Hey friends! This is my first post in a new series called Pinterest Inspired. Today I’m focusing on something super exciting…spray bottles. Okay, it may sound boring, but once you take away the wedding and fashion pins, isn’t most of Pinterest DIY or home tricks? I know I have a whole board dedicated to this on my Pinterest, and I’ve only tried about a quarter of them. Recently I put two of them to the test, and also wanted to highlight another spray that I’ve made.
Two Ingredient Instant Car De-Icer
I got a spray bottle at target for about $4, and I love that it has a section to label what’s in it. Though it’s not too cold in DC yet, my car windshield has been frosted over in the morning which adds an extra 5 minutes to my commute time waiting for the car defroster to work.
Recipe: 1 Part Rubbing Alchohol + 2 Parts Water
I tested it out one cold morning and it worked to clear the ice as soon as I sprayed it- hooray!
But the mixture contains water, so as soon as I pulled out of our parking spot it fogged up again and I had to wait on the defroster. No fun. I mean, seriously – did the person who made the pin ever test it out?? Maybe if I try rubbing alcohol without water it would work, but I’m giving this pin a failing grade.
Magic Stain Remover
I saw this spray for baby stain remover on a laundry tips pin and immediately wanted to try it, as Allie’s outfits get stained fairly often and Shout is too strong to use on her clothes right now. I’ll spare you the before and after pictures because let’s be honest, who wants to look at a poop-stained onesie?
Recipe: 2 parts hydrogen peroxide + 1 part Dawn dish soap (I didn’t add the optional baking soda)
I made it in an identical spray bottle to the car de-icer. And it worked! I sprayed it and let it soak in for a few minutes then ran the clothes in the wash. This is a cinch to make and I’m pretty sure this works well on normal clothing stains also.
Lavender Linen Spray
So this isn’t from Pinterest, though I’m sure you could find similar pins if you wanted an exact guide. After getting lavender essential oil, this is one of the first things I used it for. I just mixed water with a few drops of the oil and then spray it on our sheets and pillows before going to bed. You do need to shake the bottle before spraying to mix the oil in. This is so easy to make and you can use lavender or substitute in lemon for a Febreze-type spray for couch cushions and pillows.
I have more things to say on essential oils that probably should get its own blog post, but I’ll mention a few here. I do like them for diffusing and I’m trying to incorporate them into more things, like cooking. I do think they are vastly overblown and would never use them in place of medicine or even cleaning (I like my Windex and besides, who has time to make all these DIY cleaning sprays? I barely had time for the things mentioned in this post). I think DoTerra and Young Living are overpriced and you can get oils cheaper at places like Mountain Rose Herbs or Etsy (I got my lemon oil from a local Virginia company here). You have to be careful and make sure they are pure and high quality though- I wouldn’t trust anything that doesn’t have a statement about that or oils that you would buy at a mass merchandiser like Walmart. Lastly, I would never use them on my kids’ skin without mixing them first with a base, like coconut oil. I haven’t used essential oils on Allie and I’m not planning on it, though I will diffuse them around her. Overall, I think they smell great and are helpful but are overrated right now. If you have anything additional to add or want to share your own experiences with essential oils, I’d love to hear in the comments!