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7 things you should make, not buy: Cleaning supplies. Interested in uplifting stories on the natural world, sustainable communities, simple food, and new thinking on how to live well?

7 things you should make, not buy: Cleaning supplies

Please enter a valid email address and try again! No thanks. Homemade Eco-friendly Cleaners Recipes. So, this past week I actually used some products that I received to review to do something I HAD to do for my own sanity-get myself organized!

Homemade Eco-friendly Cleaners Recipes

I organized all of my blog paperwork and my coupons because I want to get serious about couponing (is that even a word-lol?). Also, Lucas made something this past week too! He made pudding all on his own! I poured the milk into a measuring cup and opened the pudding package, but he poured everything into the bowl and mixed himself. He had a blast doing it and…eating it! I can’t wait to see what you guys made! 75 Extraordinary Uses for Baking Soda. Baking soda is a chemical compound that appears as a fine powder.

75 Extraordinary Uses for Baking Soda

It releases bubbles of carbon dioxide when it interacts with an acid and a liquid. It’s most commonly used in baking, where it acts as a leavening agent. The following are 75 other uses for baking soda aside from making muffins soft and fluffy. Health Uses 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. In the Home. How to Make a Vanilla Air Freshener. Super Simple Homemade Air Freshener. Baking soda naturally absorbs odours, so why not take advantage of that to create simple, inexpensive air fresheners?

Super Simple Homemade Air Freshener

Here's how: Use a hammer and and a nail to poke holes in the lid of a small canning jar. (The heart is a nice touch, but clearly not necessary) Fill the jar about 1/4 full with baking soda Add 6-8 drops of lavender essential oil Put lid on and place in any spot that could use some freshening. I've made several, and I use them in my linen closet, under my kitchen sink (which is where the stinky garbage can is) and in the bathroom. This powder is also useful for removing odours from carpets and upholstery.

You could, of course, substitute your favorite essential oil for the lavender. NOTE: As with any cleaning product (even the reasonably safe and friendly ones), keep out of reach of children and pets. Try our Soap Recipes for Making Homemade Soap and easy, no-fail Recipes. HAND-MILLED SOAP MAKING RECIPES for SAGE SOAP Photo by Malene Thyssen Here is a soap that you can rebatch, call your own and here you are making soap without using lye or caustic soda.

Try our Soap Recipes for Making Homemade Soap and easy, no-fail Recipes.

Therefore it is safe, fun and can be used for kids crafts too. Grate 2 cups of your chosen store-bought white soap, or your homemade Castile soap Place grated soap in a heat-resistant glass bowl Add 1/4 cup of water Take a pot of water simmer over a low heat. Remove from heat and add 1/4 cup rubbed sage. Take a suitable mold, such as an ice cream box, which as been pre-smeared in a thin coating of petroleum jelly to ensure that your soap will be released easily. Pour your soap into the mold and place in fridge to set. Once set remove from fridge and release from mold. Once your soap is dry, cut up your bars accordingly and wrap as desired.

This is a basic homemade soap recipe that you can then use to substitute sage for oatmeal, add a teaspoon of saffron or paprika for coloring etc. Grate the soap. 4 oz olive oil.