September 2, 2012

Freshen Up Your Home

I don't know about you, but a long weekend makes me feel like I have extra time to clean. Luckily my husband feels the same way! The easiest and noisiest chore is vacuuming. And if you have a dog in your house, vacuuming isn't always the freshest chore. It doesn't matter how many times I empty the vacuum or clean the filter, I always have the dog smell after we vacuum. I used to use Febreze to freshen my carpet and furniture after vacuuming, but it was always so strong and overpowering. Not to mention that like room spray, it is packed with harmful chemicals. So when we made the switch to Young Living Essential Oils, I found Purification. It smells amazingly clean and helps to cleanse the air of environmental impurities. So I mixed up a batch of room spray using a 1:1 mixture of distilled water and rubbing alcohol with 20 drops of Purification. While this was a great combo, the rubbing alcohol smell was really strong. It did help the mixture to evaporate quickly, but left the weird smell. So I did another batch with just distilled water and Purification. That took a bit longer to evaporate, but all I smelled was the essential oil. It was heavenly! I know a few people who use plain Vodka rather than Distilled Water, but I'm cheap. Distilled Water is a staple in my house, so I always have it on hand and its a lot less expensive than Vodka. Feel free to substitute the Vodka if you have it on hand. It will evaporate much faster than the water mixture.

I love the Purification, but wanted to pack a little more power into this mixture. We've had a very hot summer and house flies have been a problem. I added Basil Oil to my counter top spray to help and it did. So I decided to add it to my room spray to make my entire house a very unfriendly environment for house flies. I also added Eucalyptus Radiata to this mix as it is great for respiratory health. Lastly, I added Thieves to the mix. It packs a punch when it comes to germs and bacteria. Be sure to shake this mixture every few minutes while spraying to ensure you're getting the benefits of all of these essential oils. I don't have a problem with this mixture for discoloration on any surface, but you might just do a test spot before you spray down your fancy schmancy furniture. I have a two year old boy, so nothing really falls into this category in my house. The recipe is below. Feel free to share with your friends and family so we can kick those nasty chemicals out of our homes for good!

Until Next Time,

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting! Do need something stronger then just purification from time to time.