Category Archives: Household

Essential oils 101: Tea Tree oil uses

Tea tree oil is native to Australia. It has been used by the aboriginese for medication for centuries and has many household uses for you as well. Tea tree oil is antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal making it a perfect ingredient for treating anything from cold sores to bathroom mold. (pretty broad spectrum, I know) While I certainly cannot take credit for all of the recipes out there for this wonderful essential oil, here is a link that can certainly get you started with many of its uses:



Sinus Remedies: Make Your Own Vapor Rub

I can not stand the smell of vicks nor the thickness of petroleum jelly that
just sits on top of my skin.  I want something that smells better and will
absorb better into my skin. What better way to do that than to come up with my
own recipe!  Here it is:

25 drops eucalyptus oil                              2 drops tea tree

10 drops peppermint oil                              2 tsp. almond

3 drops rosemary oil

Find yourself a small dropper bottle and add these ingredients to it.  Shake
gently. To use, apply to a cotton ball and rub on your neck and chest.  Simple
as that!

I am very happy with the results and will stick with this one since I already
have all of the ingredients.  Investing in some basic essential oils is so worth
the cost for the amount of life you get out of them.

Anyone care to share some of their own home remedies?  I would love to hear

How to stretch your vanilla bean

I have recently started making my own vanilla extract for a multitiude of
reasons:  its easy, its economical and I can control the ingredients.  Check
your bottles; there is actually added sugar in there.  Vanilla beans can be
expensive so the best option I have found are these ones from amazon:  Premium Bourbon-Madagascar Vanilla Beans – 1/2 lb. – Approx. 54
.  I have more beans than I know what to do with so I have been trying
to do some research and experimenting with ways to stretch these beauties to get
the most for my money. Out of the same beans/pods I can do the following four


1.  Vanilla extract-cut the beans down the middle and soak 3
beans per 8oz. of vodka for approx. 2 months.  You can always continue to  add more
vodka every time you use half the bottle to have a neverending

2.  Let the beans dry out and add them to your sugar for
vanilla scented sugar.

3.  Once the beans have lost most of their fragrance you can
grind them up and add them to your coffee grounds when making coffee.  The
flavor is subtle and smooth and always yummy.

4.  Take that same dried bean pod and grind it up to use in
your own melt and pour soap recipes.  It will add a slight vanilla aroma but
also some “grit” for extra scrubbing.


I’m sure there are many other uses for these crazy pods.  I
would love to hear yours.  I keep thinking there may be a new cleaning product
in my future for these things.  Carpet deoderizer with baking soda???  I’m
working on it.  Please share your creations.  I still have a ton of these

Make Your Own Linen Spray

How many times have
you gone to the store and been suckered into buying linen/fabric spray or
freshener? There are so many brands out there whether from a grocery store or a
specialty store and all of them cost a pretty penny.  Well, that’s pretty sad
considering the main ingredient is WATER.  Yep, that’s right.  Here is a super
easy recipe to make your own.

2 oz. vodka

6 oz. distilled

1-2 tsp. essential
oils or fragrance (try lavender and lemongrass together or grapefruit)

1 tsp. polysorbate

I know polysorbate
sounds like a fancy ingredient, but its really not.  It acts as a binding agent
for the oils and water to distribute them evenly and keep them from separating.
You can order it at many online stores including here. Using
such a small amount, this bottle will last you a very long time.  Just combine
the polysorbate with your fragrance and add to the bottle which you have poured
in your water and vodka with a funnel.  (Please make sure you have sanitized
your instruments and bottles.  Rubbing alcohol works if you spray it on and let
it air dry.) I have had no problems with this formula as far as fabric is
concerned but its always wise to test a small area first before using it on
larger amounts of fabric.