THe mention of mold in lotion always makes me re-examine my process. I never think it is good enough. So, just how do you prep your work space to make lotion or other products? I get my kitchen cleaned up like normal first. THen I have a spray bottle with bleach water that I will spray everything that might come in contact with any of the ingredients. I will have a pan of boiling water that I'll set utensils in. But I only use the bleach water to clean bowls and dry with paper towels. I set paper towels or paper plates around to set utensils or whatever on that I don't want touching the counter. Even though it should be clean if I've set a bottle of oil on it that could contaminate it with something right? And what about your hands? Do you wear gloves? I don't but wonder if I should. For lotion, my hands don't really touch the ingredients. Sometimes I even worry about the bottles themselves. They usually come in plastic bags and I keep them in there until ready to use. Oh.....and what about flies????? This time of year there always seem to be at least a few flies in my kitchen. I don't know how to get rid of them. I try to keep everything covered as much as possible like laying a paper towel over utensils and bowls with lotion waiting to be scented or bottles. Still, I can see a fly land on the edge of something I'm working on and it drives me nuts. If they do happen to land on my actual lotion I'll scoop a little off from where they were.