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.

EO Life Hack: Label Residue Remover

Have you ever been frustrated while trying to remove label residue from something? Well, lemon essential oil is coming to the rescue! Easily remove unwanted label residue from glass (including your old EO bottles!) by placing a couple drops of lemon oil on the residue and rubbing it off with a finger. Wash with warm soapy water when finished. You’ll be surprised at how easy this is!

Note: Don’t try this on a plastic product; lemon oil can actually eat away at the plastic.

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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.

Dusting Spray with Lemongrass Essential Oil

Kick off your spring cleaning with this awesome dusting spray from Pins and Procrastination. It uses simple, everyday ingredients and does a great job getting your wood surfaces extra clean!

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Dusting Spray with Lemongrass Essential Oil

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

  • 3 Tbsp. white distilled vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 10 drops lemongrass essential oil (lemon or orange essential oil would also work well)
  • 3/4 cup distilled water
  • 8 oz. glass bottle with trigger spray top

Instructions:

  1. Stir together all ingredients in a large glass measuring cup.
  2. Pour mixture carefully into an 8 oz. glass spray bottle, and twist on the top.
  3. To use, spray the mixture across your desired wood surface, and then wipe the wood clean with a soft, dry cloth. Shake well before each use.

Many thanks to Pins and Procrastination for this great idea! http://pinsandprocrastination.com/homemade-dusting-spray/

Yoga Mat Cleaning Spray

Have you ever thought about the bacteria collecting on your yoga mat? Yoga mats tend to be hard to clean; but it needs to be done, so we’ve come up with a simpler way to disinfect your mat while adding the benefits of essential oils to the routine. We’ve put together an antibacterial cleaning spray using essential oils that is sure to leave your mat smelling fresh and clean.

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Air Freshening Spray

This Air Freshening Spray is a great way to help the air smell good without the harmful chemicals found in many commercial sprays. Another benefit to making your own spray is that you get to choose exactly what smell you want!

Here are a few essential oil blend suggestions to help you get started:

Clean & Fresh:
4 drops lemon
4 drops lime
2 drops rosemary
Calming:
10 drops lavender
4 drops Roman chamomile
1 drop frankincense
Fresh Floral:
6 drops lavender
4 drops geranium
2 drops Roman chamomile
Citrus Spice:
4 drops lemon
5 drops orange
3 drops grapefruit
2 drops clove

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Homemade Gentle Scouring Scrub

Clean your house using this gentle cleanser made with all-natural ingredients. You can feel good about keeping your home chemical free when using this to clean your kitchen and bathroom.

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Introducing Modern Essentials™ Living

We are so excited about the newest addition to the Modern Essentials™ family: Modern Essentials™ Living! This new book contains cooking recipes, craft ideas, cleaning recipes, body care product recipes, class ideas, diffuser blends, and a chart listing common uses for many essential oils and blends. Modern Essentials™ Living introduces essential oils in a way that is completely marketing compliant, so it is a safe resource to use in any setting!

This book makes a fantastic gift for anyone interested in essential oils! Modern Essentials™ Living is also the perfect tool for introducing others to the world of essential oils and can be used in any setting to teach others how essential oils can be used every day! It can even be used in marketing meetings, classes, parties, trade shows, or as an enrollment reward.

Even if you don’t plan on giving this book away, you’ll want to have this beautiful, yet resourceful, book in your library! Click here to see how to purchase it.

Here is a sneak peek of some of what is inside!

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Are you as excited about this book as we are? Let us know in the comments below!

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).

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