Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner

This post is kind of mortifying to me! I’m literally going to show you pictures of my toilet. It makes me cringe. It’s DISGUSTING! I think part of it is with the California drought we aren’t flushing as often, part of it is that we have hard water, and from some research I think some may be rust deposits. Oh, and I guess I should probably clean it a little more frequently.

But this is it! Disgusting!

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From my research, I saw lots of variations of sort of the same recipe for toilet cleaning. This is what I used

  1. I added 1 cup of baking soda and about 3-5 drops of purification blend essential oil.
  2. I let it soak for approximately 30 minutes and then added 1 cup of vinegar.
  3. I waited roughly 30 minutes again and then used my toilet bowl cleaner.toilet (2 of 3)
  4. It came out cleaner but not like I wanted. So I added all the ingredients again and let it sit for a few hours.
  5. Then scrubbed it a little harder.

This was my final result. Not quite as clean as I would like but WAY better. I’ll probably do this a little more often to keep it cleaner and less difficult to scrub!

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Summer Series: Removing a Splinter

Walking around barefoot, relaxing on the sand, basking in the sunlight…only a few of the wonderful things that summer brings. But in those blissful months, there can be a few deterrents.  My first…a Splinter. Right in the middle of my foot! Right where my flip flop strap hit.  It made walking in sandals uncomfortable.  Who can have that during summer?

This little bugger was big and completely lodged under skin.  It wasn’t deep and I probably could have fished it out by slicing the top few layers of skin and digging it out.  But I had read some information about using baking soda and lavender oil to get it to come out.  I gave it a try.

I mixed a few drops of lavender oil with about 1/2 tsp of baking soda and a few drips of water.  I mixed it into a thick paste and applied to my splinter and covered with a bandaid.  I kept it on over night.

The next morning, when I went to remove the splinter, it didn’t look like much had happened.  Honestly, I was pretty bummed that it didn’t work.  Anticipating beginning to dig it out, I slid the tweezers along the edge of the splinter from the end without the opening, towards the opening.  To my surprise, the thing literally slid right out! I wish I had it on camera!  So, there you have it! It works!  I’ve heard it works with just lavender oil itself, as well but figured the both together made it most effective.

Splinter Removal Recipe

  • 2-3 drops of lavender oil
  • ~1/2 tsp of Baking Soda
  • Few drops of water
  • Bandaid

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Did you know your bed might have bed bugs or dust mites? DIY- Mattress and Furniture Cleaner

Yesterday my daughter was throwing a bit of a tantrum.  She was in her room screaming and then all of a sudden it got quiet. Any of you parents, know that this is a BAD sign. I walked in to find her staring down as she peed on her uncovered mattress.  I’ve never had this problem before as usually she has a liner on the mattress and I take that off and wash it.  I searched the internet for ways to clean it up and ran across a lot of posts talking about bed bugs and dust mites. Eww! Apparently, cleaning your mattress should be something we do somewhat regularly.  I know that Joe and I have had a mattress for the entire time we’ve been married (7 years). Guess how many times it’s been cleaned? You guessed it! None.

I made a cleaner for my mattress by making the following recipe.

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 2-5 drops lavender oil
  • 2-5 drops eucalyptus (This one because of it’s ability to kill dust mites. See this study’s results.)
  • 2-5 drops purity blend

I added them together in a glass jar and shook until they were mixed. I used a sifter from my daughter’s play kitchen and sifted it onto her mattress.  Because I didn’t need to wash the sheets on our bed or the spare bedroom yet, I decided to use the rest on our couches and use it as a deodorizer and general cleanser.

cleaning (3 of 4)cleaning (4 of 4)I then let them sit for approximately an hour and then vacuumed them up!

It’s probably best to complete this process on your bed and furniture at least every few months or so, especially if you have pets or suffer from allergies.