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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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Clean Make Up Brushes!

Hello everybody,

After spending the week studying and writing my exam yesterday afternoon I really wanted to enjoy today. I still have a busy couple of weeks before I take some time to go visit my family, celebrate my birthday and lounge by the pool (I’m keeping my fingers crossed for nice weather). As wonderful as it would be, I know I am unable to spend today doing absolutely nothing. I am determined to make some time to work on a couple of future blog posts and do some writing and possibly editing.

I did manage to accomplish one thing this morning – I finally got around to cleaning my make up brushes! I have three methods that I typically alternate between when I clean my make up brushes. Of the three, this method is probably the least expensive and the easiest.

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Step 1: Fill a mug or glass approximately half way with hot water.

Step 2: Add 2-3 tbsp of white vinegar to the water. Vinegar has been used for years in cleaning. It is especially popular in ‘green cleaning.’

Step 3: Soak your make up brushes in the water and vinegar mixture for 20-30 minutes.

Step 4: Rinse each brush with hot water.

Step 5: Rinse each brush with cool water.

Step 6: Pat each brush dry to remove any excess water.

Step 7: Air dry. I lay my brushes on a clean hand towel while they air dry.

This method is quite common when it comes to cleaning make up brushes. I will be posting the other two methods I use when cleaning make up brushes in the future. With this method, you may need to adjust the length of time you allow your brushes to soak. I have soaked mine for up to four hours before. Once because I forgot about them and another time because they were stained blue after I did my make up for a Halloween party.

I am off to find a balance between relaxation and productivity. Be sure to let me know if you have any suggestions or requests for future blog posts.

Enjoy your day and I hope you check back soon,

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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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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