Cleaning your Essential Oil Diffuser

Anyone one who has an essential oil diffuser knows they should clean the diffuser at lest monthly. No? That’s okay because I didn’t either, it wasnt untill one day I went to add oils into the one in our bedroom and notice it was very dirty inside and thought, hmm I should clean this. But I didn’t know how to. So I did some research (meaning Pinterest and google) and found a very easy way to clean my diffusers.

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In order to keep you diffuser to run well you should wipe it out after each use and letting it air dry. You can run some lemon oil in your diffuser for a bit and it will make wiping out the inside much easier. Some diffusers don’t use water and you can still clean it by rinsing the nozzle and wiping it clean.

But first before you start cleaning make sure of what kind diffuser you have since there are so many different kinds out there.

Deep Cleaning

  1. Turn off your diffuser.
  2. Fill the water reservoir halfway to the line with clean water.
  3. Add 10 drops of white vinegar to the water reservoir.
  4. Turn it on and let run for 3-5 minutes, allowing the vinegar to run through.
  5. Drain the water reservoir completely.
  6. Wipe down the edges of the reservoir and the ultrasonic mist chip at the bottom.
  7. Rinse the water reservoir with clean water.

This method of cleaning works well with the diffuser’s that I own. I hope this helps anyone with a diffuser who was unsure how to clean one or didnt know they should!

 

 

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Makeup Brush Cleaning with Dr Bronners Soap

I try to wash my brushes and sponges every week, because who wants to use the same brush or sponge on your face. I have tried different ways and so far this is the easiest way that works for me. I made my own makeup brush mat for cleaning and it works pretty good. It was kinda fun to make and super easy.

What I use:

Dr Bronners Organinc Sugar Soaps-I like the Tree Tea soap.

Homemade brush mat-  random Tupperware lid with hot glue patterns.

Step One-

I get all of my brushes  and sponges wet, some weeks it depends on if i put any eye shadow on or not, I mostly use makeup sponges. Then I pump some soap on my fancy homemade brush mat.

Step Two-

After getting the brushes/sponges wet and I then start swirling them on to the brush mat with the soap to clean them. Rinse and repeat untill the water from the  brush/sponge is clear. You want to make sure the water doesn’t go on to the metal/handle since the glue can weaken.

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Step Three-

Once all of the brushes/sponges are rinsed and cleaned I take a towel and squeeze ay extra water out and  set them out to dry on a towel. A drying rack for brushes would speed up the drying time but,  I don’t have one and I think my cats would think its a toy for them.

So there you go, thats how I clean my brushes/sponges. Nothing fancy.

7 Ways To Cleanse And Energize Your Crystals

Why it’s important to clear your crystals?

When you first receive your crystal, it has been passed around and holds the energy of where ever and who ever  it came from. Unless you took it from the earth yourself. If the previous owner of the crystal has any negative energies or vibrations, it  will be stored in there, and passed to you.

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Frequency of cleansing. 

If you’ve already cleansed them when you acquired them and have used them for a long time, it’s a good idea to regularly give them a good cleaning. Who doesn’t like a good cleaning? This is important if you do a lot of healing or energy work, or if you are you’re using them all of the time. Especially  if you’re using negativity-deflecting stones like Hematite, who is constantly working to turn  negative energies into positive. If it’s jewelry you wear regularly, make sure to clean them once a week.

If you use them for healing work, clear them after each session or treatment.

If you’re using them for deep soul work, cleanse them often.  Sometimes you can tell by the way the crystal’s appearance has changed, the feel in your hand, or how the vibrations feels.

Clearing your stone.

Cleansing and clearing your crystals is very important. There can be several people handling the crystal until it has reached you, good or bad energies. Here are a few ways to do this:

1. Sea salt and water

Sea salt and water is a great way to rid your stone of unwanted  energies. If the stone is not brittle, using sea salt will not harm the stone. When using this method  leave the stone in the water overnight. You can add other herbs like sage or lavender to the water to enhance the cleansing effect. Caution:Crystals that contain iron, such as Hematite, Magnetite, and Lodestone may oxidize when submerged in water.

2. Running water

Using running water is also a very effective way of cleansing your stone. Put  the intention out  by asking the Universe to remove all negativity. One way to try is to imagine white light around the stone cleaning and filling it. Caution: Some crystals should NEVER be submerged in water. Some crystal can  be damaged, or dissolve.  The following Crystals should not be placed in water are: Selenite, Malachite, Lapis Lazuli, Fluorite, Calcite, Desert Rose, Labradorite, or Halite.

3. Other Stones

Stones like Selenite,  Carnelian and Clear Quartz clean other stones. It’s really simple. All you have to do is add them to where you store your stones and it does all the work for you.

4. Smudging

You can also use sage to clear your healing stones. While smudging your stones, it’s important to put intention in to them. Smudging by taking a sacred herb, white sage , sweetgrass or  incense.  Lighting it and  letting it smoke, and then holding the crystal in the smoke for a few seconds.

5. The Earth

Mother Earth will  recharge the crystals  with her vibrational energy. Make sure you have a marker in the ground so you know where to find them after cleansing for 24 hours! You can also place them in earth in a container to more easily find them. Caution: Make sure your crystals are on the  hardness rating of at least 6 or higher.  Any  moisture in the earth may  damage your crystals. Also dirt may get trapped in any cracks.

6. Moonlight

Many stones love the moonbeams! To get the most of the moonbeams  lay them out during the Full Moon.  A strong Full Moon will last for 3 days. Your crystals will still get the love it even if it’s cloudy. Caution: Make sure that any crystals  that are low in hardness  are brought back inside before any rain.

7. Sunlight

Sunlight is another  great way to bathe your crystals, especially any that are red, yellow, or orange. Carnelian and Sunstone love to sunbathe! Set them out in the sun for a few hours, to help them recharge. Caution : Sunlight can make some crystals fade or change color. These crystals should not be placed under sunlight: Amethyst, Celestite, Citrine, Fluorite, Kunzite, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Topaz, and Turquoise are just a few.

Personally I love using Selenite to cleanse and energize my crystals. All I have to do is place it by what ever crystal I went cleansed and go about my day. I find this is the easiest for me. My other favorites are Moonlight and Sunlight. You do have to be more careful and make sure that the crystal and withstand both cleansing elements.

Just a little decluttering 

Sometimes we buy that item that we think will wear but ends up being pushed to the back of the closest and never worn or at time rediscovered. That hasn't happened to me lately. Lately I've been going through my closest, what it seems every two or three months. Not sure why but I get this bug to go through everything. Also whenever I get something new I will look through my clothes and find something that I either haven't worn or don't like anymore to replace whatever it is that is new. This seems to help quite a bit as well.

Some of my summer tops I can wear all year round, I just layer them under something else. I also try to buy tops that are versatile for all year long.  If I haven't worn them in like six months, depending on the season I give them away. Luckily I don't have that many shoes, I try to rotate my shoes so that they all get equal wear during their season. I do the same with jackets. But lately I have acquired quite a few of them. Really, how many light jackets do I need? It's a struggle, I have light rain jacket that is perfect for all seasons but winter. So that one stays even though I may not wear it all the time but it is a essential.

So some items I do keep if they are essential pieces even if they don't get worn all the time. Only because it would be silly to get rid of a item if it was out of season. Plus I make sure they are well taken care of, for the next season

so I don't have to spend more money on the same items. I still have a pair of UGG's from two or three winters ago and they still look good and keep my feet warm and dry. I also have another pair so that not all of the wear and tear is on the one pair. I take the bus a lot and the salt for the icy Midwest roads can be hard on boots and shoes. Plus if a pair is wet or develops a hole in one, I have a second pair. I had a hole appear in a pair one year and it sucked. So it is a good idea to have a second pair as a back up. Again Midwest winters. I also have a second winter jacket because of this reason.

So it's not bad to have doubles of certain items. I try not to have way more then I need at the same time. It all about finding that balance. For some it might be really easy and for others not so much. It's something that I am still working on, it can be hard to pass up a deal or when you see something really cute. I have some tips on decluttering your clothes, that help me. Hopefully they will help you too.

Tips:

Pull everything out. I mean everything out.

Be truthful. Are you really going to wear this?

Can you think of more then one outfit to go with it?

Why I am I keeping this.

Does it fit?

Why is this still in here?

Is there a reason for keeping this?

Do I like it?

Will I wear this and where?