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Winter Essential Oils Buying Guide

Essential oils for winter buying guide.

Whether it's a nice fresh-cut pine tree, gingerbread cookies hot out of the oven, or tasty peppermint candy canes; flavors and scents define the holiday season.

Using essential oils is a fast, easy, and natural way to punch up the scents in your home without bringing a single tree into your home, baking a single tray of cookies, or even eating a candy cane.  I love using winter essential oils to help get into the holiday spirit by filling my home with the scents of the season.

In this post I have listed some of the best essential oils for Christmas and the holiday season as well as a couple of buying options to get your home smelling great this holiday season. Read on to find the right essential oils for your diffusers, soap making, or other holiday projects!

DIY Activated Charcoal Shoe Deodorizer

How to make homemade charcoal shoe deodorizers

How To Make Homemade Charcoal Shoe Deodorizers

In my ongoing saga to find the best shoe odor eliminators, this week I tried making my own homemade activated charcoal shoe deodorizers.  

Charcoal has long been used as an absorber of nastiness from being used in medicine to treat various types of poisoning (more on that here in a dense medical research paper), filtering filtering water and alcohol, as well as dozens of other uses.  

I'd seen some fancy pants charcoal shoe deodorizers for sale on Amazon from Moso Natural which look great.  

In the end I decided to make my own charcoal shoe deodorizers with some handy supplies I had laying around. These are a great shoe deodorizer option if you are looking for a diy shoe deodorizer without baking soda.

How To Make A Homemade Reed Diffuser

How To Make A Homemade Reed Diffuser DIY

Easy DIY Essential Oil Reed Diffuser

If you're looking to fill your home with delightful scents that will waft gently around your home but are looking to avoid the smoke that comes with candles, then making your own homemade reed diffuser is the way to go.

I remember seeing reed diffusers pop up in magazines and fancy home good stores before becoming such a staple of home decor that you could find some cheap version of a reed diffuser in nearly any store. The problem is that some of the available reed diffusers have unneeded chemicals you might not want floating around your home in the air that you and your family breath everyday. Plus, making them for yourself is way more fun, not to mention you can make your own diffuser with the perfect scent that reflects you and your home. …

How To Make Homemade Baking Soda Body Scrub

Homemade Baking Soda Body Scrub

How To Make Your Own DIY Body Scrub

I like a good exfoliating body wash as much as the next guy.  You can find a million different body washes and scrubs at the store.  Unfortunately, a lot of these options are loaded with chemicals as well as tiny plastic microbeads that perform the task of exfoliation.  I'm not super into washing chunks of plastic down the drain every time I hop in the shower.  Ever since I found out those lovely bits of scrubbing' stuff were actually plastic I have been on the look out for a good homemade body scrub alternative.

Since it seems like you can clean pretty much anything with baking soda.  I decided I would put it to the test and making my very own homemade body scrub with baking soda and essential oils. …

Simple Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

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How To Make A Simple All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

There are a few different ways you can make a simple homemade all-purpose cleaning spray. The biggest difference between them is what you choose as your primary cleaning ingredient.  There are all sorts of All-purpose cleaner recipes out there that use everything from Borax to castle soap.  However I find that more often than not a simple vinegar and water solution is more than up to the task!  It seems like there are almost endless uses for vinegar around the home. Here's how to use vinegar to make a handy dandy diy all-purpose cleaner!  This all-purpose cleaner works great for tackling all sorts of jobs from kitchen cleaning, to bathrooms, and pet messes. …

Simple Homemade Baking Soda Mouthwash

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How To Make Homemade Baking Soda Mouthwash

Stinky breath is no fun.  In my opinion, neither is the typical store bought mouthwash that incinerates your mouth in the name of good smelling breath.  I wanted to see if could find a nice more soothing homemade mouthwash alternative to the nuclear option we typically pickup from the store.  I wanted to find a recipe that would help control bad breath as well as leave my mouth feeling squeaky clean and minty fresh.

This simple to make homemade mouthwash using only water, baking soda, and some essential oils.  Of course there are more complex mouthwash recipes out there, but if you are looking for a functional simple recipe that takes no time at all then read on!  Here is how to make your very own homemade mouthwash. …

How To Make Homemade Pet Stain & Odor Spray

How To Make Homemade Pet Stain & Odor Spray

Easy Homemade Pet Cleaning Spray

I have a particularly large need for a good homemade pet cleaning spray as we have two sickly long haired cats. Both of our cats suffer from what multiple vets say is a virus that will never go away.  The result of this is that both cat sneeze mucousy globs all over our house. Combine that with their love of licking and creating the largest hairballs they can possibly make, our need for a good homemade pet stain and odor spray is great and constant.

I got tired of buying expensive natural cleaning spray from the fancy pet store so I decided to make up a bottle of my own homemade pet cleanup spray to see if I could find a replacement that worked just as well without the cost.

Homemade Natural Laundry solutions, Laundry Detergents, Fabric Softeners, and Laundry Scenting

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Here are my homemade cleaning product post for getting all your laundry clean!  Getting chemicals out of my clothes was one of the first big changes I really wanted to make when I started making my own homemade products.  I don't like the idea of wearing clothes covered in chemicals, and dryer fabric softener sheets always seemed gross to me with their sticky texture and sickly sweet smell.

Here are the homemade laundry cleaning products I've made so far.  I'll let you know which ones are my favorite as you read. …

Eight Homemade Essential Oil Diffusers

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My List of Homemade Essential Oil Diffusers From Around the Web

Everyone loves a great smelling home.  Scented candles can be a great way to do that, but they can be extreme costly or loaded with chemical scents and other not so awesome things.

Here are some great and simple to make homemade essential oil diffusers that will fill you home with lovely scents for a fraction of the cost with ingredients you can understand and trust because you chose them yourself. …

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