Monday, July 28, 2014

Garbage Can Spray

I hate the smell that comes from garbage cans. It can make a clean kitchen smell very un-clean. In our house, we have a recycling can and a garbage can. Both smell. 

Last year, I came across a post for a homemade essential oil disinfecting spray that the author used for her trash cans. It worked great.

Trash Can Homemade EO Disinfecting Spray
by Conscientious Confusion
1.5 c water
5 drops tea tree essential oil
5 drops lemon essential oil
Add to a glass or metal spray bottle.
Shake before each use.
Spray inside of the can when you change the bag.

After using this spray for about a year, a cat adopted our family. This prompted me to really changed the way I was using essential oils in the home after she started living in the house full time. Since cats process essential oils differently than people and dogs, I am very conscious of them negatively impacting her. I have stopped using tea tree essential oil except in things I know she won't be exposed to. {Read more about cats and essential oils HERE and HERE.} 

So I needed a new trash can spray, luckily that wasn't hard to find.

Deodorizing Spray for Trash
by Essential Living - Aromahead
Makes a 16 oz bottle.
15 oz water
1 oz vinegar
20 drops peppermint essential oil
30 drops orange essential oil
30 drops lemon essential oil
Shake well. 
Spray can 3-4 times and add a new bag.
Variation - I use a 4 oz bottle and do a splash of vinegar in the water, 5 drops peppermint EO, 7 drops orange EO and 8 drops lemon EO. 

Do you have a favorite garbage can spray recipe? I'd love to hear it.

Butje, Andrea (2012). Essential Living: Aromatherapy Recipes for Health and Home. Black & Butje, Inc. 
Jenny (2012, August 1). Lysol alternative: essential oil disinfectant spray.
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Movie Fundraiser for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation

I've mentioned before that I'm a wildland firefighter wife (read more HERE). I love to be involved in our community and support our wildland firefighters. I was fortunate enough to co-organize a special showing of Planes: Fire & Rescue to benefit the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. A support group I'm a member of, Spouses & Partners of Wildland Firefighters, is hosting these special showings in different cities across the country. Our event was yesterday and we had an amazing time. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Fighting Summer Colds

Let's face it, getting sick during the summer is such a drag. Would you believe that we've already been hit multiple times with summer colds. It's the pits! Have you been struck with a summer bug? It feels like colds in the summer are worse than colds in the winter, maybe because we just don't expect them. 

Here are a few things I've discovered to help me fight these dreadful germs: 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Tips for Easy DIY Clean Up

When I first started making my own salves and lip balms, I used multiple dishes and would make quite the mess (still do). This left the clean-up...a bit scary. I would leave dishes piled up for days because I wasn't sure how to tackle them in a way that made clean-up easy. I know I am not alone in this, I've seen countless tweets and comments from people who leave their DIY dishes dirty simply because they don't want to deal with them.

Because it's a problem for many, here are some of my tips for an easy clean-up. I would love to see some experienced DIY-ers post their tips in the comments as well.

Monday, June 30, 2014

DIY Dandelion Salve Bars

One afternoon as I was thinking about making potions, I had an idea to turn dandelion salve into lotion bars. I thought it was an original idea but decided to check my "why buy when you can..." Pinterest board, where I found that my original idea was already taken. Ha! I should have known. The Nerdy Farm Wife is brilliant and one of my favorite blogs. 

Why dandelion? It is great for sore muscles and super dry skin. It really works. Plus, they're readily available throughout the summer for FREE! I like free. I wanted to share my favorite formula for Dandelion Salve Bars with you. I love it!

To start, you need to make a dandelion infused oil. You can get the directions HERE. It's easy! I use the long method, letting them sit in the sun for weeks and weeks. The neighbor asked, "What is that yellow stuff you always have outside?" Ha! That was a good conversation starter!
On my first try last year, I used olive oil and it definitely had a distinct smell to it. This year, I made two batches. One with sunflower oil and the other with sweet almond oil. There is almost no smell to either. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Making Your Own Plant Shade

By now, I imagine most of you have gone outside and gotten your garden ready for a plentiful harvest. I wanted to share with you a new trick that I incorporated into my garden this year to help my plants. 

If you follow my blog, you may remember that I live in the high desert, where the sunshine can be brutal to young veggie plants. My parents, who are also gardeners, have a fabulous idea on how to combat the harsh sun. My dad made little shade stands for my mom's garden out of various bits and pieces he had laying around. I thought this was a great idea and wanted to incorporate it into my garden. Since KB and I move so much, we don't have a lot of "extras" laying around the house for future you do when you've lived on the same land for over 25 years (ahem! my parents).

Monday, June 16, 2014

10 Uses for Coconut Oil

The other day I was reading some posts on Facebook and kept seeing coconut oil mentioned. People were talking about their favorite ways to use it and others were amazed at the easy ways to use it. 
I thought, what a perfect idea for a blog post! So here are five of my favorite ways to use coconut oil and, as a bonus, I asked Krysta (my behind the scenes gal) her five favorite uses.