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Recipe Index - A Canning Blog. Homemade Body Wash That Is Moisturizing and Natural. Homemade Face Wash - A Natural Facial Cleanser. Homemade Vanilla Extract and All Extract Flavors are Simple! Father's Day Rolled Hem Hankies. Every year we struggle with what to make for Father's Day.

Father's Day Rolled Hem Hankies

We came up with this project after visiting fine men's clothing shops around New York City who often create this type of beautiful, hand rolled hem handkerchief out of shirting fabric remnants. We love the contrast between the organic feel that the hand rolling creates and the crisp clean fabric. You can sew one handkerchief in an hour, and even better once you've cut the fabric, you can fit everything you need to make the handkerchief in your pocket and off you go to the bus, train, plane or subway to whip up the perfect gift for dad without even skipping a beat. Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipe. DIY Project Idea: How to Make a Modern Pegboard Shelving System. As DIY projects go, this is one of my favorites.

DIY Project Idea: How to Make a Modern Pegboard Shelving System

A photo of one popped up here on Apartment Therapy last year, and it's been in my crosshairs ever since. I love this shelving system because it's simple, yet pretty, and can be configured in multiple ways. It's also very easy to make, with a little precision and patience. Citrus Enzyme Cleaner Recipe - ecokaren. Easy and Effective: Vinegar, Garlic & Herb Disinfectant for Your Home. A friend who is keenly interested in all things natural, found an interesting recipe for household disinfectant in the book Herbal Remedies by Christopher Hedley & Non Shaw.

Easy and Effective: Vinegar, Garlic & Herb Disinfectant for Your Home

The recipe is called “Four Thieves Vinegar,” and comes with an interesting little tale. I shall share both in a moment, but first, I am excited to share that we made this disinfectant at home, and it has actually made surfaces and counter tops around the house cleaner, without the unpleasant chemical cleaner smell. Now here is the tale: Four thieves concocted this recipe during the great Plague in France, so they could safely rob the dead without getting infected. {Tutorial} Orange Peel Sugar Scrub. Here is a recipe for a deliciously sweet sugar scrub!

{Tutorial} Orange Peel Sugar Scrub

With winter in full swing, my skin gets dry and flaky. I'm horrible about not using lotion, because I'm usually grabbing Gray out of the tub too, getting her dressed, and chasing her around. Lotion, is not exactly on my mind. So I turn to scrubs to keep my skin soft, flake free, and in this case smelling delicious! Materials: Homemade soap with roses and vanilla. Recycle old candles and make ice candles. French Vanilla DIY Candles. DIY Book Binding: Experience Journals. We have two very special guests today, all the way from Singapore.

DIY Book Binding: Experience Journals

They’re stopping by to share with you a little of the book arts – specifically how to easily create what we’re calling an “experience journal” with your child. I love the idea of using them to capture some of the journeys you make together, both big and small.P.S. QUESTION OF THE DAYAre you good at capturing some of the everyday moments with you kids? What are your favorite ways for doing so? How to do a simple henna design.

Sustainable fashion reporting, organic beauty tips, DIY projects + tutorials, + natural product reviews. Home Living Published on October 31st, 2013 | by Terri Bly I would love to have been a fly on the wall – or, perhaps more likely, a secretary eavesdropping on the other side of it – back in the 1940’and 50’s when the real Mad Men were dreaming up ways to convince women they needed to spend a bunch of money on the rapidly expanding selection of household cleaning products.

Sustainable fashion reporting, organic beauty tips, DIY projects + tutorials, + natural product reviews.

Because here’s the thing: You don’t need most of them. With few exceptions, commercial cleaning products are little more than overpriced perfumed surfactants. Not only are they unnecessary, most aren’t good for you, either. HOLIDAY GLAM : Braided Updo with Teal Cat Eye. What's a BOBO? DiY Liquid Hand Soap. This year I am beyond thrilled to introduce you to a revamped series here at LWSL called Handmade Holidays!

DiY Liquid Hand Soap

In past years I have shared my own holiday gift ideas, but this year I thought it would be fun to get some inspiration elsewhere. I asked eight of my favorite up-and-coming bloggers to share a simple and frugal handmade gift idea. 33 DIY Gifts You Can Make In Less Than An Hour. Trash Hacker: Orange Peels & Vinegar = DIY All-Purpose Cleaner. DIY All-Purpose Household Cleaner or What To Do With All Those Holiday Season Orange Peels by Rebecca Rockefeller.

Trash Hacker: Orange Peels & Vinegar = DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

Getting to the Bottom of Borax: Is it Safe or Not? Not one single natural ingredient has me quite as verklempt as borax.

Getting to the Bottom of Borax: Is it Safe or Not?

Nearly every “green cleaning” site lists it as a wonder cleaner. Natural beauty books are rife with suggesting it as a hair softener. People put it in lotions all across the world. Make Your Own Natural Carpet Freshener. Before I introduce this week’s “Save My Sanity Saturday” post, I wanted to sincerely thank all the wonderful guest posters that helped me out this last week while my family and I took a long-awaited vacation to Mexico!

Make Your Own Natural Carpet Freshener

With extremely limited connection to the internet it was challenging just getting the posts uploaded each day, but now that we’re home, we’re all looking forward to things getting back to normal. So……….. WELCOME to “Save My Sanity Saturday” at One Good Thing By Jillee….where I attempt to avoid having a nervous breakdown by actually giving myself a day off from blogging once a week! Make Your Own Eye Makeup Remover and Reusable Pads. Quite awhile ago I wrote about making your own make up remover wipes. It was killing me to pay the high price of the ones sold in the stores. Lately, however, a couple of other things have been bothering me about the whole taking makeup off thing! First, since getting rid of paper towels in the kitchen…I feel a little hypocritical still using them in the bathroom. :-) Second, I feel like my face needs something richer, with more emollients, for taking off my makeup. How To Make A Microwave Heating Bag.

Instead of using electric heat pads & blankets or hot water bottles for your aches and pains, these microwaveable packs are just the ticket!

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12 gifts of christmas blog hop: organizer wallet tutorial and a giveaway. Hello! Welcome to day 12 of the 12 Gifts of Christmas Blog Hop hosted by the awesome Jennifer of Ellison Lane Quilts. Have you been following along since day 1?? If not, there's a list of links to all the tutorials at the bottom of this post so go check them out! Today, I'll share a quick/easy/scrap busting tutorial with you. I've done a bit of brain storming since Jennifer invited me to participate and I decided on creating a wallet/organizer that can hold stuff like iPhones, jump drives, memory cards, credit cards, business cards, cash, notes, memo pads, etc. . . . great for the person who needs a little organization. Update-DIY Dish Soap for the Sink and the Dishwasher.

Finally! A DIY dish soap that works in the dishwasher without leaving a bunch of cloudy film! We didn’t hate the cloudy film; it is, after all, better than spending money on toxic, neon-colored, individually portioned dishwasher packets. But the film was yucky looking and it felt all filmy. Superbly Simple All-Purpose Homemade Cleaner. I finally used up the last spray of my store bought all-purpose cleaner and I am done! Going non-toxic with your cleaners is a great way to keep your home not only clean, but is better for the health of your home, pets and family. Plus, in most cases, it’s so cheap you’ll want to smack yourself for all the money you have spent on that store bought stuff! I decided to start with all-purpose cleaner. As I have been looking into possibilities for homemade all-purpose cleaners I discovered that there are two ingredients that seems to be the foundation for many homemade cleaning solutions. What it really comes down to? Reusable Snack Bags Tutorial.

Mauby's: The Ultimate Re-Usable Snack Bag: Machine Washable and Stands Upright. Infographic: Make Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products. Simply Sweet Skin Softening. You can hide under sweaters, scarves and socks throughout the winter, but summer’s sandals, shorts and sleeveless tops put skin on display. Give yourself a healthy glow by shedding any layers of scaly, dead skin along with the layers of woolen clothes through a homemade beauty treatment. Things you need: Coconut Oil SugarMason jar Essential Oils (optional) 7 DIY Ideas To Make Your Home Smell Amazing. Homemade dishwasher detergent that works! - Family Sponge. Written by contributor Melissa Allen of Green Owl Art. Homemade dishwasher detergent that works! - Family Sponge. Previous pinner said: Used a twin sheet ( that I found ... Vanilla Clove Body Oil Spray {aka Man Magnet Spray} How to make your own curtains: 27 brilliant DIY ideas and tutorials. 2X4: Four Effortless Bathroom-Stink Solutions. 3 simple homemade toothpaste recipes.

While some people in rural parts of the world may resort to the use of brick, charcoal, rangoli powder, mud, salt or ash for toothpaste, western brushers usually rely on a tube of mystery ingredients to make their pearly whites sparkle like the Pepsodent girl's. But the ingredients found in conventional toothpastes — including sodium fluoride, synthetic dyes derived from petroleum or coal tar, sodium hydroxide (also known as lye or caustic soda), sodium lauryl sulfate, titanium dioxide, artificial sweeteners, and triclosan — might make us think twice about the products we employ for the sake of our teeth. Of course, we’re not actively swallowing the stuff, but it’s unavoidable that a bit will slink down the gullet from time to time.

And given that most of us brush our teeth 730 times or more a year, there’s no shortage of opportunity to ingest ingredients better left in the lab. The most controversial of all the ingredients is fluoride. Campaign for Safe Cosmetics : DIY Recipes. Show your face, your feet or your muscles some love with safe, natural, toxin-free spa concoctions and personal care products. We’ve compiled some of our favorite safe cosmetics recipes below.

Beauty Recipes, Home Beauty Remedies. Green DIY Projects. DIY Deodorant. Back to school supplies. Mini Album from One Sheet of Paper. Reversible & Reusable Clean/Dirty Bags. An easy way to Mod Podge your shoes with fabric.

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DIY: Beachy Tank. Skirt. Nails. HOW TO: Make a Furoshiki Gift Wrap Satchel Out of an Old Shirt. DIY Sunday: Travel Shopper Bag.