Category Archives: Cleaning

Affordable Christmas Gift Ideas doTerra HD Clear Skin Care

For this reason, CHRISTMAS, I will be posting on different ideas.  These are a few of the affordable Christmas gift ideas from doTerra.  Ideally, you can use to help out with your Christmas list!

These prices vary, so if you are interested, head over to my doTerra Website.  You can order directly from there OR you can email me.  My email is thebarefoothomeschooler@gmail.com with any questions.

Sometimes, it is hard to pick the perfect thing for that special person, in your life.  Then again, there are times when someone you love is struggling with acne, acne scarring, oily skin, dry skin, or more.  I’m excited to add these items to my arsenal of Father Time, who is marching across my face.  That and the fact I get the occasional zit, fun times.

Today, I’m giving you the 411 on the HD Clear Skin Care Products.  You can purchase these items individually (email me at thebarefoothomeschooler@gmail.com for prices).  Similarly, you can buy them as a kit at a crazy reduced price!

Below, you will find all the information on where to go, on my site, to help you out!


HD Clear Topical Blend (10 ml roller bottle)

Christmas Gift Ideas doTerra HD Clear Skin Care

  • Application: Topical and/or Neat (no dilution necessary).
  • Ingredients: Black Cumin Seed Oil, Ho Wood Leaf, Melaleuca Leaf, Litsea Berry, Eucalyptus Leaf, Geranium Plant essential oils.
  • Aromatic Description: Woody, sweet, herbaceous.

 


HD Clear Facial Lotion (1.7 fl. oz.)

Christmas Gift Ideas doTerra HD Clear Skin Care
KEY INGREDIENTS AND BENEFITS

•Melaleuca, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Ho Wood, and Litsea essential oils purify skin.
•Vitamin B3 nourishes and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
•Naturally derived amino acids improve skin texture.
•A specialized phytolipid blend of Black Cumin Seed, Chaulmoogra, Magnolia, and Manuka helps reduce the appearance of blemishes.
•White Willow Bark soothes and calms the skin.

 


HD Clear Foaming Face Wash (1.7 fl. oz.)

Christmas Gift Ideas doTerra HD Clear Skin Care
KEY INGREDIENTS AND BENEFITS

• Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Eucalyptus, Geranium, Litsea, and Ho Wood essential oils thoroughly cleanse and purify skin.
• Active Licorice Root extract provides high-performance support for clear, healthy-looking skin.
• White Willow Bark extract promotes a clear, smooth complexion.
• A specialized phytolipid blend of Black Cumin Seed, Chaulmoogra, Magnolia, and Manuka helps reduce the appearance of blemishes.
• Rich in amino acids, specialized algae extract soothes and calms skin.

 


How to Get These Awesome Products

You can either buy these three separately (email me or check out my website for retail prices) OR you could buy the HD Clear Facial Kit (all 3 products) for a crazy reduced price!
Seriously, by purchasing ALL 3  in the kit, you will be saving $40 if you are a retail customer. In addition, if you are a wholesale customer, it is even cheaper!  Crazy, I tell ya, crazy!
You can head on over to my How to Buy doTerra Essential Oils Page to see what plan suits you best OR you can just head over to my doTerra Website and place your purchase TODAY!

 

doTerra Essential Oils Cleaning Recipes

doTerra Essential Oils Cleaning Recipes

doTerra Essential Oils Cleaning Recipes

By using doTerra Essential Oils Cleaning Recipes, I am able to do many things. I can keep my home super clean, smelling good, and safe for my medically fragile preschooler. He has Ataxia Telangiectasia Like Disorder and he is allergic to the chemicals found in conventional cleaners. Choosing this path helps us all.

Due to the knowledge that my baby is allergic to cleaning products, I have had to be diligent.  Luckily, I stopped using conventional cleaners, a long time ago.  The people, buildings, and offices that I have to take him too still, understandably, use chemical based products.  I get it, I do, but I also have to be mindful of his health.
Most places we go, they are pretty good about cleaning their facility with the cleaners I bring.  We really are blessed with great people in our lives.  In the off chance, they don’t, and something needs to be cleaned, I’ve been known to BYOC (Bring my Own Cleaner).  This is why it has been so helpful to think outside of the box and utilize my doTerra Essential Oils and create some cleaning powerhouse recipes.
We carry diluted Onguard with us everywhere.  I also have the Onguard Sanitizing Mist in my purse.  This makes it incredibly easy to spray down carts and know that I’m killing the germs.

All-Purpose Cleaners

For my house, we are SUPER simple.  I bought a large plastic spray bottle, vinegar, water, and my choice of doTerra Essential Oils.  I pour about 1 c. Vinegar in the bottle, top it off with water and add 10-20 drops of oil.  I have used Melaleuca, Onguard, and/or Lemon (be mindful that your spray bottle needs to be glass if you use Lemon).  Those really are my favorites.  You can also use Rosemary, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Wild Orange is great for grease stains.  I also throw a capful of Onguard Concentrate in there.  This basic setup is what I use for all my cleaning, throughout my house.

Carpet Deodorizer

I put baking soda in a parmesan bottle, and then I mix about 10 drops of Purify in with it.  I shake it up and use it has a carpet deodorizer.  Let it set on the floor for about 10 minutes and then vacuum it up.

Carpet Cleaner

Now, in my carpet cleaner.  I mix hot water, a splash of vinegar, a splash of Onguard concentrate, and Lemon.  Never have I used the premade carpet cleaner solution.

Laundry

There is also an Onguard concentrate detergent that I will be using to throw in my washing machine, with my Tide (yes, I use Tide).

doTerra Essential Oils Cleaning Recipes

Glass Cleaner

For glass cleaner, vinegar, water, a splash of rubbing alcohol, and your essential oil of choice.  Spray it on and wipe it off with a newspaper.  That, for some reason, keeps it from streaking too severely.

Air Freshener

My air freshener is witch hazel, water, and usually Lavender.  I spray it as I would Febreze.  For my diffuser, hands down, my favorite is Purify.  Especially in the boys’ room because it smells of dead animals, butt, and a hint of sweat.  Not a whole lot could help the odor in my boys’ room unless I got a blow torch after it LOL

Floors

My floors, we used vinegar, water, essential oil, and Onguard concentrate (are you gathering a theme here)?  This is my life, and I have to adjust to aid in the health of my son.  I will do what I have to do.  I will no longer be filling my home with nonsense and chemicals.

For More

doTerra Essential Oils Cleaning Recipes, keep checking back.  In time, I will find more cleaning recipes to add to this list!

How to Buy doTerra Oils at Retail

To buy any of the essential oils that I mentioned, you can head over to My doTerra Website and click on the SHOP tab.  From there, you can order whatever your hearts desire and it will be shipped directly to you.

How to Become a Wholesale Member

If you find that you are going to spend around $100, it would benefit you to become a Wholesale Member (these members do not sell the product.  They receive the benefits of getting 25% off of retail costs, plus if you get 125 PV (product volume, not cost), and you order before the 15th of every month you can receive the free product of the month, as well.

Also, if you get 200 PV, you get another free product.  For the month of October, that product is a FREE car diffuser with 3-5 ml citrus oils! To do this, you will click on the “Become a Member” tab.  From there, you will click on “Wholesale Member”.  There is a fee of $35 that will give you all these great benefits for a year!

In conclusion, you will have a reduced yearly fee of $25 plus a free bottle of oil.  You will then choose your region and your language.  Lastly, you will fill out your information, the oils you would like, shipping, and so on.

How to Become a Wellness Advocate

Now, if you are interested in becoming a Wellness Advocate, then that is fantastic.  You will continue to click on “Become a Member” and then you will click on “Wellness Advocate.”  By becoming a Wellness Advocate, doTerra waives the $35 fee!  You can also choose from any of the enrollment kits at a HUGE discount.  Once you become a Wellness Advocate for doTerra, you are eligible to receive commission :).

**If you have specific questions, feel free to ask!  Remember this is MY story and MY experience.  You do you 🙂
You can also check out my latest post on Switching up Meds Safely and Wisely for more ways to utilize doTerra’s Essential Oils.**

Operation USE IT UP Underway

used up products

Operation USE IT UP Underway is going down!  Have you ever thought about your cleaning supplies, what all do you have going on in there?

Let us focus on your pantry, fridge, freezer, and other places you store food?

I am embarrassed about what all I see in these areas of my life.  Seriously, embarrassed.

Looking around, I see a lot of stuff I have that is just useless, and I bought a bunch because I had a coupon.  There are also things that, sadly, I forgot that I had, as well.

Focus Squirrel Girl, Focus

Just focusing on my bathrooms is going to be a beginning for me.  My first goal is going green within all areas of our lives.  The secondary objective is to minimalize those belongings because, in reality, we do we really need 3 hair dryers, 35 sets of sheets, or 500 bottles of dried up nail polish?

Focusing on one area, at a time, is helpful for me.  I tend to have SQUIRREL moments.  One primary reason for that is because when I take something out of the bathroom, to put it where it belongs…I tend to start cleaning up the place that it belongs.  Thus leading me to forget about the fact that I was, indeed, already cleaning the bathroom.  Does that make sense?

Bathroom Tips and Tricks

  • Tame Your Squirrel:

    • One way to tame my squirrel is diffusing my Squirrel Blend recipe from doTerra.  It smells amazing and it, honestly, keeps me moving right along.  If you are interested in a sample bottle (free) or want me to make you a 10 ml prediluted bottle (cost + shipping), send me an email to thebarefoothomeschooler@gmail.com
  • Laundry Basket:

    • Another trick I use is that I get a laundry basket and I put it in the bathroom, with me.  This way, when there is something in the bathroom, that needs to go to another place in the house, I just throw it in there.  I take the basket downstairs, and I have each kid get their stuff out of it and put it where it belongs.
  • Using it all up

    • Let’s say I have 8 bottles of facial cleanser, that I bought because I had a coupon.  Now, let’s say that I have tried said facial cleanser and it is merely not my jam.  If you can imagine now, that I have given my daughter’s this facial cleanser and it breaks them out.  Now visualize that 7 brand new bottles of facial cleanser are continued to be stored in my bathroom for no particular reason, yet, like a chipmunk, I hoard it.  That’s where DONATING comes to play.  Take it to a Needline, a church food/hygiene pantry, a women’s shelter, or find a friend who likes this brand and gift it to them.  The point is…is get it OUT of your bathroom.  I know that I will never use this and I refuse to throw it away.  It is brand new, that is like flushing cash down the toilet.
  • Makeup:

    • Recently, I went into our local department store, and I received a free makeup makeover.  It was so much fun.  There is so much I do not know (or care to know), but what I did find out is that makeup can go wrong.  Yes, I’m aware that you probably already knew that, but I didn’t.  So, I bought my “colors” of makeup, and I came home, and I threw away a lot of my old, broken, or nasty makeup that I already had.  I also threw away brushes that I had had for 10 years (I didn’t know they were supposed to be washed…sick, I know).  I figured if I invest in new stuff now, I would remember to clean my brushes and how old things were…new beginnings are always good.makeup
  • Medication:

    • For the love, do not keep expired meds.  I don’t care if they are antibiotics, cold/cough meds, antacids, or tubes of cream.  Please, look at the dates and get rid of them.  There are expiration dates on the product for a reason.  These medications can lose their efficacy and could harm you.  Be wise.  We are going all natural with our medications.  I will be posting on our medication journey tomorrow, so be sure and come back!
  • Bathroom Cleaning Products:

    • My daughter was deep cleaning her home, one day.  She texted me, in the meantime, saying that she suddenly started vomiting aggressively and that she couldn’t stop.  Well, what’s a mama to do?  I high tailed my butt over there to help her.  I had no more gotten to her front door, that I started coughing.  It was like something was caught in my throat, and it wouldn’t dislodge.  Once I opened the door, this fog hit me, and I started coughing, uncontrollably, until I almost puked.  Come to find out, she had bought/used every cleaner known to man.  In her mind (and most peoples minds), if it is name brand, then it is going to a great job cleaning.  NO.  Just NO.  We were inhaling boatloads of unnecessary chemicals.  We all had headaches and were coughing.  It was pitiful.  We opened her front door, opened all the windows of the apartment, and we had to have a fan blowing out to draw this stench and chemical fog out of the apartment.  Once that happened, she quit vomiting, I quit coughing, and headaches subsided.  All you need to clean with are these essential items:  Vinegar, Water, Castile Soap, Blue Dawn Dishwashing Liquid, OnGuard concentrate, baking soda, and any of these essential oils:  Lemon, Melaleuca, Onguard.  For more information on how I make cleaners or if you want the oils, yourself to create your own green cleaning supplies, be on the lookout for a post on Friday.
  • Organization:

    • Another tip is to go to the Dollar Tree or Dollar Store and buy those clear shoeboxes with a lid.  Also, get some labels and a sharpie.  I like to keep all “like” things together.  I have all nail polish in a box, all toothbrushes/toothpaste, all travel sized bottles, etc. in these boxes.  This is a lifesaver, but only if you put the labels on them.  I made the mistake of not doing that, and one of my kids pulled every box out, opened every box, and made a mess…all looking for fingernail clippers.
  • First Aid Kit:

    • Organized, cleaned out, complete first aid kit is a must.  You can buy premade ones at Walmart or on Amazon.  You can also make your own.  I do keep mine in a red bag to make it easier to identify in high-stress moments.  Those moments can range from if a child throws a set of hedge clippers down from a tree and they landed point down on another child’s head to cutting your toe off while walking a pug or a head-on collision at the end of your driveway.  You know, simple things in life 🙂  For more on my First Aid Kit:  Check out Saturdays post.
  • Donate, Throw Away, or Use Up:

    • Be sure and clean out your little shoeboxes.  Throw away things that are old, broken, used, or not worth giving away.  If it can be donated, DONATE!  Help another person out.  If you have a smidge of something, use it up, don’t waste it.  Do not use a full product when you have 12 products that are 1/2 used.  Use those products up and don’t be wasteful.

doTerra Oils Choices:  3 Ways to Buy doTerra Essential Oils

To buy any of the essential oils that I mentioned, you can head over to My doTerra Website and click on the SHOP tab.  From there, you can order whatever your hearts desire and it will be shipped directly to you.

If you find that you are going to spend around $100, it would benefit you to become a Wholesale Member (these members do not sell the product.  They receive the benefits of getting 25% off of retail costs, plus if you get 125 PV (product volume, not cost), and you order before the 15th of every month you can receive the free product of the month, as well.  If you get 200 PV, you get another free product.  For the month of October, that product is a FREE car diffuser with 3-5 ml citrus oils! To do this, you will click on the “Become a Member” tab.  From there, you will click on “Wholesale Member”.  There is a fee of $35 that will give you all these great benefits for a year!  Each year after, you will have a reduced yearly fee of $25 plus a free bottle of oil.  You will then choose your region and your language.  Lastly, you will fill out your information, the oils you would like, shipping, and so on.

Now, if you are interested in becoming a Wellness Advocate, then that is fantastic.  You will continue to click on “Become a Member” and then you will click on “Wellness Advocate.”  By becoming a Wellness Advocate, doTerra waives the $35 fee!  You can also choose from any of the enrollment kits at a HUGE discount.  Once you become a Wellness Advocate for doTerra, you are eligible to receive commission :).

Debt: Money Making Tip

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As I am decluttering my mind and working on my FACTORY RESET, I am also physically decluttering.  I do not know why my mind is working this way, but as I look at my attic, my garage and just the stuff around my house….I think I do not want my kids/husband to have to go through all this crap and make decisions for me when I die.

Morbid, I know.  LOL

Maybe, the older I get, the more I think about mortality.  My sister just lost her mother in law.  Granted, she was in her 80s, but still….it still hurts even though we know she is with Christ and would never want to come back to this Earth again.  Maybe it is the fact that my son took a nap and then woke up to our lives changed forever.  Maybe I just want to live a more minimalistic life.

I don’t know.

I love Jesus 🙂

Anyway, as I was decluttering my bedroom, I decided to go through my masses of books.  Bibles, school books, devotionals, kids books….so many books.  I read once, that your bedroom (couples bedroom) should be free of clutter, have nothing under the bed, only peaceful things on the walls, and no sign of your kids LOL…no pictures or anything.  I can’t quite go that far, but I did clean out from under my bed.  I even vacuumed under there (nasty).  I gave away 2 pieces of large furniture that we do not use.  I condensed the entertainment system to just a tv and our router boxes.  I hung up some things on the wall (we are planning to paint and get a new ceiling fan).  I’m working on the closet.  I have decluttered and gotten rid of SO many things from the attic.  I organized all of that and now I have this massive bookcase full of books and books in my closet.

I have homeschooled for 18 years and I have decided to get rid of all my old schoolbooks (with the exception of the math books).  They are all gone.  Glorious day.  Next, I tackled that bookcase.  I kept all my Bibles and some devotionals that I matriculate to quite often.  The other books…just collected dust.  I didn’t read them and there they sat, helping no one.  Someone else could get use out of those.  I donated 98% of them to our local library.  The other books, I sold on a website called BOOK STORES.  You put in your ISBN number and then they give you a price they will pay.  It is free shipping (on a refund of $35 or more) and money in your pocket.  Not a lot, but it is better then taking up space and collecting dust.

As for the mass of DVDs that I had and didn’t want anymore, I sold some of them on DECLUTTR.  They also provide free shipping (no minimum refund).  All you have to do, for both sites, is print off the shipping label.  I ended up making almost $80 on stuff that was taking up space.  I took a van load off to the local consignment shop, so I will, hopefully, make some money with that. All the extra money is going towards debt!

It feels SO good to have this stuff done and gone.  The more I declutter, the more clear my mind is.  Isn’t that crazy.  Just too much.  My kids have too much and they have SO much that they don’t even know what to do.

I have finished the kitchen and the living room. The pantry and the laundry room are done.  I have done my bathroom, my van, and attic.  I think I have the garage left, the downstairs bathroom, and the kids rooms’.  Onward and upward….tomorrow, I shall tackle the school closet and the game closet.  If I have enough moxy, I will work a bit on the garage.  Everything is in the middle of the garage, I just do a little bit at a time because it is hotter then Satan’s armpit outside and I don’t like to sweat.

Happy Decluttering!

Brandi’s Getting Her Groove Back

Brandi's Getting Her Groove Back

Spring Break Week

It is Thursday of spring break week, and I have done a whole lot of nothing.  I’ve sat, watched Youtube, had some coke, cooked supper, scratched my head, bit off my fingernails, and played cards with my kids.  Just….ya know…….not a whole lot of productiveness.

Last Night, We had Quite a Blow

There was some information that was shared, from a courageous girl, and we have had to deal with the knowledge of being lied too.  Also, the realizations of someone we love, living two lives.  Basically, what are we going to do, moving forward?  It was hard.  I just had to go to bed.  I was on edge, Hunter’s behavior was HORRIBLE, the kids were loud, I started snapping at everyone.  All over this mess that someone else created but my family.  Yet, my family and I are in the center of the storm.  Sigh.

Amongst That Crap Storm

I took advantage of the situation (actually, I was sitting at the table with my head in my hands, crying, eating 3 bags of fruit snacks) and I had a conversation with G.  It was hard.  The truth was told to her.  It was hard to say, and it was hard for her to hear.  She is very similar to the person that has caused such chaos.  Her anger has controlled her for so long, she doesn’t even know what she is angry about.  I will talk more about that in a future post.

Today, I got up, and the Sun is Shining

It is chilly outside, and it is supposed to snow tomorrow…but today the sun is shining.  I decided today was the day I was gonna get my groove back.  I am awake, alert, feeling good and ready to tackle things.

getting my groove back

Playing my Groove music.

I had the little boys detail my van!  Woot Woot.  Boo folded laundry, cleaned the kitchen, watched Hunter, and just did little things that I needed to be done.  G helped me.  We started in the laundry room.

Daughter #2 is supposed to be on top of the laundry but…well…. let’s just say that walking into that smell cesspool of hell got my dander up cause we have not had any clean towels in quite a while.

Essential Oils to the Rescue

I made some cleaner spray, with my essential oils, and I got started on cleaning the outside, the inside and the drum of my washer.  Once it was done, I got the first load in and separated out the rest.  G collected all the dirty laundry.  On my agenda is washing all the bedding and curtains, as well….but first, we need towels.  The dryer is my nemesis, so I moved there.  Alas, every nook and cranny was finally tackled. I took the vent out and got my hand down there and pulled out a ton of lint that had fallen down there.  I also pulled the dryer out, swept behind everything and worked on the tubing because it has not been drying very well.

And So It Goes

We washed off the shelves, all the inside of the baskets, cleaned off and organized the shelving, put things where they belonged, spilled an entire bottle of ammonia…that was fun.  I even cleaned out from behind the freezer where clothes get thrown, yet never get picked up.  Super fun.  Once I had all that done, Daniel came in and swept and mopped the floor.  Laundry is still going.

I cleaned out my bill holder, got a pile ready to be put upstairs, cleaned out my desk and my junk drawer, cleaned off my mantle, the boys and G deep cleaned their room.  Big Daddy is going to either rent me a carpet cleaner or he is going to buy me one.  It is necessary.  You cannot live in a house with 9 people, 11 sometimes, with 3 dogs and 3 cats and not need a carpet cleaner.

Creating my EO Recipes

I also got all my essential oils out.  In doing that, I combined like bottles.  Next, I made a ton of cleaners, carpet deodorizer, car deodorizer, anti-aging face cream, hair thickener, hair growth serum, protective spray blend, tension spray blend….so much.  Making EO Recipes for everyday is what I love to do!

Plans Moving Forward

Tomorrow is Friday, the 6th, and I plan on tackling the innards of my kitchen and dining room.  I also want to address the living room, the game closet, the school closet, and the toy closet.

While I’m doing that, the kids will do their regular chores, just to stay on top of the little things….like the massive mounds of dirt that are everywhere or the deflated balloons that are lining my hall.

Oh, wait, what about the cat food that is strung from here to high heaven or the disappearing toilet paper problem we have.  When they are done with that, I will give them their marching orders.

For now, we are working in the house.  When the house is done, to my liking, then I will move to organize our attic, and Big Daddy will take the people who live here and organize/clean my garage and do yard work.

We need some roof work done, some gutters and landscaping, swings hung, and such.

Spring is here.  Hallelujah for sunshine!

Essential Oil Cleaning Hacks

Essential Oil Cleaning Hacks

Essential Oil Cleaning Hacks

 

Bathroom Cleaner (32 oz. bottle)

1 T. baking soda (link below)

2 T. Castile soap (link below)

30 drops Tea Tree oil

20 drops Orange oil

10 drops On guard

Warm water to fill to the top.

Spray all parts of your bathroom.  Let sit for about 10 minutes.  Spray again before wiping down.

All Purpose Cleaner (32 oz. bottle)

1 c. white vinegar

4 c. water

20-30 drops essential oil (I add Onguard to this, as well as, something else….usually orange)

“Febreze” (12 oz. bottle)

1 T. Baking Soda

2 c. warm water

15 drops essential oil

Glass Cleaner (32 oz. bottle)

2 c. water

2 T. vinegar

10 drops essential oil

essential oil cleaning hacks

Furniture Cleaner (safe for wood) (12 oz. bottle)

2/3 c. white vinegar (link below)

1/3 c. olive oil

10 drops essential oil (I used Jasmine)

Shake before use.

Floor Cleaner (used on laminate flooring) (24 oz. attachment to steam mop)

Equal parts white vinegar and water

A squirt of Dawn Blue Dishsoap

15 drops of favorite essential oil

Foaming Handsoap (8 oz. bottle)

Empty foaming hand soap dispenser.

Water

2 T. Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap

1 T. carrier oil

15 drops of Onguard essential oil

Poo-Pourri (4 oz. bottle)

2 T. rubbing alcohol

20 drops any essential oils

Top with water

Spray 5x on the surface of toilet bowl water before going to the bathroom…..do your business like a boss…..your place will not have the odiferous odor of defecation 🙂

**One thing to remember is to use Glass Spray bottles or Metal spray bottles if you are using any citrus based essential oil.  That oil will eat through plastic bottles.**

 

Early Spring Cleaning

Brown Wooden Floor

 

This past Saturday, we had NOTHING to do.

Nothing.  Nada.  Zilch.

It was glorious.

I slept in, considering I didn’t sleep much, I still slept in.

Once I was up…we were all moving and grooving.

We got all the beds stripped, all the bedding and blankets washed, lots of febreze (well, a homemade essential oil type febreze) and did massive loads of laundry.

We dusted every piece of furniture, picture, and knick knack we own (using another DIY furniture cleaner essential oil recipe).

Swept and mopped all floors.

Vacuumed all stairs, carpet, and furniture.

Deep cleaned bedrooms.

Collected all garbage.

Cleaned baseboards.

Deep cleaned all our kitchen chairs and barstools.

Organized the movies.

Cleaned out the school closet, the game closet, and the toy closet.

Attacked the appliances.

Organized the fridge and pantry.

Deep cleaned the bathrooms, the closets, and under the sinks.

Wiped down all the doors, door knobs, and light switches.

Supper cooked.

Kids bathed.

Fingernails clipped.

I will post all of my essential oil cleaning recipes tomorrow….for now, I shall sit in my bed, watching Justified, and drink my coke.

I feel like I’ve done well today….mentally, physically, emotionally, and cleaning wise 🙂

Cleaning soothes my soul.

 

Why Does It Feel *So* Good….

When I consolidate things in my house?  I mean…I feel like I’m almost euphoric overtaking my bazillion little bitty trial size hand lotions and mixing them with the 7 large things of hand lotion that I already have.  I threw away a trash can FULL of little empty containers and let me tell you….it feels GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!

There may be something wrong with me LOL.  I’m not a clutter bug.  I do not collect things (I was a huge couponer, and I still have bottles upon bottles of conditioner, lotion, floss, and mouthwash.)  I do have a goal, though and this goes along with us saving money.  I’m going through our household cleaners, and what I had, I’m replacing with all natural things like baking soda, vinegar, castile soap, Onguard, and essential oils.  I’m using what I have until it is gone and then I just make more because I already have bought the bottles.  As for my bathroom, I’m doing the same thing.  I’m forcing myself to use lotion more, to use all the leftover deodorants, soaps, conditioners.  I have a habit of running out of something, and then I put it on my grocery list…run to the store to get it and then realize I had 7 bottles that have never been touched.  What a colossal waste of money.

Them days are OVER, I tell ya!  O.V.E.R.  It is time to use it up before I buy.  Then, maybe, if I can do really well at it, I will start couponing again for ONLY the things I need or are not necessarily a need for me, but things I can donate to food pantries or people in need.

I seriously may not even be able to sleep because my mind is flooded with “what else can I consolidate and organize.”

I think I may need therapy……….

DIY Essential Oils Cleaners

diy natural cleaning products

 

Here are my DIY Essential Oils Cleaners.  This is what I keep on hand, at all times, to clean my home.

Carpet Deodorizer

Empty container (I used an empty parmesan container…washed/dried well)

Baking Soda

10-15 drops of essential oil of your choice (I use purify cause it knocks out the smell of boy)

Mix well.  Shake on the carpet before you go to bed to absorb the most smell.  Then vacuum in the morning.

 

Room Deodorizer (think Febreze)

Spray bottle (I use those little ones from the travel section at Walmart)

10-15 drops of essential oil (again, I use purify.  Be cautious of using lemon oil in a plastic bottle…it should really only be put in a glass or metal bottle)

1/4 c. witch hazel

Water

Pour in your witch hazel.  Fill to almost the top with water.  Add essential oil of your choice.  Shake before using.

 

Furniture Cleaner

Spray bottle

10-15 drops essential oil

1/4 c. vinegar

Water

Pour in your vinegar.  Add water to almost the top.  Add essential oils.  Shake before use.

 

Everyday Cleaner

Large spray bottle

Vinegar

Water

20 drops Essential oils (purify, Frankincense, tea tree, peppermint, etc)

Onguard Concentrate (optional but worth it as an added protection for fighting germs)

Pour 1/2 the bottle with vinegar, add a good squirt (about 2 T. Onguard Concentrate), fill up with water and essential oils (if you have a glass bottle you can use lemon).

 

Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

Here are some quick facts about hydrogen peroxide:

The chemical element is: H202
It’s made of water and oxygen, with an extra oxygen atom.
Your white blood cells naturally produce hydrogen peroxide.
Fruits & Vegetables naturally produce hydrogen peroxide.

Peroxide

3% Hydrogen Peroxide Uses:

Beauty:

Acne – to help clear up skin, dab pimples with peroxide using a cotton ball.

Finger Nails – to whiten, soak a cotton ball with peroxide and rub it on your nails.

Hair – to gradually give your hair highlights, mix equal parts peroxide and water and spray on wet hair. Comb the solution through your hair and dry.

Mouthwash – instead of purchasing expensive mouthwashes, try using peroxide instead.

Teeth – to whiten, hold one capful of peroxide in your moth for 10 minutes daily.

Toothpaste – to make your own, make a paste using peroxide and baking soda.

Healthcare: *always consult a doctor before using hydrogen peroxide as a treatment*

Boils – to heal, pour ½ a bottle of peroxide in your bath water.

Canker Sores – to prevent, hold one capful of peroxide in your mouth for 10 minutes.

Colds – to cure in 24 hours, put a few drops of peroxide in your ear, when the bubbling stops (5-10 minutes), drain onto a tissue. Repeat for the other ear.

Colonic – to make your own, add 1 cup of peroxide to 5 gallons of warm water.

Corns and Calluses – to soften, soak feet in a solution made of equal parts water and peroxide.

Cuts – to keep from getting infected, clean the cut with peroxide.

Detox Bath – to rejuvenate, add 2 quarts of peroxide to your bath water. Soak for at least a ½ hour.

Ear Infections – to relieve, place 6-8 drops in the affected ear.

Ear Wax – to remove, add a couple of drops of warm olive oil followed by a couple of drops of peroxide. Sit with head tilted for several minutes and then flush the ear with warm water.

Enema – to make your own, add 1 tablespoon to 4 cups of water.

Foot Fungus – to cure, spray a solution made of equal parts peroxide and water to your feet every night.

Infections – to heal, soak the infected area in peroxide for 5-10 minutes several times a day.

Sinus Infection – to relieve, add one tablespoon of peroxide to non-chlorinated water to be used as a nasal spray.

Toothache – to relieve pain, hold one capful of peroxide in your mouth for 10 minutes.

Yeast Infections – to control, add 2 capfuls of peroxide to your douche 1-2 time per week.

General Cleaning:

Bathroom – to disinfect, fill a spray bottle with equal parts peroxide and water.

Counter tops – to kill germs, spray the counter tops with peroxide and wipe with a clean cloth.

Grout – to whiten, make sure the grout is dry, then spray a generous amount of peroxide on the grout. Let it sit for 1-2 hours and scrub the area with an old toothbrush and some warm soapy water.

Mirrors – for a no steak clean, spray mirrors with peroxide and wipe with a paper towel or newspaper.

Mold – to control, clean the area with peroxide.

Tile – to remove stains, make a thick paste using flour and peroxide. Apply the mixture to the stain, cover with plastic wrap and let it sit overnight. Rinse clean.

Toothbrush – to kill germs, soak your toothbrush in peroxide.

Kitchen:

Cutting Board – to kill germs, after rinsing off your cutting board, spray it with peroxide.

Dishrags and sponges – to clean, soak them for 15-30 minutes in a solution using equal parts peroxide and warm water. Rinse.

Fruits & Vegetables – to clean, spray them with peroxide (food grade) and let them stand for a few minutes, then rinse and dry.

Fruits & Vegetables – for a non-toxic sanitizer, pour peroxide (food grade) into a dark colored spray bottle (light destroys peroxide) and fill another spray bottle with vinegar. Spray your fruits and vegetables with the peroxide and then repeat using the vinegar.

Fruits & Vegetables – to neutralize chemicals and prolong freshness, add ¼ cup of peroxide (food grade) to a sink full of cold water. Soak vegetables for 20-30 minutes. Rinse, drain and let dry.

Refrigerator – to disinfect, spray the interior with peroxide and wipe with a clean cloth.

Salad – to prolong freshness, lightly spray with a solution of ½ cup water and 1 tablespoon of peroxide (food grade).

Laundry:

Blood Stains – to remove, pour peroxide on the spot and let it sit for a few minutes. Then rub and rinse with cold water.

Clothes – to whiten, add a cup of peroxide to your wash. Peroxide is more mild than bleach and will keep your clothes from wearing out as fast.

Wine Stain – to remove, mix together equal parts peroxide and liquid detergent. Pour the mixture over the stain. With a clean cloth blot the stain and wash with warm water.

Wring Around the Collar – to remove, spray the area with a mixture of 2 parts peroxide and 1 part liquid detergent. Let it sit for an hour before rinsing. *Works great on armpit stains too.

Miscellaneous

Mites – to kill, spray with area with peroxide.

Plants – to improve their root system, water them with a mixture of 32 parts water and 1 part peroxide.

Seeds – to sprout, soak seeds overnight in a mixture of 1 ounce peroxide and 2 cups water.

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