Monday, September 24, 2018



You know, you don't have to always use harsh chemical-based solutions to keep your house, office, class or gym smelling fresh and great. There are natural ways to deodorize small and large spaces/rooms, closets, bathrooms and even trash cans. I am not sure about you but as I get older, I am more conscious of how chemicals are affecting our health in various ways. We constantly inhale and even digest toxins through our skin, breathing and touching.  Essential oils and  herbs are great choices for the environment.

It's funny. Out society call natural ingredients, substances and materials "alternatives" when it should be the other way around. The natural existed from the beginning of creation from the Creator and anything that is a substitute or deviant from the original is really the alternative!!!

I am  in a constant process and progress of replacing harsh cleansers, detergents,  and  air-fresheners with natural or less harsh/harming/toxic products. You can find/Google a lot of natural remedies and solutions or alternative ingredients that you can CY (Create yourself). These essential oils work as a repellent Here are two natural and non-toxic methods to keep  rooms and spaces smelling fresh and deodorized. 

**Deodorizing Rooms: You can use cotton cloths, pads or balls  to dip into citrus (orange, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, etc.), and eucalyptus, rosemary, tea tree, peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon and lemongrass essential oils. Place it in corner floor of rooms or in something creative (faux plants, vases) or in waste/trash/garbage cans. You can spray or put drops of these oils in potpourri to help and space smell great.  

**Cleanser: Citrus, Lavender Minty oils work as an anti-bacterial and some anti-microbial agent in cleansers. Use them in kitchen, bathrooms and any room.  One simple formulation is filling a spray bottle with 2 cups of water,  1-3 teaspoons of Castile Soap and 10 to 25 drops of essential oils (depending on how strong of an aroma you want lingering in the room after cleaning). Shake solution a 5-10 times and begin spraying and wiping. 

** Bed Bug Infestation Prevention:  Shake drops of peppermint/tea tree essential oil or cayenne pepper near bottom legs of your bed, near floors, on corners and edges of floor near walls and doors. You can also do this on mattress creases and around trimmings/edges of mattress and pillows, and underneath sheets where bed bugs like to hide as well. In my research to find harmless ways to rid of certain bugs especially bed bugs, I found that cayenne pepper and these essential oils are used because they suffocate bed-bugs eventually killing them. If you suspect any, try this aforementioned alternative solution  immediately to stop potential infestation and protect yourself from getting bitten.  

Note/Bonus: Your bedroom will smell great for weeks, I tried this and my bedroom smelled like mint for weeks but I was fine with it. I did this when I worked as a residential manager /supervisor and had a bed bug situation where we had to heat steam the that house I worked in so I my routine became, taking off all of my clothes as soon as I walked in my own home, place my clothes in plastic bag, throw them in the hot dryer first, washed in hot/warm water then back in the dryer. The heat from the dryer kills the bugs as well. Other natural solutions used is baking soda and pesticide grade diatomaceous earth powder and lavender essential oil. 

*I found a simple video on how to use some of these oils and powders as a bug repellent: 

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