Material of the Week: Essential Oils

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30 Minutes
Have you tried using essential oils around your home yet? They’re one of the most awesome trends to hit DIY in recent months, so we’re excited to show you this week’s Material of the Week: Essential Oils Sampler Kit (buy it here!).
If you’ve only ever used essential oils inside a diffuser before, then you’ll be surprised to learn that they’ve got lots of other great uses around the home too. Check these out:
3-Ingredient Tub and Tile Cleaner
This super easy and inexpensive cleaner works just as well as store bought ones, without all the nasty chemicals, and it smells like freshly-squeezed lemons!
Mix together ¾ cup baking soda and ¼ cup Castille soap in a container, until the baking soda is moistened throughout. (the mixture will be thick - to make a smoother cleaner you can add just a little bit of water).
Add 10-15 drops of lemon essential oil, mix well, and you’re done! Now you’re ready to get sparkling clean showers, tubs, sinks, and countertops, naturally.
DIY Essential Oil Melts
Have fun creating your own custom scents for these DIY melts, which can be melted over a candle, or a hot bulb.
Measure out 10 oz of beeswax and 1/4 cup coconut oil into a mason jar.
Put the mason jar into a small pan of boiling water, to act as your double boiler.
When the ingredients have totally melted, remove from the heat and pour into a silicone mold.
Now, you can start to add different combinations of essential oils to each mold, 10-15 drops each, stirring to combine the essential oils with the melted wax. (This can be done over the stove if you prefer, to give your whole batch the same scent.)
Once they are cool, pop them out of the molds, place in the top of an oil burner or wax melter, and enjoy.
DIY Scented Dryer Balls

This is another recipe that’ll really help you cut down on your use of harsh synthetic chemicals around the home, and it’s “green” to boot. First, begin creating a tight ball of yarn, by wrapping wool yarn in alternate directions until you get to about the size of a tennis ball.
Make a few of these balls and place them inside of an old stocking, and tie a knot in the stocking between each ball.
Put the yarn stocking in the wash with a few towels, on the hottest cycle possible, and throw in the dryer when it’s done.
Now, remove the balls from the stocking. (The wool balls should be fairly solid and secure after their trip through the washer and dryer)
Add a few drops of essential oils all around each ball, in the fragrance of your choice.
As soon as the oil is dry, these dryer balls are ready to be used in your dryer loads.
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  • Claudia Claudia on Feb 21, 2018

    How often do you need to add the essential oils to the dryer balls to keep the scent in them?

  • Susan Susan on Feb 21, 2018
    At what type of store can one purchase castile soap?

  • Sam9364340 Sam9364340 on Feb 22, 2018
    Does the tile/counter top cleaner with the castille soap kill bacteria, e-coli, etc?

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  • Sandy Sandy on Apr 17, 2018

    How long do these dryer balls usually last of course everybody drys clothes differently so what do I need to look out for other then for them falling apart, I not longer have a dog... -:(

  • Linda Linda on Oct 20, 2018

    Thanks for the GREAT IDEAS! Definitely will be putting them to good use!