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Thieves Oil Concentrate: What a Steal!

 

 
 

Homemade Thieves Oil Concentrate

Cold and flu season is upon us.  Runny noses, germs, viruses…  It’s not enough for me to pull out the bleach, but I do like a little extra protection.
 
Have you heard of Thieves Oil?   Legend has it that back in the 15th century, 4 thieves used a secret formula to protect themselves from the plague so they could rob the dying and dead.
 
And of course, you can make this yourself with simple, inexpensive, easy to find ingredients.  Recipes vary, but the common mixture is cinnamon, cloves, lemon, eucalyptus and rosemary.  We can’t be sure that thieves actually used this mixture to protect themselves from the plague, but these ingredients are antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-infectious. So give it a go!  It smells great.
 

Thieves Oil Concentrate (Cost: approximately $1.25 per batch)

 
Zest of 1 large lemon (cut the peel off to make it easier to use again)
4 sprigs fresh rosemary
4 cinnamon sticks (buy in bulk at Whole Foods)
¼ cup whole cloves (buy in bulk at Whole Foods)
5 drops eucalyptus essential oil (GNC or online)
 

 

Homemade Thieves Oil Concentrate {TheGreeningOfWestford.com}

  1. Fill a pot with a quart of water and add the first four ingredients.
  2. Heat on the stove top to boiling, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Or, once the mixture has boiled, turn off the heat and let it sit for 2 hours.
  3. Strain the mixture and pour the remaining liquid into a glass jar.  Glass is better than plastic for many reasons!  But in this case, the essential oils can react with plastic.
  4. Add the five drops of eucalyptus oil.

 

You can re-use the ingredients for another 2-3 batches. I store mine in the freezer for later use.
 
This concentrate can be mixed with equal parts of water and kept in a spray bottle.  I use mine as a quick disinfectant for the bathroom.  I really like the smell too.
 

A Quick Note On The Ingredients

 
Whole cloves can be super expensive in grocery stores.  Anywhere from $3 – 4 for a small bottle.  Here is where the bulk spices at Whole Foods comes in.  I purchased 2 cups of whole cloves for $6.65.  Which comes out to be about $0.83 for the ¼ cup you’ll need for this recipe.
 
Cinnamon sticks can be expensive too – I bought 10 good quality cinnamon sticks for $0.99 at Whole foods.  That would have cost me $5 prepackaged – maybe more.

Make sure to cut your lemon peel and not zest (grate it).  I learned this the hard way!   See my lemon zest in the picture?  It’s really difficult to get the zest back after straining to use again.

 

How To Use Your Thieves Oil Concentrate

 
Fill a spray bottle with equal amounts of Thieves Of Concentrate and water.
Spray on surfaces or in the air as a disinfectant.
 
 
It love the smell as it simmers on the stove. 
 
This quart of concentrate will cost you about $1.25.  From this you can make 2 quarts or 2 full sized bottles of disinfectant!  Talk about saving money!  And you can trust these ingredients.
 

Do You Use Any Homemade Cleaners?


This post is shared at Tiny Tip Tuesday, Your Green Resource, Simple Lives Thursday, Healthy 2Day Wednesday, Penny Pinching Party, Simply Natural Saturdays, Seasonal Celebration Sunday

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Save BIG on Amazing Dishwasher Detergent!

Savings on green dishwasher detergent

I have recently found a couple of online stores that have great deals on organic and natural products like essential oils, castille soap, chia seeds and more.  I had to tell you about this offer!

BioKleen Automatic Dish Washing Detergent with Grapefruit Seed and Orange Peel Extract
Great product!   And is on sale right now at drugstore.com for $5.09.  This product is normally anywhere from $7.99 to $8.99 anywhere else.  ($8.49 at drugstore.com, so this is 40% off).  I have tried making my own dishwasher detergent a few times and have not liked the results.  I think the hard water around here makes it tough.

Then get free shipping.  Drugstore.com gives free shipping for orders over $25.

Are you a member of ebates.com?  You can save another 12% by shopping through their link.  I think this is a temporary doubling of the cash back so act quickly, not sure when it runs out.

If you do not currently have an ebates account, sign up for one.  You are eligible to receive a $10 gift card to your choice of Target, Home Depot, Magazines.com or $5 from ebates when you first sign up. Plus then you’ll get the 12%.  Ebates is a shopping site.  If you shop online through their links, you will receive a certain % of your purchase back in cash quarterly.  I have only been a member for a few months and have already earned almost $25 shopping the same stores I always do – vitacost, drugstore.com, Groupon, Land’s End, and many more!

Are you a drugstore.com members?  No.  GREAT!  New customers are getting a $50 Restaurant.com gift certificate with a $25 purchase!  I wasn’t able to confirm this since I already have an account with them but I saw it on the home page of drugstore.com.

Plus, right now at drugstore.com, there is a BUY ONE, GET ONE 50% off deal for NOW essential oils.  I stocked up on lemon and rosemary!  Make sure you get the deal, I had to call customer support to get mine.

I ordered 4 of the dishwasher detergents, wondering if I should have gotten more…..

[Disclosure: If you sign up for ebates or vitacost through the links above, I will get a few dollars in my accounts.  I am planning on using this money to buy new “green” products to review on this site.]

This post has been shared at Monday ManiaFrugally Sustainable and Green Living and Giveaways.

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Fruit Flies Be Gone

 
Since I was young, I have loved summer fruits – peaches, nectarines, strawberries, plums!  Yumm… you could only get these fruits in the summer so I looked forward to it.  
 
What I don’t like about summer fruit….  fruit flies!  They have started to show up at my house in the last couple of weeks.  Now, I could put the fruit in the fridg, but then they don’t taste as good and I won’t eat as much.  Neither will my kids.
 
How do I deal with the fruit flies?   Fruit flies are pretty easy to deal with without using any sort of pesticides.  All you need – a small glass, apple cider vinegar and some plastic wrap.
 
Don’t use your good, expensive apple cider vinegar (ACV)with The Mother, cheap store brand works great.
 
 

 

Fill the glass with about an inch or so of ACV

 
 
 
Place some plastic wrap over the top and poke some holes.
 
 
 
Sit it by your fruit bowl.

 

 

The fruit flies are attracted to the ACV, crawl in through the holes then can’t get out.
 
You’ll need to change the vinegar every few days.  It loses its effectiveness.
 
I used to use a piece of paper wrapped into a cone shape stuck in a jar for years.  It worked, but it’s a pain when you have to change the vinegar.  I find this method much easier.
 
Now some of you may recall that I gave up plastic wrap a couple of years ago.  Where did I get this?   I took a play out of my grandmother’s book and saved some that came on a pie or maybe it was mushrooms.
 
I set up my trap when I saw the first signs of fruit flies.  So far it seems to have kept them from getting out of control.  If you have a real problem with fruit flies,  clean your drain and remove any compost, rotten fruit, and garbage often.
 
Fruit flies are pretty easy to rid without the use of pesticides.  If you have other creepy crawlies in your home, you may be tempted to use the pesticides.  Like I was when confronted with even the idea of lice!  Take a deep breathe and look into pesticide-free alternatives.   According to Healthy Child Healthy World, step one of their 5 step plan to creating a healthier environment for your children is to avoid pesticides.
 
How do you deal with pests?

This post is part of Simple Lives ThursdayFrugal Days Sustainable Ways, and Tiny Tip Tuesday.

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