Summer Diffuser Blends

Summer is here! With that in mind, today I am sharing some of my favorite blends to diffuse in our home in the warmer months. You will find plenty of refreshing and invigorating blends containing citrus, herbs, mint and all sorts of summer goodness to scent your home with. The beauty of diffusing essential oils is that you can easily adapt or alter the combinations to your preferences. Love lavender? Add another drop! Don’t have any spearmint on hand? Substitute peppermint or another oil you have in your collection. The possibilities and combinations are endless.

You will find that all of these combinations are a total of six drops. That’s my preference and a general guidelines of diffuser maufacturers, but you can certainly adapt or alter according to your likes or diffuser needs.

  • 3 drops wintergreen
  • 3 drops wild orange

 

  • 3 drops wild orange
  • 1 drop spearmint
  • 2 drops bergamot

 

  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 3 drops lime
  • 1 drop spearmint

 

  • 2 drops lime
  • 2 drops lemon
  • 2 drops tea tree

 

  • 3 drops geranium
  • 3 drops lavender

 

  • 3 drops lavender
  • 2 drops lemongrass
  • 1 drop peppermint

 

  • 2 drops grapefruit
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 2 drops wild orange

 

  • 2 drops bergamot
  • 2 drops lemon
  • 1 drop lavender
  • 1 drop geranium

 

  • 3 drops eucalyptus
  • 3 drops spearmint

 

  • 2 lime
  • 2 lemon
  • 1 lavender
  • 1 rosemary

 

  • 4 drops lemon
  • 1 drop spearmint
  • 1 drop basil

I love this diffuser – it blends right in to the decor with its wood-like surface. I use Plant Therapy and doTERRA essential oils.

Always use caution around pets and children when using essential oils.  

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Essential Oil Combinations for the Home

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If you’ve ever made a DIY cleaner, chances are you’ve added an essential oil or two to the mix.  I primarily use essential oils for cleaning and diffusing but there are oodles of other uses for them as well – but today we’re just talking about SCENT.  If you’re looking to branch out past lemon essential oil and customize the scent for your diffuser or cleaners, I have some favorite scent combinations for you.  Don’t be afraid to experiment and see what you come up with.

Lemon + Clove – my absolute favorite scent combination and signature scent – it’s homey, warm and inviting.
Lemon + Peppermint + Lavender – this is a great combo – clean and refreshing. I like it heavy on the lemon and lavender with just a drop or two of peppermint.
Eucalyptus + Lavender – if you like the smell of a spa, this is probably the combination they’re diffusing.
Melaleuca + Lemon + Orange – Melaleuca (or tea tree oil) is a natural disinfectant but has a strong scent.  I like to offset the scent with a little citrus to freshen it up a bit.
Lemon + Cypress – I love this combination for washing hardwood floors.  The woodsy scent of the cypress and lemon are a great combination.
Rosemary + Clove + Orange – If you’re looking for the perfect kitchen scent, this is it.  The herbal rosemary pairs really well with the clove and orange.
Cinnamon + Melaleuca – Cinnamon is a spicy scent that does a great job at toning down the melaleuca.

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The rule of thumb for scenting DIY cleaners is 3-10 drops essential oil per 16 ounces of liquid (usually water and/or white vinegar).  Here are a couple recipes to get you started with – simply substitute your scent combo for mine:

Laminate Floor Cleaner
Fabric Sanitizer Spray
Non-Vinegar Hardwood Floor Cleaner
Vinegar Hardwood Floor Cleaner
Window + Mirror Cleaning Spray
Marble + Granite Cleaning Spray
All-Purpose Disinfecting Cleaner
All Purpose Spray
Laundry – soften + freshen

If you’re looking for the BEST spray bottles for your DIY cleaners, check out the glass spray bottles and labels in Clean Mama Home.

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I use doTERRA essential oils but also recommend NOW and Plant Therapy.

Always use caution around pets and children when using essential oils.  

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4 Ways to Naturally Soften and Freshen Your Laundry

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Most conventional fabric softeners and dryer sheets are not only toxic (read more here from the Environmental Working Group or EWG.com), but they also coat fibers making clothes and towels harder to clean because they build up with the fabric softener.  If you love your fabric softener and dryer sheets and love that scent that’s associated with clean laundry, you probably don’t want to make the switch to something natural if it’s unscented.  I have 4 natural alternatives that are not only inexpensive, they’re natural, non-toxic AND they work.  Combine them to suit your needs or just use one – you’ll be a natural fabric softener user in no time.

VINEGAR (soften) – Simply add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser or one of those fabric softener balls.  I love this for sheets and towels – it will make your towels unexpectedly soft and fluffy.  If you need a little scent, feel free to add 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil(s) to about 16 ounces of vinegar.  Shake before each use because the oils will separate from the vinegar and you don’t want any oil on your laundry.  I keep my white vinegar in a glass bottle (this is the same bottle that comes with my spray bottles if you’re interested.)

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WOOL DRYER BALLS (reduces static and can lightly scent if you use essential oils) – Wool is naturally antibacterial making it awesome for using in the laundry.  Place  3  wool dryer balls in with each load of laundry.  Wool dryer balls will last up to 1,000 uses making this an inexpensive dryer sheet alternative.  Put a couple drops of essential oil on each ball if you’d like a little scent.

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DIY LAUNDRY SCENT BOOSTER (adds scent) – if you love those commercial scent boosters this is the recipe for you!  It’s definitely more subtle but I’ll take subtle and safe any day.  (You can see more instructions on this post.)

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Add 1 tablespoon of the Laundry Scent Booster directly to the washer and wash as usual.

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DIY FLANNEL MINI DRYER SHEETS (adds scent to the dryer) – If you need to use a dryer sheet, this is the perfect alternative.

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  • 20 or so small pieces of flannel or cotton (I used these bamboo cotton ones – they are fabulous!)
  • 20-30 drops essential oil
  • mason jar (available in Clean Mama Home)

Add the ‘dryer sheets’ to a container and add essential oils.  Keep the lid off until the ‘sheets’ have completely dried – at least a day or two.   Add a sheet or two to each dryer cycle – wash and refill when the scent has dissipated.

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I purchased the chalkboard sticker label and pen set from Amazon here if you’re interested.

FAVORITE LAUNDRY SCENT COMBINATIONS

If you love essential oils or are just getting started, here are a couple of my favorite combos – try one for your laundry, you’ll love it!  (I typically use doTERRA essential oils but I also recommend Plant Therapy and Now brand as well.

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What do you think?  Ready to hop on the DIY fabric softener train?  I bet you’ll never look back!

More posts in this series – just click on the image to go to the post and check out my books, Simply Clean, and The Organically Clean Home:

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DIY Homemade Cleaners : Nightly Sink Scrub

 

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My favorite DIY recipe is also my favorite nightly ritual – the Nightly Sink Scrub.  It’s a recipe I came up with a few years ago and it pretty much started my DIY cleaners obsession which also turned into my first book, The Organically Clean Home.  The great thing about this recipe is that it’s so simple to whip up and it does such a great job at giving the sink a little scrub, you’ll love it!  Did you know that the sink is pretty much the dirtiest spot in your whole home?  Another reason to give it a nightly scrub!

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Gather your simple ingredients:

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops clove essential oil
  • castile soap (or dish soap) (this is not added to the baking soda until it’s used – keep reading!)
  • container with a lid or a shaker top (I like a mason jar, this one specifically :)) – I’ve previously used a shaker top but have switched to a lid – either way works!
  • sink safe scrub brush – I use this one and keep it under my sink in a vintage mason jar.  I can toss the head in the dishwasher to sanitize it as needed.

See how easy it is to mix up and use…

  1. put baking soda in your container
  2. add essential oils to the top of the baking soda
  3. stir and combine with a kitchen knife
  4. wet your sink
  5. sprinkle liberally in your sink
  6. add a squirt or two of dish or castile soap
  7. scrub with a sink-safe scrubber
  8. rinse thoroughly

Sink Scrub

I keep this jar and scrubber under the kitchen sink just for cleaning the sink – it’s convenient and easy to grab every night.

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There you have it – a simple and effective DIY cleaning recipe to add to your repertoire!

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More posts in this series – just click on the image to go to the post:

Marble + Granite Cleaning Spray - Clean Mama

Soft Cleaning Paste - the perfect scrub - Clean Mama

All-Purpose Spray - Clean Just About Anywhere Spary - Clean Mama

The Perfect DIY Glass Cleaner - Clean Mama

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Lavender + Lemon Bathroom Disinfecting Spray

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Here’s a great recipe for a safe and effective bathroom disinfecting spray.  It smells clean and will get rid of germs in a hurry!  (Go to this post to see my favorite products to DIY your cleaners.)

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Today I’m sharing the recipe for Lavender and Lemon Bathroom Disinfecting Spray from The Organically Clean Home – you’ll love how the recipes are organized and layed out.  Each recipe has clear (easy and quick) instructions and a lot of the recipes have other tips and tricks included as well.  Many recipes have variations so you’ll see unscented versions as well as other scent combinations to try.

Lavender and Lemon Bathroom Disinfecting Spray Ingredients via Clean Mama

Gather your simple ingredients (this recipe can easily be cut in half if you don’t want to mix up a whole batch).

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup vodka (excellent germ-killing properties)
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 1/2 cups water (distilled or boiled and cooled)

I find that using a funnel makes it really easy to pour ingredients directly into a spray bottle.  Alternately, you can use a measuring cup or container with a spout with good results too.

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Once you’ve mixed up your bathroom disinfecting spray you can spray away.  I like to spray all surfaces thoroughly, let it sit for about 10 minutes (to kill germs), and then wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.  In the bathroom it’s important to avoid any cross-contamination so I wipe in this order with separate cloths – mirror, sink, tub/shower, toilet.  Go to this post for my amazing bathroom cleaning strategy.

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Let’s just talk about labeling for a minute, shall we?  For me (and most people) packaging will get me to look at and sometimes even purchase a product.  If you want your quest to DIY your own cleaners to be a little more fun and to stick, you might want to add a little cuteness.  I put a little washi tape on my clear glass spray bottles and it makes it so cute!  I added a little hanging tag and put the recipe on the back of the label.  I can swap the bottle out for a different cleaner or it’s super easy to mix up another batch with the recipe at the ready.

Are you ready to make your own cleaners?  It’s so easy!  It’ll save you loads of money and be so much better for you and your family!  What are you waiting for?

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