DIY French Vanilla and Coffee Candles

DIY French Vanilla and Coffee Candles

So I was walking through the grocery store to pick up some more cauliflower to make that delicious spicy honey-garlic roasted cauliflower… AGAIN (don’t judge me, it’s insanely good). And as usual, when I go to the grocery store, I had to walk down the coffee aisle to breathe in that wonderful scent of coffee and vanilla. Then I started daydreaming about how awesome coffee and vanilla scented air fresheners would be, but only if they weren’t overpowering or chemical-ly. Then it came to me! I decided to make some candles. I’d never made a candle before, but I’ve burned quite a few so like how hard could it be right? Anyway, I found this super simple DIY and the result is so amazing!
DIY French Vanilla and Coffee CandlesDIY French Vanilla and Coffee CandlesDIY French Vanilla and Coffee CandlesDIY French Vanilla and Coffee CandlesDIY French Vanilla and Coffee Candles

DIY Candles Scented With Coffee and Vanilla Beans

What You Need:

  • Small bowls or glasses. Raid your kitchen to find a pretty bowls or cups.
  • Candle wax. I love chopping up an old unscented candle and reusing the wax. Or you can also buy wax chips at the craft store.
  • Candle wick
  • Coffee beans
  • Vanilla beans, chopped

Directions:

Using a double broiler or a microwave safe bowl, melt the wax. Glue the wick in place at the bottom of the cup or just hold it in place with your hand (at the top, of course). Pour in a small layer of wax and add a layer of coffee beans and vanilla beans. Then fill the rest of the cup with wax. You can stir wax with a chopstick to distribute the bean pieces if needed. Then let the wax harden and trim the wick.

Source: Make Your House Smell Amazing with DIY French Vanilla Candles | Hello Glow

Kitchen Spring Cleaning Checklist

In the Spirit of Spring cleaning, I wanted to share this pretty awesome checklist from Kat and Melinda over at Home.Made.Interest. This list and these DIY cleaner recipes will have you well on your way to a spotless kitchen.

For me, Spring cleaning a kitchen can be one of the most daunting and overwhelming tasks on my to-do list. This checklist turns that seemingly impossible task into a set of doable chores. While the ladies over at Home. Made. Interest. use Viva brand paper towels, I much prefer Scott brand Rags in a Box. I haven’t found a paper towel that holds up to as much abuse as these guys do, and for the price, I’m a huge fan.

Anyway, for the printable version of the checklists, follow the link below. Happy Cleaning!

Source: Kitchen Spring Cleaning Checklist – Home. Made. Interest.

4 DIY Natural Household Cleaners

I spend entirely too much money on household cleaning supplies that I know for a fact contain harsh chemicals. I’ve been really trying to switch over to a more natural approach. Problem is, I really believe in the power of bleach and Lysol and I’m just not sure that natural cleaning products will give me that same sense of cleanliness I’m used to. Then I found these recipes! If you’re worried about making the leap to all natural cleaning products, you should start with these. I’m totally sold and my new obsessions are vinegar, baking soda, and castile soap. Check out these simple DIYs and be sure to let me know what some of your favorite household cleaners are!

Liquid Hand Soap
What You’ll Need:
  • ½ cup Castile Soap, such as: Dr. Bronners
  • ½ cup water (distilled or boiled if you don’t plan to use the soap within a few weeks)
  • 1 TB vitamin E oil
  • 1 TB nourishing oil, such as: jojoba
  • 15 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 5-10 drops lavender or peppermint essential oil
Directions:
  1. In a mason jar or recycled soap dispenser, add the water first (to prevent bubbles) then the liquid castile soap, followed by the oils. Shake the ingredients together.
  2. Shake the soap dispenser before using, then squirt a small amount on your hands as needed, rinsing with water.

All Natural Kitchen Cleaner

All-Purpose Kitchen Cleaner

What You’ll Need:

1 cup distilled white vinegar
1 cup water
3 drops tea tree oil
3 drops grapefruit essential oil
A 16-ounce glass bottle with spray attachment
2-cup liquid measuring cup

Directions:

  1. Gather your supplies. You’ll need a 16-ounce glass bottle with spray attachment, 1 cup distilled white vinegar, 1 cup water, 3 drops tea tree oil, and 3 drops grapefruit essential oil.
  2. Pour in the vinegar and water. Pour the vinegar, then water into the bottle. Use a small funnel if necessary.
  3. Pour in the essential oil. Slowly pour three drops of tea tree oil and three drops of grapefruit essential oil into the bottle.
  4. Shake the bottle. Shake the bottle vigorously before using to allow all ingredients to distribute evenly throughout.
  5. Spray directly onto the surface or onto a kitchen towel and wipe area clean.
Lavender Dish Soap
What You’ll Need:
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup all natural soap flakes or grated soap
  • ¼ cup castile soap
  • 2 teaspoons super washing soda
  • 1 teaspoon non-GMO vegetable glycerin
  • 30-40 drops lavender essential oil
Directions:
  1. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Add the soap flakes and stir to dissolve.
  3. Add the castile soap, washing soda, glycerin, and essential oil.
  4. Stir well, making sure everything is dissolved.
  5. Carefully pour into a bottle with a spout or pump.
  6. It needs to set for about 24 hours.

Dishwasher Cleaner

Dishwasher Cleaner: Baking Soda Bombs

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide
  • 10 to 20 drops essential oil
  • Mixing bowl
  • Large spoon or ice cream scoop
  • Parchment paper
  • Sheet trap
  • 2 cups vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dish detergent
  • Ceramic or glass bowl

Directions:

  1. Start by giving your dishwasher a quick clean. Use a damp sponge to wipe around the door and along the bottom edges, and check the drain for any food bits, which is a bit gross but a necessary step.
  2. Now mix together the baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and essential oil in a mixing bowl until it resembles damp sand. Use a large spoon or ice cream scoop to mold the dishwasher baking soda bombs, and then gently tap out onto a parchment-lined sheet tray. The baking soda naturally scrubs your dishwasher, while the hydrogen peroxide cleans and whitens, and the essential oil gives your washer a fresh scent. Let the baking-soda bombs dry for several hours or overnight.

 

3 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like Christmas

Christmas Potpourri

So you’ve decked the halls with awesome Christmas decorations. You’ve been gorging yourself on freshly baked cookies, and washing it all down with delicious cocktails. The holiday season really is in full swing. Decorating, baking, and bartending are all great ways to make the holidays memorable, but perhaps the best way is to fill your home with the familiar fragrances of the season.

1 Cinnamon Sticks, Pine Cones, and Cloves

Cinnamon and Cloves

This is the ‘no fuss, no muss’ method. Place cinnamon sticks, pine cones, or cloves around your house and let them work their magic. For a little extra kick, you can add a couple of drops of an essential oil like peppermint or vanilla directly to your cinnamon sticks or pine cones to enhance the fragrance. Display them in a decorative bowl, or even use them as Christmas tree ornaments.

2 Pomander

Pomander

A pomander is a piece of fruit (typically an orange), studded with cloves, and then hung by a ribbon or decorative twine. You can even display them in a small glass bowl right on your mantel, or a side table. Not only do they let off a very consistent and soft aroma, but they’re also really pretty to look at. Check out the full tutorial here.

3 Stove Top Christmas Potpourri

Christmas Stove Top Potpourri
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This requires a little more work than the other options, but it’s well worth the effort. There are plenty of combinations to choose from. You just have to add the ingredients of your favorite potpourri recipe to a pot of boiling water, reduce the heat to low, and enjoy. Never, ever leave an unattended pot on the stove (Bailey cares). Just give your stove top potpourri time to humidify and perfume your home, then shut the stove off 🙂 My personal favorite recipe calls for fresh cranberries. You can find the full tutorial here.

What are some of your favorite Christmas scents? How do you get your home ready for the holiday?

 

 

 

Easy Way to Keep Litter Boxes Clean

Never, ever, think outside the box

One of my least favorite chores to do around the house has got to be cleaning cat litter pans. It’s absolutely disgusting. Soiled litter sticking to the sides and the bottom of a litter pan that you have to scrape off and dump out… yuck! Ive been a cat owner for eighteen years, so unfortunately, this had become a regular feature of my cleaning routine.

There are all these methods that claim to make the process of cleaning litter boxes easier and less messy. Clumping litter is a good start, but a lot of times the clumps fall apart when they’re scooped because part of the clump clings to the bottom of the pan. I tried litter box liners, glorified white garbage bags, for a while. Cats just tear right through those with their claws and I wound up just cleaning a big mess of shredded plastic, plus all the grossness stuck to the bottom of the pan. Same thing happens with the cardboard disposable trays, only instead of shredded plastic, there was wet, shredded cardboard. Ew!

Paint Tray

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Then I had this eureka moment while I was renovating my attic bedroom. I was in the process of painting the walls, so I had those disposable plastic paint trays lying around. That’s when it hit me: I could use those as a tear resistant litter box liner.

Since then, I place a plastic litter box liner over the litter box first. Then I just drop the paint tray in, and pour the litter right on top. I scoop the litter a couple of times a day, for about two weeks (it totally depends on the litter you use… I use the Blue brand’s Quick Clumping). When I’m ready to change the litter completely, I just dump the whole thing, leaving behind a litter pan with no soiled litter stuck to the bottom.

It’s been almost a year since I started using paint trays as liners, and it’s made a huge difference. I spend less time cleaning up after this fuzzy face, and his litter lasts a whole lot longer.

 

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