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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!

5 Cleaning and Organizational Tips to Help Alleviate Stress This Holiday Season

Good Friday morning, Moppers! We hope you’ve got big plans for the weekend to take your mind off the long week it’s been, but hey, even if you don’t, we still hope you enjoy whatever it is you’re going to be doing…even if it’s just a quiet weekend for one.

For some, today marks the “official” beginning of the holiday season, since the calendar rolled over to December 1st last night and here we are. The Christmas music will be playing in stores, the decorations will be plentiful, and for some their stress levels are going to go way up.

Even when it comes to cleaning and preparing their home for the upcoming festivities.

And it’s natural, really. You want to make sure you have your ducks in a row, that your house is clean, and that everyone coming to visit has a good time.

But stress isn’t healthy. It can have adverse effects on your body, giving you headaches, chest pains, sleep issues, an upset stomach, and a whole host of other issues ranging from anxiety to social withdrawal.

With all that in mind, we thought we’d kick off the holiday season by offering you a few cleaning and organizational tips for a relatively stress free month.

1. Prioritize

Don’t try to do everything all at once, because as the saying goes you’ll start to look like a chicken with its head cut off. Make a list of the places you think need the most cleaning. Since the kitchen is usually the heart of the home, we’d start there and work our way down. Give it a good deep cleaning. Everything from the stove to the fridge to the floors and beyond. Shine it up real nice, and by the time people start popping in you can feel confident knowing that your kitchen looks immaculate.

2. Plan Ahead of Time

If you know you’re going to be throwing one or two big holiday dinners this year, plan things ahead of time. Write down what you’re going to need, what you’re going to serve, and from there you’ll realize that many dishes, including sides and desserts, can be made and put in the freezer ahead of time, so you’re not doing everything at the last minute, thus adding to your stress levels.

Bonus Tip: You can also plan your holiday table ahead of time, too. Place settings, silverware, napkins…all that stuff can be decided on beforehand, so that way you’re not left pondering where everything is going to go, and where everyone is going to sit five minutes before it’s time to eat.

3. Clean Your Bathrooms

Much like the kitchen, the bathroom is one of the most visited places in the home, so once you’re done giving the heart of the home the once over, move on to the bathrooms and make sure everything is well stocked and clean. The soaps, the towels, the toilet, the shower…take some time paying close attention to detail now, so that later on you just have to do a few spot cleans here and there before everyone arrives.

4. Freshen Up

When you’re cooking your holiday feast your home is going to smell amazing. Turkey, ham, pies…all that good stuff, but what about when you’re not cooking? We like to freshen our home the natural way, using all natural air fresheners that you can make yourself, as well as putting out flowers that give off a nice aroma. Doing this will ensure your guests have a pleasant, aromatic visit to your home. Who knows, it might even decrease their stress levels.

5. Get Help

Don’t try and do everything yourself, okay? As the saying goes, many hands make light work, so enlist the help of some friends or family this season to help you clean, help you cook, and help you plan. It will take some of the burden off you, meaning you’ll feel less stressed about the whole situation, and you’ll also find that having friends and family around the home to help you clean and cook lightens the mood, leaving room for lots of laughter and fun, further decreasing the amount of stress you have to suffer through.

Stress is pretty much unavoidable during the holidays, but you can work to maintain those levels at a comfortable resting place, so that you’re not freaking out too much. The trick is to get started now, so there’s less to do later. That way when company arrives you’ll be able to take some time and relax with your loved ones, instead of spending all that time in the kitchen cooking.

That’s all for today, Moppers. Have a most excellent weekend, and we’ll chat with you again on Monday. Until then, stay safe…and stay clean!

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