Motherhood, Pregnancy

How to Cope With Dysgeusia (a Bad Taste in the Mouth) During Pregnancy

If you’ve never heard of dysgeusia, you’re not alone. I hadn’t either until I experienced it during my pregnancy. (And to be honest, I’m still not sure how to pronounce it lol.) I don’t plan on writing a lot about pregnancy here on the blog, but I have been wanting to share my experience with this particular symptom because I had such a hard time finding any information about it when I was pregnant.

So what is dysgeusia? It’s a lingering bad taste in the mouth–sometimes metallic, sometimes bitter. From the research I’ve done, no one seems to be able to say exactly what causes it in pregnancy, although it’s probably related to hormonal changes.

Regardless of the cause, it’s much more unpleasant than it probably sounds. I’m sure the first thought that goes through most people’s minds is “why not just brush your teeth to get rid of the taste?” But here’s the thing–dysgeusia makes even toothpaste and breath mints and all the other things we generally use to get rid of a bad taste in our mouths taste bad too.

And it’s constant. I would wake up in the middle of the night, hours after having eaten or brushed my teeth, and the bitter, nauseating taste in my mouth was so bad it would actually keep me awake. Imagine throwing up and being unable to rinse your mouth out and just having to taste vomit for hours and hours — that’s what dysgeusia was like for me. (At least at first–read on for the tips that helped me cope!)

Literally not a single one of the many books about pregnancy that I read even mentioned dysgeusia. Which meant that it was really hard to find any information about how to cope with it. So even though it is certainly not the most serious or difficult pregnancy symptom out there, I personally found it challenging simply because it took so much research and then trial and error to find anything that helped.

So I figured I’d write this post to maybe spare another pregnant mama out there all that work and help her find some helpful strategies a bit most easily. Because while I never found anything that made the dysgeusia go away completely, but I did find some things that really helped me cope. Here they are:

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Homemade Cleaning Products

Easy Homemade Granite Cleaner

Are you looking for a recipe for a Homemade Granite Cleaner? One that’s made with inexpensive ingredients that you probably already have on hand? That will clean and disinfect without harsh chemicals and leave your kitchen or bathroom counters sparkling?

Look no further because today I’m sharing my favorite Homemade Granite Cleaner recipe!An Easy-to-Make, Inexpensive Homemade Granite Cleaner that will leave your counters clean and sparkling!Lately I’ve been trying to replace as many of our household cleaning products as possible with greener options. When I started looking for a natural way to clean and disinfect our granite counters, I hit a bit of snag. Most of the recipes I came across for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces recommended using vinegar because it’s so effective as a disinfectant. But unfortunately there are some surfaces that you shouldn’t use vinegar on–and granite is one of them. This is because the acid in the vinegar (which is safe on most surfaces) can damage the granite.

So if you have granite counters in your kitchen or bathroom and you want to make a homemade cleaning spray that will disinfect and polish them, what can you use instead of vinegar?

Fortunately, the answer is simple: alcohol! Like vinegar, alcohol disinfects surfaces effectively, and because it isn’t acidic it’s safe to use on picky surfaces like granite. So what will you need to make an alcohol-based granite cleaner?

Four Simple Ingredients, One Awesome Granite Spray!

An Easy-to-Make, Inexpensive Homemade Granite Cleaner that will leave your counters clean and sparkling!

You’ll need:

  1. alcohol (rubbing alcohol or vodka) – safely disinfects and polishes granite counters without leaving streaks
  2. dish soap – helps to cut grease and other grime
  3. essential oils – add extra cleaning power (depending on the type) and leave behind a nice scent
  4. water – holds together all the other ingredients so they can do their jobs

Put it all in a spray bottle and you’re done. You can purchase a lovely glass bottle or just do what I do and use a cute plastic one from the dollar store. 🙂

Would you like to give this Homemade Granite Cleaner a try? Here’s the recipe:

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DIY Granite Cleaner

A simple recipe to make your own natural cleaning spray that's safe for granite!

Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol or vodka
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1-2 drops dish soap or castile soap
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil (see note)

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well to combine. Spray onto surface and use a cloth (microfiber works best) to wipe and polish counters.

Recipe Notes

*You can omit the essential oil or use a different one if you prefer. Even citrus essential oils are safe to use in this recipe. Some other options: lemon, grapefruit, orange, basil, or a cleaning blend.

Let me just say, I LOVE using this spray. It does an even better job than the products I used to purchase that were full of nasty chemicals and it’s much less expensive to make. It leaves my counters clean and shiny and it makes my kitchen smell fresh and lovely.

And since I love multi-purpose products, I use this spray to disinfect other surfaces as well: our kitchen table, my son’s high chair tray, doorknobs and handles, I’ve even used it to clean the screen covers  on my phone and tablet!

If you try making this granite cleaner, please leave a comment below or tag me on Instagram or Facebook to let me know! I’d also love to hear about any DIY natural cleaning solutions that you love to use. Please share them in the comments below!

An Easy-to-Make, Inexpensive Homemade Granite Cleaner that will leave your counters clean and sparkling!
Blogging, Uncategorized

How Not to Feel Overwhelmed as a New Blogger

Hi, I’m Sarah. I’m a new blogger and I’ve been feeling overwhelmed.

There are so many choices, so many decisions, and so many items on my to-do list right now. I purchased a couple of courses in the past few weeks (couldn’t pass up the Black Friday deals!) and I’m struggling to absorb all this new information at once while also creating content for my brand-new blog. I’m questioning all the choices I’ve already made plus worrying about all ones still ahead of me. I see other, established bloggers accomplishing amazing things and I feel like I’m so far behind that I don’t have a hope of catching up to them.

Have you ever felt this way?

It’s so easy to get overwhelmed as a new blogger. And that overwhelmed feeling can quickly stifle our creativity and make us feel so paralyzed with indecision that we feel like giving up. And that’s the last thing we want to do!

So if you’re a new blogger and you’ve been feeling overwhelmed, what can you do?
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Home, Laundry

How to Use Wool Dryer Balls

When I heard about using wool dryer balls as a replacement for fabric softener, my ears perked up. I had stopped using fabric softener and dryer sheets a long time ago, once I learned that they can be skin irritants, and I hadn’t missed them at all. But wool dryer balls do much more than soften laundry, so I knew I had to give them a try. And now I’m hooked!

Why Switch to Wool Dryer Balls?

Because they have so many benefits! For example, wool dryer balls:

  • soften clothing without any of the toxic chemicals found in traditional products
  • help laundry dry faster (saving you money)
  • keep clothing from bunching together and wrinkling in the dryer
  • can be used to cut down on static cling
  • last for years (saving you even more money)

If you’ve been using traditional fabric softener, you might be wondering how to transition to wool dryer balls, so I thought I’d answer some questions you may have and share some tips with you today.

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