How to Make Wool Dryer Balls

How to Make Dryer Balls

Dryer balls are a great replacement for dryer sheets and fabric softener. They soften clothes, speed up drying time, remove wrinkles and reduce static all without the use of chemicals. Just toss them in the dryer with your wet clothes, and they’ll work their magic.

I used this set for the last decade:

Dryer Max Dryer Balls

And they work great, but I’ve never really liked the fact that they were made out of PVC. When wool dryer balls hit the market a few years ago, I was thrilled to have a plastic-free option, but at almost $40 a set, I just couldn’t bring myself to order them.

So, I did what I normally do in situations like this … I figured out how to make my own. Here are the instructions. [Read more…]

How to Make Shower Diffuser Melts

How to Make Shower Melts

Have you seen all the recipes for shower melts circulating around on the web? The concept is brilliant. You mix a couple ingredients together to form a hard tablet that you can add essential oils to. Then, you place one in the bottom of the shower, and as the water melts it, the oils are released into the steam, so you breathe them in while you’re showering. It basically turns your shower into a giant diffuser. And that’s a great thing, if you’re looking for relief from congestion caused by sinus problems, allergies, a cold or the flu. Just scent your shower melts with essential oils that help to relieve congestion – peppermint and eucalyptus, for example — and by the end of your shower, you should start to feel some relief from all of that sinus pressure.

Like I said, it’s a brilliant concept, but the recipes I tried were less than brilliant. They all basically danced around the same idea of combining three parts baking soda with one part water. That combination will give you a tablet of sorts, but you either have to wait forever for them to air dry or bake them in the oven before you can use them. Then, once they’re dry, you have to be super careful with them because they crumble really easily. But the biggest problem by far is that they dissolve too fast to get all the diffuser benefits that you’re after. After looking at the comments on a bunch of blogs, I could see that other people felt the same way, so I decided to come up with my own recipe. [Read more…]

How to Make Wax Melts

How to Make Wax Melts

I popped into Walmart the other day, and was surprised to discover almost an entire aisle dedicated to wax melts. Wow! I knew they were popular, but I had no idea they were that popular. And here’s the thing: most of the wax melts they were selling were made out of paraffin wax and synthetic fragrances. Those aren’t things I want my family breathing.

But I do like the idea of wax melts. So, I grabbed a cheapy electric warmer (less than $7), and I went home to make my own wax melts. My version cleans the air instead of polluting it, and can easily be tweaked to help with sinus and cold/flu symptoms. Check it out. [Read more…]