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4 Benefits to Keeping a Clean Home

Good Monday morning, Moppers. We hope you all had a glorious weekend, and feel rested enough to tackle the week ahead. We spent the last couple of days doing household chores and binging on the new season of Fuller House on Netflix, so we’re about ready to break out in song the first chance we get.

It should make for an interesting week, that’s for sure.

Of course while doing all that this weekend, we were thinking about things to share with you on the old MUYM blog, and the one question we kept coming back to was, “Why?”

Why do we clean?

Sure, there’s the obvious reasons like because things are messy, or because we don’t like dirt, but those are too easy.

So today we’d like to share with you some of the benefits to keeping a clean home, and perhaps after reading them you’ll find yourself having a deeper appreciation for the task of cleaning, and want to do it more often.

1. Health

No, we’re not talking about your health (although that is another benefit), but rather the health of your home. Keeping a clean house extends the life of everything in your humble abode. From the grout around the bathtub, to the tiles on the kitchen floor, just like a plant needs water to live, your home needs to be clean in order to survive. Otherwise over time dirt, grime, bacteria, and mold will all take over, causing things to rot, decay, and smell. The next thing you know your home will be falling apart, and nobody wants that, right?

Having a regular cleaning routine keeps your home healthy, and happy, prolonging its life for years to come, so that if/when you should ever decide to sell it, you’ll get the most bang for your buck.

2. Self-Esteem

Are you one of those people who never invites people over to you home? Not because you don’t like people, but because you’re a little too embarrassed by the way things look? That’s because you haven’t been cleaning enough!

Keeping a clean home on a regular basis will do wonders for your self-esteem, and perhaps even make you want to entertain more. Be it a Friday night dinner party, or just having some friends over to commiserate with after a long week, those things will be a lot easier to do in a clean home, and thus the experience of spending time with friends, laughing and talking, will give you that extra boost you need to feel good about yourself.

3. Finders Keepers

One of the biggest benefits to having a clean home is the ability to actually find things. Imagine it…being able to find your keys, or your cell phone, or that box of Christmas cards left over from last year that you want to use again this year. For us that’s pure bliss.

It can be for you, too. All you have to do is keep things clean, and before you know it the question, “Why can’t I find my…” will never roll off your lips again, because you’ll be able to find it easily in your clean home.

4. Charity Begins at Home

You all know that old saying, right? Well by keeping a clean home it’s true in more ways than one, because by constantly staying on top of things, like your closets, you’ll be able to weed out the things you don’t need or use on a more regular basis, and with that comes the ability to donate those old clothes, toys, or furniture to a charity of your choice.

We all have lots of stuff, and some of it are just things that have been piling up year after year that we’ve never got around to sorting through. Think of all the ways your unused or unwanted items could benefit others, and thus benefit you by giving you more space.

It’s a win-win situation for everybody, and we love those!

While there are many other benefits to keeping a clean home, such as cutting back on household accidents, and supporting a calm environment, those are just a few of our favorites.

You don’t have to meticulously clean everything every single day of the week to achieve the above goals, but by doing a little bit each day you’ll find yourself reaping the benefits of them in no time, and that’s a benefit in and of itself!

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

How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

Good Friday morning, Moppers! The day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. For some it arrived sooner than others thanks to the holiday Monday we had this week, but either way…you made it! Now it’s time to start looking toward the weekend, if you haven’t been already.

This weekend we’re all about the DIY, because if you haven’t noticed it’s kind of how we like to do things around here. We’ve made everything from toothpaste to sugar scrub, and this weekend we’re going to be mixing a fresh batch of hand sanitizer, because cold and flu season is fast approaching, and we want to be prepared!

Besides, we like doing it ourselves because commercial hand sanitizer tends to do more harm than good to your body since it contains triclosan, which is a chemical that is known to accelerate the growth of drug-resistant bacteria. Who needs that? When you get sick you want those prescriptions to work, right? Of course you do.

Want to make your own hand sanitizer with us? Awesome! Here’s how you do it…

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup of pure aloe vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon of witch hazel
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • 30 drops of tea tree oil
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Squeeze/pump bottles

Step 1: Mix Your Oils

Add the Vitamin E oil to a glass bowl, followed by your essential oils, and stir to combine.

The Vitamin E oil is used as a preservative to prolong the life of your hand sanitizer, and it will help soften your hands, too. As for the tea tree oil? That’s used to kill bacteria, so it acts as the main ingredient in this hand sanitizer. Lavender oil is also know for its anti-bacterial properties, but we’ve added it to help improve the scent. If lavender isn’t your thing, you can add another antibacterial essential oil such as peppermint, sandalwood, or rosemary.

Step 2: Witch Hazel

Once you’ve got all your oils mixed in the bowl, add in the witch hazel, and mix once more.

The witch hazel acts as a disinfectant, as well as a preservative. If by chance you don’t have any witch hazel hanging around, but you are in possession of some high-proof vodka, you can substitute one for the other.

Step 3: Aloe

Add your cup of pure aloe vera gel to the mix, and stir it all around to make sure everything gets nice and blended together.

Not only will the aloe vera gel work as a moisturizer to make your hands feel soft, it also promotes the growth of new skin cells, making your hands look younger over time.

Step 4: Bottle

There are a few ways you can package your new batch of homemade hand sanitizer.

Our favorite way is to funnel it into smaller squeeze bottles that we can carry with us on the go. If this is something you’re making to keep around the house, you can easily store it in a glass container, or in a pump bottle to keep in the bathroom or kitchen.

We recommend using a container that is colored, so the light cannot easily penetrate it. This will help prolong the potency of the essential oils, as over time they lose their potency the longer they’re exposed to light.

Voila! You’ve just made your first batch of homemade hand sanitizer, and now you can use it whenever you want.

The best part is that it relies completely on the power of essential oils to kill bacteria, and unlike the triclosan found in commercial hand sanitizers you buy in the store, essential oils won’t cause bacterial resistance, which makes them much safer for you. Pretty cool, right?

Enjoy your new hand sanitizer, and your weekend, Moppers.

We’ll chat with you again on Monday!

5 Essential Oils to Use When You’re Sick

Happy hump day, Moppers. We hope your week is going off without a hitch so far. Just think, it’s almost the weekend, and soon you’ll be able to kick back and relax with a good book, a good movie, and some good company.

Us? We’re tending to a little sickness this week. Everything was going great until last night when cold symptoms began to rear their ugly head. Runny nose, body aches, lots of sneezing…you know how it is. There’s almost nothing worse than that dreaded feeling when you know you’re getting sick, and there isn’t anything you can do about it.

Or is there?

When we’re getting sick, we turn to the power of essential oils to help cure what ails us, and you know what? They work! Last night all it took was a little eucalyptus and lavender oil, and BAM! No more runny nose, or body aches.

So with that in mind we thought we’d share with you today some of the best essential oils to use when you’re sick, so you can get some quick relief.

1. Eucalyptus Oil

This is one of our favorites when we’re sick, because it’s an excellent remedy for coughs and congestion. To use it, we simply apply some eucalyptus essential oil on our chest, and on our nose, and take a few, deep breaths. Usually that does the trick to help get rid of a stuffy nose, but if you need a little more breathing power, place several drops in a bowl of steaming hot water, drape a towel over your head, and inhale all that goodness until you feel your airways begin to clear.

2. Lavender Oil

Another one of our favorites, lavender essential oil is known for its soothing properties to help you sleep, but did you know it also works great to help relieve congestion? It’s true! When we’re out of eucalyptus oil, we apply lavender to our neck, chest, and nose, and within 30 minutes we can start to notice the difference. It also works great to help headaches caused by sinus congestion, so rub a little on your temples, too.

3. Lemongrass Oil

One of the worst parts about having a cold is that feeling of always being in a daze that comes with it. Sometimes it feels like you’re not yourself, and you’re walking around like a zombie just going through all those day-to-day motions. Lemongrass essential oil is a great way to combat those fuzzy feelings. Simply inhale it straight from the bottle, or place a few drops on your pillow before you lay down. You’ll soon see a big difference in the way you feel, and be back to your old self before you know it.

4. Oregano Oil

When you’re dealing with upper respiratory issues such as a nasty cough and sore throat, look no further than oregano essential oil. Grab yourself some top grade, pure oregano oil, and place a few drops under your tongue. Let it absorb for about 30 seconds before swallowing, and you’ll find yourself having near instantaneous relief of your symptoms.

5. Tea Tree Oil

One of the worst things about having a cold is all the coughing that comes with it. Sure, you can take some medicine, or suck back lozenge after lozenge, but why put yourself through all that when you can just take care of that cough with some tea tree oil? All you have to do is apply several drops to you neck and sinus area, and be amazed as that cough you’ve been dealing with quickly disappears in no time thanks to this amazing essential oil.

With the change in seasons comes the increased chance of getting hit hard by a cold, and who has time for that? We’ve got things to clean, items to organize, and holiday planning to do. We can’t be bothered to get slowed down by a cold.

It’s comforting to know, though, that when those symptoms do start to present themselves, we don’t have to turn to pharmaceuticals to help us through it. All it takes is a little all natural essential oil to bring us quick relief.

Don’t believe us? Try them for yourself, and you’ll soon see why we swear by them all day, everyday.

That’s it for today, Moppers. We’ll chat with you again on Friday!

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