This is my ridiculous list of weird habits and things I do around the house for health, beauty & cleanliness.
I’ve become somewhat obsessed with the minimalist natural cleaners and essential oils over the past few years. I love the idea of keeping a bleach free home. For my birthday last year my family gave me an Amazon giftcard which I promptly used to purchase a shiny new oil diffuser/humidifier. Thank-you!!!
At first I purchased the “Mammoth”. It was beautiful, but I clearly hadn’t read the description telling me it only held 135 ml of water! That only lasts about an hour if you keep it going. Even if you keep it on intermittent it didn’t last very long!
So I decided to return it which meant I had to wait for another one to get here. Grr! But that’s the biggest first world problem ever. Meanwhile, I ordered a 500ml, super simple humidifier. It lights up all fancy and can change colors and stuff, but I don’t really use that part of it.
I love, love, love having a humidifier that can handle essential oils. There’s a ratio of 2-3 drops per 100ml of water so that the machine doesn’t clog. It’s a great product.
Along with the humidifier I purchased a set of essential oils. I shopped and shopped around until I found something that was still good quality at a good price.
In conjunction with the humidifier I also use my candle warmer. It looks gross because I put coconut oil in it as a carrier oil. I think it has a pleasant smell and it burns nicely. There aren’t as many benefits from the oils from just using a heating element like this one, which is why I bought the humidifer/diffuser.
Here’s a fun cheat sheet that breaks down what the oils are good for and how to use them properly:
Quirky things I do before I shower & wash my hair:
1. I put yogurt on my scalp and bring it through to my ends. I usually use Greek yogurt (unflavored–or else
it’s sticky) because that’s what I usually have on hand.
2. I put yogurt on my face. I have to prepare myself for the cold, but it’s worth it because I know the benefits.
3. I use an essential oil mixture for my scalp when I’m not using yogurt. In a jar I combined jojoba and castor oil as carriers and added rosemary and frankincense essentials. This particular recipe recommends adding cedarwood and progessence oil, too.
Honestly, I am lucky to have pretty thick hair (but it’s oh-so-porous). So on days that I don’t wash my hair I’ll occasionally throw some of the oil mixture on my scalp in places you can’t see. Why? It’s good for me and it smells good! If I don’t go the oil route I use my most recent obsession; Wella’s “Dry Me” dry shampoo. That’s definitely not on my natural list…but it smells awesome.
Back to cleaning–I also love making refresher sprays with vinegar and my oil of choice. I use this spray for Nessa’s dog bed, my bed, and other areas with fabric surfaces (curtains, carpets, couches, etc). It’s the bomb.com and you no longer need to buy all that Febreeze stuff.
If you haven’t heard of Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 soap (18 uses–1 soap) I am here to rant and rave about it. Let me start by telling you that a giant container of tea tree 18-in-1 sits in my shower and I use it for shaving cream & body wash. Scott uses it for shampoo. And of course there’s the famous debate over the 18-in-1 soap and vinegar combination. Should you or should you not combine the two? Generally castille soap curdles when mixed with vinegar, so it’s not advised. However, I’ve added a little bit to my soap and never had an issue. That being said, it’s probably easiest to avoid the situation all together and have two separate spray bottles. One for Dr. Bronner’s and one for vinegar. Vinegar is ridiculously useful to have on its own anyway.
This website gives a comprehensive list of products that shouldn’t be combined along with great alternatives.
Have I mentioned hydrogen peroxide? Here I go again. I love the way it fizzes when it’s working hard. If you have a minute, spray some into your sink and listen for the bubbles (or maybe you’re ridiculously clean and leave no germs behind when you brush your teeth). Oh the things I find entertaining….
It’s such a versatile product. So versatile in fact that one moment you can swish it in your mouth and the next you can clean your toilet, counters, bathtub, floors and so on.
I could go on all day with the things I do around the house. I could also spend weeks experimenting with new oil recipes. This stuff seriously fascinates me! I have to say most importantly that you can’t believe everything that you read. If one website is telling you to ingest essential oils and one is telling you not to, I’d go with the latter. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Do your research!
Ps: Don’t get my started on baking soda… I bought this bag at costco a while back. I use it for everything!
Did I mention that it’s 13.5 lbs and large enough to clean an in-ground pool full of water? Yikes.
Now go and try something new!