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DIY Carpet Deodorizer

Hello everyone!

Today’s blog post was inspired by a mandatory household task – vacuuming. Yesterday, I decided that the carpet on the stairs needed more than just a quick vacuum and ended up doing this simple DIY carpet deodorizer.

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For this you will need a small bowl or container, baking soda and your favorite essential oil. A vacuum is also required. Yesterday, I chose to use lemon essential oil (Click here to purchase lemon essential oil from Amazon). If you try this DIY I would love to hear what essential oil(s) you use.

For every 1/4 cup of baking soda you will want between 10-20 drops of essential oil. Combine the two ingredients in your bowl or container stirring constantly as you add the essential oil. Be careful – you don’t want the scent to be overpowering or for the mixture to start clumping.

Sprinkle the mixture onto the carpet and wait at least one hour before vacuuming.

This mixture can also be used on mattresses and pet beds!

Thank you for reading.

Marley

 

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Make Your Own Washing Soda!

When I started doing DIY projects such as DIY laundry detergent and DIY dishwasher detergent, I had a really difficult time finding washing soda. Come to think of it, I still have not found washing soda in stores! For those of you who have purchased washing soda before, I would love to know where you found it.

After a number of unsuccessful searches for washing soda Tom decided we were going to make our own. When I first heard this I thought he was out of his mind. I was picturing a long and perhaps even difficult process. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that making your own washing soda is extremely easy!

If you are having trouble finding washing soda in stores give this DIY a try:

Spread a thick layer of baking soda onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 1 hour at 400F. Remove the baking sheet occasionally (i.e., every 15-20 minutes) and give the product a stir. After baking for one hour allow the product to cool before transferring to an airtight container!

In the future I will be posting DIY projects that require washing soda. As always, if you have any suggestions or requests for DIY projects, regardless of whether or not they call for washing soda, please let me know!

Thanks for reading,

Marley

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DIY: Naturally Scented Grapefruit Cleaner

Not too long ago while browsing Pinterest for a little inspiration I came across one of many pins for DIY naturally scented all purpose cleaners and I decided it was something I wanted to experiment with. I have pinned multiple DIY naturally scented citrus cleaners and will continue to do so and experiment with them, and of course, I will be sharing my experiences here. Having just finished my first attempt, a naturally scented grapefruit all purpose cleaner, I couldn’t wait to share! It was easy to make, it’s budget-friendly, I love the smell and it gets the job done!

As with many DIY projects I have been trying, I experimented a little bit. Most people would have used a larger jar, and more peelings, which would of course yield more product. I did this on a whim, remembering the website I found while I was peeling the one grapefruit we had in the house, and I only had one available mason jar. Three weeks later I was a little unorganized, and I didn’t have a spray bottle ready. I ended up transferring the product briefly into a spray bottle we use to water our house plants, then transferring it back into the mason jar, and that night, I picked up another spray bottle. But sometimes, that’s just part of the fun!

Here’s what I did to make this naturally scented all purpose grapefruit cleaner! Like I said, I will be experimenting more with these, and I will post those to the blog. And don’t be afraid to get inspired and make the project your own – experiment, the risk is minimal.

What you’ll need…

  • Grapefruit peeling (I only had one large grapefruit, but the next time I do this, I’d like to make a bigger batch so I think I will require three, maybe even four)
  • White vinegar
  • Mason jar
  • Spray bottle
  • Funnel
  • Strainer
  • Painter’s tape (optional)

Fill your mason jar with grapefruit peelings. Be sure to get the pulp off of the peeling as it can make your product sticky and cloudy. Then cover the peels with white vinegar. Seal the mason jar and let sit for 3 weeks. You may wish to label the mason jar using painter’s tape, especially if you’re making multiple scents. I didn’t have painter’s tape at the time so I ended up using a post it note that I taped to the lid. It said what the product was, and also what the next step was, as well as the date I had to strain it.

Over time, the contents of the jar will look less appealing. This is normal.

I was a little unprepared for 'straining day' and had to transfer my product into the spray bottle we use for our plants temporarily, wash out the mason jar and then put the strained product back in the mason jar. Half a day later I purchased a spray bottle!

I was a little unprepared for ‘straining day’ and had to transfer my product into the spray bottle we use for our plants temporarily, wash out the mason jar and then put the strained product back in the mason jar. Half a day later I purchased a spray bottle!

The picture above is from what I called ‘straining day’. Using your funnel and strainer you want to strain the liquid into a clean mason jar. The reason I don’t recommend putting it directly into a spray bottle is because before use you’re going to dilute it. Because I was not prepared I had to transfer mine into a temporary spray bottle as I was straining it, then I washed out the mason jar (whether or not it was necessary, I did it) and then I poured the strained liquid back into the mason jar. Because I made such a small amount I will probably only get two batches out of this, but I knew that when I started. Again, you may want to use painter’s tape to make a label for your product.

To use – dilute the mixture in a spray bottle (1/3 mixture, 2/3 water), give it a quick shake to combine. Do not use this product on granite or marble surfaces!

Use within 1 year!

To see what inspired me to try this, click here! I hope to experiment with a couple of these scents in the near future.

If you decide to try this DIY project, leave a comment with your feedback. I’m certainly curious to know what scents people have experimented with. Any creative suggestions?

Marley

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