Howdy howdy hey hey ho ho hewww! Let’s make some cleaner with oils, me and youuuu.
(Please don’t delete me from your life.)
So, a few of you asked me to write a post about how I use essential oils in my daily riff raff. I think I literally said, “daily riff raff.” And for that I’d like to seek forgiveness.
First of all, a little bit of background! It was about five or six birthdays ago when Aaron gifted me a book on natural beauty, a few basic oils from my favorite local hippie store, and some coarse salt to make a scrub. He’s the raddest dude, am I right? It was then that I discovered this whole ESSENTIAL OIL craze. Except back then it wasn’t a craze. It was just ohhh whatever I use essential oils.
I obviously researched the safest way to use them (because people be like super crazy scared of them right now), and I found three of my favorite ways to utilize oils, plus a few little tips I’ll share.
Let’s start with some spray cleaners, shall we? Squirt squirt! (sorry)
I’m gonna give you two recipes: one that’s an all-purpose cleaner, and the other will be a glass cleaner. Sometimes I’ll grab the glass cleaner and accidentally use it on the counter, but I’m pretty sure that won’t turn me into a centaur.
Also, last summer I bought some sturdy 16 oz glass spray bottles on Amazon, and I seriously love them. I keep them labelless because I’m a freak about simplicity. I can always tell the cleaners apart because the oils I put in the all-purpose are darker. Actually, hold on, so far I’ve only put tea tree oil in the glass cleaner, so that’s why. It’s clear. Ha! Anyway.
Wait, did you leave?
All-Purpose: 1 cup HOT water + 1 cup distilled white vinegar + 1 tsp Borax powder + 1 tsp Arm & Hammer washing soda + 10 drops Bergamot essential oil, 10 drops Patchouli essential oil and 10 drops Eucalyptus essential oil. Combine everything in a large glass measuring cup. The Borax and washing soda will fizz up a bit. Stir it all around with a spoon until it settles. Gently pour into a glass spray bottle, ya DANG HIPPIE.
Glass: 1 1/2 cups water + 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar + 20-25 drops of tee tree oil (Trader Joe’s has some!). Combine everything in a large glass measuring cup. Stir to mix and gently pour into your glass bottle, ya TREE HUGGER.
Now, you can totally experiment with different oils to get that exact scent you want. You may want something with more citrus in it, like orange or lemon. But because I’m a complete weirdo, I prefer a slightly huskier scent for my cleaners. Don’t tell the authorities.
Room spray was one of the veeeery first ways I used oils. We’ve played around with different scents through the years, but this one we keep coming back to. Oh, the amber glass bottle is also 16 oz, and you can get it on Amazon. Dang I should have some affiliate links! I’m the worst blogger.
Room Spray: 2 cups water + 15 drops Lavender oil, 15 drops Rosemary oil and 15 drops Peppermint oil. Gah, it’s so nice.
You can even spray it on curtains and linens before guests arrive, ya FLOWER CHILD.
Aaaaaaand of course, scented soy candles. I have a supreme problem with making candles. I keep old jars, thrift little metal tins, spray paint glass cups copper, and voila, a ridic ton of candles. I already have an entire post on how to make these, so I won’t bore you again. You’re like, ohgawdthankyou.
And that’s it! We had a diffuser a long time ago, but I lost the adapter part and it’s been this whole thing like, “Where’s the adapter? Who has the adapter?” It’s become such a ridiculous joke that my sister STILL calls and asks, “Have you found that adapter?” And then I punch the phone.
But like, where does an adapter GO?
That said, when the babies were tiny, we’d dab a dot of lavender in the corners of their crib to help with sleep. And lastly, I rub the teeeeeniest bit of patchouli on my wrists as a perfume. I know you’re probably not supposed to have it touch your skin, but I’m telling you guys, I’ve been doing this for years, and there’s nothing wrong with mewrongwithmewrongwithme.
Okie doke, I’d absolutely loooove to know how you use oils! You know I’ll completely obsess over any tips or new ways to use them. Hook a hippie sister up.