Vinegar Free All Purpose Cleaner That Works Like Magic

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Need a vinegar free all purpose cleaner that works magic on your family’s muck and mayhem? I have the absolute perfect 3-ingredient recipe!

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If your husband is like my husband, he can’t stand the smell of cleaning vinegar. And he most definitely lets you know he HATES it. In my case the complaints were almost as bad as when men get sick. You know those complaints. They get a cold and you’d think they were dying.

While the smell of cleaning vinegar does dissipate, there’s absolutely no relief from a complaint about the smell regardless of the essential oils I use to freshen the scent. On the flip side of that, you want to use non-toxic cleaning products in your home. And in an effort to use more natural cleaning products, vinegar has always been your go to thing.

So what do you do when you A.) want save money by making your own natural cleaning products and B.) your husband threatens you with divorce if you use vinegar just one more time? The good news is, you can keep your husband. The better news is, you can make a homemade vinegar free all purpose cleaner that works like magic.

I’m talking this stuff took wine stains off my laminate countertop that were two weeks old kind of magic. Not only that, but it smells simply AMAZING. And the fragrance, just a single to-die-for essential oil, was personally approved by my husband. He actually came home and COMMENTED on how great the house smelled. I mean wow, right?

Not only does my vinegar free all purpose cleaner require the purchase of just TWO products, you’ll find that these products last a long time and have so many more uses than just cleaning countertops! Plus they’re eco-friendly!

Vinegar Free All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

800 mL/27 oz. distilled water
20 mL/.67 oz. Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner
20 mL/.67 oz. 5-fold lemon essential oil

Instructions:

Measuring all ingredients by volume, add the water to a 28 oz. spray bottle then follow with Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner and the essential oil. Gently turn the bottle to mix.

If you don’t like strong scents you can halve the amount of essential oil used. (The usage rate of both the essential oil and Sal Suds is approximately 2.4%.) The amount called for in the recipe was enough to get a strong lemon fragrance that made the whole house smell fantastic.

If desired you can print out labels for your vinegar free all purpose cleaner here.

(For the BEST price on Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds, I purchase my Sal Suds from Thrive Market. Thrive Market offers wholesale prices on tons of natural, organic and eco-friendly products including food, vitamins, essential oils and household cleaning supplies. You can save 25% off your first purchase when you join risk free. Learn more here.)

How to Use Your Vinegar Free All Purpose Cleaner:

I used this specific vinegar free all purpose cleaner recipe to clean my bathroom and mirrors (without streaking,) to wipe down countertops and appliances as well as to mop my floor Swiffer style with an eco-friendly mop with reusable pads.

As this is a surfactant based cleaner, however, you’ll want to only use it on hard, sealed surfaces, painted or sealed (not waxed) wood or fabrics. For furniture and the like where you want to protect the finish, try this recipe using Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap in place of the Sal Suds. You can also use Sal Suds on fabrics to wash clothing as well as to spot treat stains.

Zap Red Wine Stains on Rugs + Countertops!

I’ve use this recipe to successfully clean red wine out of an outdoor rug as well as to remove wine stains from my laminate kitchen countertops. To clean my rug, I sparingly sprayed my vinegar free all purpose cleaner onto the stain and then rubbed it in with a rag dipped in hot water until the stain disappeared. (However, it is important to mention you do need to make sure you get all of the suds out of your rug or carpet when spot cleaning so that it doesn’t attract more dirt. You can learn more about cleaning your carpets using Sal Suds here.)

For the countertop, I heavily sprayed my vinegar free all purpose cleaner onto the wine stain and let it set. I then wiped the countertop down an hour or so later to find that the stain had magically disappeared. For tougher stains, you can repeat this step or simply let the cleaner sit on the stain longer. (You’ll want to spray enough cleaner on your countertop stain so that it forms a small puddle for best results.)

For lighter everyday cleaning, Dr Bronner’s recommends one tablespoon of Sal Suds per quart of water. You can then add lemon or other citrus based essential oils as desired for scent. (Pssst. A combination of lemon and peppermint essential oils will also deter spiders.)

You should find that my vinegar free all purpose cleaner also works better than a combination of vinegar, water and essential oils. As vinegar is primarily a degreaser, it just doesn’t have a lot of actual cleaning power.

What Else Can You Use Sal Suds For?

Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner is actually super versatile. And because most household cleaning uses call for so little of it, you’ll not only be surprised by how long it lasts, but also the savings from the products it replaces.

Wash + Spot Treat Laundry

To wash clothes in a top loading washer, use 2-3 Tablespoons of Sal Suds for a large load in place of your usual laundry detergent. For whites or extra funky smelling clothing, you can also add 1/2 cup baking soda to the wash cycle followed by one cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle. (Don’t add them both during the wash cycle or they cancel each other out.) For front loading HE washers, simply halve these amounts.

Wash Dishes + Veggies

To make a veggie wash add one drop of Sal Suds to a bowl of water. Then dunk your produce into the bowl, swish and rinse.

Or, to wash dishes, use a half teaspoon of Sal Suds in a sink of water. You can also use one drop of Sal Suds to wash a single pot.

Alternately you can create your own dish soap by combining 1/2 cup Sal Suds with 1/2 cup white vinegar,  1/2 cup warm distilled water, 1 tsp. citric acid (or lemon juice,) 2 tsp. kosher salt and 20 drops of essential oil.

Combine Sal Suds, vinegar and citric acid in a bowl and mix. In a separate bowl, combine the salt and warm water.

Once the bowl with the salt dissolves, stir in the mixture from the bowl with the Sal Suds. Add essentials oils then continuing stirring until the dish soap thickens. Then pour into a reusable dish soap container and use as you would regular dish soap.

Mop Floors + Clean Your Car

For mopping floors (using a mop and water bucket) as well as for washing cars, combine a half Tablespoon of Sal Suds to 3 gallons of hot water. Just be sure to add the Sal Suds to your bucket after you fill it with water.

Got it? Maybe? Don’t worry about trying to remember all of this. While I’d love you to bookmark this page for reference later on, the truth is, most of these recipes are on the back of the Sal Suds bottle for quick and easy reference. How nice is that?

Now not only can you enjoy a cleaner, healthier home, but you can also enjoy a happier husband!

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Kitchen Table Makeover (Or rather, how I brightened up my drab kitchen!)

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Brighten up your drab kitchen with a bright, beautiful kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new furniture, it’s also a great way to express your own personal style.

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

As my current kitchen is rather small and dark, even with a picture window, I was able to brighten up the entire room by just painting the top of my kitchen table in bright and sunny colors. Keep reading to see the transformation and to learn more about my process!

The Story Behind the Table

So basically I was starting with my husband’s hand-me-down kitchen table. It’s a basic black dinette table with a set of four chairs that barely squeezes into our eat-in kitchen. When we got married in May and I moved back to Roanoke and into my husband’s house, the finish on the table was already damaged. It no longer shined like the chairs and the rest of table and the finish looked “patchy.”

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Having it in my head that I was going to paint the table top at some point anyway, I took advantage of the kitchen table as a craft table. Between one rather somewhat therapeutic craft night with my friend Bambi in which the start of repainting the top somehow turned into it looking like it was covered in mud, and then the spilling of fragrance oils and nail polish base on others, I ended up leaving it more wrecked than it started out. (You can see a somewhat frightening retelling of part of that saga here.)

So last Wednesday afternoon, being somewhat burnt out with bath and body projects, I dug out my collection of craft paints I keep on hand for DIY craft nights and went to town. In retrospect, I probably should have primed the table first. But once I had started I wasn’t going back. Luckily the paint seems to have stuck rather well. Following is a photo retelling of my kitchen table makeover.

My Kitchen Table Makeover

Before the Makeover.

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

During the Makeover.

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

After the Kitchen Table Makeover.

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Once I finished painting my table, I sealed it with multiple thin coats of a Devine Color by Valspar Clear Sealer Topcoat that I picked up at Target. (They do also sell a paint and primer that bonds to wood, metal, glass, plastic and other surfaces.) Its luxe glossy finish both seals and protects and I felt it also gave my finished kitchen table that extra pop.

My bright and sunny kitchen table makeover was inspired by the work of artist, Hillary Hardison!

Incidentally, the colors for my kitchen table makeover were inspired by a wax painting titled, Wanderer 2, that I purchased from my friend Hillary Hardison. Previously employed by our local art museum, the Taubman Museum of Art, Hillary has since ventured into self employment as a full time artist.

Additionally, she has plans for a once monthly paint night in the works for about half the price of established paint nights. The focus is less on structure and more about interacting and having fun while creating. (Kind of like my DIY crafts nights!) She will also be teaching structured three-hour art workshops on weekends if you’d like to learn a new skill.

If you like Hillary’s artwork you can discover more via her booth at the Aurora Studio Center on Campbell Avenue in downtown Roanoke, VA. Alternately, you can view and sign up for Hillary’s workshops here.

Anyhow, if you’re thinking of repainting some of furniture in your home, be sure to check out this tutorial on how to paint furniture (the right way and not how Rebecca did it) at Centsational Style blog here before getting started. Not only does it cover proper priming, but there’s also information on sanding, filling holes and gouges, and choosing the right paint brush for the job.

And, if you do decide to makeover a piece of furniture in your home, I’d LOVE to see it! Simply share it with the hashtag #soapdelishowoff on instagram so I don’t miss it!

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DIY Cactus Ring Holder to Brighten Up Your Space

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Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out!

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out! And it makes a great DIY gift idea too!

You’ll be using the same fun cactus silicone mold for this project that I used to create my DIY cactus soaps with eco-friendly biodegradable glitter.

I hope you have as much fun with this project as I did! I think this cactus ring holder would not only make a cute home decor accent piece in your own home, but it’s also perfect for gift giving!

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out! And it makes a great DIY gift idea too!

DIY Cactus Ring Holder

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

What You’ll Need:

Darice 7 oz. Glass Craft Jar (1095-98) with Metal Lid
Blush Cactus Silicone Mold
White Original Sculpey Oven Bake Clay
Krylon Clear Sealer or similar
craft paints
craft paint brushes

What to Do:

Begin by kneading the polymer clay until it’s soft and pliable. Then press the clay into one of the cavities of your cactus silicone mold.

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out! And it makes a great DIY gift idea too!

Clean any excess from the top of the clay in the mold.

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out! And it makes a great DIY gift idea too!

Then carefully remove the polymer clay from the mold cavity. If you have trouble removing the clay cactus, set the clay aside for a bit to allow it to firm back up a bit before trying to remove it from the mold.

Now, using additional clay, cover the top of the metal lid to your jar. Try to keep the clay on top of the jar lid about the same thickness as your clay cactus.

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out! And it makes a great DIY gift idea too!

Once covered, scoop out a small hole in the center of the clay on the jar lid that the base of your clay cactus will fit into. Place the clay cactus into the hole on top of the lid and use your fingers or a utensil to move the clay to hold the cactus in place. The clay covering the jar lid and the cactus on top should become one piece.

Leaving the clay attached to the jar lid, bake the lid and clay together in a 275°F oven for about 30 minutes on a baking sheet. Then remove the cactus lid from the oven and allow it to cool.

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out! And it makes a great DIY gift idea too!

Once the cactus lid has cooled, use craft paints to paint the cactus and base as desired.

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out! And it makes a great DIY gift idea too!

When the paint on your cactus dries, spray it with a clear acrylic sealer to protect it.

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out! And it makes a great DIY gift idea too!

Now all that’s left is to fill the inside of your jar with rings or knick knacks and screw on the lid! You can also place additional rings on the arms of cactus! And that’s it!

I hope you enjoyed my project for making a DIY cactus ring holder. I know it’s not soap, but it does give you another fun use for your silicone molds!

Learn how to make your own colorful DIY cactus soap using melt and pour soap! This glittery, colorful cactus soap recipe is easier to make than you might think! And it makes a great DIY back to school teacher gift! Crafted using a combination of detergent free melt and pour soap bases and eco-friendly, biodegradable glitter, my DIY cactus soap is not only fun to use, but it's also safe for the environment and your skin.

If you enjoyed my DIY cactus ring holder project, I hope you’ll also check out my DIY cactus soaps! This fun soapmaking tutorial will walk you through creating your own colorful, glittery cactus soaps using a melt and pour soap base!

Handmade Cactus Ring Dish from Chiko Craft!

Want a cactus ring holder to spice up your space but don’t have time to make your own? You can shop for handmade cactus ring holders on Etsy here! I’m kind of sweet on this super cute cacti ring dish from Chicko Craft. But there are so many great ones to choose from!

For more DIY projects like this one, be sure to check out my Jonesing for Crafts Pinterest board. Or simply follow all of my Pinterest boards here.

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Scented DIY Soy and Beeswax Candles with Printable Lables

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Learn how to make your own scented DIY soy and beeswax candles for homemade gifts this holiday season! Choose from three candle scent recipes including chocolate espresso and vanilla verbena peppermint plus download free printables for you finished soy and beeswax candles to make gifting even easier!

Learn how to make your own scented DIY soy and beeswax candles for homemade gifts this holiday season! Choose from three candle scent recipes including chocolate espresso and vanilla verbena peppermint plus download free printables for you finished soy and beeswax candles to make gifting even easier!

Learn how to make this chocolate and espresso scented DIY soy and beeswax candle - plus two more candle recipes! - to give as gifts this holiday season! There are even free printable labels to make gifting even easier! These are great gifts for teachers, coworkers and friends!

Chocolate & Espresso Scented Soy and Beeswax Candles

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

6 oz. soy wax
5.5 oz. natural filtered  white beeswax
.75 oz. espresso fragrance oil
.35 oz. chocolate fragrance oil

Tools & Materials:

2 – 7.75 oz. frosted candle jars
medium wood wicks
microwave (or double boiler)
4 cup glass Pyrex measuring cup
digital scale

Instructions:

This recipe yields two soy and beeswax candles. I used two frosted 7.75 oz. candle jars from SKS Bottle & Packaging for this project.

I specifically used the espresso fragrance oil I purchased from Brambleberry and the chocolate fragrance oil that I purchased from Wholesale Supplies Plus, however, you can experiment with similar fragrance oils from other reputable suppliers.

To make your chocolate and espresso scented soy and beeswax candles, you’ll first need to weigh out and melt the wax. Use a digital scale to weigh out both the beeswax and the soy wax into a glass Pyrex measuring cup then heat in a double boiler until melted. If you don’t have a double boiler to heat your wax, you can heat it in the microwave at 40% power until the wax melts. Carefully remove the container of wax from the heat source using a potholder or towel – the glass will be hot! – and set aside to cool.

Now prepare your wood wicks. Measure the height needed and cut four wooden candle wicks to fit so that they are level with the top of the frosted candle jar when placed inside. Place the wood wicks in the molten wax for ten minutes then carefully remove using a utensil or tongs.

Next, place the wicks into the metal anchors using two wicks for each anchor so they are doubled up. Now dip the anchors into the wax and place the wicks into the center of each of your candle jars.

Continue to allow the melted wax to cool. When it starts to become cloudy, weigh out the fragrance oils and stir it into the melted wax.

Now carefully pour the wax evenly into each of the frosted candle jars and allow it to cool and harden completely. (You don’t want to pour the wax too hot or the tops of your candle wax may crack as they cool. It’s also possible to warp your candle jar. Mixing and pouring the wax too hot can also reduce the scent throw your candles will have.)

Learn how to make your own scented DIY soy and beeswax candles for homemade gifts this holiday season! Choose from three candle scent recipes including chocolate espresso and vanilla verbena peppermint plus download free printables for you finished soy and beeswax candles to make gifting even easier!

Allow your candles to cure for at least 24 hours up to several days for the best scent throw. Before burning trim your wood wicks to 1/4″.

If desired, you can label your candle jar with my free printable candle labels here. Simply print the PDF labels onto a full size label of your choice, cut out and apply. I used matte white label sheets from WorldLabel for this project.

Learn how to make this vanilla verbena and peppermint scented DIY soy and beeswax candle - plus two more candle recipes! - to give as gifts this holiday season! There are even free printable labels to make gifting even easier! These are great gifts for teachers, coworkers and friends!

Vanilla Verbena & Peppermint Scented Soy and Beeswax Candles

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

6 oz. soy wax
5.5 oz. natural filtered  white beeswax
.6 oz. vanilla verbena fragrance oil
.5 oz. peppermint essential oil

Tools & Materials:

2 – 7.75 oz. frosted candle jars
medium wood wicks
microwave (or double boiler)
4 cup glass Pyrex measuring cup
digital scale

Instructions:

This recipe yields two soy and beeswax candles. I used two frosted 7.75 oz. candle jars from SKS Bottle & Packaging for this project.

I specifically used the vanilla verbena fragrance oil that I purchased from Wholesale Supplies Plus, however, you can experiment with similar fragrance oils from other reputable suppliers. For a stronger vanilla verbena scent, reduce the amount of peppermint essential oil and increase the amount of fragrance oil by the amount peppermint essential oil you reduced.

To make your vanilla verbena and peppermint scented soy and beeswax candles, you’ll first need to weigh out and melt the wax. Use a digital scale to weigh out both the beeswax and the soy wax into a glass Pyrex measuring cup then heat in a double boiler until melted. If you don’t have a double boiler to heat your wax, you can heat it in the microwave at 40% power until the wax melts. Carefully remove the container of wax from the heat source using a potholder or towel – the glass will be hot! – and set aside to cool.

Now prepare your wood wicks. Measure the height needed and cut four wooden candle wicks to fit so that they are level with the top of the frosted candle jar when placed inside. Place the wood wicks in the molten wax for ten minutes then carefully remove using a utensil or tongs.

Next, place the wicks into the metal anchors using two wicks for each anchor so they are doubled up. Now dip the anchors into the wax and place the wicks into the center of each of your candle jars.

Continue to allow the melted wax to cool. When it starts to become cloudy, weigh out the fragrance oils and stir it into the melted wax.

Now carefully pour the wax evenly into each of the frosted candle jars and allow it to cool and harden completely. (You don’t want to pour the wax too hot or the tops of your candle wax may crack as they cool. It’s also possible to warp your candle jar. Mixing and pouring the wax too hot can also reduce the scent throw your candles will have.)

Learn how to make your own scented DIY soy and beeswax candles for homemade gifts this holiday season! Choose from three candle scent recipes including chocolate espresso and vanilla verbena peppermint plus download free printables for you finished soy and beeswax candles to make gifting even easier!

Allow your candles to cure for at least 24 hours up to several days for the best scent throw. Before burning trim your wood wicks to 1/4″.

If desired, you can label your candle jar with my free printable candle labels here. Simply print the PDF labels onto a full size label of your choice, cut out and apply. I used matte white label sheets from WorldLabel for this project.

Want to make your own natural deodorizing beeswax candle? This natural deodorizing beeswax candle recipe is made with eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils and makes a great homemade holiday gift idea for friends and family! There are even free printable candle labels to make gifting even easier!

You can also make a natural deodorizing beeswax candle scented with eucalyptus and tea tree. That candle recipe can be found on Soap Deli News blog here. I’ve included three label options on the printable label PDF for these size jars. The PDF contains labels for the chocolate & espresso candles and vanilla verbena & peppermint soy and beeswax candles, as well as smaller labels for the deodorizing beeswax candles that fit the smaller 7.75 oz. sized frosted candle jars.

Learn how to make this chocolate and espresso scented DIY soy and beeswax candle - plus two more candle recipes! - to give as gifts this holiday season! There are even free printable labels to make gifting even easier! These are great gifts for teachers, coworkers and friends!

To make the smaller sized eucalyptus & tea tree beeswax candles simply reduce the amount of beeswax to 11 oz., the eucalyptus essential oil to .55 oz. and the tea tree oil to .45 oz. Alternately you can use the same recipe for the soy and beeswax candles listed above with .55 oz. of eucalyptus essential oil and .45 oz. of tea tree oil.

This odor neutralizing candle DIY will teach you how to create your own beautifully scented soy and beeswax candles that neutralize odors in the air while giving off a fresh fragrance as they burn. These odor neutralizing candles are relatively easy to make and they really do work!

If you like my recipes for making scented soy and beeswax candles, then you may also like my Odor Neutralizing Candle DIY here. This odor neutralizing candle recipe makes beautifully scented soy and beeswax candles that neutralize odors in the air while giving off a fresh fragrance as they burn. They are made using an odor neutralizing fragrance oil.

You can also find recipes for making a matching lemon verbena scented soy candle and body butter gift set here.


For more homemade holiday gift ideas, be sure to follow my DIY Christmas gift boards on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram for more great ideas. Or sign up to receive new posts to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.

How to Make A Natural Deodorizing Beeswax Candle

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Want to make your own natural deodorizing beeswax candle? This natural deodorizing beeswax candle recipe is made with eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils and makes a great homemade holiday gift idea for friends and family! There are even free printable candle labels to make gifting even easier!

Want to make your own natural deodorizing beeswax candle? My natural deodorizing beeswax candle recipe is made with eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils and makes a great homemade holiday gift idea for friends and family! There are even free printable candle labels to make gifting even easier!

Natural Deodorizing Beeswax Candle Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

13.75 oz. beeswax
.8 oz. eucalyptus essential oil
.5 oz. tea tree oil

Tools & Materials:

1 12 oz. glass candle jar
large wood candle wicks
microwave (or double boiler)
large glass Pyrex measuring cup
digital scale

Instructions:

I used an upcycled 12 oz. candle jar for my tea tree and eucalyptus scented deodorizing beeswax candle. If you don’t have a 12 oz. glass jar, SKS Bottle & Packaging has some really pretty 12.25 oz. glass jars here that would also work beautifully. If you’re using their 12.25 oz. glass jars, you can increase the amount of beeswax to 14 oz.

I used filtered white beeswax pastilles for my homemade candle recipes. However, you can also use traditional unfiltered yellow beeswax.

To make your natural deodorizing beeswax candle you’ll begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the beeswax into a glass Pyrex measuring cup then heat in a double boiler until melted. If you don’t have a double boiler to heat your wax, you can heat it in the microwave at 40% power until the wax melts. Carefully remove the container of wax from the heat source using a potholder or towel – the glass will be hot! – and set aside to cool.

Now prepare your wood wicks. Measure the height needed and cut two wooden candle wicks to fit so that they are level with the top of the glass candle jar when placed inside with the metal anchors on. Place the wood wicks in the molten wax for ten minutes then carefully remove using a utensil or tongs.

Next, place the wicks into two metal anchors using one wick for each anchor. Now dip the anchors into the wax and place the wicks into the center of each of your candle jars.

Continue to allow the melted wax to cool. When it starts to become cloudy, weigh out the essential oil and stir it into the melted wax. If necessary, gently heat the wax again.

Now carefully pour the wax into your glass candle jar and allow it to cool and harden completely. (You don’t want to pour the wax too hot or the tops of your candle wax may crack as they cool.)

Want to make your own natural deodorizing beeswax candle? This natural deodorizing beeswax candle recipe is made with eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils and makes a great homemade holiday gift idea for friends and family! There are even free printable candle labels to make gifting even easier!

Label your candle jar with the free printable candle labels here. Simply print the PDF labels onto a full size label of your choice, cut out and apply. I used matte white label sheets from WorldLabel for this project.

Allow your candles to cure for at least 24 hours up to several days for the best scent throw. Before burning trim your wood wicks to 1/4″.

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If you like my natural deodorizing beeswax candle recipe, then you may also like my Odor Neutralizing Candle DIY here. This odor neutralizing candle recipe makes beautifully scented soy and beeswax candles that neutralize odors in the air while giving off a fresh fragrance as they burn. They are made using an odor neutralizing fragrance oil.

You can also find recipes for making a matching lemon verbena scented soy candle and body butter gift set here.


For more homemade holiday gift ideas, be sure to follow my DIY Christmas gift boards on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on  G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram for more great ideas. Or sign up to receive new posts to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.