Yoga mat maintenance

If you love yoga I am guessing you would prefer not to touch your nose onto a mat that has been cleaned with harsh chemicals. So, try this instead. 

Recipe

  • 5 drops eucalyptus oil
  • 5 drops lavender oil
  • water 
  • Distilled vinegar

Fill a spray bottle with water then add your choice of essential oils. Spray and clean to your heart's content. The eucalyptus oil will work as an antibacterial and the lavender will help you relax. 

If you do hot yoga, then it may be worthwhile cleaning the mat first with a Castile soap or vinegar spray.

bathroom

Make your own toilet bombs

If you have already made your own dishwasher tabs then you have also already made your own toilet bombs too. It is exactly the same process! All you need to do now is drop two into your toilet and leave overnight. No more bleach needed. 

If you have not made your own dishwasher tabs, the  here is how it is done.

Recipe

  • 1 cup Bicarb soda
  • 1/4 cup citric acid 
  • 1 tbs Castile soap
  • 3 or 4 drops of eucalyptus essential oil

You can also double or triple these quantities to make more if you like, but the above is a rough guide on proportions. 

Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and add the Castile soap and essential oil and then mix until completely damp. The mixture will look a crumbly.

To form the tabs, you can use a baking tray lined with baking paper. A flexible ice-cube tray will work just as well. Anything that will allow you to form tabs of the right size to fit into your dishwasher.

Press the mixture firmly into the tray so that it is about 1.5cm thick. If you use a baking tray, take a metal ruler and compact the mixture down evenly, and then cut them into the right size, about 2cm by 2cm. Treat it just like the base of a slice.

Leave the tabs for about an hour and they will all be solid. Break them apart, or push out of the ice cube tray. Leave them out in the open until they are completely dry, and then store in an airtight container. 

Leave a few tabs in a lovely airtight jar next to the toilet. A eucalyptus room spray is also recommended next to the toilet, and if you leave a bottle of neat eucalyptus oil also on the toilet for the times when the toilet does not smell like it should.

All you do is flush, wait for the water to refill in the bowl, and add 4 drops of neat oil. This will spread out over the surface of the water and leave the bathroom ready for the next visitor.

Remember, if you put these 3 things:

  • A jar of toilet bombs
  • Some eucalyptus spray
  • A neat bottle of eucalyptus oil

into your bathroom, it will ensure the WC is always a pleasant place to visit. Bleach and commercial products are no longer needed. 

How to help smelly feet

Are you one of those people that never takes their shoes off because they're horrified about the unpleasant smell that might be given off? Perhaps you live with someone like that? Would you prefer to be free to run on the grass barefoot, feel soft plush carpets on your toes, or bury your feet in the sand without a worry? If so, all you need to do it take a little personal time and make a foot spa with the following ingredients. It will help you or your partner's feet, not to mention help relax your body and mind. 

Recipe

  • Bicarb soda
  • Bucket, big enough to immerse your feet 
  • Warm to hot water
  • Eucalyptus and lavender oil 
  • Lemon 
  • Salt
  • Peppermint oil or extract 
  • Almond oil
  • Glass marbles 

Get a good book and a cup of something lovely and place these near a comfortable chair. Put a fluffy towel on the floor and fill up your bucket with water. Ensure it is not too hot, but warm enough to be relaxing. Tip a cup of bicarb soda into the water and stir until the water is cloudy. You may have to add more bicarb soda for the cloudy colour to occur.

Place the bucket next to the towel. Get a lemon and cut it in half and fill an egg cup with salt. Sit down and rub the lemon and salt all over your feet. If you have any cuts on your feet this might sting a little but it is worth it. Once you have finished scrubbing immerse your feet into the warm water and add the essential oils: 5 drops of lavender and 2 drops of eucalyptus. 

Pick up your book and sit back and relax for 15 mins. If you want to add little luxury place some glass marbles at the bottom of the bucket and gentle rub your feet over the marbles for a massage. This is just wonderful for tied feet.

When you have had enough, or the water has cooled down remove your feet and vigorously rub then dry with a clean towel. Try not to put on shoes or socks until your feet are absolutely dry, but if you are in a hurry the hairdryer will always help.

Finish off with a peppermint foot ointment. You can make this with a couple of drops of sweet almond oil and a splash of peppermint oil or extract which you may have in the pantry. If you do not have any peppermint try 1 drop of lavender and 1 drop eucalyptus as this will work just as well.