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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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New House Plants & Growing Avocado Trees

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Over the weekend Tom and I picked up a few new house plants. If it weren’t for Tom I’m not sure I would have any house plants. It’s not that I don’t like plants, because I do – they look nice and there are a number of benefits to having house plants. My problem is that I am still learning to be a green thumb (am I even using that term right??). I have a tendency to over water plants or set them out on our balcony and forget about them for a week or so. I am keeping my fingers crossed that these new plants will not be too difficult to care for!

We are also attempting to grow our own avocado trees. This originally started out as Tom’s project but somehow I tend to be the one responsible for plants. I am very curious to see what happens with these three. Tom finally transferred them to a large pot. I guess it is kind of a wait and see situation … see, this is why plants don’t survive with me!

If anyone has any house plant/gardening/green thumb advice, I would certainly love to hear from you!

Marley

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Baseboards and Dryer Sheets!

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Have any of you tried using dryer sheets to dust your baseboards? I heard about this a while ago but only thought to try it recently.

On top of picking up the dust that is on your baseboards this method apparently also helps prevent dust from sticking to your baseboards.

I had a box of generic dryer sheets that I had picked up on sale at Wal-Mart and used mainly for sticking in closets, garbage cans, dressers, etc… and I decided to use those to try this out.

I wiped the baseboards on our main floor, as well as all of the trim going upstairs. Because I have only recently done this I cannot say for sure whether or not this method is successful in preventing dusty baseboards, but I am very pleased with how well the dryer sheets picked up dust. I also enjoy the subtle scent this method left behind.

For those who have tried this method, I’d love to hear what you thought of it!!

Marley

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Drain Cleaner

Since I had the baking soda out for brightening my nails, I decided it was time to clean the drains. I am sure most, if not all of you, are familiar with this method, so while I may not be providing you with new information, this may serve as a reminder to clean your drains!

I have been using this method since I moved into our condo three years ago. When I first started, I blindly poured any amount of baking soda and vinegar down the drain, I did not cover the drain and I flushed with warm water. I thought it was working great, but looking back, it wasn’t nearly as effective as it is when I do it now.

I use 1/2 cup of baking soda, immediately followed by 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Once both the baking soda and white vinegar have been poured down the drain I cover the drain with a cleaning cloth and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. During this time, I may run through the house and repeat the process on the remaining drains and I start boiling water in the electric kettle. After the time is up, I flush with a few cups of boiling water from the kettle.

I can understand why people are still using this method. Aside from being quick and easy, it works and it works well!

Has anyone ever experienced problems using this method? Does anyone use a different DIY drain cleaning method?

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