I'm on a journey to find health and happiness through a more holistic and green lifestyle.

I find the world to be abrasive. =) That is to say, I feel the need to armor myself, physically and emotionally, in order to face life. Don't we all? Maybe. For whatever reason, it has become a priority in my life to rid my immediate environment of irritating things. And I'm sensitive! So there is much work to be done. But. I have thought for a long time that the things I come in contact with every day, and the stuff used to clean and maintain these things, need to be gentle and non-toxic. I have had eczema my entire life. For a long time I just dealt with it, and accepted that sometimes it's bad, and sometimes it's not, and that it will fluctuate a lot. Gradually over time I have come to find that certain things, fabrics, cleansers, materials, are more irritating to my skin than others. Stress can exacerbate it. In more recent times, I have realized that every aspect of my life improves when I improve conditions for my skin. Hah! What a concept! Thus my (long time) interest in going green, and my more recent desire to live a more holistic lifestyle. (I think I've felt a desire for a long time to live in a harmonious way with myself, my surroundings, and nature, but didn't have a name for it.) Anyhow, this blog is a journal of my trials and errors, and basic crooked path to find a balanced and peaceful existence for myself and my family. Thanks for your interest! I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Lemon Essential Oil To Remove Stickers From Clothing

Recently my daughter received a sticker at the dentist, and put it on her shirt. She was wearing a fleece pullover. Without noticing the sticker, I put the fleece through the wash. The sticker was spot-welded to that shirt!! I figured it was a loss, but thought I'd ask my connections on Facebook if they had any ideas before I threw the shirt out. I had just bought recently, and wasn't ready to give up quite yet. I got several ideas from people, but the one that stood out was to use lemon essential oil. I love EOs so I was excited to try it. I was skeptical, as I always am. I dropped three drops of lemon EO on the area. I had pulled off the top of the sticker, and what was left was a thin paper lining covering the "glue." I left it on there for about 20 minutes or so as I went about my day. I then went back to it and peeled the paper part off. It was as simple as that. It came right off! Sticky stuff and all. All that remained was a couple of tiny areas around the outside of the circle which had a little sticky left on it. My daughter and I used our fingernails, and the sticky was gone in a minute. I threw the fleece back through the wash, and it is as good as new. Essential oils prove their worth to me again! 

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