Stains…..my greatest weakness haha. I have 2 babies under 2 plus myself and my husband. I do a lot of laundry and I deal with a lot of stains!
I try to stick as natural as possible when it comes to my cleaners (especially for my littles). I used to buy stain remover, I ran out and I repeatedly forgot to purchase again. I finally got tired of stains on my kids lights and I decided to search some natural stain removers I could make with what I have at home!
I found a few and wigged the recipe to work with what I had. I’m going to assume stain remover ingredients are pretty forgiving.
4oz amber spray bottle
1tbsp baking soda
1tbsp dish soap
15 drops lemon essential oil
Fill the rest with distilled water
I combined all ingredients in the bottle, swished and then put the lid back. I don’t recommend shaking the bottle once closed, this made it fizzle haha
I sprayed on the affected areas and washed on warm/cold or hot/cold. It’s gotten out milk/spit up, chocolate, tomato sauce, grass and dirt and so many other misc stains on the kids clothes! It worked amazingly well!
Now, we’re on a well and this works amazing with our hard water. If you are on city water I would LOVE a review!
You can shop diffuser oils including lemon on my website !
I’ve been searching for fun DIY projects lately and stumbled upon fragrance stones, I had to give it a try. These stones offer an alternative to diffusers, potpourri etc. as they hold and emit fragrance from essential oils. This is also the easiest DIY, anyone can do it. It was also a fun way to get my son involved in the kitchen 🙂
I took the instructions from Hello Glow with a couple modifications from my own trial.
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup table salt
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 30-40 drops essential oils
- Flower petals, grated citrus rind or food coloring (optional)
- Parchment paper.
- Combine the flour, salt and boiling water in a bowl. While the water is hot, use a whisk to combine everything as best you can (it’s going to thicken quickly). When it’s cool enough to touch, use your hands to knead the ingredients into a dough.
- Add the essential oils and optional ingredients (like flower petals) and continue kneading.
- Break off 1 to 2 inch pieces of dough and roll with your hands until it forms a ball. Press the ball slightly until it resembles a stone.
- Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and let dry overnight.
- Put several stones in a bowl or stash individual stones wherever you need a boost of fragrance.
I have found these to be a great option for small spaces like the bathroom or conversation spaces like a side table. With little kids in the house, these stones make an awesome alternative to waxes and oils 🙂 I might even try them in my sons room for some lavender oil.
Note** in these photos mine have not dried fully. I ran out of time for camera photos and a full dry time 😂
There are numerous different factors to consider when purchasing candles. Quality and ingredients are always most important to me. You can assume that by purchasing a higher price point you get the best aroma and burn. I buy naturally scented candles only, although more expensive, they are much cleaner for your home! I also avoid chemicals in my candles and wax melts and use natural ingredients like soy or beeswax.
Regardless of how much you drop on your candles, these tips will help you get the most out of your candles! To get the best burn for your buck, don’t make these mistakes….
1. Not maintaining the wick. This one is so important. If this wick is too long it may fall in the wax or burn too hot. Keeping your wick trimmed to 1/4 inch is usually recommended. The smaller my candles get the shorter I trim my wick (within reason).
2. Trimming your wick too short for the first burn. You want your first burn to be at least an hour, or long enough to burn from the wick to the edges. Failing to do this will cause tunneling and then you’re only utilizing half your candle.
3. Throwing out the lid. Candles should have lids. They keep your candle free of dust and other debris. It also helps keep your candle scent fresh! Replacing the lid also protects your candle from the sun which can fade or discolour your candle.
4. Burning too long. Don’t power burn your candles. This helps prevent the wax from melting toooo much. Your candle should release enough scent within an hour or two so no need to burn it all day before your guests come over. Light it just before they arrive 🙂
5. Blowing it out. If you can, use a snuffer. This prevents the wick from moving too much. This will also help keep your wax centered 🙂