No Stink Spray

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A friend mentioned needing an additive to  make “Poo Pourri” spray be effective. She suggested Dispersant-Solubol. Doing further research, I believe Polysorbate 20 will get the job done, but i have not tested this yet as I ordered the first suggestion.

AND IT WORKED!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

1 ounce spray bottle
1 large drop from Dispersant-Solubol bottle
30 drops Essential Oils (I used 15 Lemongrass, 10 Grapefruit, & 5 Lemon)
Distilled Water to fill the remainder of the bottle.

DIRECTIONS:
Add all ingredients and SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE. Shake before each use as well.

The bottle shown is about 1/2 ounce and I just poured half of my pre-made mixture into the clean bottle.

KID SAFE VERSION:
Use recipe above, but add 10 drops Spearmint and 20 drops Lime Essential Oils.

NOTE:
We had our carpets cleaned today, and, even though I haven’t gotten around to labeling the bottles yet, the carpet cleaner used the spray! It was STINK FREE! Don’t ask me how I know.

Disinfecting Spray

Disinfecting Spray

INGREDIENTS
1/2 Cup Ethanol (Can Use Vinegar instead)
1/2 Cup Distilled Water
30 Drops Cinnamon Leaf
15 Drops Clove
8 Drops Geranium

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients to a spray bottle and shake before each use.


NOTES:
This is NOT kid-safe because of the clove, so just make sure when you’re cleaning they are in bed or can be out of the room for about 20-30 Minutes.

Other disinfectant oils are Lemon, Pine, and Lime.

Some recipes call for Vodka, but studies have shown it’s not as effective because the Proof is too low.

Natural Oven Cleaner

Adapted from Pop Sugar

I have to be honest, I didn’t have a lot of hope for this recipe, but was pleasantly surprised when it actually worked!

It’s embarrassing how gross our oven got, but I’m sharing with you for the sake of science and discovering new ways to clean naturally.

Natural Oven Cleaner

The paste didn’t remove everything 100%, but it got a huge portion all by itself! This is where an oven with a self-cleaning feature comes in handy, but if you don’t have one, I would think you could just repeat the paste again and get the majority up….but you’re probably better than me and didn’t let it get this bad at all.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup liquid dish soap
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 15 drops lemon essential oils

DIRECTIONS

  1. Remove the racks and wipe down the inside of the oven with a damp cloth or scrub sponge to remove any solids hanging around.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and mix until you get a paste.
  3. Using your scrub sponge, coat the entire oven (except elements) with paste. Resist the urge to start scrubbing and close the door.
  4. Wait 4 hours. I started trying to scrub at 3 hours, and came back at 4 hours to finish. It really was easier after 4 hours.
  5. Using a scrub sponge and water, start removing the paste. Rinse out your sponge often as it will become saturated with soap.
  6. Once most of the paste is removed (it’s okay if a little is left behind), run your oven’s self-cleaning cycle.
  7. After your oven is cool, use a damp cloth to remove the soot and replace the racks.
  8. TA DA! You have just cleaned your oven with minimal effort!

Progress shots:

Natural Oven Cleaner

Natural Oven Cleaner

Tile & Vinyl Floor Cleaner

Tile & Vinyl Floor Cleaner

You can wash your floors with just vinegar and water, but I like a little extra cleaning power. I found this recipe from The Homestead Survival that uses a little Castile soap and Essential Oils as well. I went with plain Lemon essential oil, but you can use the suggestion of Homestead Survival and use Eucalyptus (if you have children under 10, do this while they are in another room or not home as Eucalyptus isn’t safe because of the high 1,8 cineole content and can slow breathing.), which aides in killing dust mites, and Tea Tree oil, which aides in killing mold and mildew.

INGREDIENTS

1 Gallon Hot Water
1/4 Cup Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Castile Soap (or any Dish soap)
8-12 Drops Essential Oils

DIRECTIONS

Add hot water to sink or bucket, add in Vinegar, Castile Soap or Dish Soap, and Essential Oils. Mix until combined.

Castile Soap and Vinegar will have a reaction and make the water cloudy. Don’t worry, this is completely normal.


Results?

I LOVED this! It even cleaned up those mystery stains beautifully. You know the ones, where you find weird build up around your dishwasher, garbage can, or fridge? They just disappeared with very little effort. The Lemon oil also gave me that lemon-fresh smell I’m used to while mopping…or well, while Dave mops.

Follow Up Friday!

Carpet, Mattress (and more) Powder

Carpet, Mattress (and more) Powder

This week’s post from http://essentialoilblogging.com/ on Make Your Own Monday was Carpet and Mattress Powder! I’ve done this before, so I was excited to make my own again. Also, I finished a small bottle of Creamer this week and glanced at the bottom. Sure enough, it’s Recycle Symbol 1 aka PET/PETE! These are the only plastic containers for Essential Oils.

INGREDIENTS

1 16 oz container (A Parmesan Can is a good option as well).
2 cups baking soda
20-30 drops essential oil

DIRECTIONS
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the baking soda and essential oil with a fork until thoroughly incorporated. Using a funnel (if needed) pour mixture into your container.

Sprinkle on carpet and let sit for 30 minutes. Vacuum up.

You can also do the same with your mattress and use your accessory hose to vacuum up.

Go on over to Make Your Own Monday to see what other ways you can use this Cleaning Powder!


Results?

My living room smells amazing! Nice way to freshen up the room without a lot of effort.

Homemade Glass Cleaner (Plus Surprise Use!)

Glass Cleaner

I decided to try Crunchy Betty‘s Alvin Corn Glass Cleaner because it won her Battle of the Homemade Glass Cleaners.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 c. rubbing alcohol
  • 1/4 c. white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 c. warm water
  • 15 drops Lemon Essential Oils

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients to your container and shake vigorously. Shake each time before use as the cornstarch will settle to the bottom and possibly clog your sprayer.

Also, check out my “funnel”! It’s a large decorating tip inverted into my small container. I always make a small amount first just to see if it’s something I’d like to use again, and this funnel made it so easy to get the liquids in without a mess.


Results? So…It works, but you have to work to get it streak free if you’re using paper towels. I have not tried it with a microfiber cloth yet. I say Windex wins this battle; HOWEVER, this makes an AMAZING stainless steel cleaner! I decided to spray a little on my faucet because I didn’t feel like grabbing another cleaner, and I noticed it left a streak-free shine. So today, I cleaned the front of my fridge and toaster with it and got the same great results. I noticed we had a few mystery spots on our fridge, so I just sprayed and cleaned the rest of the fridge and then came back to those spots. It was easy to get off with my rag.

Homemade Dusting Spray AKA Furniture Polish

Homemade Dusting Spray

Since dabbling in making my own beauty products, I’ve started trying to figure out which household cleaners I can make as well. I was nervous to make this dusting spray because Dave is VERY attached to Pledge Furniture Polish as he’s the clean freak in our house.

I only have small containers for now, so I divided the recipe by to fit in my 4 oz spray bottle, but I’m posting the full recipe here.

From Pins & Procrastination

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 10-15 drops essential oil of your choice

DIRECTIONS

In a 12oz spray bottle, add water and vinegar. I added lemon essential oil to the olive oil before adding to the rest of the ingredients. Shake well before each use.


Results? LOOK at that shine! I hesitantly asked Dave to look at the table while saying, “I think it cleaned just as well as Pledge”, he agreed! Well, he at least said, “Hum…yeah.” Close enough.