I hate to toss one more step on your cleaning routine, but I promise you’re going to thank me. Last night when I got into bed, I immediately felt the calm relaxation of freshly laundered sheets, blankets and comforter. And oh that clean smell that whisked me off to sleep like a lullaby, thanks to my Essential Oil Mattress Spray!
Is there really any better feeling?
I admit that I’m totally not one of those folks who strip down their bed weekly and wash their sheets.. I’m actually shocked to here that some of you are either (a) organized enough to keep that routine going or (b) you are that nervous about bed-dirt.
I’m neither. I have a million other things that I do before I wash my sheets, if that grosses you out, I’m sorry. I’m not here to fool ya, I’m here to be REAL. And keeping that REAL moment happening, I want to also address the elephant in the room.. these prefect looking photos of our bedroom.
Being real with you is sharing that I don’t wash my bedding as often as I should, it’s also sharing an insider secret that all these pretty-photos you see on the internet aren’t what they seem either.
While our bedroom looks clean and zen like in these photos, it’s actually a 1/2 way done room with no trim, no closet door and a window that’s in such bad shape you can’t hardly see out of it. Oh yeah and there’s a stain on our mattress where some little puppy peed the bed. Not to mention the ugly 20 year old green carpet that matches NOTHING we own….
But pretty pictures get blog clicks. Thank goodness for camera magic, right!?!
What makes these photos look so great is #1 a camera lens that gives you that buttery blurry bokeh background, #2 eliminating clutter, #3 neutral interior colors and #4 photo editing to brighten the exposure and shadows.
Here’s a photo before/after for you to see the difference.
When I first started blogging, I was envious of people with picture perfect food, picture perfect homes, who’s lives seemed oh so enviously perfect. Now, coming from the other side, I am not afraid to share that none of those are true, all of us are just faking it for photos, pretty-perfect-looking-photos to bring traffic to our sites so that we can continue creating FREE content for all of you.
Even if you have old beat-up orange wood colored bedroom furniture, pet pee stained mattress and a headboard bought from Amazon… it’s all perfectly ok. It’s still amazing, just like you are amazing just the way you are!
Yesterday, when I stripped the bed, I gave our entire mattress and pillows a generous spray of my Essential Oil Mattress Spray (used roughly 1/2 the bottle) … I also turned on our bedroom air filter to help freshen things up.
Then right before re-assembling the bed (6 hours later, because life is super distracting) I lightly spritzed each layer (mattress, pillows, sheets, blanket and comforter) for a little extra fresh aromatherapy.
So, while I’m sharing my Essential Oil Mattress Spray as a way to help freshen your mattress and pillows when you’re changing your sheets, it’s ALSO awesome for times when you want that uber fresh and clean aromatherapy in-between washes.
I’m actually trying to get into the routine of giving everything a quick freshen-up spritz when I’m making the bed (reality is that I don’t make our bed every day, so stop thinking I do, it happens a couple times a week if I’m lucky)
The base of my Essential Oil Mattress Spray is simply 50/50 blend of water and ORGANIC distilled white vinegar.
Notice that emphasis on ORGANIC?
Yeah, that was intentional. I’m not someone who uses white vinegar liberally. Click HERE to learn Why I Don’t Use White Vinegar for cleaning and why it’s imperative that you choose ORGANIC when you do.
(side note: I get my Organic Distilled White Vinegar as a part of my monthly Grove Collaborative Order, it’s the cheapest I’ve found it. PLUS you get a free 5-piece gift set of natural products with your first order!! )
Then we add our Essential Oils, to the water/vinegar base.
You want to choose essential oils that provide cleaning properties and appropriate aromatherapy; you don’t want to use invigorating or energy stimulating EOs in a space that necessitates clam and relaxation!
I’ve been exclusively been using RMO Essential Oils for nearly 3 years, to learn WHY I switched and what makes their oils (& company so awesome) Click HERE.
Minty Clean Blend is one of my all time favorite EOs for cleaning Click HERE to learn more. It’s a combination of Eucalyptus, Spearmint and Cornmint, it’s all the smells of fresh and clean. And by using a blend you’ll save money by purchasing just one oil blend instead of 3 separate oils ($20 vs $35 separately)
Lavandin is my new favorite EO.
Lavandin Essential Oil offers a very classic floral and fresh aroma. Created in the early 1920’s, this essential oil is known as a hybrid of the traditional Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia) varieties. Also known as Lavandin “Grosso”, Lavandin produces a much larger yield of essential oil compared to the traditional Lavandula angustifolia.
Because of its high yield and availability, it is much more budget friendly and offered in a larger volume.
See that giant bottle of Lavandin? It’s ONLY $39 for 118 mL compared to roughly $25 for each of those small 15mL bottles of Lavender. MATH: That’s $.33 per mL compared to $1.66 per mL – talk about saving some serious cash while still reaping all the lavendar-aweome-benfits!
I use Lavandin DAILY during my Sauna sessions and as a regular part of my laundry routine on wool dryer balls. I no longer have to feel stingy when using my favorite EO, since it’s now so much less expensive!
So, even if you don’t have freshly washed bedding, you can still get all the feels as if you did while getting relaxing aromatherapy to lull you away to dream land!