like the citrus spray above, fleas hate vinegar, so if you don’t have any lemons kicking around, you can make a repellent spray using vinegar, too. Just fill a spray bottle with 1/2 apple cider or white vinegar, and 1/2 water, give it a shake, and spray any areas where you’ve seen fleas. This can also be used on your pets, and afterwards they won’t taste nearly as good to fleas as they did before.

4. Salt

When it comes to fleas, sat is a great home remedy because it acts as a dehydration agent, essentially killing them after a short time. To use this effectively, simply sprinkle some regular table salt all over your carpets, and let it sit for 1-2 days. That may seem like a long time to some, but when thinking of the alternative, it’s really worth it. From there you can just vacuum everything up, and empty the contents in a trash bin outside.

Bonus Tip: You can also treat infested areas on your pet with salt. Just dab your finger in some water, then some salt, and rub it over the affected area. Do this a few times a week, and those fleas will be gasping for breath before you know it.

5. Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Finally, one of our favorite methods for getting rid of fleas: eucalyptus oil. Not only does it smell great, but we’ll take any chance we can get to use essential oils. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of eucalyptus oil with 8oz of water, and place it in a spray bottle. Spray every area of your home that has fleas at least three times a week, and before you know it those fleas will hit the road, Jack…and never come back.

Fleas are a nuisance, for sure, but they don’t have to be. The methods described above will help repeal them from your home, and pets, leaving you secure in the knowledge that you didn’t have to use any harmful chemicals to get rid of them, which means your pets will be happier, and healthier, thanks to your efforts.

Until next time, Moppers. Stay safe, and stay clean!

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