**EDITED 6/3/13…The gel air freshener at the bottom of this post, while pretty looking, smells good for only a few days. I couldn’t figure out what the bad smell was till I changed out all my air fresheners. That one smelled terrible and had become liquid instead of gel. I will be sticking with the baking soda + essential oils air freshener from now on! 🙂
***PLEASE READ 1ST*** I am not a Dr, a Naturopathic Dr, an Herbalist, or anything of the sort. I am a mom who is passionate about her family’s and friends’ health and well-being. Please do your own research whenever you read blogs or articles and then do your own “testing” to find out if these things are true for you as well. There are things that have been used for years and years for a specific purpose with little to no scientific studies to back them up. But for certain things like garlic as an antibiotic when I have a sickness…I could read 5 studies “de-bunking” its ability (I haven’t found those FYI) and I’d still continue to do it because I am convinced that the natural way is the healthy way. Lots of Great Grandmas did many of these things and many of those GG’s lived for a loooong time. Just sayin. Also, please do not feel like I am judging you or your utilization of popular meds/products. It was fairly recently I came to these conclusions for myself and I am still learning a ton! If you’re on the fence, it’s fairly cheap and it can’t HURT your health. 🙂 OK, continue…
When a woman gets pregnant, she is told to avoid “X” types of foods and eat more of “Z” types. The list of things to avoid is even larger with medications/chemicals of any sort. My hubby has been in construction (many specialties) for years, so he has worked with all kinds of chemicals and chemically laced products. So as soon as we got this list, he would clean himself very well and change his clothes (usually putting them straight in the wash) before hugging me. 🙂 I started looking a little closer at the cleaning products I was using and reading some articles on how safe they were to touch (absorbs through skin into blood stream) and breathe in (sprays, gels, anything). Keith and I both had childhood asthma as kids so we thought for sure our kid had 2 strikes against her in that area. These are just a few reasons why I started this whole journey.
Here are just a few benefits of a few of my favorite oils…there are sooo many more!)
- Lemon-very uplifting (antidepressant), natural bleach, anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral. If you don’t have the oil, you can use a lemon rind! (that’s where the oil comes from) 🙂
- Tea tree-FAVORITE! 🙂 Anti bacterial, anti microbial, anti septic, anti viral, anti-fungal, decongestant (meaning, when you clean with it and breathe it in, it could actually HELP you!)
- Lavender-(I need to do more research on this, but if you believe you are allergic, perhaps your oil is secretly synthetic?) Anti-fungal, antiseptic, calming (Ahhh…cleaning…) 😉
- Eucalyptus-Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, antiseptic, insecticidal
- Clove-Antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-infectious
- Orange-antiseptic, antidepressant
- Thieve’s oil blend (or “Crooks”, a cheaper blend of the same oils…from MI, WOO WOO!)
A few of my favorite recipes…
All-Purpose Cleaner: This oil blend smells wonderful and the little vinegar you can smell goes away when it dries. And it’s SO much better than bleach!
–Vinegar <–so many uses! [Sidenote on Bleach vs. Vinegar…Yes, bleach is powerful killer (we can tell by the way it burns our lungs and nose hairs!), but it can also be very harmful to our health and maybe not work as well as we may think…I have read many articles on bleach “bleaching” or just changing the color and possibly not killing so much. From personal experience, I am convinced that my vinegar blend works far better for killing mold/mildew.]
-Essential Oils…Choose a few, my favorite blend for an All-Purpose spray is lemon, orange, tea tree, and lavender.
Mold/Mildew Killa: See above. 🙂 My experience is from our poorly ventilated bathroom. When we moved in, the ceiling was covered in black polka dots. (GROSS! Mold/mildew) Hubby would spray the ceiling with bleach (“Hide my towels!!!”), leave it to sit for a few minutes, and come back with a cloth/scrubby to clean it off. It seemed to work, till about a week later when they started to, not just come back, but come back all at once, all over the whole ceiling again. (Hmm.) When we started using this blend, the mold/mildew didn’t come back for at least 4 weeks. And when dots started to appear, they came a few at a time, not all at once. 😀 (Yeah, I know, we need to fix the root of the problem.)
-Vinegar ❤ See above.
-Essential oil blend of tea tree, lavender, & lemon. (Some people suggest Thieves blend.) I’m planning on adding my new clove oil next time!
Air Freshener: Every few days, I shake up the baking soda mix a little and the scents are released a little more! I change these about every week-2 weeks or sooner if needed.
-Small, shallow dish
-A small amount (I use about 1/4 c) of Baking soda (absorbs odors)
-Your favorite aromatic essential oils
Gel Air Freshener: I can’t claim this one, but I did try it out. I still love mine (above) because it actually absorbs odors in addition to giving off a yummy scent, but this one is pretty. 🙂
Would you like a recipe for something I didn’t mention? It may be something I use or could at least find for you. Let me know!
Are you trying to find essential oils you can afford? If you use my link for your first Vitacost order, you will get $10 off your order, and so will I! I buy most of my oils and supplements through Vitacost. They are very affordable and have sales often! They also carry things like shelf-stable almond milk, chia seeds, other food & snacks, sunscreen and other beauty products, baby care products, sports/fitness products, pet stuff…just all kinds of things! 🙂 I love Vitacost!