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Make Your Own Lavender Essential Oil

Happy Friday, Moppers. We’ve almost sealed the deal on another beautiful week, which means that in just a few short hours we can say bye-bye work, hello weekend!

We don’t know what your weekend plans are, but ours will definitely involve some gardening. We’ve got our vegetable patch in full swing, and now we’re going to turn our attention to planting some flowers, including some gorgeous lavender that smells ah-mazing!

Of course we’ve touted the benefits of lavender essential oil here on the blog before (all essential oils, really), but one thing we’ve never mentioned if how easy it is to make your own. Sure it’s a little time consuming, but the wait is totally worth it.

So with that in mind, this week we thought we’d let you in on the secret to making your own lavender essential oil, which you can then turn around and use in a multitude of ways around your home, including cleaning!

What You’ll Need:

  • Distilled water
  • A crock pot with a lid
  • 3 to 4 cups of freshly chopped lavender
  • Colored glass container
  • Vitamin E (Optional)

Step 1: Get Ready

Place your freshly chopped lavender in your crock pot, and cover with distilled water. The water shouldn’t take up more than 3/4 volume of the crock pot. When you’ve done that, put the lid on upside down so that the concave curve can collect steam to allow it to condense and fall back into the pot.

Step 2: Turn it On

First, you want to turn the crock pot on high to heat all that water, and then when it’s nice and hot turn it down to low and simmer the lavender for 4 hours. The best part? Your home will smell wonderful!

Step 3: Cool Everything

After 4 hours is up, turn off your crock pot and let it cool. When it’s cool to the touch, place the inside of your pot in the fridge. If your crock pot doesn’t come apart, you can put the whole thing in the fridge, or transfer the contents to another container. Either way, you want to somehow get everything in that fridge and keep it there overnight.

Step 4: Get the Oil

The next day, take your crock pot out of the fridge, and take off the lid. You’ll notice that covering everything is a thin film of oil. That’s your essential oil! You’ll want to very carefully lift the oil off the water, but you’ll have to work fast because it will start to melt pretty quickly.

Step 5: Bottle It

Place the oil you’ve peeled off the water into a colored glass container. Put the cap on, and label it. You might notice a little bit of water in there, but it’s easy to get rid of by slowly heating the oil so that the water evaporates. Don’t heat it too much, or else it will lose its potency.

Step 6: Store It

Finally, you can store your lavender essential oil in a cool, dry place away from the sun. We like to drop a little Vitamin E in there to prolong its life, but that’s totally optional. We usually end up using it so fast that we don’t have to worry about it wearing out its shelf life, which is around a month.

That’s all there is to it. This will yield you a few teaspoons of essential oil, which might not seem like a lot for such a long process, but you know what they say? A little goes a long way.

Keep in mind that it’s important to use fresh lavender rather than dried, because fresh will give you more volume of oil, and always—ALWAYS—use distilled water, because tap water can have contaminants in it that will spoil your oil.

That’s all for this week, Moppers. We hope you enjoy your weekend, and we’ll chat with you again soon. Until then, stay safe…and stay clean!

6 Cleaning Hacks to Simplify Your Life

Happy Friday, all you amazing Moppers. The day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here, and after this wonky week all we can say is hooray! From crabby weather, to the post-Easter grind, it’s definitely been an interesting few days, and we’ll be glad to take a load off for a few hours this weekend.

The one good thing that came out of this past week was, of course, cleaning. We got to make people’s home shine, and that puts a big smile on our faces. You know what else puts a smile on our faces?

Cleaning hacks!

We’ve talked about cleaning hacks and life hacks here on the blog before, and this week we thought we’d have some fun and do it again, because there are so many out there you can do to help make your life easier.

So let’s get to it, shall we? Here are a few cleaning hacks you can start doing right now to cut back on your time spent doing chores.

The Microwave

Looking for an easy way to clean crusty bits off the inside of your microwave? Simply place four lemon wedges in a glass bowl filled with water, and microwave that on high until the water boils and steams for a minute or two. When you’re done, carefully take the glass bowl out using an oven mitt, and wipe down the microwave with a clean, damp cloth. Voila! All clean.

The Sink

Here’s an easy way to clean your sink right after you’ve cleaned the microwave. Take those lemon wedges that were in the boiled water, and squeeze all the juice from them into your sink. Sprinkle some baking soda over the juice, pour in a spoonful of white vinegar, and wipe everything down. When you’re done, rinse your sink and marvel at its luxurious shine.

Vacuuming

It can be a drag vacuuming the entire house each week, right? Here’s a hot tip for you: place your vacuum cleaner in a different room each night, and when you wake up in the morning give the room a vacuum while you’re having your morning coffee. It takes virtually no time at all, and it will actually save you time later on in the week.

Alternately, you can have the person that spends the most time in those rooms vacuum it for you.

The Coffee Pot

You’ve probably heard this one before, but it bears repeating. To clean your coffee pot, all you have to do is pour some white vinegar into the water reservoir, run it through once unfiltered, followed by a pot of water run through it also unfiltered to get rid of the vinegar remains. Presto! A clean coffee pot is now at your disposal.

Air Freshener

Don’t have any essential oils kicking around the home you can freshen things up with? No problem! Instead, cut three lemons in half and place them in a pot of water on the stove. Bring it to a boil, then simmer on medium-low for a while to fill your home with a fresh, citrus scent.

Bonus Tip: When the water cools down to a warmer temperature, you can dip a cloth in that lemony goodness and use it to spot clean your counters. How great is that?

Mirrors

Out of cleaner for your mirrors and don’t want to run to the store to get some? Easy! Place some warm water into a bowl along with a wedge of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Damped a clean cloth in there and use it to wipe down your spotty mirrors, followed by another clean cloth to wipe them dry.

Pretty cool, right? You’ll notice that most of these hacks involve lemon somehow, and that’s because lemon not only works as a great cleaner, but a fantastic disinfectant as well because it’s able to kill most of the bacteria found in the home. Especially in the kitchen and bathroom.

So go forth, Moppers, and hack your way to a cleaner home this weekend.

Until next week, stay safe…and stay clean!

7 Essential Oils to Help with Your Spring Cleaning

Happy Friday, all you wonderful Moppers! We hope you had an amazing week, and enjoyed the first day of spring…as snowy as it was in some parts. Regardless, the warm weather is coming, and that is definitely something to look forward to, right?

Speaking of spring, it’s one of our favorite times of the year. Not just because of the weather, but because of SPRING CLEANING! There’s nothing we love more than getting down to the nitty gritty, tossing things in the trash, and giving our whole home a complete makeover. It’s just so refreshing, and after a long, cold winter, we need all the freshening up we can get.

You know what else we need when it comes to spring cleaning? Essential oils. Lots and lots of essential oils. Not only do they make your home smell fantastic, but the cleaning properties of essential oils work wonders.

For example: these SEVEN essential oils all have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, which make them the perfect tools to add to your spring cleaning checklist.

  1. Grapefruit essential oil
  2. Lemon essential oil
  3. Tea tree essential oil
  4. Peppermint essential oil
  5. Lavender essential oil
  6. Eucalyptus essential oil
  7. Ravintsara essential oil

So what do you do with these essential oils once you have them? We’re glad you asked, because here are just a few recipes you can employ to aid you in your spring cleaning travels!

Eucalyptus and Tea Tree Shower Scrub

Mix 1 teaspoon of Castile soap with 1 cup of baking soda, and mix with a little white vinegar to get a nice, smooth paste. Then, add 15 drops of eucalyptus oil, and 15 drops of tea tree oil. Place some on a sponge, and go to work cleaning your shower tiles, your tub, and your toilet!

Lemon Window and Glass Cleaner

Simple mix 1 ounce of white vinegar with 4 drops of lemon essential oil, and place the mixture in a spray bottle. Spray it all over your windows, and use some old newspapers to wipe it away for a streak-free shine.

Peppermint and Lavender Upholstery and Closet Spray

Mix 1 ounce of water along with 8 drops of peppermint essential oil, and 7 drops of lavender essential oil in a spray bottle. Shake it up real good, and spray it all over your closets and in your clothes drawers to help prevent moths and other pests from taking root. You can also use it as an upholstery spray on your curtain, and on your carpets after you’ve vacuumed.

Grapefruit and Peppermint Surface Spray

Mix 1 ounce of water with just a splash of vinegar in a spray bottle, then add 8 drops of grapefruit essential oil, and 8 drops of peppermint essential oil. Shake it all up, and use this spray on your kitchen countertops, in your sinks, and various other household surfaces. It’s a fantastic combination that works especially well in the kitchen.

Ravintsara and Eucalyptus Bathroom Diffusing Blend

Once you’ve spring cleaned your bathroom from top to bottom, add 6 drops of ravintsara, and 6 drops of eucalyptus to a diffuser, and place it in the bathroom. Not only will it work to keep nasty odors at bay, but the eucalyptus will work to help keep mold and mildew at bay.

There you have it, folks. The power of essential oils added to your spring cleaning arsenal. Now you know why we love them so much, because there’s nothing they can’t do. They smell wonderful, clean even better, and the best part is they’re all natural, so you won’t be exposed to any nasty chemicals found in store-bought cleaners.

That’s it for this week, Moppers. We hope you enjoy your weekend, and we’ll chat with you again soon. In the meantime, stay safe…and stay clean!

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