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I've got 2 boys (ages 2 and 6 mo.) but I've been wanting to use some lavender eo and vinegar to make some fabric refresher spray (replace Febreze) to get rid of the dog smell in our house since we are showing our house to sell. Nothing makes you want to buy a house like the smell of dog!<br><br>
I've read about not using lavender with boys, but that there are probably safe ways/amounts you can use. Would using a homemade Febreze on the couches, carpet, and MY clothes be okay? Or is that a bit much?
 

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This was news to me, so I just did a little research. It seems highly dependent on the person coming in contact with it. Everyone that had trouble with it had trouble with a daily use product, though. Maybe you could find another relaxing oil who's smell you enjoy? Ylang ylang is widely recommended for kids. It's sweet and flowery...and you barely have to use any in the mixture because it's a strong oil. There are tons of oils that would likely suit your purposes, though. We run a humidifier pretty much all winter, and I put ylang ylang in it at night, and grapefruit oil in it during the day. We sleep really well at night, and are very productive in the day, and the house always smells nice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
ETA: we do use lavender, but only medicinally. we put it neat on cuts, burns, and bites. There are periods it's used regularly but it sits on a shelf for weeks at a time too. I feel safe in that kind of use, having read up on the research.<br><br>
It doesn't actually effect hormone levels, but mimics them. The change in their systems is slight and temporary, but when you continue compounding it daily with no time for their bodies to reset is when problems can arise.
 

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As a clinical aromatherapist I have my doubts about that study that you refer to, but that aside even if it was true (and I´m not getting into another debate about it) using lavender oil in a fabric spray on upholstry and the like is not going to produce the supposed effects as you´re not using loads and you´re not applying it directly to skin.<br><br>
I would agree with the PP that you could try using other oils - lemony scented oils are good at removing odours. Ylang ylang is fab but overuse can quite commonly lead to intolerance - causing headaches - but use occassionally and sparingly in the home would be alright.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This was news to me, so I just did a little research. It seems highly dependent on the person coming in contact with it. Everyone that had trouble with it had trouble with a daily use product, though. Maybe you could find another relaxing oil who's smell you enjoy? Ylang ylang is widely recommended for kids. It's sweet and flowery...and you barely have to use any in the mixture because it's a strong oil. There are tons of oils that would likely suit your purposes, though. We run a humidifier pretty much all winter, and I put ylang ylang in it at night, and grapefruit oil in it during the day. We sleep really well at night, and are very productive in the day, and the house always smells nice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"></div>
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What kind of humidifier do you have? I mentioned using EO in the humidifier to DH and he said we can't unless we buy a new one that makes steam(which he has been pushing for since we took out the old one, that just happens to work perfectly fine and is not even that old<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. So just wondering if you have a standard one or a steam one. Sorry to put you in the middle of our domestic dispute<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">.
 

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I am skeptical about that study, one reason is the extremely small sample size.<br><br>
If you do want to avoid lavender though, you can try geranium. It's inexpensive and it is quite a lot more intense smelling than lavender so a bottle lasts much longer. A very dilute solution of it leaves a rose-like scent.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What kind of humidifier do you have? I mentioned using EO in the humidifier to DH and he said we can't unless we buy a new one that makes steam(which he has been pushing for since we took out the old one, that just happens to work perfectly fine and is not even that old<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. So just wondering if you have a standard one or a steam one. Sorry to put you in the middle of our domestic dispute<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">.</div>
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lol. no problem. Mind does make steam. I don't know that you need the steam kind though. If it were *me*, I'd try it out when he's not home sometime and see how it works. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:<br><br>
I wouldn't buy an expensive humidifier if you're putting eo's in it though. I've heard they "eat away" at the plastic in it over time. I don't know if the description is right, but there is more residue when I use oils and it's the color of the plastic inner workings. I have to buy a new one every 2 years or so. I use it CONSTANTLY w eo's through the winter, though. I just buy the cheap $20 kind when it goes on sale at the grocery store or something. I usually pay about $10 for my humidifiers. A worthy investment for something I know won't last.<br><br>
Once I'm in my new place, we will likely just put a put of water and oils on the woodstove, you know? I would love to cut down on the plastic waste. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> For now, it's the best option for us, though.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">lol. no problem. Mind does make steam. I don't know that you need the steam kind though. If it were *me*, I'd try it out when he's not home sometime and see how it works. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:<br><br>
I wouldn't buy an expensive humidifier if you're putting eo's in it though. I've heard they "eat away" at the plastic in it over time. I don't know if the description is right, but there is more residue when I use oils and it's the color of the plastic inner workings. I have to buy a new one every 2 years or so. I use it CONSTANTLY w eo's through the winter, though. I just buy the cheap $20 kind when it goes on sale at the grocery store or something. I usually pay about $10 for my humidifiers. A worthy investment for something I know won't last.<br><br>
Once I'm in my new place, we will likely just put a put of water and oils on the woodstove, you know? I would love to cut down on the plastic waste. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> For now, it's the best option for us, though.</div>
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We have 2 humidifiers, one big and one small, so maybe will try it in the small one only. That way if it does go out, its not such a big deal. Thanks a lot for the input. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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