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dryer balls trump dryer sheets

I’ve never been a big dryer sheet person. Tha’s probably because my mom doesn’t use them. She, along with my sister, dad and me, have suuuper sensitive skin. My dad can only use one kind of detergent — it’s nuts.

I remember how noticeably fresher my clothes smelled anytime I borrowed some from my roommate in college.

But only recently did I find out that, that “fresher” smell wasn’t necessarily cleaner or actually fresher. It was just riddled with miscellaneous fragrances.

You might think “fragrance” is synonymous with essential oil or plant-based or natural, or any of the other trendy words people use nowadays when marketing.

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But actually the term “fragrance” is a bit ambiguous. It’s an umbrella term that’s used to describe chemicals that are found in your products. Sadly, a lot of those chemicals have been linked to hormone issues and even cancer. And “fragrances” can be found in tons of products we use everyday, from cosmetics and cleaning products to pads and tampons.

I’m not a purist. I don’t think everyone HAS to use organic or that you should be terrified to ever touch something that has government-induced chemicals in it. Good luck getting through life that way, fam!

But I do think it’s better to be safe and opt for sustainable/environmentally positive products as much as possible. There are plenty of studies that show phthalates and parabens aren’t good for us… so I’m gonna steer clear from those bad boys as much as I can.

There’s a whole lot of research that’s been done on this topic, but here‘s one source that’s helpful from Huffington Post. And here’s another one from the Environmental Working Group. In the EWG post, it talks about how styrene (styrofoam) has been found in some of the products that contain “fragrance.” Interesting!

Anyways! Back to dryer sheets….

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I recently bought some wool dryer balls from Package Free Shop. They’re 100% compostable and will last for years! Hooray for zero waste/sustainable stuff!

All you’ve gotta do is put a few drops of essential oil on your dryer balls and throw them in the dryer with your clothes.

I really like to use eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, tea tree and citrus. Sometimes I mix a few essential oils together and other times I just use eucalyptus or lavender the whole time.

If you’re interested in finding out where I buy my essential oils, check out my essential oil page here. I choose Young Living essential oils for lots of reasons. 🙂

Do you use dryer sheets or dryer balls? What essential oils do you like to use on your dryer balls?

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say goodbye to ChapStick brand chapstick

My husband is a huge chapstick person. I mean HUGE.

He always has a tube on him and he puts it on throughout the day.

But chapstick tubes are a bit tough to recycle. Depending on what plastics your local recycling company takes, chapstick tubes might not be recyclable in your area.

So I thought I’d try making my own chapstick! I bought compostable paper tubes and aluminum reusable tins.

I decided to make two different versions — one with beeswax and the other with Candelilla wax (a vegan wax substitute).

The process was super easy and it only took a few minutes to make. Here’s what you’ll need:

BEESWAX OR CANDELILLA WAX
SHEA BUTTER
COCONUT OIL
ESSENTIAL OILS
ALUMINUM CONTAINERS OR COMPOSTABLE TUBES
PIPETTE OR EYE DROPPER

Personally, I like the application of a compostable tube better when I’m applying chapstick, but it can get a bit messy transferring the liquid into the tube containers. Plus, oily wax dripping on the sides of a paper tube doesn’t look that great 😉 aluminum containers are much easier to use for this recipe and they are easy to clean off if you make a mess (like I did!).

Here’s the process for making the chapstick/lip balm.

1. Use a double boiler (or put a glass bowl over a sauce pan with boiling water) on low heat and mix:

3 TABLESPOONS OF WAX
2 TABLESPOONS OF SHEA BUTTER
2 TABLESPOONS OF COCONUT OIL

2. Once liquified, take it off the burner and let cool for just a moment (don’t let it wait too long or it will harden!).

3. Mix in 15-20 drops of essential oil (most people use peppermint, but I used a vanilla mint blend from Young Living called Stress Away and it’s EXCELLENT!).

4. Use an eye dropper to transfer the liquid into the tubes or containers. I already had my containers on a cutting board so it was easy to transfer the board into the fridge.

NOTE: WHEN THE CHAPSTICK IS HARDENING, IT WILL NOT BE AS FULL. LEAVE SOME EXTRA LIQUID TO TOP OFF THE CHAPSTICK WHEN YOU NOTICE IT’S NOT AS FULL.

5. Put the chapsticks in the fridge over night (or a minimum of 5-6 hours).

These measurements should make around 6 chapstick tubes worth. If you don’t want to purchase new chapstick tubes off Amazon, repurpose ones you already have!

Some recipes call for honey and others call for oils like vitamin e oil. Try out some concoctions and let me know how it goes! My next recipe might include beet root power for a little pop of color. But we’ll see! 🤞🏻😊

forget the febreze + whip up a deodorizer with ease

If you find that sometimes your bathroom reeks, your compost smells rank, or that an old glass container that you’ve washed out 10 times still smells like spaghetti sauce — I’ve got a few suggestions that might help a bit with the stank.

Here’s what you’ll need:

☑ Spray bottle
☑ Witch hazel (or apple cider vinegar)
☑ Citrus essential oil
☑ “Purification” essential oil
☑ Water

A BIT OF BACKGROUND TO NOTE

Oil and water do not mix. We learned this in middle school science class. Essential oils are no different in that sense

But essential oils are super concentrated and need to be diluted most of the time. Typically, people dilute essential oils with other carrier oils — I love sweet almond and avocado oil. But if you’re looking to spray the air or spray a surface, using a carrier oil isn’t going to work the way you want it to.

You’ll need an emulsifier. From what I’ve researched, you can think of an emulsifier as partially water-based and partially oil-based — sort of.

Essentially an emulsifier positions itself between oil and water and can act as a middle-man between the two — therefore sort of connecting the two.

Here are examples of common emulsifiers:

☑ Apple cider vinegar
☑ Witch hazel
☑ Castile soap
☑ Aloe vera gel
☑ Honey
☑ Alcohol (i.e. a high proof vodka)

If you’re going to make a spray using any essential oil, be sure to use one of the above emulsifiers.

CREATING YOUR PURIFYING/FRESHENING SPRAY

Here are measurements for this purifying spray — I call mine “fresh spray.”

10-15 DROPS OF PURIFICATION ESSENTIAL OIL
10-15 DROPS OF CITRUS FRESH ESSENTIAL OIL (OR ANY CITRUS E.O.)
FILL 1/3 OF YOUR BOTTLE WITH WITCH HAZEL
FILL THE REST OF THE BOTTLE WITH PURIFIED OR DISTILLED WATER

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Et voila! You’ve got a freshening spray that’ll knock out any odors — trust me.

I keep mine in the bathroom for those more intense trips to the toilet 😉

You can spray your garbage can and all over your house. When I have an old glass spaghetti sauce jar that I want to keep to reuse, sometimes it still smells like tomatoes no matter how many times I wash it out.

I clean it out with hot water and soap and then I spray the container and lid with several spritzes of “fresh spray” and let it sit over night. Sometimes you need to do this a few times, but it definitely helps with the odor!

Also, sometimes my compost bin reeks. Although I keep it under my sink, sometimes when I need to dump it out the smell is pretty pungent when I open up the cabinet under the sink. Spraying “fresh spray” around that area in my kitchen really helps the stench.

My sister used to have a lot of trouble with her kitchen sink smelling bad. She would put a few drops of purification or citrus fresh (or even thieves or any citrus-y blend would work well!) down the disposal and it really helped the smell.

Get creative and let me know how you eliminate odors / if this spray worked for you!