Archive for October, 2011

Natural Air Fresheners

Author: Dr. Larita

Have you ever heard of chlorofluorocarbons? That is the chemical ingredient in commercial air fresheners that is depleting the earth’s ozone layer and also doing who knows what to your family’s health. Essential oils are a much better option for making your home smell nice. There are several different ways to disperse your oils through the air as we have discussed before (see How To Use Essential Oils III.)

Diffusers are a very easy and effective way to fragrance a room. Be sure you use a diffuser made of a nonporous material so that it can be easily wiped clean when you want to change oils. There are many different types of diffusers on the market these days but even a bowl of boiling water with a few drops of your favorite essential oils added and placed centrally will leave a lingering scent all over the room. Try using the bowl before you purchase any kind of diffuser to see how well it works. If you use a bowl of hot water, remove it when the heat is gone and be careful to keep it out of the reach of children.

Everybody has to wash their clothes but laundry detergent is expensive and also full of ingredients we don’t need. I just came across a recipe for laundry soap that you can make at home so I’m going to share it with you today. You will need one bar of casteel soap, one cup of Arm and Hammer super washing soda, a half cup of Borax and four cups of hot tap water.

To make the detergent, you first have to open the bar of casteel soap and let it air dry. When it is dry, grate the bar and add it to a saucepan with the hot water. Stir the mixture continually over medium low heat until the soap melts completely. Next, fill a five gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Then add the melted soap, the washing soda and the borax. Stir the bucket until all of the powder is dissolved. Next, you fill the bucket to the top with more hot water, add 15 drops of lemon essential oil, 10 drops of lavender essential oil and 10 drops of tea tree essential oil. Finally, stir the mixture again and then cover it. For ease of use, save an empty laundry detergent bottle and fill it with your detergent. Be sure to shake the bottle before each use.

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