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Homemade Laundry Detergent. Something I’ve seen on the internet and wanted to try is homemade laundry soap.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

There are lots of ‘recipes’ for this online, but I wanted a powder (for easier storage) and I have a high efficiency washing machine, so I needed something compatible with that. We also have never used things like fabric softener or oxyclean on a regular basis, so I didn’t want to start using those in my homemade laundry soap. We’ve been using this for 3 weeks now, and have been really happy with it. It works great in our HE machines, leaves our clothes just as clean as the name-brand detergent we had been using, and is way cheaper. It also takes almost no time to make, and I keep it in a much cuter container than the detergent we had been buying (and I go through less plastic!). I was able to find all the ingredients I needed at Walmart in the laundry section. 2 cups washing soda2 cups borax1 bar zote laundry soap (about 2 cups) Related Happy Door = Happy House In "Home Decor" May Giveaway Day - Zippers!

How to Make Homemade Chapstick (!) My new e-booklet is just out: Simple Handcrafted Body Care.

How to Make Homemade Chapstick (!)

If you like this recipe, you’re going to love the booklet! Make your own Natural Beeswax Products. A note from one of our customers: Beeswax is a byproduct of honey production.

Make your own Natural Beeswax Products

It makes wonderful lip balms, hand lotions, hand creams, moisturizers, in cosmetics, wood finishes, waxes, leather polishes; waterproofing products, and dental molds. It is impervious to water and unaffected by mildew. It has a melting point of 143 to 148 degrees F. and should only be heated using a double boiler as it is flammable when subjected to fire and flames. It is pliable at 100 degrees F. Beeswax is produced by the (female) worker honeybees. Bees use propolis ( derived from resins and essential oils from local plants and pine trees ) to "glue" together the wooden frames in their hive, and that must be scraped off so the frames can be separated. If you wonder why beeswax is so expensive, consider this: It has been estimated that bees must fly 150,000 miles to produce one pound of wax.

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Homemade Fabric Softener Crystals Recipe { 2 Simple Ingredients!} Did you know you can make your own Homemade Fabric Softener Crystals like the ones Purex makes?

Homemade Fabric Softener Crystals Recipe { 2 Simple Ingredients!}

All you need is 2 ingredients too – Epsom salts and your favorite essential oils. If you have ever used those fabric softener crystals in the store you will know one little container of these will cost you upwards of $5.00-$6.00 depending on the size. My own homemade laundry recipe costs around $20 for a year of detergent and one of the ingredients I use is the Purex crytals. The Purex Crystals in the recipe is the most expensive ingredient, so I attempted to make my own fabric softener crystals recipe to save money.

And I was able to save $4.12 off the recipe. First I turned over a container of Purex crystals to read what was inside of them. Sodium Chloride, PEG Distearate, Bentonite, Sodium Silicate, Fragrance, Silica, Liquitint Red ST, Liquitint Blue HP. Okay – so Sodium Chloride is salt. {free printables} Looking for the perfect cleaning resource?

{free printables}

Check out my book, The Organically Clean Home! Clean Mama everyday life. simplified. Burt's Bees Lip Balm Homemade DIY Copycat Recipe. I absolutely LOVE Burt’s Bees Lip Balm and I recreated the perfect copycat recipe from scratch!

Burt's Bees Lip Balm Homemade DIY Copycat Recipe

History of Lip Balms Our ancestors didn’t have the luxury of owning many beauty products. From what I have researched it looks like when they got chapped lips they used goose or duck fat, vaseline, and in a pioneer memoir there was even mention of someone using ear wax (ewww!). Chapstick itself wasn’t invented until the early 1880’s by Dr. Charles Browne Fleet and didn’t get popular until around 1912. Easy Two-Ingredient DIY Lip Gloss - A Pumpkin And A Princess. Cleaning With Castile Soap – 11 Simple Recipes.

I’ve shared a free printable for Cleaning With Baking Soda, a free printable for Cleaning With Vinegar, a free printable for cleaning with Borax , a free printable for cleaning with lemons and today I have 11 simple cleaning recipes that use castile soap.

Cleaning With Castile Soap – 11 Simple Recipes

Castile soap is an all natural, vegetable based product made primarily of coconut and olive oils. My favorite is brand is Dr. Bronner’s and I love the citrus version. It smells fresh and citrus-y. It also comes in unscented, almond, lavender tea tree and many other scents. Grab the FREE printable here and if you prefer black + white go here to grab that version. Wendyl Nissen's "No Nasty Chemicals" Philosophy.

Older Wendyl Nissen's "No Nasty Chemicals" Philosophy by Alexa Hotz Issue 92 · Happier at Home · October 1, 2013 Newer Issue 92 · Happier at Home · October 1, 2013 Share on email When we're not decanting our own cleaning concoctions into glass jars, we're on the search for the most safe-to-use, effective, and sweet smelling cleaning products out there.

Wendyl Nissen's "No Nasty Chemicals" Philosophy

Add this to the list: Wendyl Nissen's Green Goddess line of solutions that are simple in structure (castile soap, baking soda, essential oils) and humble in packaging. Above: Wendyl's Antibacterial Spray keeps germs at bay with orange, lavender, and eucalyptus essential oils. Above L: Patchouli Laundry Powder includes a mixture of castile soap with patchouli, ylang ylang, and frankincense essential oils and is suitable for those prone to skin allergies; $12.50 NZD. Above: The Spray Glass Cleaner is made from vinegar, water, and essential oil, and the Rose Spray Cleaner will "leave your home smelling like roses"; $10.50 NZD each. By Julie Carlson. How to make your own pore strips. You know those Biore pore strips you buy at the drugstore for about $12 a pop?

How to make your own pore strips

Yeah, those. Today I’m going to teach you how to make your own homemade pore strips. Why? Because: I’m obsessed with beauty productsI’m obsessed with cheapHomemade {mostly} = cheap. Ready? Pore Strips Ingredients: Dudes, 2 ingredients and your pores will look like magic. 1M+Measure 1 Tablespoon of Knox Unflavored Gelatin – 8 oz unflavored gelatin into a disposable container {if you put say, green jell-o on your face, there might be trouble}Add 1-2 Tablespoons of milk into the gelatinUntil it looks like thisMix it up, and be quick about it, until you get a chunky consistency. DIY Organic Liquid Hand Soap. The older I get, the more conscious I am about making my home chemical-free.

DIY Organic Liquid Hand Soap

One of the ways I do this is by choosing soaps, shampoos and cleaners that use all natural ingredients. I love almost everything that Seventh Generation makes as well as Dr. Bronner and am very excited to try Jessica Alba’s new products from The Honest Company. DIY cheap & easy body scrub eat, knit & diy. This is the scrub I use all year long! In the winter, it helps combat dry skin, and in the summer I use it before shaving for extra smooth skin. It also combats razor burn on your bikini line. A word of caution: if you shave the places inside your bathing suit, don’t use this there! Epsom salt in your lady bits would definitely sting!! All you need to make this scrub is Epsom salt and baby oil.