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THE JOURNEY BEGINS

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GOOD COMPANY IN A JOURNEY MAKES THE WAY SEEM SHORTER. — IZAAK WALTON

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ESSENTIAL OIL AIR FRESHENER

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Everyone loves coming home to a clean home. Coming home to a clean home that smells good is even better! It does something for the psyche. Relaxing scents can really help a bad mood, or calm anxiety. It’s like aromatherapy for the soul. I love anything that smells good; candles, the plugins that go in the wall, perfumes, anything that calms me. I was recently speaking with a friend of mine who told me that she uses essential oils like lavender and sandalwood to make her home smell good.

I had heard about essential oils and was curious on how to use it in the home. So, I fired up my trusty computer and googled essential oils. What I learned was pretty informative. Essential oils are basically oils that come from plants. It comes in liquid form, or can be added to lotions and body washes. In its pure form, it can be harmful if ingested, or cause rashes if added directly to skin, but diluted its perfectly fine. You can purchase essential oils from just about anywhere, but you want to beware of the added chemicals that are added to some brands. After much research on the different kinds of essential oils, I decided to go with lavender. Lavender is really good for stress relief and calming emotions. My home is my sanctuary, so I wanted a tranquil and calming atmosphere.  I decided to use the oil to create an air freshener of sorts to spray in my home.

To make my Lavender Essential oil air freshener, I filled a spray bottle with one cup of water and eight drops of lavender oil. I then shook it up to mix the ingredients and voila; lavender essential oil air freshener.  I sprayed that all around my home and I instantly felt calmer. It’s a really good air freshener and whenever I need to calm down, or a pop of freshness, I spray it. It smells good and it was relatively easy to make.  There are tons of essential oils out there that you can do this with, so don’t be afraid to experiment to find the best scent for you. 

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DIY ESSENTIAL OIL AIR FRESHENER

Everyone loves coming home to a clean home. Coming home to a clean home that smells good is even better! It does something for the psyche. Relaxing scents can really help a bad mood, or calm anxiety. It’s like aromatherapy for the soul. I love anything that smells good; candles, the plugins that go in the wall, perfumes, anything that calms me. I was recently speaking with a friend of mine who told me that she uses essential oils like lavender and sandalwood to make her home smell good.

I had heard about essential oils and was curious on how to use it in the home. So, I fired up my trusty computer and googled essential oils. What I learned was pretty informative. Essential oils are basically oils that come from plants. It comes in liquid form, or can be added to lotions and body washes. In its pure form, it can be harmful if ingested, or cause rashes if added directly to skin, but diluted its perfectly fine. You can purchase essential oils from just about anywhere, but you want to beware of the added chemicals that are added to some brands. After much research on the different kinds of essential oils, I decided to go with lavender. Lavender is really good for stress relief and calming emotions. My home is my sanctuary, so I wanted a tranquil and calming atmosphere.  I decided to use the oil to create an air freshener of sorts to spray in my home.

To make my Lavender Essential oil air freshener, I filled a spray bottle with one cup of water and eight drops of lavender oil. I then shook it up to mix the ingredients and voila; lavender essential oil air freshener.  I sprayed that all around my home and I instantly felt calmer. It’s a really good air freshener and whenever I need to calm down, or a pop of freshness, I spray it. It smells good and it was relatively easy to make.  There are tons of essential oils out there that you can do this with, so don’t be afraid to experiment to find the best scent for you.

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A METHOD TO GET RID OF RED WINE IN CARPET

 

Imagine this: It’s Friday night. The work week has been hectic and all you want to do for the next two days is relax and unwind. You go to the fridge, uncork your favorite bottle of red wine and pour yourself a nice cool glass.  You walk back to the living room, sit on the couch, careful not to spill all the red goodness that’s inside your cup. You place the cup at your feet and start watching your favorite show. You reach down to get the cup to take a sip, but, you accidentally knock the cup over. You watch in slow motion as the cup falls to the floor, red wine soaking through your carpet, just like your tears will soon be. In your head, you’re thinking about all the places you went wrong and how you could’ve possibly prevented this. So many thoughts flash through your mind as the red wine soaks into your light-colored carpet. In one sweeping motion you grab the cup, take it to the kitchen, and then you go to the linen closet to get a towel. Towel in hand you go back to the living room and stare at the stain, hoping it picks itself up. “Now what?” You think while staring at the stain. This question has plagued many red wine drinkers for years.

       There are many methods that can be used to clean the wine from the carpet. It’s a lot easier to clean the carpet if it’s still wet. Letting the stain dry to clean it makes it harder to clean because the stain has already set. One method I have found to be extremely helpful and easy to do, is the baking soda method. So the ingredients you will need to perform this method successfully is:

  • A dry sponge
  • a towel
  • A bowl
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • A cloth
  • A book or something you don’t mind getting a little wet

      First, you use the sponge to blot up the wine. You want to make sure you blot the wine stain and not rub it because rubbing it forces it deeper into the fabric of the carpet. Make sure you wring out the sponge if it gets too wet, you don’t want to re-soak the area with the same wine you are tying to get up. 

      Next, you want to apply a baking soda paste to the stained area. To make the paste in a bowl you want to add one cup of baking soda to two cups of water. You can use more or less of these ingredients,  usually it depends on the size of the stain and since we only spilled a cup of wine, the stain isn’t super big.  After that, you want to place a cloth over the paste mixture on the carpet and finally, you want to place a book on the cloth. What this does is it allows the cloth to absorb the moisture from the carpet, bringing along with it the stain. You want to be sure to let it sit overnight.

     In the morning, you want to remove the cloth and vacuum the baking soda. There should be NO evidence of having spilled wine the night before. The stain will be gone! You can go about your day, knowing that that stain is now a distant memory, plus you will know what to in the future.

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BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR: HOW THESE TWO INGREDIENTS STOPPED THE BAD SMELL COMING FROM THE WASHER

So recently I’ve been having issues with there being a weird smell in my washer long after the clothes were out. So here I’m left with these wonderfully cleaned clothes that smell amazing and I find myself thinking “How can something so clean come from someplace that smells so bad?” I’ve even went as far as smelling the clothes to make sure it wasn’t them. Upon further investigation, I found out that horrid smell was coming from mildew that accumulated behind the tray of my nice little washing machine.

Instantly I was grossed out! I went to find the biggest spray bottle I could find, filled it with bleach and water, grabbed my mask and I was prepared to spray my little heart out to get rid of it. And then I realized: that’s not going to solve the problem, and if it does, it’ll  probably be a temporary fix. Defeated, I put the mask on the top of my head, sat the spray bottle on the counter, and retreated to my room where my computer sat anxiously awaiting my arrival. I went on a Google spree. I Googled and Pintrested all of the home remedies I could as well as searched for how-to videos to try to help solve my issue. One thing I noticed is that there was a general consensus between the do- it- yourselfers as well as those who are in the cleaning business(which I happen to be in). Everyone used baking soda and vinegar as a cleaning remedy. Now, I’m not a person who follows the bandwagon. I don’t do what others do, but this time, I decided to give it a shot.  After all, the worse thing that could happen was me ruining the perfectly good washer right?

After gaining the wealth of knowledge from the internet, I set out to clean my washer. My washer is a front load washer. I went to the kitchen grabbed some vinegar, and then went to the cabinets where I kept the baking soda stashed. I poured one cup and a half of baking soda in the drum, and then in the part where I put  the laundry detergent, I added vinegar. I hit start, and for the next 25 minutes, silently hoped I didn’t need to go get another washer. After what felt like the longest 25 minutes of my life, the cute little ding went off to let me know the washer was done.  I slowly crept to the washer, apprehensive to open it for fear of what I would find. I opened it; looked inside, and Oh my gosh! It smelled amazing! I was so amazed! But my job wasn’t done. I was so happy with the results I decided that this would be a wonderful time to tackle the mildew behind the tray. I widely debated on using bleach as well as using vinegar. I decided to go with a vinegar and water mixture. I believe the bleach would’ve worked but I didn’t want to give it a chance to grow again. Plus I noticed the  tray space is relatively small and I didn’t want to chance passing out by inhaling the fumes from the bleach, lol.

I grabbed my trusty towel and wiped down all of the surfaces before continuing to the tray. I wiped down the tray; removed it and wiped that down also. I left the tray out to let it air dry overnight and the following morning, I put it back. A few days later, I did a few loads in the washer and I was so scared of the scent coming back. To be honest, it didn’t! I was so excited. I just learned a new trick on what to do in the future and I am super excited! Hopefully it doesn’t happen again, but if it does, I now know what to do.

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DISINFECTING AND SANITIZING: UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE AND WHY ITS ACTUALLY IMPORTANT

So I was at home, in my living room, watching a show on Netflix. Down beside my feet, my children were playing ever so contently. My youngest daughter, “small child” as I call her lovingly,  pulled on my  pants leg and asked for chocolate milk. She normally asks for it anyway, so I figured it would be a matter of time before she asks again. I grabbed her tiny hand and led her to the kitchen. She sat on the floor and continued playing while I grabbed the milk from the refrigerator and a cute little cup to put it in from the cabinet. I sat the milk down on the kitchen counter and as I was starting to pour, the weirdest thought hit me: “When was the last time I actually disinfected or sanitized these counters? “ That thought hit me like a ton of bricks. I was instantly winded. Almost instantaneously, I started itching, I looked to my counter and I could’ve sworn I saw little germs crawling all over my counter. I snapped out of my twisted version of reality, poured my daughter her milk and led her back to the living area so she can enjoy her milk.  I however, went back to the kitchen and stared at my counter looking for answers. 

Believe it or not, there is a difference between disinfecting and sanitizing. Disinfecting is the act of actually killing germs and bacteria, while sanitizing is the act of cleaning to reduce the amount of germs and bacteria so as to reduce the likelihood of spreading and infection. Typically you would disinfect areas you frequent, such as the bathroom and the kitchen because thats where the most germs and bacteria hang out, and you would sanitize areas such as the bedroom and the living room. Armed with that knowledge, I set out to disinfect my countertop.   There are two different methods you can use to disinfect any area. Those two methods are by using chemicals such as alcohols, dyes, or halogens, or by using a physical method such as heat or filtration. Since it was the middle of summer, I thought it to be wise to not turn on the heat. After all, the last thing I wanted to do was turn my kids into heat puddles on the floor.  I wasn’t too fond of using anything super harsh on my countertops, or in the house in general, so I opted to make my own mixture  instead. What I used was a combination of vinegar,tea tree oil, and hot water.  I first gathered a spray bottle and put 2 cups hot water in there. Then I added 10 drops of tea tree oil, and finally I added 1/2 cup of white vinegar to my bottle. I shook really well and before you knew it, my mixture was ready. I grabbed my handy microfiber towel and sprayed my mix all over the kitchen counter. If this is your first time reading any of my blogs, let me be the first to tell you that I absolutely love essential oils!!! They have really beneficial properties and each one does something different. Tea tree oil  is really a good oil to use, especially in disinfecting because it helps in fighting fungal and bacterial infections, as well as acts as a mood lifter by promoting positive thinking and elevating energy levels.  Mix that with vinegar, which can also act as a disinfectant, and voila, you have pure gold in your bottle! 

I let the mixture sit on my counter for a few moments before using my microfiber towel to clean it all up. I sprayed every surface in my kitchen with that mixture, and cleaned my kitchen. When I was finished, I stepped back, took a look at my shiny kitchen, and signed with satisfaction. My kitchen was now newly disinfected. Germs didn’t stand a chance in here now! I put the towel in the hamper, and placed the mixture in the closet to keep it out of reach of my toddler. My children were being extremely quiet, so I decided to go into the living room to check on them. I slowly peeked around the corner and to my suprise they both were sound asleep. Since I was still in the cleaning mood, I decided that now is a would be a good time to clean and sanitize my living room. Sanitizing essentially is the act of reducing the amount of germs and bacteria in any given place. Typically, you would sanitize areas such as the living room, and bedrooms, while you would disinfect areas such as the kitchen and the bathroom.

There are three different methods of sanitizing. Those methods include using heat to reduce germs and bacteria, using radiation, and using chemicals. Typically when you hear the word “sanitize”, or “sanitation”, you think the use of bleach, which is a chemical, or some sort of heat source. I cleaned my living room as I normally would, and then sat out to sanitize it. I am for the use of all natural products in my home so once again, I opted to create my own sanitizing spray. I grabbed a spray bottle, and added 2 cups hot water as well as 1/2 cup white vinegar. I then went on to add 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, along with 15 drops each of lavender and lemon essential oil. I gave my mixture a good ol’ shake, and BOOM! My sanitizing spray was born. I sprayed it across some surfaces of my living room such as the table, and the end tables, along with my desk and misted it very carefully across my furniture so as not to ruin it. Not only did that room smell fantastic, those pesky germs didn’t stand a chance in my newly sanitized living room! I was so happy. Satisfied, I went and placed my spray next to the disinfectant in the closet, and sat in the chair across from my sleeping children and finished watching Netflix until my children awoke.

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4 OUTRAGEOUS MYTHS COMMONLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS

Its no secret that the Novel Cornavirus, also known a s COVID-19 swept through the nation and caused a ton of frenzy. Couple that with the uncertainty that this virus brings and you have a country full of panic. Because no one really knows what this virus is outside of the syptoms that are associated with it, many people have come up with outrageous ways to tell whether or not you have it and how you can possibly get rid of it. This quick talks about some of the myths that I’ve come across during the time I have been servicing my clients.

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BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THERE IS A SUBTLE DIF

Believe it or not, there is a subtle difference between disinfecting and sanitizing. In my blog, Essentially Happy, I explain the two and talk about when each one is used. Read it here: http://ow.ly/DsEY50vjjtp

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I ABSOLUTELY LOVE WHAT I DO!!!

I absolutely LOVE what I do!!! Rashaii is my name and cleaning is my game 

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TOP 5 ESSENTIAL OILS THAT AFFECT MOOD

So get this: It’s Monday, and I’m having a bad day. It seems like everything that could go wrong went wrong today. The kids were late for school, I was late for one client, which essentially made me late for every other client after that, my car got a flat on my way home, and I had to pay extra money to get a brand new tire. Oh no, not a fix a flat, or even a patch, a brand… new… tire! I was so annoyed with the day and stressed out and I found myself wishing that it was tomorrow so I no longer have to deal with the stress that was this day. I finally get home, and I search for my diffuser so that I can properly de-stress myself. I look in my medicine cabinet to search for one of my favorite essential oils. Staring at me amongst the various knick knacks in my cabinet were my essential oils. At this point, I had a big decision to make: How bad did I want to relax, and what scent did I want my room to smell like? Whenever I am stressed, there are five scents I always can count on and they are lavender, frankincense, peppermint, sandalwood, and rosemary. These five essential oils have amazing qualities that I am going to describe below.

1.) Lavender

This has to be my absolute favorite scent. It can be used in various ways, and combined with other essential oils, thus making it versatile. Lavender also has many calming properties which helps with easing depression and anxiety. It also helps with feelings of overwhelm and induces sleep.

2.) Frankincense

I’ll be the first to admit, I read about frankincense in the Bible and I didnt really know what it was until I started looking into the benefits of essential oils and this one found its way into my arsenal of mood shifting scents. The reason for that is because frankincense promotes relaxation which in turn helps with tension and stress. Just like lavender, it also helps with depression as well as helps to deepen and slow down breathing, if you are thinking meditation you are absolutely right. This is a wonderful scent to smell when meditation because it helps with breathing.

3.) Peppermint

I cannot say enough wonderful things about peppermint. Anything with this scent makes me happy. Peppermint has properties that help calm the nerves, as well as helps you to clear your mind while improving cognitive performance. It also boosts energy as well as helps soothe digestive issues.

4.) Sandalwood

Where do I even begin with this wonderful mood changer? There are many benefits to sandalwood. Just like the others, it helps calm nerves, reduce tension, and uplift mood. It also helps with sleep. Counting sheep isn’t necessary with this essential oil. Did I mention it has properties that helps it act as an aphrodisiac? Honestly, it’s something about the smell that seriously uplifts me everytime I smell it. I cannot get enough of it.

5.) Rosemary

My wild card. This scent is amazing!!! Not only does Rosemary relieve fatigue, it also promotes consentration, and boost memory. Rosemary also has anti-depressant like effects. Its virtually impossible to be depressed and smell rosemary. It’s just not possible.

I was tired and just wanted to gewt away from the troubles of the day, so I decided to go with lavender because it helps induce sleep. I went to the diffuser dropped my lavender essential oils in there, said a quick prayer and drifted off to sleep.

What are your favorite mood inducing essential oils? Comment below and let’s talk about it.