Lemon Essential Oil: My favorite go-to cleaner

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Lemon EO for Cleaner

I’ve always known kids were messy. With my first kid, I welcomed the mess and the spills. Heck, I even helped create some of them. By the time number four rolled around, I was wondering if I would ever have anything again that wasn’t stained. It seems everything in my house is discolored somewhere.

Throw in a pet for each kid, and a bigger house than I ever imagined living in, and that makes for a lot of messes and a lot of places to make messes.

If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, then you already know we are in love with essential oils. LOVE, I say. Not only have they enhanced our lives with regards to our general health, but they boost the flavor of our food when we cook with them, and they help me clean. They help me clean a lot. It’s in my homemade laundry detergent. It’s in my room spray. It’s in my furniture polish. It’s in my kitchen cleaner. We use it on the carpet, the floors, the walls, the kids, even the dogs.

My favorite oil for cleaning is Lemon. We all know that lemon cleans well. Even store bought cleaners use lemon in their recipes. I’ve used lemon juice before, and I’ve used fresh squeezed lemons, but nothing cleans like my Lemon Oil.

My go to recipe for general cleaning ( I use it on spots and grease) is 5 drops of Lemon Oil, one drop of dawn (optional), and filtered water in a 2oz glass bottle with mist sprayer. I’ve also put a drop of Lemon EO in my wash tub when I’m soaking really grungy dishes. When my 6 year old covered my nightstand in My Little Pony Stickers, it was a couple drops of straight Lemon EO that slid them off easily!

Here are some of my other favorite recipes:

From Stock Piling Moms, Removing Laundry Stains with Lemon Essential Oil

From Healing Heart Oils, Using DoTerra Lemon Essential Oil for Stains

The Prairie Homestead, DIY Laundry Spot Remover

DoTerra Blog’s All Purpose Spray

My Natural Family has 20 great recipes for Natural Cleaning!

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If you would like to know more about using Essential Oils, e-mail me and I’ll be happy to share more information with you personally and send you a sample upon request.

Our family chose to use DoTerra Essential Oils. If you would like more information about DoTerra, please visit http://mydoterra.com/lrbaldwin

I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat you, I can just share my advice and my personal experiences. Essential Oils have yet to be approved by the FDA.

 

 

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The Laundry Hamper

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It’s been sitting in the corner of my room for days, just staring at me. It watches me walk by, trying to ignore it, when I make my bed.

Full of clean laundry, it waits. I hear it whispering at me, whenever I get close enough to touch it.

It’s telling me that I’m a slacker mom. A good mom would have folded these by now. How lazy can you be that you can’t put away a small hamper of clothes.

I shuffled into my room today feeling drained. I’ve been feeling really drained by 3 pm since my surgery. The doctor said my body would still be healing for some time and that a short break should enough to help. I laid across my {made} bed, and pulled my throw blanket over my feet.

From the corner of my room I could hear it.

“You don’t deserve a break woman! Get up, lazy, and fold these clothes! Worthless….”

Know what I did?

I got up. I walked over to the hamper.

I kicked it. I kicked it hard enough to knock some of the clothes onto the floor.

God said I was worthy.

God said I was good {thank you Jesus!}.

God said I could rest.

The laundry is not still there because I am lazy or worthless. It is still in that hamper because every time I tried to head towards my room to fold it, a little person grabbed my hand and said “Play with me Momma”, and I did.

Maybe in the world of Laundry Hampers I am totally and completely worthless.

But in their world, I rock the awesome.

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IKEA Dreams Coming True

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I didn’t really know about IKEA until 3 or 4 years ago. Since then, I have coveted the blog pictures of school rooms and craft rooms made beautiful by various pieces all purchased from IKEA.

My husband refused to even look at their site until last summer after I asked him, again, for some Expedit shelves for the schoolroom. Insisting he could make something better, my dreams of IKEA snuffed out.

I did end up with some pretty kick butt shelves in my school room, and they ARE so much better looking than the ones from IKEA (because we built them to fit perfectly).

This winter we decided the big girls needed to be put back into a shared room and the little ones needed to be separated. The best way to combine the two older kids was to get them loI ft beds, and our intention was to build them. They aren’t that complicated, and patterns are easily found online. We priced out the wood vs. the furniture store and we felt confident we could build them cheaper than we could buy them (wooden ones).

Then we realized we didn’t have the proper tools for the job. When we did the shelves, we borrowed a big table saw from our neighbor. Yea….that neighbor moved last fall. *sigh*

That meant our “budget friendly” loft beds were going to cost a couple hundred dollars more because of all the tools we would need to buy or rent.

I opened a tab for Craigslist, and one for IKEA.

24 hours later and I could just pop because my IKEA dreams are about to become a reality!

The girls are going to get their loft beds, and get new thinner mattresses. This means Lil Man will get their nicer twin mattress and we can donate Doodlebug’s full mattress and box spring.

We freecycled out our kid’s table in the school room and picked out a extendable table (and some cheap stackable chairs). This way, we can leave it out during our “school year” but put it aside during breaks!

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The big change, the big buy that I wasn’t expecting him to EVER agree to, will be in our bedroom.

I have been and will always be grateful for the beautiful furniture that was lent to us, given to us, or passed down to us. I have never put much concern in making our bedroom look nice or having matching pieces. It was just a place for this tired momma to crash, and a place to hide the laundry when company showed up.

In the past two years, I have really wanted to make our bedroom a place for us. Free of kids toys and junk. I wanted a place that looked like it was owned by adults, not newly graduated college kids.

The Mr. is buying us dressers, night stands, and a new bed – the kind with a headboard and footboard! We’ve had our King mattress for 12 years with just the box springs and a metal frame underneath. It is so worn out, lumpy, and crushed on the edges. The frame won’t stay together anymore. The box springs have been visible (even when the bed is made) for most of those 12 years.

I am so tickled to be getting a matching suit for our room! There are a couple of things I’d love to add to my shopping list for that makeover, but I’m saving them for possible birthday presents. I’d love to have a mirror over my dresser, some cute lamps and wall decor.  I am more than happy to be patient on those because we are going to replace my ugly plastic drawers and hodgepodge storage units that hold all my sewing supplies with beautiful white Expedit components!

I could seriously squeal right now! 

My sewing area will finally be an area that doesn’t have to be packed away before dinner. I’ll be getting the shelves, a desk, and a Linnmon table (we are adding feet for extra height) to be used as my cutting table!  I can start a project, walk away to fix lunch, and return later without worrying about the kids knocking it over or mixing up my pieces.

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We’ve already started purging, and cleaning, and donating. The back of my van is FULL of bags of clothes and linens to go to the thrift shop for the homeless shelter. We took down our broken frame and put our mattress and box springs on the floor, in the place the new bed will go. This forced us to re-home all the junk under our bed so we won’t be tempted to use it as storage again.

I’m sitting here, with my Lil Man curled up beside me on the bed, staring at the blank wall ahead of me. I’m picturing it covered in Expedit cube shelves, with stacks of pretty fabric all color coordinated and making me full of warm fuzzies. I’m imagining my vinyl records having a home. I’m daydreaming about needing something, like needle and thread, and being able to find it in under 20 minutes. I’m scouring the internet for the best deals on fabric cubes and organizational boxes.

Best part?

I’m breathing. I’m not feeling the normal sensation of drowning in stuff. It is amazing.

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