Air fresheners have become the norm in many American homes and workplaces, advertised to have your space smelling deliciously clean and fragrant like fresh laundry, a brilliant breeze, baked goods or friendly fruits.
Unfortunately, many of the products on the shelves contain hazardous, harmful and toxic chemicals called phthalates. This chemical compound is mainly added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity, but can have a negative impact on our respiratory health.
There is a simple, effective solution to these so-called “innocent” “all-natural” “unscented” chemicals.
Remove the toxic air fresheners, open the windows to bring in fresh air, and replace the not-so-good smell-goods with your own, two-ingredient air freshener that contains no chemicals. Not only is it lighter on the wallet, it’s very simple and you can rest assured that you’re breathing one less chemical in your sacred space, your home.
What You Need:
8-ounce glass spray bottle
1/2 cup distilled water
20 drops essential oil
Try these essential oils on their own: Citrus Bliss Blend, Lavender, Peppermint, or even Lemon or Lemongrass.
Combine the distilled water and your choice of essential oil into a glass spray bottle. You can use more or less essential oil depending on how strong you want the aroma. Make sure you shake the bottle prior to each use.
Try freshening up your furniture, carpets, car, or bathroom with a couple of spritzes of your new essential oil air freshener.
Tackle Cleaning with dōTERRA
Winter is melting into spring and we get to bask in the sunlight more each day! For this and other refreshing reasons, spring just feels like a good season to clean up around the house. As that fresh breeze blows in through the open windows and you come to realize that perhaps a few too many layers of scum, dirt and gunk have accumulated in the corners of your home, remember to go straight to your essential oil stash. As you will see in these easy do-it-yourself spring cleaning recipes, dōTERRA offers healthy solutions year-round.
Hardwood Floor Cleaner
1 gallon warm water
½ cup distilled vinegar
3 drops lemon or orange essential oil
Mix water, vinegar, and oil in a large bucket or container. Mop with a dry mop or by hand with microfiber cloths. Change solution as needed.
Mold & Mildew Preventer
2 cups water
30 drops melaleuca essential oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
Add ingredients to a spray bottle and shake well. Spray directly on mold or mildew. Do not rinse. Repeat daily or weekly as needed. (Recipes from The Essential Life)
Make those floors shine, and smile as little feet frolic across them. Take advantage of the cleansing properties of some of your favorite essential oils by deploying them against unwanted growths in your bathroom and kitchen. When you find yourself with the best-smelling house on the block, be ready to share those beautiful brown bottles with your visitors so that they, too, can bring home the fresh scents of spring!
An added bonus is that you don’t have to worry about little helping hands filling the bucket or squeezing the spray bottle. Safe cleaning ingredients make it easier for everyone in the family to pitch in with chores, making home an even more refreshing space. Happy spring cleaning from dōTERRA!
Mom-inspired DIY Body Butter
Mothers are known the world over as women of many skills. Even so, there is one elusive ability that commonly escapes them: the skill of self-care. That’s where the rest of us come in! As we take some extra time this month to honor the special role mothers play in the lives of their children, let’s also consider how we can encourage these remarkable women in their pursuits of health and wholeness. Because if mom feels healthier, everyone else feels healthier, too!
For this month’s featured DIY recipe, we’ll create a luscious whipped body butter that will leave skin feeling soft, moisturized, and pampered for days. A combination of butters and oils creates a perfect base for your essential oils of choice. While this recipe uses Grapefruit and Wild Orange, feel free to use your knowledge of Mom’s favorite scents to create something customized just for her. For example, if she needs some serious relaxation (as most moms do), you might include Lavender.
½ cup shea butter
½ cup cocoa butter
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil
15 drops dōTERRA Grapefruit essential oil
15 drops dōTERRA Wild Orange essential oil
Fluffy, smooth, luxurious, and made just for Mom with her favorite dōTERRA scents in mind. This sounds like not only a Mother’s Day win, but an everyday win. Bonus points for kids who offer a foot massage along with the body butter! Here’s to you, Mom.