Saturday, January 24, 2009

Why didn't I think of that?


The other day, while browsing one of my favorite design blogs, I came across a post and had a definite "Why didn't I think of that?" moment! I think you may possibly feel the same. Here is their post and this is my take on it...

Many months ago I had purchased this Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Spring Cleaning Kit at my local grocery store. The scent: Rhubarb. I love rhubarb and I also love the way Mrs. Meyers' products capture the true fragrance. I expected to use it right a way, but I decided that I should probably use up my other cleaning products before opening more bottles. Time passed and this little box got pushed to the corner of the laundry room shelf.

So, while reading Sherry and John's post on their blog, This Young House, it occurred to me that I had everything I needed to create my own aroma diffuser. A glass vase, wooden skewers from the grocery store and a pretty, scented liqiud. It was their idea to use the Mrs. Meyer's All Purpose Cleaner. A lightbulb turned on and I remembered that I had some waiting for me in the corner of my laundry room! Score! I had everything I needed. Cost: FREE!

I've had my brand new (home made!) aroma diffuser sitting on the mantle in our living room for a few days now and I can honestly say that the scent fills the room. Here's what I really love about it: I've had aroma diffusers before that use essential oils to provide the fragrance. I have never appreciated the clean-up from the oil since drips can happen when you turn the sticks over (to refresh the scent). I have learned that the oily residue can leave spots on some surfaces if not cleaned up immediately. With the Mrs. Meyer's All Purpose Cleaner it's a breeze to wipe up. It's just soap. Count it as "cleaning"!

I was thrilled that I already had everything that I needed right here at home. But, even if I hadn't, it would not have cost much to purchase these items. Ten dollars, maybe? Of course, this all depends on how extravagant you get with your vase! But $10 is far better than the alternative: spending $25 or more to buy one at the store and hoping that you love the scent once you get it home and put up on display.

So, much thanks to John and Sherry for sharing their idea!
Take it from me, it was easy! Try it out! You won't be disappointed!

8 comments:

DomesticDivasFancy said...

Great idea...I also use Mrs Meyer clean day. I love the lavender kind. Thanks for sharing that.I am going to have to do it!

obsession of the week said...

Wow that is a great idea. I like Mrs. Meyer's rose geranium scent and use that for my dishes, it makes the dreariest of days at least smell like spring! I have never seen the rhubarb but will keep on the lookout for it.

Dallin said...

awesome...can I really just use my skewars from the grocery store...'cause I looked and looked yesterday for sticks to make a diffuser and couldn't find any...can't wait to try...

paisley penguin said...

OMG - I love this idea and was just wondering what I was going to do to replace the expensive diffuser I have in my bathroom. The oil is almost gone. Problem solved!

kathi said...

Thanks for the terrific idea! I asked Santa for a reed diffuser but he had other plans for me. Great to find out that I can make one myself for a lot less money!

mimi charmante said...

Brilliant - I too *love* their products!
Thank you!
btw, is it snowing there today? We are getting dusted but being a bit sick, it is actually more cozy than bothersome...
xo

LexyB said...

What a great idea! I just paid $50 for a fancy room diffuser to give as a gift ... I might make my own next time - way more personal.

Karla said...

Lexy - I totally agree! It would make a great personalized gift! :)

Teri - yes! The skewers from the grocery store work perfectly! :)

Mimi Charmante - we did get a light dusting as well. I agree, nice and cozy! I hope you feel better soon! :)

~Karla