DIY Carpet Deodorizer

During the fall and winter months, with people spending more time indoors, the heater blowing, and less fresh air circulating through open windows, carpets can get rather musty smelling. Many people turn to commercial carpet deodorizing powders without realizing that these contain toxic ingredients which have been linked to allergies and asthma. This is especially worrisome if you have babies crawling on your carpet or pets who not only walk on the carpet, but often spend a lot of time playing and napping on the carpet. Toxic chemicals are absorbed through the skin, and they are absorbed more rapidly in children than adults.

There is absolutely no need to put something potentially hazardous on your carpets when it is so simple to make your own carpet deodorizer that does not contain any toxic ingredients! Literally, all you need is 2 ingredients!

To make what is pictured above, you will need a Mason jar (any size), Ball Herb Shaker Lids (can be found on Amazon and also at many local retails), baking soda, and your favorite Young Living Essential Oils! I like the Purification blend, because it is odor-neurtralizing, plus I usually add in another oil that is just a scent I enjoy. Today, it is StressAway!

You then sprinkle this mixture on your carpets, let it sit for about 15 minutes, then vacuum it up!

Now, here are a few more tips:

  1. You can also re-use a parmesan cheese shaker or any other container that has a top that works well for sprinkling the mixture onto your carpets! I’m all about using what you have on hand when you can!
  2. I have tested out simply putting baking soda on the carpet and vacuuming it up, and I didn’t find it did much to eliminate odors. Seems the key is add essential oils!
  3. Lastly, the type of essential oils you use make a difference! You will not see these results using cheap fragrance oils that you pick up at the grocery store. Those are typically either heavily diluted essential oils (so not very powerful) or they are not essential oils at all–they are fragrances made in a lab, just like perfume.

Non-Toxic Face Masque

I don’t know about you, but I keep seeing all of these expensive chemical peels and face masques for sale. More than the cost, what is concerning is the highly toxic ingredients in them!  Even before I was all out “crunchy,” reading the label on every single item I purchased, I never felt good about putting something on my face that had harsh chemicals. It just seemed like a really risky idea, especially something that goes close to your EYES!  So, basically, I’ve just stayed away from face masques.

However, recently I’ve seen varying versions of a masque circulating amongst my friends that is made with only 6 ingredients, all of them safe & all-natural!

Four of the ingredients are ones I already had on hand! As you can probably tell from the 1-gallon jar, I use apple cider vinegar for ALL.THE.THINGS. But for real. I do. The essential oils are also ones I already had on hand, as Tea Area, Frankincense, and Rosemary are super multi-purpose oils that I use for a ton of different things!

The two ingredients I did not have on hand were Bentonite Clay and Activated Charcoal. Let me be real with you for a hot second. I have been wanting to make this recipe for several weeks now, and every time I went to the health food store, I’d forget to look for these two ingredients. Finally, I just hopped on Amazon and ordered them! One thing I love about ordering on Amazon is that I can read the reviews to see others’ experiences with the brands. I spent about 15 minutes researching each of these before deciding on these brands. They seemed to be the best quality with cleanest ingredients. The sizes that I bought offered the most “bang for your buck,” but you could also buy smaller sizes and save a bit of money up front. I knew I’d be making lots of this stuff and probably also giving some as gifts this holiday season, so I went ahead and sprung for the “value size” containers!

After mixing all of the ingredients together (recipe at bottom), I applied the mixture to my face!

This is my “I didn’t realize I the masque was going to quite this dark” face. I’m not sure what I expected, exactly, but not this!  It felt really nice, not at all itchy or tingly. The masque is supposed to be left on for 30 minutes until it is fully dry, and this pic was taken after about 10 minutes. You can see that some areas are drying and some are still pretty wet.

This is my face immediately after removing the masque! You can see that some areas are a bit red, which is to be expected. After removing the masque, you want to wash your face thoroughly as the masque removes toxins from your skin that you don’t want re-absorbed. You can see there is still a bit of the masque in some areas, and I did wash my face one more time after taking this photo to make sure everything came off!  I also immediately applied toner, which you always want to do after a masque to restore the pH balance to your skin. After about 45 minutes, the redness was completely gone and my face felt great! The best way I can describe it is to say it felt more smooth and firm, with no greasiness.

So, how did I make the masque? SUPER SIMPLE!

1 tsp bentonite clay

1 tsp activated charcoal

2 tsp organic apple cider vinegar

1 drop each of Frankincense, Rosemary, and Tea Tree essential oils!

Seriously, it doesn’t get any easier! Just stir until there is a mud-like consistency, and then gently apply to your face! I used a fan brush for easier application, but you can also just use your fingers!

When you try this out, let me know how you like it!

Farmhouse Style Planter!

I found this chair on an online swap page for $10, and I immediately fell in LOVE with it! I bought it, and it sat in my garage for over a year, because I couldn’t quite decide what to do with a chair that was missing it’s seat! Sure, I could make a seat for it, but that just didn’t seem like the purpose this chair was meant to serve. Finally, it came to me!

Make it into a farmhouse-style planter for my front porch!

Once I decided what to do with it, the actual making of the planter took 5 minutes, as I just happened to have a hanging basket that was the perfect size to insert into the center of the chair!

Seriously, how cute is this?!? I love that it looks like a well-worn chair that has taken on a new life! It seriously makes me SO happy every time I see the bright pink cyclamen sitting in their new home!

What fun projects have you done lately?

DIY Hair Spray

I’ve been on a journey the past 5 years to eliminate toxic chemicals from my home. This actually started way before I learned about essential oils. I learned that synthetic fragrances lead to all sorts of health problems, such as allergies and asthma, and they are endocrine disruptors. Yuck!

After learning this, I started ditching a lot of the products that were in my cabinets. One of them was hair spray! For several years, I just did without it. I’m not a high-maintenance type of gal, so it wasn’t a big deal…other than those times when I wanted to get a bit more done up for a special event.

Last year, I found a recipe for a DIY hair spray using essential oils and a few other all-natural ingredients. To my surprise, it worked great!  No nasty chemicals, staying power, and {BONUS!} it made my hair smell great!

This recipe comes from the book The Chemical Free Home by Melissa Poepping. If you don’t have it yet, you should totally grab a copy!  The spray bottle is one that I purchased online, then I used my Cricut to design and cut a fun vinyl label!  The essential oils are all Young Living Essential Oils, which are free of synthetic fillers and fragrances and so nourishing for the hair!

DIY Potting Bench

To start off this new website, I thought I’d share a project I did several years ago. This project continues to be pinned daily on Pinterest!  I had so much fun creating this piece, but had no clue it would become SO popular!

I found a beautiful antique-looking twin headboard on one of those online garage sale sites. I purchased it for $20, with the vision of making it into a potting bench, and that is exactly what I did!

I don’t have photos of each step, because I did not create this with the intention of blogging about it. However, I took a few pics along the way, and I’ll share them below!

This is the headboard as it was when I purchased it:

When I saw it online, my immediate thought was “What can I make with this beautiful piece?!?  After searching Pinterest for a bit, I came across the idea to make a potting bench! I’d always wanted a potting bench for my back porch, so this seemed like the perfect way to make a super cute one!

I painted the headboard a fun shade of pink, priming first and then finishing off with an outdoor paint!

I built 2 of these for the top and bottom shelves:

From there, it was pretty easy to screw everything together!

What do you think?  This was my first piece of furniture to build from scratch, and I love the way it turned out!

VALOR…what does it mean?

Hello and welcome to my new website!

I chose the name Drop of Valor, because it encompasses the purpose behind my passion for sharing my life with others. The word valor is defined as “courage” or “bravery.” Some definitions add “in the face of adversity.” I’ve had my share of adversity in my life, and what I have found is that some days you just need a little drop of encouragement, something to give you the courage to keep pressing forward…a drop of valor.

This website will be a place where I share some of the things that have helped me along the way. Some of those things are as simple as slowing down and enjoying the beauty around me, so you’ll see some photos of some of the things I love and that bring me joy!  Other things that have helped me are removing toxic chemicals from my home, so you’ll see some of the ways I have accomplished that over the past several years.  DIY projects are a huge stress reliever for me, so I’ll share some of my favorites here! Essential oils are something that have played a huge role in not only detoxing my home, but also in supporting emotional strength and wellness through times of stress, so you’ll definitely see some posts about them!

Thanks for joining me on this journey!