Feature Image Credit: Kristen Critz
OK you guys.
DIYs. Seriously, is there anything easier? I think not.
But why, you ask, whyyyy do you want me to MAKE something when I can just go ahead and buy it?
I’m SO glad you asked!
1- DIY’s are better for you. For real!
Unless you actually want to use harsh chemicals such as triclosan, SLS, sodium benzoate (look those up. They are in shampoos, lotions, hand sanitizer, expensive-top-brand face moisturizer), then what YOU make will be wayyyyy more awesome.
2- DIYs are easy on the budget. YES!!
You can reuse your glass containers, and the basic ingredients are found in your pantry… AND can be used in many different DIY recipes.
My entire-house-spray-cleaner costs 75c per 16oz bottle. How much are the sprays at the store in the cleaning section? Just regular ones, not even mentioning the all-natural, good-for-the-earth spray cleaners?
A ton more $, that’s how much. No thank you.
3- DIYs are so simple!! (And I’m all about simplifying my life!)
I now have 3 natural spray bottles around the house to clean everything, as opposed to a gazillion toxic ones under the sink, that I have to use a special lock for, and freak out and call poison control if my young children get into them.
Ugh. Simplify, I tell ya! #aintgotnotimeforthis
4- DIYs are empowering!
Do you buy all your food from the processed/frozen section at the supermarket? All ready-made and plopped in the trolley, without even reading the ingredients before you go feed your family? Of course not!
Pre-made stuff doesn’t taste awesome, it’s more expensive, and unless you get the super natural organic stuff, you are putting *insert swear word of choice* in your body.
Do you see where I’m going with this?
I get this rush of wonder-mum vibes whenever I whip up something for a cold, a cough, a seasonal allergy. I love it when I run out of moisturizer, and just go to the kitchen and make some more, tweaking the oils I use for my own purposes and needs, using only 4 pantry ingredients. I love the control I have when I cook my own food, bake from scratch, and it’s exactly the same for my oily DIYs. Makes perfect sense.
5- DIYs are fun and make beautiful, thoughtful gifts!
Baby shower? I make a sleepy spray, emotions roller for new mum, and bath salts to help heal all the tender areas. I have gifted pretty DIYs for Christmas, birthdays, bridal showers, and just because (best ever reason ever in my book!!)
Convinced? Ready to make your first DIY??
This is a linen spray I absolutely adore using on sheets, towels, clothes, the couch and my carpet.
I’ve listed a few options with different purposes so you can pick and choose what suits you best!
Image Credit: Jessica Garvin
DIY Linen Spray
You will need:
– Glass spray bottle (like 4oz)
– Vodka (It is odourless, disperses essential oils and dries quickly. You don’t want moisture on your linens for any extended period of time, that defeats the purpose!)
– Essential oils, like a round 20-30 drops total (You want the highest quality possible, because droplets enter your nose and whole respiratory system. Ever coughed or got a headache when your spray something? Yeah. Your body don’t like that. Have mercy and don’t do that to yourself. Choose the best.)
Pour everything into the bottle, fit spray top, shake, use. BOOM.
Whiff of spring: Lemon & Lavender & Peppermint.
Love is in the air: Sensation & Black Pepper.
Sleep well: Cedarwood & Lavender & Chamomile.
Bug away: Tea Tree & Lavender & Basil
Want more DIYs like this one? Join me over at my Facebook Group! I would love to connect with you!
Note: It is our policy at Her Happy Heart to recommend against using essential oils, or essential oils-based product, on or around children or pregnant women. Though we currently support the widespread use of essential oils and may use them in our homes, it is currently an unregulated industry, which means that companies producing oils do not undergo the same rigorous testing and quality control that other commercial health-related products undergo, except within their own organizations. Always do your research to ensure that you are comfortable with any products that you use in your home.
Image Credit: Jessica Garvin