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Keep Spring Allergies Under Control with These Helpful Cleaning Tips

Good Friday morning, Moppers. We hope you’ve all had a fantastic week, and are looking forward to the weekend. We definitely are.

We certainly got a lot of cleaning done this week, as per usual, and since it’s spring, we’ve been pushing things pretty hard. Of course with the changing of the seasons comes another thing we have to deal with on top of cleaning…allergies!

They’re a pain when you’re outside, and even worse when you have to deal with them inside, right? No one should have to suffer inside their own home, so luckily we’re here this week with a few tips on how you can help alleviate your spiring allergies inside your home, and all it takes is a little cleaning.

In the Bedroom

We spend a lot of time in our bedrooms, and suffering from allergies while lying in bed is no fun. So what can you do about them? Here’s a few things that will help you out.

  • Get rid of clutter and dust magnets such as magazines, stuffed animals, and little knickknacks that collect allergens.
  • Dust frequently in your bedroom with a damp cloth.
  • Vacuum using a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner. Trust us, that filter makes a big difference.
  • Make sure to launder your pillow and sheets weekly, while your comforters, blankets, and mattress pads can be washed on a monthly basis.
  • Vacuum your mattress for roughly 2 minutes each side, twice monthly, to help reduce all the allergens and dust that get trapped in it.
  • Finally, if you have carpet, consider switching to hardwood floors that don’t trap dust as much as carpet does.

In the Bathroom

You bathroom is a sanctuary, of sorts, so you shouldn’t have to deal with allergies in your sanctuary, right? Mold and mildew are prominent in this area of the home, so here how to help keep it at bay.

  • After you shower be sure to sponge the shower walls dry.
  • Keep your shower door or curtain open after showering to allow everything to air out properly.
  • If you have a fabric shower curtain, make sure to wash it with liquid bleach and detergent. If it’s been  while and there’s a lot of mildew on there, soak it in a gallon of water along with a 1/4 cup of bleach before washing.
  • For vinyl shower curtains, make sure to scrub them with either liquid bleach, or a mildew remover before you wash them…and remember, never put them in the dryer.

In the Kitchen

Like the bathroom, mold and mildew are the biggest allergens you have to deal with in the kitchen, so to help keep things clean in there, you can do the following:

  • Make sure to keep the areas under your sinks nice and dry at all times, and clean under there regularly using a disinfectant.
  • Clean inside your fridge regularly because moisture in there makes it a prime breeding ground for mold. Use a non-abrasive, all-purpose cleaner, or our favorite…a solution of baking soda and water.

In the Living Room

Dust, pollen, mold, mildew…it can all reside in the living room where we live to hang out, entertain friends, or just take a nap on the couch. And as the kids like to say…ain’t nobody got time for that! Here’s how to help alleviate your allergies in the living room.

  • Toss your curtains in the wash on a  regular basis, as these are magnets for dust.
  • If you have hardwood floors, make sure to vacuum them regularly.
  • Give your window frames and sills a good cleaning every couple of weeks, making sure to look out for mold and mildew that can reside there.
  • If you have carpet in your living room, again, vacuum on a regular basis with a HEPA filtered vacuum, going against the nap. When your vacuum’s container os half full, empty it, because anything more than the and the vacuum will start to lose suction power.
  • If you’ve got kids that like to keep some of their toys in there, make sure to clean the soft, machine-washable ones on a regular basis, and use a damp cloth to clean dust off the hard ones.

There, that wasn’t so bad, was it? It might seem like a lot of work to help keep those allergens at bay, but really, it can be done with just a few minuscule tasks that take no time at all. Your life will be so much happier because of it, too, because you won’t have as many allergy attacks inside your home, because no one should have to suffer with that while trying to live their life.

That’s it for now, Mopper. Have a great weekend, and we’ll chat with you again next week. Until then, 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!

How to Make Your Own Homemade Shaving Cream Using Essential Oils

Happy Friday, all you fantastic Moppers. We hope you had an awesome week and didn’t work too hard. Even if you did, the weekend is almost here so you can make up for it by playing harder…or relaxing on the couch. Whatever suits your fancy.

As usual, it’s been a busy week around here. We’ve been cleaning our butts off, and experimenting a little with essential oils, as we like to do. This week we came up with something amazing that we just had to share with you all, and while it isn’t a cleaning product per se, it definitely fits into the realm of health and beauty supplies that will definitely save you money in the long run.

And who doesn’t like saving money?

So sit back and marvel as this week we show you how to make your own shaving cream using the power of essential oils!

What You’ll Need:

  • 2/3 cup of shea butter
  • 2/3 cup of virgin coconut oil
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 12 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 7 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 1 mixing bowl
  • Hand mixer, or stand mixer
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda

Step 1: Heat

Using a small saucepan, heat the shea butter and coconut oil on the stove over low heat. Stir to combine them using a wooden spoon, and continue stirring until just melted. Take off the heat.

Step 2: Add the Essential Oils

Once the saucepan is off the burner, add in the lavender essential oil, and the peppermint essential oil, as well as the olive oil.

Step 3: Transfer & Cool

After you’ve added the essential oils and olive oil, transfer the mixture to a bowl, and place it in the refrigerator to cool until hardened.

Step 4: Whip

When the mixture has hardened, take it out of the fridge, add two teaspoons of baking soda, and mix it with your hand mixer, or stand mixer, until everything is light and fluffy. This should take about 3 minutes. The baking soda will work to remove oils from your skin, making for a cleaner shave, and it also acts as a skin exfoliant).

Step 5: Bottle & Store

Spoon your shaving cream into a container with a lid, and store in a cool, dry place. We just keep it under the bathroom sink, and that seems to do the trick.

That’s all there is to it. We tried this homemade shaving cream on our legs this week, and let us tell you…it definitely does the trick. Our skin was so soft and smooth after shaving, and our skin felt nice and moisturized. Chances are we’ll never go back to buying it at the store ever again.

Oh, and the best part? Because of the added essential oils, this shaving cream smelled great, and since we know every ingredient in it (and can pronounce them), we feel confident using this on our skin, rather than taking our chances with something that was made in a factory.

Give it a try for yourself this weekend, and see for yourself how amazing it is. We’re sure that like us, you’ll never use store-bought again.

That’s it for now, Moppers. We hope you have a great weekend, and we’ll chat with you again next week. Until then, stay safe, and stay clean!

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