This pandemic has really taken a toll on everyone. If, like us, you’ve been self-isolating except for work, grocery shopping and Dr.’s visits for a solid year, then you need a break! Spring cleaning might not sound like a break, but it will add some freshness and a change to your home, giving you a breath of fresh air. To begin, get an air purifier like the AirMax8L we received courtesy of Okaysou.
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Along with deep cleaning all the what-not’s, baseboards, windows, etc. I really like to start with the air inside our home. We have a wood fireplace, 2 dogs and a cat and the air gets very stuffy and musty even with our regular, weekly/daily cleaning. I use essential oils in room sprays, daily, and that helps some but an air purifier goes a long way in really cleaning the air and helping your home smell it’s best. Currently, we have 2. One we bought at Walmart and it’s ok, but it’s small and really only works well in a smaller area like a bedroom. The one we got from Okaysou works in an 800 square foot area. We use it in our living room and it has made a world of difference!
We’ve been having some pretty cold nights and have had the fireplace going in the evenings. The next morning, the air is dusty and smells like wood smoke so I’ve bene running the AirMax8L air purifier in the living room, in front of the fireplace. It filters the air and takes all that away making it so much easier to breathe. We have asthmatics in our family and this is such a tremendous help.
Along with the air purifier running, I’ve been focusing on some deep cleaning to also help freshen the air. A few things include:
- Vacuuming the furniture
- Dusting and wiping down the baseboards
- Cleaning the ceiling fans
- Vacuuming the window sills
- Washing the curtains
- Cleaning the mini-blinds
- Dusting ceiling trim
- Linen sprays in every room using essential oils that can purify the air (keeping the animals in different rooms each day)
That’s my first spring cleaning step. Getting all the built up winter dust out – dusting using a homemade dusting aid with essential oils (recipe AND printable label below), vacuuming and running an air purifier to do so.
The house smells so fresh and clean! The sir inside feels better too! As soon as we have a warm day (upper 60’s), I’ll open the windows and let some fresh outside air in as well. For now, the above steps is enough.
I do want to give you some info on this new air purifier we’ve been using. As I mentioned, it purifies the air in, up to, an 800 sq. ft. room.
It contains a medical grade ULTRA-DUO filtration system that can capture up to 99.97% of air pollutants like kitchen odors, pollen, smoke, pet dander and hair and can also break down various harmful gases, such as formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene and VOCs that other 3-stage filter can’t do.
There are 3 fan settings. I typically use it on low or medium and it still clears the air from the fireplace! It also features a bedtime setting that let’s it run quieter as well as a timer so you can set it and it will turn off after so many hours. This works well for me since I run it during the day. I just set it and forget it each morning.
This isn’t the largest air purifier available at Okaysou either. They also have an AirMax 10L Pro and an 11L! If your living space isn’t very big or you only need an air purifier for one, small room, there are smaller ones as well!
Now for our DIY Furniture Polish with essential oils recipe. This furniture polish can be made 2 ways. One will create a polish balm, using beeswax, and the other is a spray. Either one will leave your furniture looking clean and shiny and will help repel dust.
ALWAYS test on an inconspicuous area to make sure it won’t damage the surface. As with any product, not all surfaces like all ingredients. So always test it first. I also recommend wearing gloves whenever using essential oils.
DIY Furniture Polish With Essential Oils
- Double Boiler or microwave (if using beeswax)
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup vinegar
- 10 drops lemon essential oil (or orange)
- 1.5 tbsp beeswax (optional)
- Always test in an inconspicuous area before using.
- If using beeswax to make a polish instead of a spray, melt beeswax in double boiler or microwave. If using microwave, watch for splattering.
- Add olive oil vinegar and essential oils and allow to cool completely before using. Apply onto a soft cloth, like microfiber, and gently polish into wood.
- If making as a spray, omit beeswax and simply mix olive oil, vinegar and essential oils together in an 8 oz spray bottle. Shake before each use, spray onto a microfiber cloth and polish furniture as usual
I also made a printable label to use on your DIY Handmade Furniture Polish. It is in pdf format and features labels in 1.5″ and 3″ sizes. You can print them on sticker/label paper and cut out or print on regular paper and tape on with shipping tape. The tape will make them waterproof as well!
To download, click the download button and save the download to your computer.
I hope you enjoy this furniture polish recipe and the accompanying label. What are some tips you have for pre-Spring cleaning?
Air purifiers, humidifiers and accessories are all available on Okaysou and Amazon.
Crystal is a stay-at-home- mom, living in KY with her husband and children. She is a travel and lifestyle blogger encouraging folks to live their life one adventure at a time while also focusing on beauty, health and lifestyle. From time to time she also likes to showcase her adorable pets along with her family. Along with Cinnamon Hollow she can be found at The Martin Family Adventure … read more