Scentsable Living

Choosing a healthier way of life, the "scents"able way.


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DIY Carpet Freshener

homemade-carpet-freshener-powder If you are like me, you love a fresh, clean smelling home. You look forward to having it nice and welcoming when company arrives. We hurry to the cleaning cabinet, pull out all of our “smell good” cleaning supplies and begin preparing for our guests like they are royalty. It’s something I enjoy!

But somewhere along the way, I stumbled across an article sharing the many harmful ingredients in our household cleaners. Ingredients that are hazardous to our health. This bothered me tremendously! Why? Well, let me create a scenario real quick, here we go:

Brand new mommy, trying to do everything she can to be the best mommy she knows how. She wants everything clean and sanitized, ready for baby. Enter the carpet. Before she puts baby down for tummy time, she sprinkles carpet freshener, let’s it sit for a couple of minutes, and vacuums it up. She places a small blanket on the floor and then baby joins the blanket for tummy time. It sounds so sweet doesn’t it? But baby’s face is closer to the carpet than anyone else’s. Breathing in the chemicals that have just been sprinkled onto the carpet! Some of them are vacuumed up, yes of course, but not all.

Did you know that the air quality inside of our homes can be worse than the pollution outside? It’s estimated that the average home contains about 63 synthetic chemicals for a total of about 10 gallons of hazardous material inside of just one home!

These chemicals are linked to asthma and an entire slew of other health issues! Are you still with me? So THIS mama HAD to do something! Yes, I wanted a fresh and clean smelling home but NOT with ingredients that are harmful to my baby’s health, or anyone else in my home for that matter. I needed to find a healthier option that would freshen AND deodorize our carpets.

Hello essential oils! Hello baking soda! Oh my goodness, it’s THAT simple? Why yes, yes it is! And soooooo much better than the store-bought versions. Are you ready? Here is the recipe! Brace yourself because it’s super simple!

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Directions: Combine baking soda and essential oils in jar. Cover opening and shake well to disperse the essential oils throughout the baking soda. Fasten lid and it’s ready to use!

How to use: Simply sprinkle onto the carpets, let sit for about an hour, and then vacuum up.

That’s it! Simple as can be and you have fresh smelling carpet ready for guests and gentle enough for tummy time. This makes mama very happy!

Favorite Essential Oils for Carpet Freshener

And blends like:

  • Citrus Fresh: A wonderful blend of Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Lemon, and Mandarin oils with a hint of Spearmint
  • Purification: A refreshing combination of Citronella, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Myrtle, and Tea Tree
  • Christmas Spirit: Don’t let the name fool you, this blend is everything heartwarming and welcoming with oils of cinnamon bark, orange and spruce.
  • Thieves: is a powerful combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils for an aromatic blend that fills any space with a rich, spicy aroma.

Favorite Combinations

  1. 10 drops Lemon, 10 drops Lavender, 10 drops Peppermint
  2. 10 drops Rosemary, 5 drops Lemon, 5 drops Lavender, 10 drops Peppermint
  3. 10 drops Lime, 10 drops Lemon, 10 drops Orange
  4. 10 drops Geranium, 10 drops Rosemary
  5. 10 drops Geranium, 10 drops Lavender

To be honest, the possibilities are endless. The key is ridding our homes of unhealthy chemicals and replacing with healthier options. Using essential oils is a fantastic way to bring in wonderful aroma’s without toxic chemicals. Experiment with a few combinations and see what you create. And don’t forget to come back and share with us!

 

CUTE CONTAINER IDEAS FOUND ON AMAZON

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I was looking for a few container ideas to use with my DIY Carpet Freshener and there are quite a few ideas on the internet. Aren’t these great! So if you prefer to save your mason jars for canning, there are options available to you online.


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DIY Freshening Spray

Many cleaning chemicals are not only harmful to human health, but also put animals and the environment at risk.  The same goes for air fresheners and freshening sprays.

With the use of essential oils, you can make a healthier alternative that is just as powerful but easier on the respiratory system and equally effective.

Puri-breeze is simply using Young Living’s Purification essential oil blend mixed with a little bit of vodka (or witch hazel) and water in a spray bottle. It can be misted in the air, in the car, on clothing, in shoes,  in the gym, you name it! It helps to rid odors and it smells so fresh and clean.

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Scentsably Clean Dishes

Did you know there was an order to hand washing dishes? Believe it, or not, many don’t. I sure didn’t. At least, not until working in the food industry.  I thought as long as the sink was filled with hot soapy water, and the dishes were washed, cleaned, and rinsed, it was all good. I guess this could still hold true, but once I learned the order it certainly made things go much smoother. And now my kids know it too!

So today I thought I’d share what this order looks like and how it’s done. Oh, and hey Mama’s, you could even forward this to your children and have them put it to the test, (wink).

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  1. Scrape dishes of food remains and rinse. Then clean sink of the food remains by rinsing out the sink and using the garbage disposal.

  2. Next, fill the sink with hot soapy water, using a squirt of concentrated dishwashing liquid. As hot as you can stand it. Wearing rubber gloves can help you to use slightly hotter  water.

  3.  Be sure to have a nylon brush and a cotton cloth handy. Soapy steel-wool pads are good for some pans, but never use on nonstick one.

  4. Place dirty dishes in stacks, in the order in which they will be washed (see below for this order). Some people do this in the second basin, or on the countertop, or both.

  5. After washing each item, rinse in clean hot water. NOTE: Change the water regularly so that you aren’t washing with dirty water.

  6. Dry dishes with a cloth, and have plenty of clean ones at hand in case you need to change it out.

  7. Wash out sink, rinse, and wipe dry.

What is the Correct Order for Doing Dishes?

  1. Glasses – always do special glasses that you treasure, separately. Either put it to one side and do it last, using fresh water, or do it first and then put them safely away.

  2. Lightly soiled dishes – saucers, jugs, side plates.

  3. Cups and mugs are next.

  4. Then plates (after food remains have been scraped).

  5. Cutlery and Silverware

  6. Cooking dishes and pans.

Thieves Dish Soap

Choosing a dish soap isn’t easy. There are soooo many to choose from when at the grocery store. I want something strong enough to clean my dishes, but also gentle enough to leave my skin feeling good. I don’t want harsh chemicals, especially if my kids are helping, so I prefer natural, plant-based options. This is my absolute favorite, it’s called Thieves Dish Soap. It’s highly concentrated which means a little goes a long way. It’s gentle on my skin, gets the dirtiest of jobs done, and smells sooooo good thanks to essential oils such as Jade Lemon, Bergamot and Thieves, which is a blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary.

Doing a dirty job doesn’t mean it has to smell bad. The essential oils in this dish soap are uplifting and welcoming. So while washing dishes, I am receiving an aromatherapy experience too. I consider this to be an awesome bonus! 🙂

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So there you have it! Scentsably clean dishes with an aromatic experience as an added bonus. So tell me, did you know there was an order to washing dishes? If it’s different from this order, share with us how you do them. We’d love to know. 🙂

 

 


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Ditch ‘n Switch – Take the Challenge!

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Have you heard of the Think Dirty app? Let me tell you, this a total game changer when wanting to know what is in our home! I downloaded this app and walked around my home scanning everything with a barcode…cleaning supplies, personal care products, you name it. I think some of the most surprising items to scan high on the hormone distruptor, carcinogenic and allergenic ratings were the items listed as “natural.” It was an eye opener for myself AND for our children. We took this app with us to the store and began scanning products that we were using regularly and opted not to buy them. Did I mention that some of the natural products scored high on the “dirty” list? Seriously, mind blown!

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I encourage you to download this app. I challenge you to scan 3 of your cleaning products and personal care products to see how healthy they are. If you are as surprised as I was, let me tell you there IS a better way with healthier alternatives. You can take a deep breath in and let it out slowly knowing it’s going to be okay. Let me show you how you can make the switch.

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Young Living can be your One-Stop Shop for all your needs! From personal care, to home care, kids products, pet care, beauty, health and more! Transfer out the chemical junk for healthier products easily, from almost anywhere in the world. Even purchase the best essential oils on the earth while you’re here.

I’m so passionate about this because we speak loudly when we shop. We vote with our dollar. More and more people are speaking clearly that we do not want this stuff in our homes, on our bodies, around our children or our pets.

 Take the challenge and see what’s in your home and then share in the comments below.  Was your mind blown?

It’s time to ditch ‘n switch.

 

 


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Thieves Premium Starter Kit

Thieves Premium Starter Kit

Young Living is proud to offer a complete line of home and personal care products infused with the pleasant, spicy aroma of our proprietary Thieves® essential oil blend! This Starter Kit is ideal for those wishing to replace harmful chemicals in the home with powerful, natural alternatives.

Kit includes:

  • 15-ml Thieves
  • Thieves AromaBright™ Toothpaste
  • Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash
  • 2 Thieves Cleaner
  • 2 Thieves Foaming Hand Soap
  • 2 Thieves Spray
  • 2 Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier
  • 5-ml Stress Away™
  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • 10 Sample Packets
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
  • 2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
  • Product Guide and Product Price List
  • Essential Oil Magazine
  • Essential Edge
  • Member Resources

This premium starter kit provides everything needed to rid the home of all the chemicals and replace with nontoxic products that are healthier and safer for the entire family.

This kit retails for $160.

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TO PURCHASE THIS STARTER KIT, BECOME A YOUNG LIVING MEMBER BY CLICKING HERE.