How To Go Green Without Spending Too Much Green; How to Make Eco Friendly Air Fresheners and Household Cleaner Recipes

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How to Make Environmentally Friendly Air Fresheners & Other Household Cleaners

With the sagging economy, industrial pollution, wastefulness and uncaring going on in the world; life can really get you down sometimes.But, we can decide to make it better, even if only a little at-a-time. With everyone trying, even a little bit can make a big difference.

When we do our best to live “green” or “eco-friendly” by taking care of our surroundings we are making a difference, and who wouldn’t want to do that without breaking the bank?


Making your own natural cleaners and organic home products is not only fun, but really easy. There’s nothing like the satisfaction of knowing you’ve done something good for yourself, your family and future generations. Who knew cleaning naturally could be so rewarding and at the same time so much fun?


smell the lavenderAir Freshener

It’s so simple to make your eco-friendly air-freshener , but first you must first choose which essential oils you’d like to use. This will be the biggest expense of your homemade products. Any /all of the essential oils listed below are excellent for purifying and cleaning the air; freshening it naturally.

You may choose a combination of your favorites, or use only one of them. It won’t really matter, they all work brilliantly.

To make your choices easier, I’ve listed the essential oils most used for air freshening in descending order of their antiseptic/anti-bacterial qualities;

Thyme, Tea Tree, Clove, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Cinnamon.

(as for the order of which is most antibacterial, etc… this list  is only typical and approximate as many times depending on the specific essential oil’s originating plant material, chemotype, growing conditions and other factors; for instance; Eucalyptus, Cinnamon, and Rosemary may actually be higher on their antiseptic / anti-bacterial list of attributes at any given time.)


Dissolve 30-40 drops of your chosen essential oils into 10 ml of grain alcohol (not isopropyl); or instead of the grain alcohol you could use 10ml of mentholated spirits.

Add that mixture to

approx. 500 ml (16 ounces) of distilled water (or a little less so as to fit into a 16 ounce spray bottle).

Shake well to mix (and be sure to shake before each use) and spray wherever you want a fresh scent while cleaning the air.

I always write on the bottle “Shake & Spray Air Freshener” and the ‘scent’ I’ve used with a Sharpie so I won’t forget to shake the contents each time and with a glance can see what the ingredients are. It helps to add the date as well so you know when to make a fresh bottle. It’s best to discard unused portions after a month or so and start fresh.


natural wood floors

Natural Floor Cleaner

When we had our new Pergo floors installed, the salesman gave me this great recipe for homemade floor cleaner. He told me how great it had worked on his own wood flooring. And since then, I’ve used nothing else.

This fantastic floor cleaner can be used on everything from ceramic tile to Pergo; on natural wood and even on linoleum it works brilliantly.

Just get a 16 oz. spray bottle, ( I like to recylcle them or get them at the dollar store)

Fill the 16 oz. spray bottle with:

  • 1/3 distilled water,
  • 1/3 distilled white vinegar,
  • 1/3 alcohol (I use rubbing alcohol and it works fine, but better still would be grain alcohol for a less strong smell),
  • Add about 3 drops of liquid dish soap and
  • about 25 drops of Lavender, Lemon or Orange essential oil.

Shake well before each use. Spray small sections of floor from about 18 in. away, and clean as you go (works best if you spray and let sit for about 30 sec. to a minute). For tougher spots, spray and let sit for 1 minute and re-spray right before cleaning. Smells great! Cleans great! And best of all it doesn’t hurt you, your family or your environment! This bottle usually lasts me about a month or so and is so cost effective; you’ll never have to purchase one of those expensive brands ever again.


16oz spray bottle

Natural All Purpose Cleaner

I use this all purpose cleaner on almost everything. It works just as good as more expensive natural brands.

  • 2 teaspoons borax
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap
  • 2 cups hot water
  • Optional essential oil blend (lavender, orange, lemon or whatever scent you like) approx. 5-25 drops

Combine the washing soda, borax, and soap in a spray bottle.

Pour in the hot water (it will dissolve the minerals), screw on the lid, and shake to completely blend and dissolve.

Just spray and wipe away. For touch to clean surfaces, leave the cleanser on for a few minutes before wiping it off.

Shake well before each use.

Storage: Leave in a labeled spray bottle


scrub a dub dub

Soft Scrub Cleaner

This great cleaner is so simple to make and you probably have these everyday items in your kitchen handy enough to make this whenever needed.

This scrub can be used on the bathtub, sinks, shower, even delicate marble or Formica counter tops.

Just use ½ cup baking soda with enough liquid soap (organic castile soap is the best) to make a frosting like consistency.

You can add 5 to 10 drops of an antibacterial essential oil, such as lavender, lemon, or orange (optional).

Scoop your soft scrub mixture onto the surface that is to be cleaned with a sponge, then scrub, wash, and rinse. Make only as much as you will use at the time as this recipe will dry out in a short time.

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Mold Cleaner / Inhibitor: Tea Tree Treasure;

This mixture can last for months and is super easy to make.

Just add 2 tsp. of Tea Tree Oil (5ml = 1 tsp) to

2 cups water (16 ounces = 480ml);

Shake well before use and spray on problem areas. Do not Rinse. The strong odor will dissipate in a day or so. Store in a cool dry place with an appropriate label.

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I hope you find many wonderful uses for these natural recipes in your ‘green’ home. Try them once, and see how much you save…you’ll go back to these recipes again and again after you realize they work just as good if not better than their more expensive counterparts. Plus, isn’t it great knowing you’re doing something good for future generations by helping to keep our world beautiful instead of adding more pollutants and toxins?

A great place to find organic oils, herbs and such is Mountain Rose Herbs as they are world renown for their fresh ingredients. Also, Young Living Oils is a wonderful company for the best therapeutic grade essential oils in the world.

Bulk organic herbs, spices and essential oils. Sin

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Sources; http://www.organicreverence.com/id6.html

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A Special THANK YOU GIFT!

Everyone at Mystic Alernatives sends their sincerest thanks you’s to all who attended the Psychic Faire!
We would like to take a moment to thank all of you who came out and supported our first annual Psychic Fair!
Thanks to you it was a huge success. We had a record number of customers that kept all of our store very busy. What a phenomenal turn out!

We would like to also thank those who provided services to our customers:
Amy – Tarot
Marie – Tea leaf / Intuitive readings
Bonnie – Tarot / Past life regression
Chris – Tarot / Chakra balancing
Jeremy – Tarot / Runes / Palm readings
Francine – Vibroacoustical therapy
Jeff Wheeler – stones/crystals
Yellowstar Essentials (Candice) – Custom-Intuited-Aromatherapy/oils
Doug – Jewelry/wire wrapping

We were blessed by an overwhelming positive response this weekend, and we could not have done it without you.

We look forward to our next celebration with you!

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New Products for Mystic Alternatives

Hi all! Thanks for stoppin’ by 🙂
I’ve been really busy creating a new line of products for a local store.
Mystic Alternatives in Crystal River has asked me to display my homemade all natural body/mind/spirit products in their mystical space.

I just finished an exclusive blend just for them called Into the Mystic…
in handy 10ml roll-ons to take with you anywhere , a spiritual journey through space and time.
Contains: Organic essential oils of:
Patchouli, Frankincense,Young Living Thieves, Spikenard, Ravensara, Sweet Orange, Michaelia Alba Leaf, Rosemary & Vetiver in Jojoba oil & dry oil base.
A really deep blend perfect for meditation, yoga or anytime you want to escape into the mystic…

The one and only NEROLI STAR PUREFUME.
a hypnotic & delicate, sexy, fresh, flirty and perfect scent for anyone!
Just dab on pulse points, rub the luxurious oils into your skin and smell the perfumers alcohol dissipate and then transform into your perfect all natural purefume ; as it reacts with your body chemistry you will create your own unique scent.
Everyone loves this purefume…Moms, Grandmothers, Sisters, Daughters, Friends…….

An old favorite;
Headache/Migraine Relief Blend in a super handy 5ml roll on. To Use: Roll on temples, neck, forehead, under nose, and tops of shoulders for instant calming and soothing relief. Do not place in or around eyes!
INGREDIENTS: Organic Essential Oils of: Rose Abs., Young Living oils of Basil, Peppermint, R.Chamomile , Lavender, Rosemary & Spearmint also
Jojoba, Vit. E. (Mixed Topherols), silky dry oil base. This is always a great seller!

I also made some moisturizing body sprays;
Citrus Blossom (omg fantastic scent!)
Contains no synthetic ingredients. Eco-friendly and biodegradeable. Always Cruelty free.
To Use: Spray anytime you need a burst of a blossom! Shake before use.
Ingredients:
Purified water, Perfumers Alcohol, Aloe Vera extract, organic essential oils of: Neroli, Pink Grapefruit, Tangerine, Bergamot(bf), Ylang Ylang Extra, Coriander, French Lavender, Lavender Mont Blanc, and Vitamin E (tocopheryl acetate).
For more info: www.CandiceLCollins.netau.net

Alert & PMA (positive mental attitude); Cheerful Concentration:
Lightly mist wherever you want a peppy pick-you-up scent to help put you in a positive mood ready for anything. With this beautiful synergy at work, you’ll feel like you could conquer anything! It’s strengthening combination assists in combating fatigue and is often used for completion of projects, and is thought to help relieve anxiety, strengthen nerves, increase circulation, enhance brain function, and assists in balancing the levels of serotonin.
Ingredients: Purified Water, Grain Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Extract (Aloe Vera), Ocimum basilicum (Italian Basil), Coriandrum sativum (Coriander), Rosemarinus officinalis (Rosemary), Lavendula Angustifolia (High Altitude French Lavender), Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang Extra),, Origana Majorana (Marjoram), Canarium Iuzonicum (Elemi), Citrus paradisi (Pink Grapefruit), Citrus Reticulata (Florida Tangerine), Citrus aurantium (Petitgrain, Mentha Piperita, (Peppermint), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E).

ENERGIZING BODY POLISH (Salt Scrub)
Rosemary Citrus Mint
Ingredients: Natural Sea Salts, Epsom Salts, Emu Oil, Organic Castile Soap, Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cyclomethicone, Rosemary & Lemon Extracts, Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Essential Oils of : Lemon, Pink Grapefruit, Sweet Orange, Lime, Spearmint, Peppermint, Lavender, Patchouli, Blue Tansy, Sandalwood, Geranium, Petitgrain, and Vitamin E. No Preservatives.

Many more things to add to this post, but here’s the info you just got to have…..
Mystic Alternatives are having their Grand Opening on April 25 and 26th, 10am-7pm. Mystic Alternatives is located at;
560 N. Citrus Ave., Crystal River, FL
(352) 563-0412

Hope to see you there! 🙂

Information on Ingredients for Natural Products

I’ve compiled a list of the top five resources for consumers who are looking to find out what exactly is in those products you’re using and what to look for when purchasing ‘natural’ products.

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Keep Your Citrus Trees from Dropping Their Fruit in Freezing Temperatures

What is a “smudge-pot” and how to use them to save your fruit from in freezing in cold weather? Read on to find out how.

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