Freshen Up with a Freshening Room Spray July 27 2015, 0 Comments

So I know many people are obsesed with plug-in room deodorizers and candles. I get it. We all want our homes to smell good.  And between leaving food in the fridge for too long, having little kids (especially kids still in diapers!), pets and just the general "funk" that comes from living in a house we all care about making sure our house smells good.  But here's the deal: No. Please.... no.  Spraying down your kids comforter with a chemical air disinfectant (not gonna use brand names but I think you know what I'm talking about) because he was sick is an invitation to a weakened immune system.  These crazy chemicals can wreak havoc on our bodies.  Also... who can stand the smell of most of them.  They smell like they were made in a lab because... well, they were!  Fortunately you can have your cake and eat it too with three simple ingredients:  water, alcohol, and Young Living essential oils.

Take your bottle, give it a shake and spray wherever you want!  Keep several different blends around.  One for linens, one for your shoe closet, one for commonly touched household surfaces... where ever you want!  This is the beauty of DIY.  Not only is it majorly cost effective, but you can pick certain oils that meet your needs and you can alter the strength by adding more or less oils.  

We all have a great time coming up with various blend ideas.  Here's a few to get you started:

"CATCH SOME ZZZZZs" BEDROOM BLEND

Shake up some Lavender and Roman Chamomile in a bottle.  I spray my pillows with this before bed every night. 

"FRESH FROM THE OVEN" KITCHEN BLEND

Combine some citrusy oils and a bit of vanilla extract to give your kitchen a beautiful fresh scent.

"GET OFF FACEBOOK AND GET TO WORK!" BLEND

Aroma Seiz and Ylang Ylang are our favorites to mix up when we need help staying on task.

"WHAT DIED IN THERE?" BLEND

Oh Purificiation!  This is a fabulous Young Living blend that we use non-stop in our home!  Strong and almost astringent type scents make this a great option for any area that needs a refresher.  Purification oil has Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavandin, Rosemary, Tea Tree, and Myrtle in it which also make it a great option to use on occasional blemishes or spray right on your kids before they head outside.  You'll recognize the name Citronella in this blend and have a good idea of why it might be a great outdoors spray.  Just a heads up, before you do either of those two, make a separate spray and leave out alcohol.  

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Next Step, How to Mix!

Speaking of, the alcohol is necessary for the spray to mix effectively.  Oil and water don’t mix, but adding a little alcohol fixes that. It disperses the oil and also helps the scent linger longer in the air. You still should shake the bottle of room spray a bit before you spritz so that the essential oil is evenly distributed in the liquid. I reuse or purchase little glass spritzer or spray bottles for the room spray. I get mine on Amazon here.  

 
Now for the Ratios:
For a 16 oz spray bottle
  • 5 tablespoons vodka/witch hazel
  • 10-40 drops of essential oils (I'm a glutton so I use the upper recommended amount).
  • fill the rest of the bottle with filtered water 

 

Here's my current favorite mix I am LOVING!  I have, in my 16 oz bottle:

  • 15 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 15 drops Hinoki
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus Globulous
  • 2 drops Ocotea
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Place the alcohol into a small spray bottle. Add the desired drops of essential oils. Shake well and add the water. Shake again and spritz whenever you need a little pick-me-up.
  2. Oh sorry, that's it!  There's no more steps!  Do this now!!!