Tuesday, March 14, 2017

DIY Recipe of the Week {Chemical Free Home}

What's in your cabinets?   

Why am I passionate about getting the yuck out of my home?  Because I don't want to be in constant pain because my Endo is flaring up.  I know, it's pretty selfish, but it's the catalyst for change in my home.  For me, essential oils are another rug on my Healthy Living Ladder.  It's something that I'm choosing to do to help my family.  
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Did you know that 26 seconds after exposure that chemicals are found in measurable amounts in the human body?    

Did you know that the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health studied 2,983 ingredients in our products at home—and found 884 toxic ingredients? 

DIY Carpet Refresher

  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Borax
  • 20 drops Thieves® Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil 
You are going to want to measure the dry ingredients out and place them in an oversize bowl.  Stir to incorporate.  Next, add your essential oils.  Again, stir to incorporate the oils into the dry powder. I then scoop the mixture into a shaker container (mine is a sugar shaker with one hole *it's what I had on hand*).  Whatever extra mixture I have left I store in a mason jar for later use.  I use this carpet refresher once a month on my carpets.  After I sprinkle the powder over the carpet I let it sit for about 20 minutes and then vacuum it up.  

Why It Works
Baking Soda is cheap, safe for pets and humans, and easy to use.  (You can buy a big box of it in the laundry section of your store).  How does baking soda deodorize?  Sodium bicarbonate is amphoteric. This means that it can react both with strong acids and with strong bases which are typically smelly compounds (sour milk, rotten fish, fatty acids in sweat).

Borax contains sodium tetraborate, which is an all natural mineral found in lake beds.  It's been around FOREVER, like since 8 A.D. It is an awesome deodorizer.  And, because it's a crumblier powder than baking soda it will sit differently on your carpets when you sprinkle it. This is why I feel it's important to use both baking soda and borax.  

Essential Oils will add a lovely aroma to the powder.  I love Thieves® by Young Living. Purification® is also a good oil to use if you have a more powerful smell that you are trying to rid your carpets of.  But, definitely use whatever you find most appealing. 

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