Tuesday, October 3, 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.
You can read more about that here

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? 

Let's talk about cleaning your diffuser, shall we? 

Cleaning Your Diffuser

Probably NOT what you were thinking I'd be talking to you about today, right?  But, it's super important.

First, let's go over normal routine cleaning because it really should be done.  Your ultrasonic plate needs to be wiped down regularly to best maintain your diffuser.  Simply use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol and wipe it down.  If there is build upon any other portions of your diffuser (such as the splash guard, the lid, etc...) you should use a mild soap (such as Thieves) and warm water to wash it down and rinse it thoroughly.    And really, if you do this on a routine basis your diffuser should continue to bump along quite well.  

BUT, what if you are in a situation where you do not use your diffuser for a long period of time or have left water in the diffuser without using it for a period of time?  This is what I've done (*make sure that you read your warranty information prior to trying this method may void your warranty*) I've filled up the diffuser with distilled water half way from the max water level mark and have added 10 drops of white vinegar (not distilled white vinegar, but pure or white vinegar).  I then turn on my diffuser for 5 minutes, then shut it off and drain all of the liquid from the water reservoir.  If I still have some build up on the walls of my diffuser or in tight spots I take a cotton swab dipped in white vinegar and clean those areas down.  I then rinse off everything with warm water, making sure to pour all of the water out towards the back of the diffuser, not the front where the power buttons are. Once I've finished rinsing out the diffuser I make sure to wipe it down with cotton balls or a clean cotton rag.

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