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Spring Cleaning With Essential Oils

Spring Cleaning With Essential Oils

As I try to rid myself of winter and open my door to spring, I realized I had some spring cleaning to do!  I absolutely love using essential oils because unlike cleaners you can buy at the chain stores, essential oils are 100% pure and do not have chemicals added in.  I feel safer breathing them as I clean and having my family breathe them as well.  I don't want any of us breathing in toxic chemicals!  With a little research and some trial and error on my own, I want to share with you some tips to spring cleaning using essential oils to keep your family safe.

  • Use ZAQ Essential Lemon Oil to remove permanent marker from wood furniture and counter tops.
  • Use ZAQ Tea Tree Oil in your diffuser to kill mold
  • Use ZAQ Tea Tree Oil and ZAQ Eucalyptus Oil (4 drops each) in a spray bottle with warm water to get rid of shower curtain scum
  • To clean your air ducts, spray a few drops of  ZAQ Tea Tree Oil and/or Eucalyptus Oil to a clean filter to kill pathogens and neutralize odors.
  • Add a few drops of your favorite ZAQ Essential Oil on the inside of a toilet paper roll.  When the paper is removed from the roll, it dispenses the wonderful smell of the oil.
  • On the bottom of your trash bins, sprinkle a little baking powder and a few drops of ZAQ Essential Oil to keep it smelling fresh.
  • To get rid of that smelly shoe smell, add a few drops of ZAQ Tea Tree Oil and Lemon Oil inside the shoe.
  • Add a few drops of ZAQ Lemon Oil to your dishwasher for a great shine.
  • Add a drop or two of ZAQ Essential Oil to a damp cloth and throw it in the dryer with your towels for a wonderful scent.
  • Disinfect your sponge with ZAQ Lemon Oil between uses.
  • To get rid of pesky bugs and repel spiders, spray ZAQ Peppermint Oil around windows or doors.
  • Freshen up silk flowers by using a spray bottle mixed with ZAQ Lavender Oil and mist lightly.
  • Finally, my favorite since I have dogs is the carpet deodorizer.  Use 12 drops ZAQ Lavender Oil with 1-ounce baking soda.  Mix well and sprinkle on the carpet.  Let this sit for 20 minutes and then vacuum.

I don't especially love to clean but I do like my house clean and safe for my family.  I really like it best when it smells good, too.  I like these tips and tricks because they make my house smell fresh and clean as well as being clean.  Please feel free to share some of your own tips and tricks to spring cleaning using essential oils.  Somehow, it just makes cleaning more fun!

Kris Bitar

 

A Mother's Day Story

A Mother's Day Story

I never forget my mom on Mother's Day andI never I'm sure you don't either.  But this isn't about our moms.  This is about the mom that doesn't have anyone to celebrate with.  This is about a forgotten mom who is no longer forgotten.  This is a reminder to remember those moms on Mother's Day, too.

I have to admit, I wasn't the one who noticed Mrs. Wedman was always alone.  It was my own mother.  Last Mother's Day, she had given Mrs. Wedman a ZAQ Lumin Diffuser.  Mrs. Wedman likes to read, crochet and sew in the evenings and the nice light helps with that.  It has several light and mist settings as well.  My mom tells me Mrs. Wedman was surprised and overjoyed with the gift.  She got tears in her eyes and thanked my mom over and over.

You see, apparently, Mrs. Wedman has agoraphobia.  She is afraid to go outside for fear she will have a panic attack.  She has her little dog that she lets go in and out to the backyard and that's it.  She has groceries delivered and she has no family.  My mom's gift meant the world to her.  My mom told her that her dog, Rusty, told her to buy it for her and Mrs. Wedman laughed through tears mom said.

Mom and I both thought Mrs. Wedman Mother's Day was the best Mother's Day for all of us.  We had no idea she was so alone.  Now, for any celebration I can think of, Earth Day (Tranquility Blend for peace, happiness, and balance) Easter (Protect Blend for a brain boost), Labor Day (Regeneration Blend to regenerate mind, body and soul),  you name it, I try to bring Mrs. Wedman a ZAQ Essential Oil for her to enjoy.  I always sign it, "Love, Rusty."  I think he appreciates that, too.

I am sure my mom would approve.  I lost my mom that year.  I keep Mrs. Wedman close.  My mom taught me a very valuable lesson that Mother's Day.  It goes something like this: Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr. 

I do, Mom.  Happy Mother's Day.

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Monster Spray

Monster Spray

If you have little ones that are afraid of monsters in the closet, under the bed or hiding in the bathroom so they don't have to brush their teeth - do I have the answer for you!  Monster Spray!  It works.  All of our monsters are gone.  They try to sneak in once in a while, just to test us.  Maybe a time here and there if we've stayed up too late.  But, I know I am on the back side of Monsterville with this trick!  This is how I discovered it.

It was a dark and rainy night.  We had been playing games and eating popcorn and no one wanted to go to bed without one more drink, one more kiss; you know the drill.  Anyways, all of a sudden, I hear footsteps running down the hall and a very excited voice belting out, "MOM, THERE'S A MONSTER IN MY CLOSET! I SAW IT!  IT WAS WATCHING ME!"  I opened the closet and guess what?  No monster.  Anywhere.  Fifteen minutes later, Child B comes running down the hall, the same story.  This is one quick and busy monster.  I can't seem to find him.  Both children look at me like I am a complete failure as a parent.  Both children end up in bed with me.  

The next morning I wake up, very unrested.  I have to either find this monster or beat him at his own game.  I sit down to a warm cup of coffee, turn on my ZAQ diffuser and I get an ah-ha moment!  I am going to beat that monster at his own game.  I find two spray bottles, fill them with water and tell Child A and Child B to pick their favorite scent of ZAQ Essential Oil.  Child A chooses Lavender Essential Oil.  I could have called that one.  He is always asking me to put that one in the diffuser. It calms the mind and manages nerves; good choice.  Child B chooses Protect Blend.  Okay, I think, calms anxieties and stress, makes sense to me.  We add a few drops to the water-filled spray bottles and I let them in on my plan.

Tonight, I whisper in my best top-secret plan voice, we sneak in your rooms before you go to bed, spray the closet, under the bed, the bathroom, the entire bedroom with this Anti-Monster Spray and he won't dare show up.  This magic spray comes from plants and monsters don't like plants because they are healthy.  It would be like eating a salad.  Monsters aren't going to eat a salad!  Both Child A and Child B agree with wide-eyes and strong head shakes.  I knew my plan had a chance!

That night, we put our plan into action.  We started in Child A's room.  Sprayed it down.  Got the closet extra good.  Just in case, I left the spray on his nightstand.  Repeated these steps with Child B. 

Turned on a movie and waited.  Nothing.  No footsteps running down the hall.  No monster.  I enjoyed a glass of wine and congratulated myself.  Thank you, ZAQ for also making really good Monster Spray!

Besides your diffuser, what do you use ZAQ Essential Oils for? 

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