Moisturizing Citrus Hand and Body Wash

This moisturizing hand and body wash smells delightful and will leave you feeling refreshed each time you use it!

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Moisturizing Citrus Hand and Body Wash

  • Servings: Yield=3/4 cup of soap concentrate
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a glass bowl, and whisk gently to combine.
  2. Pour roughly 1/4 cup of soap solution in the 8 oz. foamer bottle; fill the rest of the bottle with water.
  3. To use, shake to combine as needed and pump a little out to wash your hands or body as you normally would.

Notes:

  1. Because foamer bottles need water added, this recipe will fill three 8 oz. foamer bottles. If you only have one bottle to fill, you can store the solution in a glass container until you need to refill your soap bottle.
  2. We liked the foaming action of the 8 oz. foamer bottle, but if you would rather use the soap solution undiluted, you can also use an 8 oz. plastic bottle with pump top, an 8 oz. glass bottle with a pump top, or two 4 oz. glass bottles with pump tops.

Homemade Natural Dishwashing Soap

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Are you looking for a more natural soap to clean your handwashed dishes? This dish soap is thick like commercial brands and produces a good lather as you clean. We really liked this oil scent, but you are welcome to try something new—just add 15–20 drops total of your desired essential oils to the mixture before whisking.

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All-Natural Dish Soap

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz.
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a glass bowl; gently whisk until the mixture thickens.
  2. Pour into the 8 oz. bottle.
  3. Place a small amount on a sponge and use to handwash your dishes, or add some to your dish water as the water is filling the sink.

Essential Spring Cleaning: How to Clean Your Diffuser

The cleaning aspect of using an essential oil diffuser is often overlooked. This is likely because the task can seem a little daunting. But if the task were simple, would you do it more often? To extend the life of your diffuser and keep it looking nice, we recommend cleaning it after every cycle (or at least every week or month, depending on your usage).

We would like to address a few ways we have found that work well for cleaning our most popular diffusers. Though we will explain how to clean specific diffusers, this information can be used for other diffusers that are similar.

Advanced Essential Oil Vial Diffuser:
This diffuser is nice because there really isn’t a lot to clean, and it doesn’t need to be cleaned as often. However, sometimes the essential oils can clog the atomizer tube and will need to be cleaned out.

To Clean The Advanced Essential Oil Diffuser:

  1. Pull off the atomizer and detach the bottle.
  2. Place the atomizer in a bowl of warm, soapy water (or rubbing alcohol) and allow to soak for 30–60 minutes.
  3. Once done soaking, rinse with warm water and wipe down as much as possible. Let dry completely.
  4. Place a little vinegar and a couple drops of lemon essential oil in an empty oil bottle and diffuse until the vinegar is gone.
  5. Spray a little diffuser cleaner (recipe below) on the rest of the diffuser and wipe clean.

Whisper Premium Silent Misting Diffuser:
This diffuser is pretty easy to clean, especially if done often. Because the oils don’t have contact with the ultrasonic disc, it isn’t as vital to clean this diffuser after every cycle like other humidifying diffusers. However, cleaning it at least once a week or so, depending on usage, will help extend the life of the diffuser.

To Clean The Whisper Diffuser:

  1. Spray all the parts of the diffuser with diffuser cleaner (recipe below) and wipe with a cloth or paper towel. Continue spraying and wiping until all parts have been cleaned.
  2. Once the diffuser has been cleaned with the diffuser cleaner, soak a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and use it to clean the ultrasonic disc.
  3. Replace the flexible liner cup as needed.
Basic Ultrasonic Diffuser:
As with many ultrasonic diffusers, the oil and water are placed in the base of this diffuser with the ultrasonic disc. Because the oils are near the ultrasonic disc, they may create a build-up on the disc that can prohibit it from working properly. Therefore, it is necessary to clean this diffuser often in order to maximize its life. We recommend cleaning this diffuser after every cycle.

To Clean Basic Ultrasonic Diffusers:

  1. Spray the diffuser inside and out with the diffuser cleaner (recipe below) and wipe with a cloth or paper towel.
  2. If you have really stubborn hard-water deposits on the inside of the diffuser, you may want to soak some paper towels in vinegar and lay them down inside the diffuser; leave alone for 20–30 minutes.
  3. Once finished, you can also add a little vinegar to water and a few drops of lemon essential oil to the diffuser and let it run through a cycle.
  4. After cleaning with the diffuser cleaner, soak a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and use it to clean the ultrasonic disc.

Use this diffuser cleaner to make your job easy! Just spray and wipe down after every diffuser cycle or as needed.

Diffuser Cleaner

  • Servings: Yield=2 oz.
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Fill the 2 oz. bottle with vinegar and add essential oil. Screw the spray top on the bottle and shake to combine.
  2. To use, spray your diffuser inside and out and wipe with a cloth or paper towel.

Note: If your diffuser has an ultrasonic disc, use alcohol and a cotton swab to clean the disc after cleaning with the vinegar.

Extra Idea:

Print off these cute labels that work with these label sheets for your diffuser cleaner sprays.

Make & Take Class Idea: Natural Cleaning Sprays

With the weather turning warmer, you may be getting anxious to start your spring cleaning…or you may be dreading it. Either way, making all-natural cleaners can help you get started on the right foot! But rather than simply making the cleaners on your own, why not turn it into a Make & Take Essential Oil Class?

Prepare a Short Lesson on Essential Oils

Start the class with a little lesson about the basics of essential oils and how they can help boost the effectiveness of your cleaning products. You can find information about these topics in Modern Essentials. Check out the “Introduction to Essential Oils” and “Kitchen and Bathroom Cleaning and Disinfecting” sections of the Science & Application section of Modern Essentials as well as the “Housecleaning” section in the Personal Usage Guide section for help in planning your lesson.

“Many essential oils have demonstrated the ability to inhibit or kill various types of bacteria, mold spores, and even viruses. These disinfectant properties of essential oils make them a natural substitute for the harsh chemicals used in many commercial cleaners. Essential oils can also work as natural deodorizers, without the artificial fragrances used in some products” (Modern Essentials, p. 60).

After presenting your short lesson about essential oils to your class, allow your students time to make their own cleaning spray, ask you questions, or look up conditions in a Modern Essentials book. Continue reading

Homemade Citrus Garbage Disposal Refreshers

Garbage disposals can become stinky very quickly, especially if any food gets left in the disposal. You can prevent this by turning on your disposal while running cold water every time you finish washing dishes and by using these citrus refreshers often. The best part of using these citrus refreshers is that they leave your kitchen smelling lovely and clean!

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