Have you read what is in the dryer sheets that we use on our clothes? I have! And I HATE those chemicals touching my body!!!
Dryer sheets are VERY easy to make… and only costs pennies with things that I already have on hand!!!
1 cup white vinegar (if you have a larger jar, you can incread the vinegar to 2 cups and add 10 additional drops of essential oils)
20 drops of essential oils. We used lavender and rosemary in the video. Lavender is yummy, and so is tea tree oil. Lemon grass smells like fruit loops. I love patchouli and orange with a bit of ylang ylang mixed in. All of these can be found online at www.youngliving.com/krismazy.
Glass jar with lid (I picked about a dozen up at the dollar store last year to use for different projects around the house. )
Flannel or cotton material cut into 6×6 or 6×8 pieces(DO NOT USE NEW FABRIC in RED or OTHER DARK COLORS!!! It will bleed into your clothes!) We used a worn, old thick shirt that was my dad’s… it was on its way to the garbage since it had a hole in it.
Add vinegar to the jar. Drop in the essential oils. seal jar and shake throughly…. I know what you are thinking … VINEGAR? That smells funny!!! Once it goes through the dryer, it has no smell…. and helps get rid of anything existing in the clothes.
Add in the cloth to the jar and let it soak up the vinegar mixture.
When you switch your laundry, ring out one or two of the cloths and throwthem in the dryer with your laundry.
Once you fold your clothes, throw the now dry dryer sheet back in with the liquid in the jar.
We replace our vinegar every other week or so… or as we smell the clothes are not as strong with the essential oils.
1/2 cup white rice flour (You can use brown rice flour as well – I did when I ran our of white)
1/2 cup corn starch
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 tsp cooking oil
4 drops Essential oils (Peace and Calm or even lavender – works wonders on my kids)
Several drops of food coloring or 1-2teaspoons of natural dyes made from dried veggies. See Below!
We don’t use processed dyes in our home, however, my sister made us natural dyes from dehydrating and grinding up vegetables. You can add several drops of dye OR a teaspoon of ground dried beets(for red) or dried ground carrots (for orange), spinach (for green). The natural dyes will not be as vibrant, but OH MYYY! SO much healthier. In our photo, we used 2 teaspoons of dried ground beets.
Mix together all ingredients. Cook and stir on low heat for 3 minutes or until it forms a ball. Cool completely before storing in a air tight container.
I get all of my essential oils through Young Living because they are the highest grade that you can get… Safe for my whole family. visit www.youngliving.com/krismazy for more information.
Cold season is coming!!! Between kids going back to school and the cooler weather, people tend to catch those winter colds.
Treating those beginning stages of colds is crucial to nip them before then become a full-fledged disaster in your household.
As a child, I remember my mom buying the “Vic’s Shower Discs” and throwing them in the bottom of hot steamy showers to let all of the vapor smells steam up and fill the bathroom to relieve cold symptoms and help breathe better. My kids and I make up our own with essential oils and baking soda. These are the perfect “gift” for someone who is feeling a little down and out.
15 drops of essential oils to 1 cup baking soda ratio. We use Young Living Essential Oils for our entire household. For more information visit www.youngliving.com/krismazy
You will need baking soda, essential oils (we use Eucalyptus, Lavender and Rosemary or simply just Eucalyptus), water (enough to make a gooey thick putty-like paste), cupcake tin and paper cupcake liners OR a silicon baking tray that is divided into little squares.
Mix together all ingredients in a glass bowl and dish out evenly in the cupcake liners or silicon brownie pan. Let sit over night to dry.
I love that I can use more natural home cleaning items in my home. That is so important with this many munchkins around. I want to use safe cleaners and other items around them and make sure that we are chemical-free.
1 tablespoon vinegar,
1 tablespoon coconut oil(melted)
3 drops of Citrus Blend, lemon, orange or tangerine essential oil. (I prefer the citrus blend).
Always mix in a GLASS Bowl!
On a microfiber cloth (or in our case, cloth diaper), drop several drops of cleaner as needed. Wipe wood furniture with cloth.
Are you ready for this super FUN and EASY gift for someone? The kids and I make and use these all of the time. We are always looking for ideas to make using essential oils and for fun gifts for family and friends.
Oatmeal Bath Tea bags
1 cup oats
1/4 cup dried milk (Or omit if you don’t have any… although it makes a better soak with the milk.
5 drops of your favorite essential oils (I like using lavender in these because I make them for right before bed for a relaxing soak) I pick up all of my oils from Young Living (www.youngliving.com/krismazy)
4in x 4in heat sealing tea bags (or knee-high stockings if you are making them for yourself!)
Curling Iron or Hair Straightener to seal the tea bags
( I always double this recipe and then make enough to share with others. Store the pre-made tea bags in a zipper plastic bag to keep the oils fresh in the oats.)
Directions: In a metal bowl stir together the dried milk and oats until they are combined well.
Add your 5 drops of oils and continue to blend in.
Fill your tea bags about 2/3 full and heat seal the end.
If you are using knee-highs, make sure to tie the end tightly.
These are a one-time use on these goodies.
Watch Elwyn’s video on her making these (Hey, if a 10 year old diva can, so can us big people!!)
The end of the year is coming and I am getting ready for teacher gifts. I homeschool several of my kids, however, I do have a few in public school. We made some AMAZING “baskets of RELAXATION” for my boys’ teachers… After a year with them, They needed those!!!
Our baskets included bath salts, sugar scrubs, lotion, bubble bath and body butter. (all in matching flavors)
Sugar Salt Scrub
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Epsom Salt
1/2 cup Almond Oil
10 drops of your favorite essential oils (rosemary and mint, or rosemary and lemon grass or citrus or lavender)
1 T dried herbs (I used rosemary from my garden)
In a mason jar, add the salt and sugar. Replace lid and shake. Next, add the 1/2 cup of oil and 10 drops of essential oil and optional dried herbs. Replace lid and shake again. Let sit over night before using to allow the oils and herbs to soak.