Cleaning & Organizing

Deodorizing Essential Oil Recipe

Deodorizing Essential Oil Recipe

Deodorizing Essential Oil Recipe

Here is another Deodorizing Essential Oil Recipe that has helped take the stank out of my house.  I have 3 dogs (Francis, Lola, and Ted) and 2 cats (Karl and Karen) who live in my house.

They smell.

Much like fish, sweat, and butt gland overload.  It is nasty on any given day.  My kids have chores.  They (we) clean on the house all day long but there are certain smells that like to linger.

Also.

I have 4 boys who live in this house (we girls do not smell).  The odor that wafts from their bedroom is a mixture of sweat, feet, and onions.  We keep their doors closed because, frankly, this is why Big Daddy has no eyebrows.  The smell blew them plumb off.

Their feet are an odor I cannot even describe.  I mean, they bathe (once a week because any more than that is a nuisance).  For instance, one boy, I asked why I could see the outline of his shoe on his bare feet.

His response?

Dirt, I guess.  I asked when the last time he bathed was…he proceeded in responding with “I’m not sure, what day is it?”  Seriously, I can’t even.  This too shall pass, I know.  For now, it stinks.

Recipe:

3 drops Lavender

3 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca)

2 drops Rosemary

2 drops Peppermint

1 drop Lemon

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Taking the Smell out of Big Daddy’s Nose

Taking the Smell out of Big Daddy's Nose

I am trying to make a feeble attempt at Taking the Smell out of Big Daddy’s Nose. I have like five thousand kids and twenty-five hundred animals that live in my house. Did I exaggerate? Uhm, have you ever lived with a bunch of teenage boys? Emotional girls? Choose to take in every broken animal that is a stray? That is my life.

It is Mine by Choosing

We live in a moderate four-bedroom home with carpet.  That is not necessarily how I want it. Sadly, it is expensive to rip up and replace the flooring. I mean, I have mouths to feed and debt to pay off!

Memory Issues

One of my children struggles with memory. I don’t mean like puberty, just a kid, type of struggle. He has a brain anomaly caused by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD). This child’s sole job is to take out the animals, bathe them, feed/water them, etc.  Sadly, this child “forgets” to walk the dogs. So, they do what all animals do. Use the bathroom on the floor. Thankfully, in my place, we have laminate flooring. 

However, There are Still the Bedrooms

Instead of the inability to remember to take the dogs out, I bought a carpet cleaner. I use it and abuse it. I have burned up several of these gems because I am hard on vacuums, mops, spray mops, and carpet cleaners.

My Lady made me a concoction that I use to scrub the carpets. They may be stain-free but the odor (think litter box) can be unbearable.

Taking the Smell out of Big Daddy’s Nose

As added luck, I have a spouse who is UBER sensitive to all smells. He reminds me of when I was pregnant.  I had sonic smelling for nine months. I mean, I could smell an armpit, a piece of rotten fish, dirty socks, from ten miles away. That is Big Daddy’s sniffer. Super-sensitive and annoying.

He can come home to a clean house, quiet kids, quiet animals, and supper cooking. The first thing he does is ask what that smell is. Seriously. I want to punch him in the nose when he says that. Just eliminate his sense of smell.

Options

I have come up with some cleaner options and diffuser blends to help with that smell. Lots of little tricks that help save my husband’s nose (and my feelings).  Cats do not need to come in close contact with essential oils. Dogs are okay, but not cats.

Litter box:

We spread baking soda, litter, baking soda into the box. We have set the timer for every two hours for it to be changed. Also, our litter box has a hood with cat filters. We change the filters every two weeks.  The box and mat are sprayed down with one part vinegar to three parts water.  Also, I add a splash of Dawn dishwashing liquid. I do add a couple of drops of Purify essential oil. We use this to clean the mat and the wall around the box.

Floors:

I vacuum first. Then, I use an old parmesan container 1/2 full of baking soda. I add about ten drops of Purify oil.  Next, top the container off with more baking soda.  Then, add another 10 drops of Purify oil.  Shake that well.  Sprinkle it on carpets. Let it sit for ten minutes and then vacuum again.

Carpet Cleaner:

In the carpet cleaner, I fill up the base with water, vinegar, and Dawn dishwashing liquid. I also add Melaleuca, OnGuard, and Purify oils. Usually, about twenty drops.  Spot clean the stain.  Do this using water and dawn.  Then,  scrub the crap out of it.

Mopping:

I have a spray mop. In it, I put hot water, a splash of vinegar, a splash of Dawn dishwashing liquid. Also, I add about ten drops of one of the following oils:  Melaleuca, OnGuard, or Purify. Doing this helps disinfect, deodorize, and clean the area.

Diffuser Recipes:

Five drops Lavender, five drops Melaleuca, two drops Lemon

Three drops of tangerine (or wild orange), three drops of lime, two drops of lemongrass, two drops of peppermint

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doTerra Essential Oils Cleaning Recipes

By using doTerra Essential Oils Cleaning Recipes, I can do many things. I can keep my home super clean, smelling good, and safe for my medically fragile preschooler. Choosing this path helps us all.

Due to the knowledge that my baby is allergic to cleaning products, I have had to be diligent. Luckily, I stopped using conventional cleaners a long time ago. The people, buildings, and offices that I have to take him to still, understandably, use chemical-based products. I get it, I do, but I also have to be mindful of his health.

Most Places We Go

They are pretty good about cleaning their facility with the cleaners I bring. On the off chance they don’t, I will supply my cleaner. Sometimes, I have to think outside of the box and utilize my doTerra Essential Oils and create some cleaning powerhouse recipes.

 

We carry diluted Onguard with us everywhere. I also have the Onguard Sanitizing Mist in my purse. I can quickly pray down carts and know that I’m killing the germs.

All-Purpose Cleaners

For my house, we are SUPER simple. I bought a large plastic spray bottle, vinegar, water, and my choice of doTerra Essential Oils. I pour about 1 c. Vinegar in the bottle, top it off with water and add 10-20 drops of oil. I have used Melaleuca, Onguard, and Lemon. Please be mindful that your spray bottle needs to be glass if you use Lemon. Those are my favorites. I also throw a capful of Onguard Concentrate in there. This basic setup is what I use for all my cleaning throughout my house.

Carpet Deodorizer

I put baking soda in a parmesan bottle, and then I mix about ten drops of Purify in with it. I shake it up and use it as a carpet deodorizer. Let it set on the floor for about 10 minutes. Then vacuum it up.

Carpet Cleaner

Now, in my carpet cleaner. I mix hot water, a splash of vinegar, a splash of Onguard concentrate, and Lemon. Never have I used the premade carpet cleaner solution.

Glass Cleaner

For windows, combine vinegar, water, rubbing alcohol, and essential oil of your choice. Spray it on and wipe it off with a newspaper. That, for some reason, keeps it from streaking too severely.

Air Freshener

My air freshener is witch hazel, water, and usually Lavender. I spray it as I would Febreze. For my diffuser, hands down, my favorite is Purify. Especially in the boys’ room because it smells like dead animals, butt, and a hint of sweat. Not a whole lot could help the odor in my boys’ room unless I got a blow torch after it.

Floors

Mix vinegar, water, essential oil, and Onguard concentrate (are you gathering a theme here)? Choosing to go green in my cleaning is what I have to do right now. I have to adjust to aid in the health of my son. In my home, I will do what I have to do. I will no longer be filling my home with nonsense and chemicals.

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Essential Oil Cleaning Hacks

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Essential Oil Cleaning Hacks

 

Bathroom Cleaner (32 oz. bottle)

1 T. baking soda

2 T. Castile soap

30 drops Tea Tree oil

20 drops Orange oil

10 drops On guard

Warm water to fill to the top.

Spray all parts of your bathroom.  Let sit for about 10 minutes.  Spray again before wiping down.

All-Purpose Cleaner (32 oz. bottle)

1 c. white vinegar

4 c. water

20-30 drops essential oil (I add Onguard to this, as well as, something else….usually orange)

“Febreze” (12 oz. bottle)

1 T. Baking Soda

2 c. warm water

15 drops essential oil

Glass Cleaner (32 oz. bottle)

2 c. water

2 T. vinegar

10 drops essential oil

 

Furniture Cleaner (safe for wood) (12 oz. bottle)

2/3 c. white vinegar (link below)

1/3 c. olive oil

10 drops essential oil (I used Jasmine)

Shake before use.

Floor Cleaner (used on laminate flooring) (24 oz. attachment to steam mop)

Equal parts white vinegar and water

A squirt of Dawn Blue Dishsoap

15 drops of favorite essential oil

Foaming Handsoap (8 oz. bottle)

Empty foaming hand soap dispenser.

Water

2 T. Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap

1 T. carrier oil

15 drops of Onguard essential oil

Poo-Pourri (4 oz. bottle)

2 T. rubbing alcohol

20 drops of any essential oils

Top with water

Spray 5x on the surface of toilet bowl water before going to the bathroom…..do your business like a boss…..your place will not have the odiferous odor of defecation 🙂

One thing to remember is to use Glass Spray bottles or Metal spray bottles if you are using any citrus-based essential oil.  That oil will eat through plastic bottles.

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DIY Essential Oils Cleaners

DIY Essential Oils Cleaners

Here are my DIY Essential Oils Cleaners.  This is what I keep on hand, at all times, to clean my home.

Carpet Deodorizer

Empty container (I used an empty parmesan container…washed/dried well)

Baking Soda

10-15 drops of essential oil of your choice (I use purify cause it knocks out the smell of boy)

Mix well.  Shake on the carpet before you go to bed to absorb the most smell.  Then vacuum in the morning.

 

Room Deodorizer (think Febreze)

Spray bottle (I use those little ones from the travel section at Walmart)

10-15 drops of essential oil (again, I use purify.  Be cautious of using lemon oil in a plastic bottle…it should really only be put in a glass or metal bottle)

1/4 c. witch hazel

Water

Pour in your witch hazel.  Fill to almost the top with water.  Add essential oil of your choice.  Shake before using.

 

Furniture Cleaner

Spray bottle

10-15 drops essential oil

1/4 c. vinegar

Water

Pour in your vinegar.  Add water to almost the top.  Add essential oils.  Shake before use.

 

Everyday Cleaner

Large spray bottle

Vinegar

Water

20 drops Essential oils (purify, Frankincense, tea tree, peppermint, etc)

Onguard Concentrate (optional but worth it as an added protection for fighting germs)

Pour 1/2 the bottle with vinegar, add a good squirt (about 2 T. Onguard Concentrate), fill up with water and essential oils (if you have a glass bottle you can use lemon).

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