DIY Foot and Shoe Odor

Smelly Stinky Shoes be gone!

The stench of stinky shoes can be overwhelming and make you want to throw them away. Heres a few great tips to remove and prevent the odors for someone with stinky shoes!

  • My personal favorite -Baking soda is awesome. Mix some baking soda, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree oil together and pop it into some old cotton socks. Baking soda its great for absorbing odors, seal with a rubber band. leave the socks in your shoes when your not wearing them. Ive heard kitty litter can be used the same way.

 

  • Just pop in some Tea Bags and leave overnight!

 

  • To make the teabags even more efficient add a few drops of Tea Tree or Eucalyptus oil, you can also wipe the insides of your shoes on a regular basis to kill the bacteria that causes the odour.

 

  • Here’s another tip, its an old wives tale but apparently it works. Stuff the shoes with newspaper. That’s right. Newspaper it will absorb the odor! Leave over night and your shoes should be “stink-free” come morning!

 

  • Dryer sheets with a few drops of Eucalyptus oil will absorb the odors. Tear them in half and leave in your shoes when you not wearing them.

 

  • If you can, wash them, pop them  in the washing machine add a teaspoon of Eucalyptus Oil with normal washing detergent and then dry them completely. From then on use the above tips and they will never stink again!!

Here is a couple of recipes to help you as well:

Homemade Shoe Deodorizing Powder

The dry ingredients in this homemade deodorizing powder are odor absorbing, and the tea tree oil’s antiseptic properties help the kill bacteria that cause smelly shoes. Dump out the dust before wearing your shoes.

Ingredients

4 tablespoons baking soda
1 tablespoon cornstarch
4 drops of Eucalyptus Oil and 4 drops of Tea Tree Oil

Directions

1. Shake or stir until thoroughly mixed.

2. Sprinkle shoe deodorizing powder  into your shoes after each time you wear them and let it sit overnight. (You might want to keep a shaker can of this mixture in the laundry room for regular use.)

3. Shake the powder out before wearing.

Homemade Shoe Deodorizing Spray

Some people swear by deodorizing smelly shoes with Febreze after each wear. If you don’t have skin allergies or sensitivities to corn, that’s worth a try. Here’s a homemade, all-natural shoe deodorizing spray if you’d rather DIY it.

Ingredients

1/4 cup water
1/2 cup white vinegar
4 drops of Eucalyptus oil and 4 drops of Tea Tree oil

Let me know your favorite or the one that works best for you, we would love to hear from you!

Directions

1. Lightly spray the shoe insoles after each wearing.
2. Let your shoes air dry.

Cheers, Bev

Proprietor of Emu Ridge

Eucalyptus and Tea Tree Oil – Natural Treatments for Head Lice (Nits)

Looking for a natural remedy for Nits/head lice? Look no further!

Emu Ridge oils are Aussie produced and 100% pure, our  Eucalyptus Oil and  Tea Tree Oils  are a great preventive treatment.

  • Add a teaspoon into your shampoo
  • Add a teaspoon of essential oil to a spray bottle, fill with water and shake, then spray onto kids hair and hats before they go to school.
  • An easier way is to dab a few drops behind the ears and at the back of the head when outbreaks of head lice are going around at school.

Eucalyptus and Tea Tree oil are insect deterrents they hate them!

These 2 products are  great versatile all natural products everyone should have in there home! To learn more click here What is Tea Tree OilWhat is Eucalyptus Oil?

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ECO FRIENDLY NEW PRODUCTS – Shampoo & Conditioner Bar

We have all been seeing a recent comeback of solid shampoo and conditioner bars. An environmentally friendly option for those wanting to reduce plastic use! So we have had a play and are excited to offer our new all natural Shampoo and Conditioner Bars which have our Eucalyptus and Emu oil in them. These all natural bars are great for the environment and last a lot longer than your normal shampoo & conditioner bottles.

Did you know 552 Million plastic shampoo & conditioner bottles are thrown out annually? With these bars you will save money and of course be helping the environment at the same time.

ADVANTAGES

With the environment always on our mind they are much more eco friendly.

Great for travellers as its compact, convenient and light and no liquid spills.

Helping to reduce our plastics problem.

They are long lasting.

Reducing carbon footprint as you can fit much more if transporting.

The process used to make the cold-pressed versions is very eco-friendly – using very little water and no animal fats.

SHAMPOO BAR

Use the bar just as you would a normal soap. Lather it up with water, and use it directly on the scalp, making sure to rub it in. Massage the scalp with your fingertips to stimulate blood flow and really cleanse the hair and scalp, then rinse well with water. Some people say they dont need a conditioner bar at all. I am imaging this would be more for shorter hair. Click here to buy. (now in convenient tins)

 

Ingredients for Shampoo Bar – Coconut oil, Olive oil, Sunflower oil, Emu oil, Rice Bran oil, Castor oil, Cocoa Butter, Water, Lye, Eucalyptus, May Chang, Green Oxide (colouring).

CONDITIONING BAR

Great for daily use on all hair types including fine, chemically treated/coloured/permed hair.

After washing your hair, take 2 minutes to stroke the conditioner bar over the surface of the hair and pull through the lengths with your hands.  Or create a little lather in your hands and pull through your hair.   Leave for 2 – 5 mins , then rinse. You will feel your hair has been conditioned whilst rinsing. Leave to dry naturally if possible and then style.  You can use styling products if you want.

Our bars have no chemical foaming agents so will not foam. It will leave your hair soft, silky and manageable and very natural.  If you need some further definition and you still want to keep natural, use a tiny amount of olive, coconut or emu oil as a leave-in conditioner.

Rinse well immediately for light conditioning or leave for a few minutes for deep conditioning. Click here to buy.  (now in convenient tins)

Ingredients for Conditioner Bar – Conditioning way (incroquat behenyl TMS), Cetyl Alcohol, Olive oil, Eucalyptus oil, Lemon Myrtle oil.

Hints: LESS IS BEST! DO NOT USE TOO MUCH! These products are concentrated compared to bottled product. 

I personally have curly fine dry hair and have found using the conditioner bar too much for my hair, it made it heavy and flat. I normally have to use conditioner when using liquid shampoo. The shampoo bar on its own works just fine for me. You will just need to experiment as we are all used to using liquid shampoo. 🙂

Click on these links if you would like to know more about Emu Ridge and our Eucalyptus oil Distillery History or our range of pure natural Australian produced products.

 

DIY Eucalyptus Shower Discs

Shower discs are a great way to clear your sinuses as well as keeping  your bathroom smelling fresh. These all-natural eucalyptus vapour discs are simple and easy to make, they are also non-toxic, so they are safe to use around children and pets.

They are great in the toilet too!

Each year we love having children from different schools that enjoy doing work experience at Emu Ridge on Kangaroo Island.  One School that has supported us for many years is the Mount Barker Waldorf School in Adelaide.

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These lovely girls enjoyed their work experience with us and had fun making the vapour discs, this was one of their projects. We always enjoy having the students, they are always a great help to us. Our business  is filled with diversity so they get to be involved in many different aspects of our business.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups Baking Soda

  • 1 Tsp Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil

  • 3 Drops Emu Ridge Lemon Myrtle Oil

  • 1 Cup Water

  • Bowl to mix it in

  • Silicone Molds or Lined Muffin Trays

 Directions:

1. Mix the water and baking soda together to form a thick paste.

2. Add the eucalyptus oil and lemon myrtle oil to the mixture.

3. Spoon the mixture into the molds.

Hint – Silicone muffin liners really are great, they pop right out with ease, make sure you line normal muffin tins with a liner, foil works best the paper ones can get stuck to the discs.

4. Let the discs set for 24 hours until the are dry and hard.

(if you cant wait that long you can also dry them in an oven, pre-heat it to 120c and pop them in for just over an hour. If you do this add the oils after the discs have cooled as the heat will evaporate the oils, they will still soak into the disc.)

The girls had fun packing them up, and we sold them in our shop. You could do this to and give them away as a gift or simply just put them in a jar or a ziplock back to use for your own personal use.

How to Use

Put a disc in the bottom of your shower in a corner away from the main water flow when you get in. It will slowly dissolve releasing the eucalyptus oil into the shower and the steam from the shower will all rise together, helping to clear sinuses for when you have a cold or flu.

You don’t have to wait until you have a cold to use these either!  Essential oils are proven to reduce stress, with so many of us now including aromatherapy into everyday life.

Hint – You are not only going to clear the sinuses, baking soda and eucalyptus oil will also clean and disinfect the bottom of the shower. Two jobs in one!  To buy our Eucalyptus Oil and Lemon Myrtle Oil, as well as many of our other great products, visit our Online Store

These are also great to pop into the toilet to clean and freshen!

DIY Vapor Rub all natural or buy online at Emu Ridge on Kangaroo Island

I became allergic to perfumes and preservatives many years ago and this prompted me to develop our natural range of products for Emu Ridge.

Our Vapor Rub was specifically made for babies and children as a decongestant for colds and flu. Just massage into the chest area, on the throat, on the back between the shoulder blades & on your feet, its great for sinus relief. Adults can add a few extra drops of Eucalyptus oil to the mixture to make it stronger.

Our Vapor Rub is available directly from our online shop Ingredients: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil & Bees Wax. Essential Oils: Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Thyme & Clove.

Our products are all made in small batches and they are lovingly made, bottled and labeled by hand by a real person. This is Sandra, she has been making natural products and skincare for decades.

Do you ever read the ingredients label? Sometimes, the things we trust to use with our family can have some surprising unhealthy additives.

Vapor rub helps with symptoms of a common cold or minor aches and pains of the muscles and joints. You can purchase vapor rub in shops, but many of these products contain toxic ingredients — such as camphor — that are harmful to your health.

Our Eucalyptus essential oil functions as an expectorant, helping to cleanse the body of toxins, making it great for relieving symptoms of the cold and flu. It has also proven helpful with sinus and respiratory problems.

DIY –

If you have nothing in your medicine cupboard. You can make a natural alternative, just mix about 10 drops of Emu Ridge eucalyptus oil with 25ml of Olive, coconut or Emu Oil and rub on your chest. You will be breathing easy in no-time, the natural way! Remember its great for rubbing on the bottom of your feet before you go to bed if you have a cold to!

Below is a great natural recipe you can also make at home from Dr Axe if you have the time.

I hope you have enjoyed our post, stay healthy ~ Bev~

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School Holiday Activities on Kangaroo Island

We like to be children friendly at Emu Ridge. Each school holidays we always organizes a range of activities for children to do while their parents have a browse around our shop. These include crosswords, word finds, making bath salts, colouring-in competitions and lots more! See below for some templates. Our kiddies corner is always popular, the little ones can enjoy toys, books, blackboards and more.P1040673

These bright, colourful bath salts are fun and easy to make as well as smelling beautiful, whether they are mixed into your bath water or simply left open beside your bed.

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Making Bath Salts always popular every holidays

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Easter Colouring-In Competition 2015

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Making Bath Salts

we also have fun outdoor activities such as hop scotch and tic-tac-toe (noughts and crosses)

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hop scotch fun in the warm sun

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you may all know this game as tic-tac toe, but at Emu Ridge we have sticks and stones that was hand made by Larry Turner. This lovely family from Italy enjoyed a game of good old-fashioned Tic-Tac-Toe on our new deck at Emu Ridge. Tic- Tac-Toe is a fun, traditional game that can be played by all ages.

To print off our fun Eucalyptus Crossword, Click Here

To print off our fun Eucalyptus Word Find, Click Here

Recycling at Emu Ridge

Some of the ways we recycle at Emu Ridge on Kangaroo Island.

We send out a lot of online orders for our national and overseas customers. If you follow our business you would know that we love to recycle in any way we can, here we are recycling packing materials! We receive used bubble wrap from our local crash repairer and empty screw and bolt containers from our local hardware store M1o and Josh Shepard Electrical, Home Hardwade supply us with our larger boxes which is a great help!

See our blog HERE which shows you all the steps we go through when you make an online order here at Emu Ridge on beautiful Kangaroo Island.

These two lovely girls are volunteers, cutting up all of our recycled bubble wrap are finding out what Aussie life is all about. Candy is a Wwoofer from Toronto in Canada and Madison is from the US and is volunteering through Workaway. To find out more about the opportunity to volunteer with these organisations  click this link.

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Many of our customers will notice our packing boxes are also recycled. We love using these recycled screw and bolt containers they are very strong and are saved by our local hardware store. Thanks M10. We also wrap all of our glass products purchased by customers in our retail sales and orders in the unpurchased newspapers from our local Foodland store.

Did you know the majority of our site at Emu Ridge was built from recycled materials. Our retail shop was once the material from our shearing shed. We reuse our boiled leaves back in the fire for fuel and sell it as mulch.

Lets keep recycling!

WINTER THANKYOU SPECIAL

15% OFF EVERYTHING AT EMU RIDGE

As a thank you to our valued customers for supporting our family owned Business, we would like to offer 15% Discount on any of our Emu Ridge products. So stock up on this great offer it ends on the 19th of July 2018.

Just pop emu15 in the Coupon Code at checkout to receive your discount! Shop link.

Thanks again and we look forward to your continued support.

Larry Bev and Staff

 

Did you know we have a Testimony or Review page?

If you interested in seeing what our customers are saying about our products and services? Click here.

We love to hear back from our customers. Nothing pleases us more than to hear the ways that our products have helped and what our customers think. Since our inception in 1991 we are proud to have earned a reputation of producing excellent quality pure natural Australian made and produced products on beautiful Kangaroo Island.

A very big “thank you” to those that have taken the time to share their experience about Emu Ridge or our products we really appreciate it. We would love to hear from you to.

Thanks again Larry, Bev & staff

 

 

 

DIY Refurbished Back Deck at Emu Ridge

During the quiet time its always great to catch up on the jobs that we never have time to do! This Winter Tristan has been busy out on the back deck. He has been sanding and re varnishing our original handmade tables, our cafe chairs had a sand and varnish, and even the deck floor has had a sand and oil. Its nice to see it refreshed ready for another season! Thanks also to our volunteer Mattia from Italy for you great help as well!

Its a great space and its not only the visitors that get to enjoy it. We are also grateful for the support of the locals that come out for a visit as well, grabbing some product, enjoying  the view on the deck or the inside cafe with lunch or a drink! (0r having a chat with the Emus)

Its great that we do have some lovely spots to visit to have a meal just out of Kingscote if your wanting a change of scenery you can visit our venue at Emu Ridge, Frogs and Roses, Emu Bay Lavender and when the season starts The Honey Pot Food Van at Cliffords Honey Farm!

Click on these links if you would like to know more about Emu Ridge and our Eucalyptus oil Distillery History or our range of pure natural Australian produced products.

Eucalyptus oil a great natural cleaner

Did you know? Eucalyptus Oil is great to clean scuff marks from shoes! Also the floor and so much more.

We had a lovely tourism student from Canada working with us at Emu Ridge and she said to me; look at my shoes they were so clean when I first arrived and now they have all these marks on them, what will clean them? Not a problem I said, I grabbed our Emu Ridge Eucalyptus oil and a cloth and said this will do the trick and it did, she was very surprised. This essential oil certainly is a natural versatile product that we all forget about sometimes. Lets get back to chemical free cleaning in the home, its so much better for us and the environment! ~Bev~

MORE TIPS

We know the bowls ladies and men love our eucalyptus oil for getting scuff marks off of their beautiful white shoes, cleaning there bowls, handbags and bowls bags.

Its great for cleaning any kind of shoes!

Smelly Shoes

Shoes or sneakers can become musty or smelly quite quickly.  To refresh them place shoes outside in sunshine and wipe the inside with a cloth moistened with Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil.

Apparently tea bags work to! To make the teabags even more efficient add a few drops of Tea Tree or Eucalyptus oil, you can also wipe the insides of your shoes on a regular basis to kill the bacteria that causes the odour.

Here’s another tip, its an old wives tale but apparently it works. Stuff the shoes with newspaper. That’s right. Newspaper! Leave over night and your shoes should be “stink-free” come morning!

To help prevent shoe odours soak some cotton wool with a teaspoonful of Eucalyptus Oil.   Place the cotton wool wad into the toe of an old stocking and put in the toe of any shoe. Not only does this help prevent odours it also helps keeps the shape intact.

Baking soda is also awesome. Stuff some old cotton socks with stuffing, add some baking soda its great for absorbing odors, seal with a rubber band or stitch the top closed. I’ve heard kitty litter can be used the same way. Just leave these socks in your shoes when your not wearing them.

Dryer sheets with a few drops of Eucalyptus oil will absorb the odours. Tear them in half and leave in your shoes when you not wearing them.

If you can, wash them, pop them  in the washing machine add a teaspoon of Eucalyptus Oil with normal washing detergent and then dry them completely. From then on use the above tips and they will never stink again!!

Cheers, Bev

Proprietor of Emu Ridge on beautiful Kangaroo Island

 

Below is a brief overview of Emu Ridge and our unique eucalyptus oil on Kangaroo Island, we are one of the last 100% Australian Grown Organic Eucalyptus Oil Distilleries!  Buy Australian produced today click here to order from Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery!

Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil

This unique oil is the only one of it’s kind in the world. It is distilled from the leaf of the Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia). Emu Ridge is the only commercial Eucalyptus Distillery remaining in South Australia.
Distillation of this essential oil began in the 1880’s and dozens of stills were established, making it one of the Island’s major industries.
One company, F.H.Faulding & Co purchased Emu Ridge in 1923, establishing two plantations in 1938 for the purpose of systematically harvesting it on a rotational basis. (The Narrow Leaf responds well to pruning.) Most success, however, was achieved by individuals who set up stills as a seasonal sideline.
Our oil is distilled in the traditional method at Emu Ridge. The leaf is placed into a pot containing water, beneath which a fire is lit, steam carrying the oil is passed through a system of cooling pipes, the oil separates and is piped off into containers. The raw oil undergoes another refining process to produce the final product crystal clear oil.
Native farming is far better for our environment, no sprays and chemicals, a great renewable resource and natural product.

SOME USES FOR THIS VERSATILE & 100% NATURAL ESSENTIAL OIL

In and around the house:
A disinfectant for cleaning floors, toilets etc
A deodorizer, a spot & stain remover, e.g. soiled clothing, anything sticky, stickers, chewing gum, paint & ink marks.
Cleans bathroom tiles, brass, ovens, plastic & vinyl. For washing woollens & clothing.
The Body:
For cuts, burns and abrasions, the oil is a natural antiseptic, acne, relieves insect bites, is an insect repellent, soothes muscular aches & pains, a mouthwash, hand & skin cleaner, training oil, in the bath for a feeling of wellbeing, a decongestant for colds and flu by vaporisation, inhalation or embrocation, for sore throats, (adults a few drops with a teaspoon of honey).
In the workshop:
Cleans paint brushes, removes tar & stains & is a penetrating oil for any seized or rusted parts.
Animals:
For cleaning pets, removing fleas and ticks.

My Recipe book will help you with how to use our 100% pure Australian eucalyptus oil!

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