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Homemade Toilet Spray

For Christmas last year, I decided to make {mostly} homemade bath products. I scoured the internet looking for the perfect recipes and ideas to make soaps, bath bombs, facial bars, and even toilet spray. While looking through a neat store in Montreal, I had found commercialized bottles of the stuff, and was intrigued. Rather than splurge the $10 on a small bottle, I did some internet research and came up with a couple of recipes to try an experiment with.

To be totally honest, I love the stuff. I made a spray bottle for the bathrooms at work, hoping the gentlemen would use it and subject the rest of the staff to less frequent nasal assault… after which some of them asked me to make them personal bottles. Of course, I obliged, and then included some smaller spray bottles in the christmas presented I gifted last year.

I buy my Boston spray bottles locally at Soap & More and I usually buy my essential oils from there, too. The ladies are super friendly and helpful, and they always have an awesome stock on hand.

Eucalyptus & Peppermint Toilet Spray
1 – 2oz Boston bottle with spritzer
Witch Hazel
Distilled Water
10-20 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
10 – 20 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Fill bottle 2/3 full with distilled water. Add 10-20 drops of each essential oil, to preference. Fill remainder of bottle with witch hazel. Screw the spritzer on tight, and give the bottle a really good shake. That’s it!

I made neat labels using Illustrator, printed them out onto paper, and used my Xyron to apply adhesive to the back for easy application.

For the bottles I give out as presents, I also put a small label on with the directions:
“Have to go Number 2? Spritz 2-3 sprays, before you do!” I also usually add a small bit about spraying the surface of the toilet, some people don’t get it.

Project Hubby: 12 Days of Christmas

Mr.B and I have been together for roughly seven years. In those roughly six Christmases spent together, I have only ever been privvy to getting something amazing once. Our first Christmas. He bought me a Cricut, which I love to this day. And he made sure it was pink.

This isn’t for lack of forethought or want; I know he wants to give me nice Christmas presents, but life always gets in the way. Christmas is a rough time for most, and for us, it seems that is when we get the most action – we took posession of our newly-built house just before Christmas, Mr.B was laid off one year right before Christmas, etc., etc., and so we’ve just never made a big deal out of it since.

BUT. We got married in September. This was our first Christmas as a married couple. Surely, that must mean something great. So I decided to surprise Mr.B with 12 days of presents, instead of just one. {Edit: He put his big ole foot down around day 7, feeling like I’d spoiled him too much, so the rest of his presents were given to him on Christmas Eve with both of our parents.} So here is the label set I made, and some ideas that i thought were quite clever.

1st Day of Christmas: A fancy black Polo Shirt from Banana Republic.
2nd Day of Christmas: 2 Pairs of Boxers.
3rd Day of Christmas: A 3-way Balaclava. {He needed one for snowmobiling}
4th Day of Christmas: 2 Pairs of Pants {technically 4 legs, and1 pair were for snowshoeing}
5th Day of Christmas: 5 small bags of “Humpty’s BBQ Rings”
6th Day of Christmas: A “cube” like power hub that had six power/usb outlets.
7th Day of Christmas: A Watch case that holds 7 watches. {He is an aficionado, after all}
9th Day of Christmas: 3x Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Trios = 9.
10th Day of Christmas: A list with 10 reasons why I love him.
11th Day of Christmas: 11 Hershey’s Kisses {I was running out of time!}
12th Day of Christmas: A Watch Winder, to wind the watch he technically bought himself.

I didn’t want all 12 things to be expensive, but I wanted some thoughtful things in there. The Humpty’s BBQ rings reminded me of our trip to Quebec to visit my family in 2013, and he loves Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!