Goodbye dust mites!

I deep cleaned my mattress last night using the instructions from doterrablog.comIt was SUPER easy to do and I had the best night’s rest I’ve had in a very long time. I’ve included the directions here with some extra tips so you can have a healthier night’s rest too!

For deep cleaned mattresses:

1. Remove all linens from bed and wash in hot water

2. In a mason jar mix:

    • Baking Soda: 1 cup for a queen, 1/2 cup for a twin
    • Essential Oil: 10 drops for a queen, 5-6 for a twin (See below for essential oil recommendations)

3. Use a sifter to evenly spread the mix over the entire top of your mattress. I also did my pillow.

4. Let it sit for one hour

5. Vacuum up the mix

6. Put on clean linens and sleep the sleep of the dead!

7. Repeat every 2-3 months or as often as necessary/desired

Essential oils to consider using:

To kill dust mites be sure to use: peppermint, wintergreen, or eucalyptus

To help you sleep add: Orange, Citrus Blend, or lavender to the mix

To help with respiration: Just a respiratory blend which has peppermint & eucalyptus (and a couple others) which will help your entire respiratory system (may help with snoring too!) as well as killing the dust mites! (Note that it’ll just help for a day or two. To get nightly respiratory aid use a respiratory blend in a diffuser nightly.)

Additional Tips

Personally I used three drops each of peppermint and lavender on my mattress. Peppermint to freshen, detract spiders, and kill the dust mites. Lavender to soothe and help me sleep better. Next time I’m thinking I’ll do peppermint and my favorite blend, Citrus Blend. Feel free to experiment!

You can also use these steps (minus the linen ones) to deep clean carpet and upholstered furniture. A few months ago I did lavender and lemon on my carpet. It smells wonderful and the carpet was so clean!

If you don’t like the way an oil smells, just use a different one! There are plenty to choose from!

Goodbye dust mites! Hello beautiful sleep! 😀

 

Re-use!

I’m a tree hugger (figuratively speaking — trees aren’t very good huggers and it’s kinda painful hugging them); I admit it. I love nature and every one of the charities I support (other than my church’s humanitarian program) is a nature conservation organization: WWF, The Nature Conservancy, and the National Wildlife Federation to name the three I support.

That said, sometimes it’s hard to find a way to utilize those three R’s for certain things. Like old printers. What do you do with those? (If you know how to recycle those let me know. I’ve got two broken ones sitting around….) But, for my fellow essential oil users, I have discovered a way to use up those empty bottles of oil: use them to make natural, sweet-smelling, and inexpensive hand sanitizers! The oils are much better for you and your family since they are cell-specific and only kill infectious cells, and they leave your skin healthy instead of broken down like alcohol does.

The recipe is easy too!

What you’ll need:

  • Your old 15 ml or 5 ml bottles of oils (they don’t need to be rinsed out)
  • The essential oils you want to use (see below for different mixes)
  • Distilled or purified water
  • A spray mist top that fits the bottle (you can order them from aromatools.com for about 35 cents each)
  • Blank mailing labels and a pen (for labeling the bottle!)

How to put it all together:

  • You’re going to be putting some drops of oils into the used bottles so the first thing to do is to select the oils you want to use. I’d try to select oils that mix well with whatever use to be in the bottle. For instance, pine mixes well withmelaleuca,citruses mix well with othercitruses and Immune Blends. If you’re not sure you can do an easy internet search on what oils mix well with other oils, but don’t worry about it too much. My favorite oils to use are:
    • Citrus Blends (this one also works well as an anytime facial freshener, and it also helps with insomnia)
    • Immune Blends (spray your car or hotel bed with this one)
    • Equal parts of Immune Blends and Lemon oil (This is good to spray fruits with before eating. It’s especially yummy on apples!)
    • Equal parts Lemon and Lime (Another good one to spray on fruits before eating)
    • Lavender, Peppermint, and Melaleuca is also a good mix (Especially good for burns!)
  • Once you’ve selected your oils, put 20 drops total for the 15 ml and 7 drops for the 5ml size. If you’re using two oils then add 10 or 4 drops of each, for three different oils add 7 or 3 drops of each oil respectively. (The smaller amount noted is for the 5 ml size).
  • Fill up the difference with distilled water (a little below the neck of the bottle). BE CAREFUL when pouring it in, those tiny bottles fill up REALLY FAST!
  • Put the Spray mister on. You may have to trim it. I just eyeball it, it’s okay if the length of the tube is longer than the bottle, it’ll just curl a bit at the bottom.
  • Make sure to label your bottle so you know what you put in it (for next time), just be sure to dry off the bottle (in case you spilled) before applying the label.

And voila! A healthy non-toxic alternative to hand-sanitizer. And inexpensive too!

How to use it:

  • Just throw it in your purse (or man bag), shake it, and then spray it wherever you need it including counter tops, hotel pillows, etc. Like I mentioned in the recipe, the Citrus Blends spray also makes a great anytime freshener for your skin, or you can use it to help you sleep (a lavender one is good for that too) by just spraying your pillow with it before bed.

The Immune Blend and Lemon mix is probably the best for sanitizing, but really any mix of anti-septic oils is effective. Use what you think smells the best or that your kids (in my case, nephews and nieces) like the best.

I just wrote a follow-up to this article, Essential oil sprays tips, that has even more tips!

Like how to make the sprayer last longer, how to get your oils to disperse evenly, etc.

What essential oils will you use in your sprays?

Let me know in the comments!

Use Therapeutic Grade Oils

You’ll want to use therapeutic grade oils because they are the highest grade essential oil on the market so you don’t have to worry about any negative side-effects that lower and synthetic grades can sometimes cause. Be sure to choose a good brand too that thoroughly tests every batch of oils to make sure that no pesticides or harmful chemicals are present and that all the many (sometimes up to 20) constituents (these are the parts of the essential oils that give them their scientifically proven healing properties) are not only present, but are present in the right amounts. Keep in mind that these are healing compounds and you want to use the best! I’ve used several brands. Don’t go cheap when it comes to essential oils. You won’t get all the health benefits, and possibly negative ones, from cheap brands. I know personally because I’ve used cheap brands. They just don’t compare. Disclaimer

I know therapeutic grade oils seem expensive, but remember that these are also highly concentrated compounds. You’ll usually use just a couple drops of oil at a time. A drop is a serving! And if you calculate the price per serving is pennies. The peppermint I buy, for instance, is 11 cents or less per drop. Lemon is 4 cents. It’s a deal!

I feel better!

And now, I feel better knowing that empty oil bottles everywhere will get reused.

Now what to do about tigers… 🙂