On Keeping My Home and My Air Clean

Nothing makes me happier than being at home and doing things for myself. I make some of my own cleaning supplies. I'm an old soul hippy type that loves to burn incense.

As times change, we find out that old habits aren't as good for our homes and health as previously thought. So today, I'm going to talk about some of the things I do around the home as well as some goals and some things I'd like to do in the future.

Let's party.

Cleaning

I love essential oils and I try to use them as often as possible. I prefer organic oils as non-organic ones will contain pesticides. The biggest problem here is that essential oils are compressed and concentrated, which likely means that pesticides are also concentrated in these products.

This could be in my own head as far as to the concentration and the potential harm they can do to me and my children. But as far as I'm concerned, it's better to be safe than sorry.

I make my own shampoo. It's the best shampoo I've ever used. My hair is soft and feels natural. It doesn't pull out all of the natural oils and it doesn't dry out my scalp. It's made with Yucca root powder, a splash of castile soap, and a few top secret ingredients. It also has a cocktail of some of my favorite essential oils.

My perfect cocktail consist of cedar, lavender, and peppermint. The concoction smells fantastic, but it also has other properties. All three of these oils are pest repellants. I have long hair that's pretty thick, so this shampoo helps to keep bugs out of my hair. I also shampoo way less often than I used to. I only need to wash a couple of times a week in the summer and once in the winter, which is fantastic.

The best part is a batch of this shampoo only costs me about twenty five cents to make, so I'm also saving a ton of money.

The cocktail also goes into my homemade carpet deodorizer. I just sprinkle it on the carpet, let it sit for a few hours, and then vacuum it up. It doesn't get any easier than that. These oils also have anti microbe properties. While they aren't as strong as bleach or vinegar, they definitely help kill germs. Paired with other natural germ killers, they work quite well and leave my home smelling fresh and clean.

You can use essential oils to clean just about anything, from wood, to your floors, and other stuff. I still use bleach, mostly because I like the way it smells and it kills pretty much everything. But for the most part, I'm trying to keep it as natural as possible.

Air

I'm a big fan of nature. I love it. If I could spend all day outside, I probably would. Nothing sounds better to me than floating down the river on an inter tube with a cold six pack in my lap.

Those were the days...

Now that I'm a mom of 2 rambunctious boys, I have to concern myself with their health. While they're both happy and healthy, they do have issues with allergies and sinuses, just like a lot of kids.

To help combat this, I have a two-pronged attack. The first is air-cleaning houseplants. I try to keep at least one of these in each room and two in rooms where we spend a lot of time. The living room is a good example of this.

The second prong of the attack are electronic air purifiers. These bad boys are amazing products. They even take mold spores out of the air! Air purifiers are also easy to clean and all you really need to do is clean off the outside and the filter that's attacked to the area that sucks in the air. You replace the filters every few months and that's it. Easy peasy. The plants also require very little upkeep. Most air cleaning plants require little light and little water. All you really need to do is fertilize a few times a year to keep the soil healthy.

Combined, they keep my home looking nice and keep the air as pure as it can get.

Something else I've had some success with are diffusers. You just add some essential oils and press "Go" and these things start pumping out essential oil packed mist. You can also use an oil burner to get a similar effect. As mentioned earlier, my kids have some allergy and sinus issues, so putting in essential oils like eucalyptus makes a big difference without me having to pump them full of medication.

The Future

I want to start doing some gardening. I want to grow some of our own product and possibly even plant a fruit tree or two. I want my kids to grow up and know how to do things for themselves and know the importance of knowing what's in and on the food you eat.

We live in a world where we're expected to trust strangers and the government. But every day, we see something on the news about a "trusted product" making people sick.

The farm life, for all of its issues, is the best life in my opinion. It forces my kids to know and respect the plants and animals that nourish their bodies and understand the sacrifice that goes into raising and keeping a human being healthy.

I also want to continue to use essential oils and other oils and natural acids to clean my home. I definitely think there is much more I can do as far as this goes. As I continue to learn new things, I'll probably write about them. So you can see the fruits of my labor here.

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